Workshop conducted on the next-gen ceramic mixtures to provide insights for the aerospace industry

Kansas State University was the one to host the second polymer-derived ceramics workshop July 15-19 in Boulder, Colorado.

The workshop, which is funded through a National Science Foundation Partnerships for International Research and Education grant, was organized by Gurpreet Singh, associate professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering in the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering.

Singh, principal investigator, was awarded the grant for his work on polymer-derived ceramics to create “super” turbines. The grant is currently in its second year, with funding available for five years.

The workshop seminars covered topics in the field of polymer-derived ceramics, high temperature ceramic matrix composite materials, additive manufacturing of polymer composites, polymer-derived ceramics for energy storage, and ultrahigh temperature materials for aerospace applications.

Forty-five members of academia were present, and the aerospace industry was represented by attendees from Boeing, Spirit AeroSystems, General Electric, and Pratt and Whitney — United Technologies.

Academia and industry had ample opportunities to network; academics were able to describe their research, while industry attendees were able to communicate their manufacturing needs.

A key focus area of the workshop was to find ways to translate academic research to meet industrial needs.

Five of the 15 students at the workshop were from the Alan Levin Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at K-State.

Workshop attendees were able to learn about student research and internship experiences during a poster session.

Students were able to network with people who work in their field from across the globe, as well as discuss internship programs, postdoctoral positions and job openings with faculty and industry members.