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BYU Students take #1 and 2 (MSc), and #2 and 3 (BSc)

BYU Students (left to right) Andrew Gibbons, Kelly Clingo, Collin Childs, and Ben Crawford win tops honors at the 2021 SAMPE University Research Symposium

Two BYU students working with Dr. Andy George in MFGEN's Plastics and Composites lab won top honors at the 2021 SAMPE university research symposium. Collin Childs won 1st place in the Masters student (MSc) category, for "A Methodology for Measuring the Permeability of a Sheared Fiber Reinforcement in Composite Materials." Ben Crawford won 3rd place in the Bachelors student (BSc) category, for "Void formation and evolution during liquid composite molding with variable instantaneous pressure."

This is an annual competitive program that invites SAMPE (Society for the Advancement in Materials and Process Engineering) student members to submit an abstract regarding their academic research. Semi-finalists are invited to submit a full paper over the summer, and then finalists are selected and sponsored to attend and present the results of their research at CAMX (the Composites Advanced Materials Expo). The top three best papers presented in each category are awarded cash prizes.

Two other BYU students, working with Dr. David Fullwood (BYU Mechanical Engineering), took home 2021 awards: Andrew Gibbons won 2nd place in the MSc category, and Kelly Clingo won 2nd place in the BSc category.

This follows another great showing in the previous year (2020), where Matt Jacobs and Kyle Owens took 1st and 2nd place awards in the BSc category for their work in the MYU MFGEN Plastics and Composites lab.