Mark S. Bailly works with Killam at SPL. The ASU electrical engineering graduate research associate said the SPL also could give students an edge when it comes to being printed in research publications since the lab has the only student-led pilot line in the U.S. for silicon solar cells.

Park tenant PADT, Inc., displayed reengineered parts made by a 3-D printer. An engine mount was represented in three product phases, which depicted its evolution to become a stronger part created with fewer materials.

Eric Miller, PADT principal and co-founder, noted the company employs up to four ASU student interns during the summer and has three students presently employed.

“Most recently, our interns have been focused on 3-D printing and numerical simulation,” Miller said.

Not only do ASU students serve as PADT interns, but one of its former employees now is an ASU associate professor. Dhruv Bhate, who previously worked for PADT, now teaches at ASU and has collaborated on projects with students including 3-D-printed lattice research.

Melissa Scott, property manager for the park for Sunbelt Holdings and co-organizer the event, said electronics materials company Versum Materials connected with ASU engineering representatives for its spring intern program.

“I am thrilled that meaningful connections were made at the event,” Scott said. “The prospect of future university-industry contacts is exciting to me as we continue to accelerate the connections between Research Park tenants and ASU.”

For more information about the ASU Research Park, contact Heidi Kimball, Sunbelt Holdings senior vice president.

Wendy Craft

Marketing and communications manager, Business and Finance Communications Group