Published on Monday April 26, 2010
M.S. student Eric Eisele (MSE B.S. 2009; advisor: Michel Barsoum) has received the Grand Prize, a $3,500 scholarship, in the ET Foundation's 2010 Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition. This is only the second time in the competition's nine year history that a student has received the Grand Prize.
Eric received the prize for the design of an extruded hanging LED light fixture. Outlining the benefits of using extruded aluminum for his LED lighting application, Eric noted that "integrated designs can include heatsink fins, slots, optical cavities, mounting rails, [screw] bosses-all necessary for LED fixtures. Increased design integration reduces part count and cost." In addition, he pointed out that heat is dissipated throughout the entire light fixture.
The ET Foundation was established by the Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) to develop, promote, provide, and fund education and research related to aluminum extrusion process and technology.
News about Eric's Grand Prize entry has appeared on The Engineer and will be featured in Light Metal Age magazine. It was also featured on JobShopTechnology.com.