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Hands-On GARRETT GROSS 14 Garrett Gross 14 who earned his co-terminal degree B.S.M.E. in mechanical engineering has taken full advantage of the Rensselaer experience. When he took a course in the MILL Manufacturing Innovation Learning Laboratory he approached his professor and got connected to a six-month Department of Defense-funded project developing a multi-material 3-D printer whose goal was to replicate the look and feel of human tissue. Thats the thing about Rensselaer said Gross. Its really easy to approach professors. When you take a course with someone you find out what they do and if it interests you then you can stop by and say hello and see if theres anything available. Gross has also held some resume-building internships. He spent a summer with Staub Machine Company in Hamburg New York starting off on the line cleaning parts and loading. But I got bored he said and so I proposed an idea for a new grooming part to clean the machines. They liked it and I got the go-ahead to work it up. Next up was the co-op he did for Apple in manufacturing design in 2012. His facility for manufacturing earned him the coveted Gene Haas Student Manufacturing Award in 2013. Gross is now an operations leadership program associate at United Technologies Corp. Its really easy to approach professors. When you take a course with someone you find out what they do and if it interests you then you can stop by and say hello and see if theres anything available. Test Your Mettle Most engineers never met a problem they didnt want to solve and Rensselaer keeps those problems coming. One such challenge is Design Build Fly. Since 2007 Rensselaer teams have been participating in this international aircraft design competition in which student teams from universities around the world design build and fly remotely controlled aircraft. Another popular challenge is the ACSE Concrete Canoe Competition. Over the course of a weekend students from Rensselaer working in teams design measure race and present their seemingly unfloatable creations. The MILL Rensselaers Manufacturing Innovation Learning Laboratory MILL is a complete manufacturing learning environment. Here courses like Manufacturing Processes and Systems and Introduction to Engineering Design are set within a simulated but very realistic manufacturing environment where students leverage the expertise of their instructors and the excellence of their industry-grade equipment to practice and master the ins and outs of manufacturing and product assembly. Those who have studied in the MILL are ready to hit the ground running in any manufacturing setting whether it be at Boeing Apple Pratt Whitney GE or any of the other top-tier manufacturers that have hired Rensselaer students in the past. Manufacturing companies realize that Rensselaer students have an edge over students in other schools because of their MILL experience said Dan Walczyk professor of mechanical engineering. Our students understand manufacturing and how it integrates with design. school of engineering 18