In 2013, faculty members Lucian A. Lucia and Martin A. Hubbe introduced the BioResources Undergraduate Research Fellowship to recognize students for their research aspirations and contributions. Dr. Lucia and Dr. Hubbe are founding members of BioResources, an international journal, and contributors to the Natural Resources Foundation Scholarships, which provide scholarships to Paper Science and Engineering and Sustainable Materials Technology students. The BioResources Undergraduate Research Fellowship allocates funds to undergraduate students to pursue a research project of their interest with any faculty of their choosing. Students are encouraged to apply for the Fellowship the Fall of their sophomore year and have the opportunity to receive a research stipend up to $750 based on their interest, potential for success, and merit. Recipients of the Fellowship are anticipated to remain Fellows for at least two semesters, but more likely up to four. In the Fall of 2013 Ms. Emily Walsh and Mr. Luke Hansen were selected as the two recipients of the inaugural class of Fellows. Patrick Spence was named a fellow in 2014.
This year, Mr. Timothy Mervine has been chosen as the recipient of the Fellowship and will be working with Dr. Daniel Saloni in the field of sustainable cellulosic additive manufacturing. The research they are conducting focuses on the use of cellulosic materials in 3D Printing for manufacturing, instead of traditional casting methods of manufacturing. Traditional casting methods require a mold and if a device was made using an outdated mold, then there would be no way to repair it without updating the entire device. The use of 3D printing in manufacturing would allow for custom repairs for older devices or machines and it also cuts down on waste and raw materials used in the process. Mr. Mervine’s focus will be mainly on testing different materials and machine parameters for printing successful parts and testing the parts produced.
Sustainable and Universal
Timothy Mervine is a senior in Sustainable Material Technology and was drawn to the field due to its universal applications, many industries are starting to rely on more sustainable practices. Timothy has also has experience working in Solidworks through an internship in the Research Triangle Park where he was responsible for updating revisions, helping design and test products, including a retina scanner. He is also involved in the Underwater Robotics Club here at NC State, having served as the president.