Advanced Materials & Processes

NOV-DEC 2013

Covers developments in engineering materials selection, processing, fabrication, testing/characterization, materials engineering trends, and emerging technologies, industrial and consumer applications, as well as business and management trends

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The Center for Heat Treating Excellence Helps Industry Find Future Talent HTPRO In the heat treating industry, finding the right people to fill jobs is a challenge. A shortage of metallurgists, heat treat specialists, and engineers is creating a difficult void. The result is a growing concern that as the current generation CHTE Member Services of heat treating professionals reCollaborative Research tires, there will not be sufficient fuMembers select research relevant to the heat ture talent to take over. To bridge treating industry that they can apply to meet this gap, industry leaders are turncustomer needs. Current projects include ing to Worcester Polytechnic Instiinduction tempering, gas quenching, and tute's (WPI) Center for Heat Treating carburization process optimization. Excellence (CHTE). Together, they Networking are training today's students to be Members include commercial heat treaters, tomorrow's heat treating experts. captive heat treaters, heat treating industry suppliers, and manufacturers of products using How does it work? It starts with heat treating technologies. the proven theory and practice philosophy that is at the heart of Technical Expertise WPI's approach to education, and CHTE provides confidential solutions to it concludes with a structured CHTE problems so that members can focus on internship program that gives stumeeting customer needs. dents hands-on application experience in the heat treating Future Talent industry. The overall mission of CHTE is training the best and brightest students CHTE is for industry and univerin heat treating, giving members the sity researchers to work together opportunity to shape students' experience and to solve business challenges and create or fill positions using these improve manufacturing processes. extraordinary talents. Research is a large part of this WPI Affiliation mission, and getting students inCHTE members can leverage other academic volved in current research projects strengths of the university, such as and training them to be future government-funded programs from DOE and heat treating professionals is a big DOD. Members recieve early, privileged access part of the value that CHTE brings to this information. to its industry members. 6 Cecilia Borgonovo, a Ph.D. candidate in materials science and engineering, conducts research on metal-matrix nanocomposites for use in high-temperature applications. She received an M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Bologna, Italy. Internship program benefits Benefits of the internship program that industry draws from include: • Members work with mature engineering talent capable of taking on responsible assignments in a professional work environment (all interns have at least a B.S. degree). • For-credit thesis and graduate project work can be oriented toward the program interests of the sponsoring member. This provides results in areas that might not otherwise be addressed by regular full-time staff members. • The program helps to maintain an infusion of new talent. Students and employers make early assessments of each other without making initial long-term commitments. • Valuable links are created between the academic and professional worlds. The program strengthens employers' contact with new ideas, viewpoints, and latest generation technologies. The program improves access to CHTE facilities and capabilities, including faculty expertise, experimental facilities, computer support capabilities, databases, and library holdings. CHTE coordinates the process of bringing students and employers together. While placement is not guaranteed, every effort is made by the center to find appropriate students to meet specific member requests. Final matching and selection are accomplished with direct interviews between the sponsor and student. If desired, a representative of the sponsoring member organization can serve on the student's thesis committee along with three WPI faculty members. The key to success centers on regular communication and evaluation among students, sponsors, and faculty. Sponsors are asked to evaluate students' performance, while students are asked to evaluate the internship experience during and after specific work assignments. ÒWe applied information from a CHTE gas carburizing optimization project into our process, which resulted in improved results. We also hired the CHTE intern who worked on the project.Ó Ð Michael Pershing, Caterpillar Inc. For more information about CHTE and its member services, visit www.wpi.edu/+chte. 42 ADVANCED MATERIALS & PROCESSES • NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2013

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