AGMA Scholarships

Making an Impact on Students by Advancing Education

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. 

Help keep the gear and power transmission industry moving. Consider making a contribution to the AGMA Foundation Scholarship Program and help kick start a career in gear

Geared for Success

Scholarship recipient follow-up demonstrates the success of this program. 86% of graduated recipients are currently employed in the gear/ power transmission industry. 

Financial Support for Your Career

The American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA) Foundation awards scholarships to outstanding students at three levels: Associate/Technical, Undergraduate, and Graduate. The scholarship program was created to help fill the need for skilled employees in the gear industry.

Students may receive up to $2,500 annually.

Annual scholarship awards of $5,000.

Annual scholarship awards of $5,000.

How to Apply

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 members of the gear industry who have experience in workforce education. The Committee reviews applications and makes recommendations to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees for final approval. The Foundation will next award scholarships in the Fall of 2023.

Applications for the 2022 Scholarship Awards are due July 3, 2023.

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PAST AGMA Foundation Scholarship Recipients

Undergraduate Recipients

Joshua Biddle – Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
An undergraduate mechanical engineering major, Joshua is interested in transmission design and manufacturing, and sends a heartfelt “thank you” to the Foundation and its donors.

Josh received scholarships in 2020 and 2022.

Mitch MacDermaid – Western Michigan University
Mitch is studying Mechanical engineering, specifically in the automotive field. His research goals include maintaining Westerns engine dynamometer, increasing his testing responsibilities at Eaton Corporation, continuing to increase his current GPA status, and to keep pushing himself in the automotive world.

Mitch received a scholarship in 2020.

Alexander Minton – University of Cincinnati
Alex’s passion is turbomachinery and the study of rotor dynamics. Alex is in a co-op at Cincinnati Gearing Systems, a founding member of AGMA.
See his Thank You video here!

Jared Minski – Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
Jared is a college senior majoring in mechanical engineering technology. After earning his degree, Jared plans to continue working at Ameridrives Couplings in Erie, PA, and continuing to pursue his passions of turbomachinery and industrial power transmission.

Graduate Recipients

David Ajoku- Carnegie Mellon University
David is pursuing a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration on Design and Manufacturing of Mechanical systems, as well as a Master’s in Engineering & Technology Innovation Management with a focus on Product Management and Entrepreneurship.While employed at Tesla, David worked on mechanical design optimization and validation testing for the drivetrain systems of the Tesla Model 3, Model X, andModel S.

Abolfazl Hosseinpour – University of North Carolina, Charlotte Abolfazl’s area of concentration is gear metrology and inspection, dealing with the Fast Optical Inspection of involute helical cylindrical gears. See his Thank You video here
Kevin Qiu – École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne  Kevin is pursuing a MSc in Robotics at EPFL. He previously attended ASME 2019 IDETC/CIE where he presented his work on design optimization for gear geometries. His research interests lie in actuation methods for soft robotics.

2020 Linda and Bipin Doshi Scholarship Winner
Connor Wilson- Purdue University
Connor is working on a Master’s Degree in mechanical engineering. His interests are the design and analysis of rotating machinery and material science. Connor has co-oped at Linamar-McLaren Engineering.  See his Thank You video here.

Past AGMA Foundation Scholarship Recipients

Louis David Archambault (2014 & 2015) is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Ecole de Technologie Superieure.  His research focus is tribology. See his Thank You video here!

Milad Azvar (2018) is a PhD student in the Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering Program at Waterloo University. His research interest is the dynamics and mechanics of gear cutting.  See his Thank You video here!

Isaac Bowser (2017) attends Taylor University while working part time for ITAMCO.

Christian Brower (2016) attended Western Michigan University. His research goals are modeling the coefficient of friction in gears for sliding friction loss predictions. See his Thank You video here!

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

Kenneth Daniel-Hamberg (2018) has a passion for renewable energies. Kenneth studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati, and worked at BMW.

M.D. Fahad (2015 & 2016) received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University, where he conducted gear micropitting research in Ohio State’s famed Gear Lab. Today, Fahad is employed in the gear industry.

Caleb Gurd (2018) For his senior design project at Western Michigan University, Caleb designed, developed and validated a variable speed test bed that is capable of measuring gearbox efficiencies. Caleb presented a research paper at the 2019 AGMA Fall Technical Meeting.

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

Jack Jaeger (2017) has graduated from Waukesha County Technical College, and is employed at Koepfer America.  See his Thank You video here!

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

Denis J. Lang (2016) graduated from Penn State Erie in May 2017 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and now works in the auto industry.

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.

