Ruoyu Song received a student travel award to the Solid Freeform Fabrication symposium being held in Austin, TX in August 2016. The awards are funded by the National Science Foundation and were selected based upon candidates’ essays on the broader challenges facing additive manufacturing in their research areas, and how their work relates to and addresses these challenges.
Ruoyu’s work addresses the sustainability issues that may arise from mass-deployment of 3D printing technologies. Her work evaluates and reduces the uncertainty of environmental impacts of additive manufacturing and reveals new insights regarding design for sustainable usage behavior for fused deposition modeling in particular. The work is expected to advance usage context modeling for engineering systems in general.