Chemical engineering student receives scholarship to attend conference

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Claire Belson, a chemical engineering student from Cary, North Carolina, was selected to receive the Guy Bourdeau Scholarship given by the Additive Manufacturing Users Group.

As the scholarship recipient, she will attend the 2017 Additive Manufacturing Users Group Conference in Chicago from March 19-23.

Belson is working on both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering at UA.

While at UA, Belson has worked as an undergraduate researcher, a student employee at the Cube, a sub-team leader for the EcoCAR team and in the cooperative education program with Emerson Automation Solutions. For her work with Emerson, she attended last year’s 2016 AMUG Conference.

“The AMUG Conference helped me to evaluate companies and equipment in order to make wise recommendations to senior management regarding potential purchases and what would be best for their needs,” she said.

Belson will intern with the Fisher division at Emerson this summer. Rebecca Rutishauser, manager of manufacturing innovation and technology for Emerson, said the division typically only participates in the cooperative education program, but they made an exception for Belson, making her their first ever intern.

The Guy E. Bourdeau Scholarship, founded by Guy’s wife, Renee Bourdeau, is awarded annually to one college student by the AMUG Scholarship Committee. AMUG is an organization that educates and advances the uses and applications of additive manufacturing technologies and meets annually to provide education and training through technical presentations on processes and new technologies.

In 1837, The University of Alabama became one of the first five universities in the nation to offer engineering classes. Today, UA’s fully accredited College of Engineering has more than 5,800 students and more than 130 faculty. In recent years, students in the College have been named USA Today All-USA College Academic Team members, Goldwater, Hollings, Portz, Boren, Mitchell and Truman scholars.