Tiffany Lim (2017) is a research associate in the OSU Gear Lab. Tiffany’s goal is to, “gain knowledge of gear efficiency and durability under different circumstances to help manufacturers’ avoid gear failure.” See her Thank You video here!

Nolan Maners (2017) An undergraduate mechanical engineering major at Western Kentucky University, Nolan hopes to channel his passion for robotics into inventions that will make life easier. See his Thank You video here!

Pierce McCloskey – University of Waterloo is a Master’s student at the University of Waterloo’s Precision Controls Lab,  worked in cooperation with Ontario Drive and Gear as well as the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in Sheffield, UK. His area of research is developing a virtual model of the power skiving gear cutting process. See his Thank You video here!

Rob McEwan – The Ohio State University
Rob is in a combined BS/MS program at the OSU Gear and Power Transmission Lab. Rob is researching the effects of lubrication in high speed planetary gearboxes, and has interned at Honda and Lauren Manufacturing.
See his Thank You video here!

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

Yue Peng received 3 )2016 – 2018) AGMA Foundation Scholarship Awards! A presenter at the 2017 AGMA Fall Technical Meeting,  Yue Peng is working at the Siemens Solutions Lab at UNC Charlotte while attending graduate school. Her research is focused on gear metrology. See her 2016 Thank You video here!  and See her 2017 Thank You video here!  

Michael Peterson – West Texas A&M
Michael finished his Master’s in Engineering Technology in May 2020, and is currently employed at Amarillo Gear. Michael in in the process of joining the U.S. Navy, and hopes to become a Naval Aviator.

Darren Promer – Western Michigan University
Darren is pursuing a MS in Mechanical Engineering, with the goal of becoming an expert on structural mechanics and finite element analysis. Darren has interned at Eckhart Inc., and is a University Lab Instructor.

Cole Rickerson (2016) is an undergraduate 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!  

Jacob Ridenour – Western Michigan University
Jacob graduated in May 2020, and is now working full time at the Eaton Corporation.
See his Thank You video here!

Troy Robertson (2018) has been involved with the gear industry for nearly 15 years.  His work and research has been in the development of gear die manufacturing processes while he attends Western Kentucky University. See his Thank You video here!

2019 Linda & Bipin Doshi Scholarship Winner
Liza Russell – Purdue University
An intern at Allison Transmission, Liza is in her final year at Purdue. Liza is focusing on engines, and green alternatives, and looking forward to a long and productive career in the powertrain industry.
See her Thank You video here!

Bahadir Sarikaya – University of Massachusetts Lowell
A two time recipient of an AGMA Foundation Scholarship, Bahadir is a mechanical engineering PhD student and graduate research assistant at UMASS Lowell, Structural Dynamics and Acoustic System Lab. His research interests are structural dynamics, linear or nonlinear dynamic modelling of mechanical systems and vibrations with a current focus on gearbox dynamics and its interaction with other drivetrain components in vehicle.
See his 2019 Thank You video here! See his 2018 Thank You video here!

Aggash Sivasoth (2017) is an undergraduate at the University of Waterloo who is fascinated by robotics, and aspires to a career in automotive engineering. See his Thank You video here!

Joshua Smith (2017) graduated from Colorado State University and is working for Dynamic Motion Control. See his Thank You video here!

Sally Starnes (2013 & 2015) completed 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.

Mustafa Turhan (2017) a PhD candidate at the University of Waterloo, Mustafa’s research interest is virtual manufacturing. He is working to develop a virtual model of machine tool axes and correct dimensional errors by using trajectory correction algorithm (Iterative Learning Control). Models and trajectory correction algorithms, which will be developed in this research, will utilize a grinding machine tool as a testbed. University of Waterloo – Precision Controls Group is collaborating with Ontario Drive & Gear to carry out this project.

Aaron Ustes (2018) goal is to work in the exciting field of electric powertrains and drive systems within the automotive industry. He is pursuing a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan Dearborn.

Michael Ustes – University of Michigan Dearborn
Michael graduated in May 2020 with  dual degrees in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. Michael is now employed at Hitachi Automotive.

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

Jacob Vanderveen (2017) a student at Grand Valley State University, Jacob’s introduction to gearing came in an internship at Tawas Tool, where he helped design hobbers and cutters . See his Thank You video here!

Matthew Waller (2018) – The Pennsylvania State University
Matt is a PhD. candidate in Engineering Science and Mechanics. His research focuses on the development of steel-composite hybrid gear technology.
See his Thank You Video here!

Nicholas Wever – Kettering University
Nicholas is interested in powertrain development, and has co-oped at General Motors’ Metallurgy Lab.
See his Thank You video here!

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