I love celebrating Pi Day largely because it’s such a gloriously geeky thing to do! What makes it even “geekier” was the cool Pi pen holder (using about the first 300 digits of Pi) The Rucks Group team made through additive manufacturing (3D Printing) to celebrate a team member’s birthday. Why?
We have the pleasure of working with Iowa State University on a project funded by the National Science Foundation Division of Engineering Education and Centers to “promote a platform to bring together a network of under-represented minority (URM) women in engineering” towards increasing participation in advanced manufacturing and towards career advancement for URM women faculty in engineering. As part of that work, I participated in a 2 ½ day workshop in October that covered a variety of topics including several presentations on additive manufacturing.
I shared with the team many of the advances in additive manufacturing and got the team excited about the topic as well. So of course, we needed to experience it firsthand, so we went over to our local 3D printing bar (yes, there is one just around the corner from our office and yes, they serve beer) and made our Pi pen holder.
In much of our evaluation work, we strive to gain a deep understanding of the subject to optimally implement the evaluation. For this project, it brought together all our geeky tendencies!
To learn more about the Advanced Manufacturing Workshop: Preparing the Next Generation of Researchers project, visit https://www.imse.iastate.edu/advanced-manufacturing-workshop/