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Ross Mitchell Interned at Montana Tech

Ross Mitchell, a senior student in Computer Science, interned here at MT Tech during the school year. He was assigned to work with a team of MT Tech staff and students that was assembled to work on a project called the Army Research Lab (ARL) Task 002: Innovations in Materials Processing and Additive Manufacturing. He helped design and build a database to maintain the data that was generated by this project. The ultimate goal of this project is to discover and describe the relationships between processing parameters, microstructure characteristics and mechanical properties used to build replacement parts. The results of this research project will be used in the decision-making process about whether parts produced using Additive Manufacturing will be a viable alternative to buying and stockpiling billions of dollars’ worth of parts that may or may not be used. 

During his time working on the project, Ross was able to use the knowledge learned during his studies and apply it to a large real world project. The opportunity to participate in a cross-department research project that has real world impact on which direction a client will proceed represents one example of why the computer science curriculum covers such a wide variety of topics.