The Application Deadline for the 2019 AGMA Foundation Scholarship Awards was July 1. Applications are no longer being accepted for 2019. 

Applications for the 2020 Scholarship Awards are due July 1, 2020.
Please check here in January 2020 for the updated Scholarship Guidelines and Application Form.

Click HERE to Contribute to the Scholarship Fund

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.  Six graduate and 4 undergraduate students received $5,000 scholarship awards in 2018.

The Scholarship Award 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 to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees for final approval. The Foundation will next award scholarships in the Fall of 2019.

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Milad Azvar – University of Waterloo
Milad is a PhD student in the Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering program at the University of Waterloo.  His research interest is the Dynamics and Mechanics of Gear Cutting Operations.
See his Thank You video here.

Kenneth Daniel-Hamberg – University of Cincinnati
Kenneth is pursuing a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering.

Caleb Gurd – Western Michigan University
For his senior design project, Caleb is designing, developing and validating a variable speed test bed that is capable of measuring gearbox efficiencies.

Pierce McCloskey – University of Waterloo
Pierce is currently a Master’s student at the University of Waterloo’s Precision Controls Lab working 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!


Yue Peng – University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Yue Peng has received 3 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!  Left photo is Yue accepting the Scholarship Award from AGMA Foundation Chairman Scott Moss, right photo is Yue Peng working at UNC Charlotte.

Troy Robertson – Western Kentucky University
Troy 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.
See his Thank You video here! 

Bahadir Sarikaya – University of Massachusetts Lowell
Bahadir is a mechanical engineering PhD student and graduate research assistant in 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 Thank You video here!

Aaron Ustes – University of Michigan Dearborn

Aaron’s 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.

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

Matthew Waller – 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!

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!

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.

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.

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!

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

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!  

Aggash Sivasoth (2017) is an undergraduate at the Universityof 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) 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.

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.

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!

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