R&D Interns Reproduce National Design Awards
The SVHEC’s R&D Center for Advanced Manufacturing & Energy Efficiency (R&D CAMEE) welcomed John Roark, Kiara Torian, Kenton Beard, and John Barry as new student interns for the spring semester.
In addition to their responsibilities as interns they are also students in the Industrial Design & Development program, offered in partnership with Southside Virginia Community College. The internship is providing Roark, Torian, Beard, and Barry with opportunities to apply their ID&D skills to real world client projects in an advanced manufacturing setting. Two of the interns’ special projects this semester have been working on a second production run of the Pinnacle Award for the American Society of Furniture Designers (ASFD) and the Design Emphasis Trophy for the International Woodworking Fair (IWF).
In 2012, IWF commissioned R&D CAMEE to reproduce the iconic Design Emphasis trophy originally designed and hand-carved by the late Sam Maloof. Using R&D CAMEE’s reverse engineering, Computer Aided Design, and CNC capabilities, R&D staff replicated the beautifully curved, wooden trophy. Work on this trophy attracted ASFD's attention, leading to a collaboration between R&D CAMEE and ASFD to produce the Pinnacle Award. R&D staff brought ASFD’s design concept to reality by converting design renderings into a design-for-manufacture 3D model and producing the awards for 2013.
Because of R&D CAMEE’s quality work and professionalism, both organizations asked the R&D Center to produce a second round of awards. Interns Roark, Torian, Beard, and Barry used their knowledge and R&D CAMEE’s advanced manufacturing equipment to reproduce the awards. Both the Pinnacle Award and Design Emphasis Trophy are special awards in the national woodworking industry, and are given to individuals being recognized for excellence in their field.
Roark, Torian, Beard, and Barry have all shown great promise in their Industrial Design & Development courses, and hope to use the internship as a stepping stone in building a career. After completing their studies Roark, Torian, and Beard hope to transfer to Virginia Tech's sustainable biomaterials program, and John Barry hopes to find employment in advanced manufacturing.
For more information about the R&D Center for Advanced Manufacturing & Energy Efficiency call 434-572-5557 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.