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ASU engineers take on rivals, earn first place Materials Bowl award

Materials Bowl

Team members (left to right) Nolan Walker, Brooke Hudson, Adam Pocock and Cougar Garcia took home the top prize of $1,000 and brought the Materials Territorial Trophy to Tempe. Photo provided by Shahriar Anwar.


Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering had seven teams compete against 13 teams from the University of Arizona (UA) Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) in the 13th Annual Materials Bowl on April 25, 2016.

The Materials Bowl is a senior capstone project and poster competition sponsored by the ASM International Phoenix Chapter in which six jury members from the materials community award three top ranked projects. The winning team receives the Materials Territorial Trophy.

The annual event took place at the Memorial Union on ASU’s Tempe campus. At the event, teams of around three to four students gave presentations to a panel of judges and were critiqued based on the quality of their projects and presentations.

“In the MSE capstone course we strive to give the students as much real life experience as possible,” says Shahriar Anwar, a senior research specialist in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy. “From soliciting a mentor that is preferably from the local industry, to finding a suitable project that can be delivered within the given time frame, to sticking to a budget.”

This year, ASU’s team of Cougar Garcia, Brooke Hudson, Adam Pocock and Nolan Walker took home the top prize of $1,000 and brought the Materials Territorial Trophy to ASU at least until next year. Their project was titled “Ultra-Low-Noise Cryogenic Dipping Probe with Dynamic Range for JMRAM Applications.” JMRAM devices are used for superconducting supercomputing to reduce power consumption, but current dipping probes working at ultra-low temperatures of 4K generate noisy results whereas much more expensive systems that cost around $20,000 are less noisy but operate at a limited voltage range. The group designed and made a low-noise dipping probe at a fraction of the cost (around $2,000).

Materials Bowl

Left to right: Elizabeth Quigley, Zheyu Luo, Wey Lee and Anoosha Murella captured third place at the 13th annual Materials Bowl. Photo provided by Shahriar Anwar.

The third place team from the Fulton Schools featured Wey Lee, Zheyu Luo, Anoosha Murella and Elizabeth Quiqley. Their project, “Powder Reuse Characterization for Additive Manufacturing,” earned the group a $300 prize. The group worked with Honeywell, Inc., to recycle the use of Inconel powder used for the new technique of additive manufacturing of engine parts, turbine blades and parts of the fuselage. Currently up to 90 percent of the powder is discarded after the fabrication process. This group designed a water elutriation system to reduce this waste thus reducing the cost of the additive manufacturing process by about 70 percent.

Students work very hard throughout the year under the guidance of President’s Professor and Materials Science and Engineering Undergraduate Program Chair James Adams and Materials Science and Engineering Professor Stephen Krause. New to this year, students were able to have one credit of the capstone project course in fall to plan and two credits in spring to bring the project to life.

“The Materials Bowl competition between ASU and UA generates real excitement and a competitive mindset towards excelling and taking pride in their projects,” Anwar says. “The presentations are made in a formal atmosphere similar to that of a scientific conference and this lends an air of seriousness to the event and affords an opportunity to our students to present to a diverse audience from the academy and the industry. The Materials Bowl competition also helps to showcase the caliber of ASU MSE students to members of the local industry.”

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Erik Wirtanen, [email protected]
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

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Erik Wirtanen

Erik Wirtanen graduated from Arizona State in 2001 with a BS in Recreation Management and Tourism. He got his start in the communications field as an undergrad with the ASU Athletics Media Relations office. He worked at UC Irvine from 2002 until 2014 in the Department of Athletics and then The Henry Samueli School of Engineering. In August of 2014, Wirtanen joined the communications office at the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Media Contact: [email protected] | 480-727-1957 | Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Communications

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