Student receives scholarship from gear industry

Caleb Gurd

Mechanical engineering student Caleb Gurd is one of 10 students from the U.S. and Canada who has received a $5,000 scholarship from the American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA). The awards typically go to students with experience in the gear industry.

“The Scholarship Program is one way in which the AGMA Foundation fulfills its mission to recruit, educate, and keep the power transmission industry current with emerging technology,” said Cindy Bennett, AGMA Foundation executive director. “This program successfully delivers engineers and trained personnel to our industry.”

Dr. Claudia Fajardo-Hansford, associate professor of mechanical engineering, said this is the  second time a Western Michigan student working in research projects for the Center for Advanced Vehicle Design and Simulation CAViDS)  has received the AGMA scholarship.  The investment in CAViDS from the government, foundations, and industry partners is used to develop basic simulation tools and customize the developed technologies to industry needs. For his senior design project, Gurd is designing, developing and validating a variable speed test bed capable of measuring gearbox efficiencies.

“Caleb is well deserving of this scholarship,” Fajardo said. “He demonstrated interest in vehicle research very early on as an undergraduate engineering student. His senior design project, focused in the area of power transmission and efficiency using gearboxes, will enhance research capability at the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences in support of industry-academia collaborative projects.”

Eighty-six percent of graduated AGMA scholarship recipients are employed in the gear/power transmission industry.

Companies and research institutions employing AGMA Foundation scholarship recipients include: Colorado State Engine & Energy Conversion Lab, DNV KEMA Renewables, Dynamic Motion Control, Gardner Denver Nash LLC, Hirschvogel, Koepfer Amercia, Ontario Drive & Gear, Tawas Tool, Toyota Performance Gear Systems and The University of North Carolina.