Griselda SaucedoMajor: Mechanical Engineering Mentor: Dr. Delia J. Valles-Rosales, Associate ProfessorIndustrial Engineering Department at New Mexico State University
I am currently an undergraduate student at New Mexico State University (NMSU) seeking a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. My expected graduation date is December 2016. When I graduated from high school I knew that I wanted to choose a major that could help people out and that was challenging. I was never exposed to engineering as a child, but nothing stopped me to get into the engineering program. I transferred from El Paso Community College (EPCC) in August 2013 to start my bachelor’s degree at NMSU. At first it was hard to adapt to the new system, but at the end I ended up joining engineering societies (SWE and MAES) that helped me through the transferring process. After I get my bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering I would like to get a Master’s Degree in either Mechanical or Optical Engineering. I have worked with the New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation in the Undergraduate Research Scholars (URS) program along with Dr. Delia Valles in her Rapid Prototyping Laboratory and 3D printing research. I have also had an internship for the summer in the Hands-on Micro/Nano IMPACT REU program. I worked on an MEMS Pressure Sensor Fabricated using Next Generation 3D Printing and was able to present in the National NSF Conference in Arlington, Virginia.
Innovative Approach to Manufacture Wood Plastic Composite Specimens through Rapid Prototyping Systems
The market for Wood Plastic Composites (WPC) is increasing drastically, this is the fastest sector of plastic industry now days. In order to contribute to this demand, this research project consisted in working with Plastic and Pecan plant material to create a combination that could improve the physical and mechanical properties. Several tests were applied to this new wood plastic composite. The main object of experiment is to evaluate the ways this composite can be manufactured such as 3D printing or injection molding.