Brower receives scholarship from gear industry organization

Christian Brower

Christian Brower, a student in the accelerated master’s program for mechanical engineering, recently received a $5,000 scholarship from the American Gear Manufacturing Association (AGMA) Foundation. The AGMA Foundation Scholarship Program is open to students interested in a career in the gear industry or in power transmission as it relates to the gear industry. Brower was working with the college’s Center for Advanced Vehicle Design and Simulation (CAViDS) this past summer, where he was evaluating the accuracy of models used to predict coefficients of friction for gearbox applications.

“I am excited and grateful that the AGMA Foundation chose me for this scholarship,” Brower said. “It will help me cover educational costs while allowing me to focus on my research goals.”Christian Brower, a student in the accelerated master’s program for mechanical engineering, recently received a $5,000 scholarship from the American Gear Manufacturing Association (AGMA) Foundation. The AGMA Foundation Scholarship Program is open to students interested in a career in the gear industry or in power transmission as it relates to the gear industry. Brower was working with the college’s Center for Advanced Vehicle Design and Simulation (CAViDS) this past summer, where he was evaluating the accuracy of models used to predict coefficients of friction for gearbox applications.

Brower’s graduate school scholarship is renewable for up to two more years for a total of $15,000. Founded by AGMA members in 1994, the AGMA Foundation supports and strengthens education, training and research for the gear industry.

“Christian has been doing an excellent job on the project and the CAViDS team is proud of this accomplishment,” said Dr. Claudia Fajardo, associate professor of mechanical engineering and director of CAViDS.  “The award validates the importance of involving undergraduate students in research, and the benefits of industry-university collaborations.” 

For more information about CAViDs, visit www.wmich.edu/vehicledesign.