2019 Internship Program


IACMI – The Composites Institute is sponsoring 42 students hosted at 17 member and partner locations across the United States.  The IACMI Internship Program gives students the opportunity to advance the fourth manufacturing revolution with composites research and innovation, while addressing the growing need to support the advanced manufacturing workforce. IACMI works to close the skills gap to further workforce development at a time where more than half of manufacturing jobs will be left unfilled over the course of the next ten years, due to shifting skillset requirements and a lack of necessary training.

IACMI will again host more than 40 interns for the 2019 summer internship program.

Thought leaders and experts from partner companies, universities, and national laboratories mentor IACMI interns through collaborative research and development projects. Students are integral to advancing composites technical innovations in topic areas such as additive manufacturing (3D printing), robotic systems, and automated integration processes to create solutions supporting manufacturing sustainability and efficiency.

Interns leave the program both with having made an impact in advancing experimental research and gained skills that set them up for successful STEM careers. In addition to technical skills, interns learn the soft skills needed to succeed in the workplace, such as networking, resume building, and digital presence strategies. Throughout the internship program, IACMI interns develop the technical and professional skillsets in preparation to present their summer research to more than 300 composites industry leaders and become leading professionals, themselves.

2019 IACMI Interns

NameHome University Host Location StateIACMI Host Location
Brayden AllerVanderbilt UniversityWAComposite Recycling Technology Center (CRTC)
Alexandra BantaAustin Peay State University TNOak Ridge National Laboratory
Kevin BlossfieldUniversity of Dayton Research InstituteMIIACMI Scale-Up Research Facility (SURF), managed by MSU
Ryan ClarkeMontana State UniversityCONational Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Zachary CookUniversity of Tenn., KnoxvilleTNUniversity of Tenn., Knoxville
Hayley CoughlinFordham UniversityTNUniversity of Tenn., Knoxville
Caroline EllisUniversity of Dayton Research InstituteOHUniversity of Dayton Research Institute
Samantha FordChatham UniversityTNUniversity of Tenn., Knoxville
Cole FranzUniversity of Tenn., KnoxvilleTNUniversity of Tenn., Knoxville
Javier GarciaUniversity of Texas, Rio Grande ValleyTNUniversity of Tenn., Knoxville
Dillon Garcia-WrightUniversity of Colorado, BoulderCOVartega
Joseph GauspohlUniversity of Tenn., KnoxvilleTNLocal Motors
Colby GilbertUniversity of Tenn,. KnoxvilleTNUniversity of Tenn., Knoxville
Logan GreenleePurdue UniversityOHAdditive Engineering Solutions (AES)
Leo Foster GreerUniversity of Tenn., KnoxvilleCOVartega
Taylor HamrickPellissippi State Community CollegeTN4X Technologies
William HenkenUniversity of Tenn., KnoxvilleTNLocal Motors
Liam HerreraUniversity of Dayton Research InstituteCONational Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Morgan JenkinsVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityTNOak Ridge National Laboratory
Colin KahlerPeninsula CollegeWAComposite Recycling Technology Center (CRTC)
Justin LaBelleMichigan State UniversityTNUniversity of Tenn., Knoxville
David LambertMichigan State UniversityWAComposite Recycling Technology Center (CRTC)
Bailey MillettUniversity of Tenn., KnoxvilleTNMichelman / University of Tenn., Knoxville
Kaitlyn NagelColorado School of MinesCOVartega
Christopher NashVanderbilt UniversityTNVanderbilt University / TPI Composites
Kailey NewcomeVanderbilt UniversityDE / TNDuPont / Vanderbilt University
Casey NicholsUniversity of North Carolina, CharlotteCONational Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Ryan OgleUniversity of Tenn., KnoxvilleTNUniversity of Tenn., Knoxville
Andrew PatchenUniversity of Tenn., KnoxvilleTNFord / Dow / University of Tenn., Knoxville
Tessa PattonUniversity of Tenn., KnoxvilleTNMichelman / University of Tenn., Knoxville
Sabrinna Rios RomeroHumboldt State UniversityTNUniversity of Tenn., Knoxville
Brian RobertsStony Brook UniversityTNUniversity of Tenn., Knoxville
Russell Alex RoweLamar UniversityTNLocal Motors
Robert SchicklingUniversity of Alabama, TulsaFLStructural Composites
Susan SchicklingUniversity of Tenn., KnoxvilleDE/TNDuPont / University of Tenn., Knoxville
Isaac SloanColorado State UniversityTNUniversity of Tenn., Knoxville
Jennifer SmithUniversity of TulsaMIIACMI Scale-Up Research Facility (SURF)
Samuel SmithPurdue University MIDuPont
Fiona SparksUniversity of Tenn., KnoxvilleTNIACMI Headquarters
Ryan SpencerUniversity of Tenn., KnoxvilleTNMichelman / University of Tenn., Knoxville
Logan UnserTennessee Technological UniversityCONational Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Tony WenteMichigan State UniversityDEDuPont