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Name Benjamin Gregory
Affiliations Michigan Technological University
Location Michigan, USA
Interests 3D printing, OSH
Groups 777 Users 2019
Courses MY4777
Registered 2019
Impact 6,650
Contributions 777 Big Money Project
Obvious 3D printer technology based on 22. Convert harm into benefit

Hello! I am a senior undergraduate student at Michigan Tech studying materials science and engineering. The four years I have spent in the U.P. have been full of adventure. I've learned plenty of materials theory, but have been challenged in many ways outside of exams. In my opinion, engineering is a problem-solving mindset rather than a set of integrals. Open-source 3D printing is something I've never done before, and the challenge excites me. I look forward to working with you all to grow in knowledge, solve problems, and improve the world.

I will be receiving my B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Michigan Tech spring 2020.

During the summer of 2017, I worked at Inteva Products in the R&D department. I helped purchase, design, and install several pieces of development machinary for plastic injection molded automotive interiors.

My sophomore summer, I was accepted as a SULI intern at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. I characterized the effects of high-heat flux on tungten-rhenium alloys for use as plasma-facing components of fusion reactors.

I returned to industry in 2019 as an R&D intern at Hydro, a Norwegian aluminum supplier. I developed a room-temperature aging method for aluminum alloys and performed regular quality assessments and failure analysis on products.

I look forward to applying this knowledge in a broader fashion this year and in the future!

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While at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, I was exposed to two projects involving sustainable energy, but both are currently in R&D for industrial applications. Perhaps in the coming (many) years, a cheaper version could be used in developing countries.

These companies are General Fusion and NuScale. Both of these companies are focused on creating safe nuclear energy (whether from fission or fusion) on a small scale, to power a single refinery or city. This would be much safer and cheaper than being connected to a large grid. If effective and made less costly, a reactor could be used in a developing country.

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