A Record 27 Applications Received for the 2017 Scholarship Awards.
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The AGMA Foundation awards scholarships to outstanding engineering students at the Associate/Technical, Undergraduate, and Graduate levels. The scholarship program was created to help fill the need for skilled employees in the gear industry. Scholarship recipient follow-up demonstrates the success of this program, as 86% of recipients are currently employed in gearing.  The AGMA Foundation Scholarship Committee will announce the 2017 awards in late August. The deadline for the 2018 Scholarship Awards is July 1, 2018.

The Review Process

Guidelines for distribution of funds and criteria for selecting recipients are established by the AGMA Foundation Board of Trustees and implemented by the Scholarship Committee. Selected by the Board of Trustees, the Scholarship Committee comprises business members of the gear industry who have experience in workforce education. The Committee reviews applications and makes recommendations for the Foundation’s Board of Trustees for final approval.



Louis David Archambault – Ecole de Technologie Superieure
Louis is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering.  His research focus is tribology. See his Thank You video here!


Isaac Bowser – Taylor University
Isaac is an undergraduate in the Mechanical Engineering Program, and “deeply fascinated” by gears.

Christian Brower – Western Michigan University
A senior in the Mechanical Engineering Department, Christian’s research goals are modeling the coefficient of friction in gears for sliding friction loss predictions. See his Thank You video here!


M.D. Fahad – The Ohio State University
M.D. Fahad is pursuing a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at The Ohio State University.  Mr. Fahad is working on gear micropitting research in Ohio State’s famed Gear Lab. These research results will be made available to all AGMA members. Photo is Fahad working in the OSU Gear Lab.


Jack Jaeger – Waukesha County Technical College
Jack, the first student to receive funding from the new Technical/Associate Scholarship program, is attending school while working at Brelie Gear. See his Thank You video here!


Denis J. Lang – Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
Denis, who interest is vehicular gear trains, will graduate from Penn State Erie in May 2017 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Denis hopes to find a career in the auto industry.  Photo is Denis Lang accepting the Scholarship Award from Matt Croson, AGMA President


Yue Peng – University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Mechanical Engineering Graduate student Yue Peng is working at the Siemens Solutions Lab at UNC Charlotte while attending school. Her research is focused on gear metrology. See her Thank You video here!  Top photo is Yue accepting the Scholarship Award from AGMA Foundation Chairman Scott Moss, bottom photo is Yue Peng working at UNC Charlotte.


Cole Rickerson – Texas A&M University
Cole is a Freshman in Texas A&M’s engineering department, and is “intrigued by the number of things that can be engineered using gear technology.” See his Thank You video here!  Photo with Jack Nowlin, AGMA Foundation Trustee and President of C-B Gear & Machine, Inc.


Joshua Smith – Colorado State University
Joshua is pursuing Undergraduate degrees in Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering. He hopes to work in the robotics field.

Michael Ustes – University of Michigan Dearborn
Michael, an Undergraduate, is pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and hopes to work in the powertrain industry.

Past AGMA Foundation Scholarship Recipients:

Matthew Cane (2014) is working full time in gear industry while completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Technology at Southern Illinois University.

Ryan Hall (2014) has graduated from Valparasio University and is now employed by Caterpillar.

Andrew Katz (2015) is finishing his graduate studies at the University of Waterloo while working at Ontario Drive & Gear.

Xihui Liang (2015) finished his PhD. at the University of Alberta, and is now doing a Post Doc at the University’s Reliability Research Lab.

Tyler O’Brien (2012-2014) graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.

Sally Starnes (2013 & 2015) is completing a Master’s Degree at the Georgia Institute of Technology while working at DNV KEMA Renewables.

Aaron Thaler (2010) received a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University. While at Ohio State, Aaron worked in the Gear Lab.

Jacob Van Dorp (2013-2015) will soon receive his Master’s Degree from the University of Waterloo.  Jacob is employed by Ontario Drive & Gear.

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