Austin DePottey next to a Triceratops
|Institution||Michigan Technological University|
|Major||Materials Science and Engineering|
|Expected graduation||May 2014|
|Academic interests||Metal casting and non-ferrous alloys|
|Class||MY3701 - Semiconductor Materials|
|Project||Viability of recycling semiconductors in LED Televisions|
 Practical Experience
 Work Experience
 Ford Meter Box
May 2012 - August 2012
Ford Meter Box Company is a market leader in water supply distribution equipment. I worked in their Wabash, Indiana location, primarily within the foundry. Two brass alloys, C83600 and C89833 are cast, machined, assembled and shipped from the Wabash plant.
Job responsibilities included:
- Oversaw special alloy research tests
- Fracture testing of brass parts to ensure quality and water-tightness
- Assisted in redesigning of gating in faulty products
- Completed charge calculations and composition calculations
- Assisted with various smaller reports and estimates
 Michigan Technological University
May 2011 - August 2011
Assisted within the department of Materials Science and Engineering as needed. I mainly helped clean out old lab space to make room for new professors. I also helped prepare metallographic samples for zinc and aluminium alloys.
I am a member of the Advanced Metalworks Enterprise at Michigan Tech. I worked on a project for ArcelorMittal regarding the ductility trough of certain steels during the continuous casting process. I am now involved in a project looking at designing dies for the department's die caster, as well as helping test a new alloy for zinc die casting.