Students who want to conduct original, inventive research while gaining hands-on experience, grow during MSOE’s unique Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. They arrive from all parts of the country with diverse university experiences, skill levels, interests and science and engineering backgrounds.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, MSOE’s Rapid Prototyping Consortium and the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power, our REU program focuses on understanding and utilizing additive manufacturing and fluid power technology that cuts across many disciplines while developing skills in research methodology and communication.

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Note: Two REU participants for the Fluid Power area are recruited through Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP), funded by the National Science Foundation through the main campus: University of Minnesota.

Applicants to this REU Grant will be considered strictly for Additive Manufacturing- Advances and Applications.

NEW to this grant: An international component for two of the seven students each year – typically, MSOE students who already have exposure to the on-campus AM facilities ─ to spend the middle six weeks of the 10-week program at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa, where they will conduct research in advanced manufacturing at the National Laser Center (NLC), closely advised by Dr. Esther Akinlabi of the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Important Dates

  • Program Dates: June 4, 2017 to August 12, 2017
  • Application Deadline: March 17, 2017

Due to the international component, the screening of applicants will begin March 1, 2017. Early application is highly encouraged.

REU Overview – Program Description

As part of MSOE’s REU program, you’ll research projects advancing state-of-the-art applications in the biomedical, aerospace, architectural, manufacturing, composite, biomolecular, electro-optical, and fluid power industries.

Your research will be guided by a faculty advisor with expertise in a particular research field. The interdisciplinary nature of this work opens minds and promotes creative solutions to problem solving.

Hands-on access to additive manufacturing devices and fluid power laboratories, close partnerships with advisors, industry mentors and other educational institutions, paired with a creative learning environment provides you with a high probability of success in research focused on solving industrial problems through advanced manufacturing technology.

Your research capabilities will increase as you explore research topics through:

  • learning new software
  • designing and completing experiments
  • group discussions
  • building models
  • field trips
  • problem solving with advisors and teammates
  • written and oral communication
  • library and Internet research

Explore previous research and teaching modules through the REU program.

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Who Should Apply?

Students who have completed their sophomore year of an engineering, pre-engineering, computer science or science-based (biology, chemistry, physics, etc.) curriculum; are enrolled in a university for the fall term; are a full-time student with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or greater; are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States; have an interest in research and in learning about additive manufacturing applications will be considered. Women, minorities and persons with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply. Accepted candidates will participate 40 hours per week for the 10 week session. All students receive a stipend and travel allowance. On-campus room and board is provided.

How to Apply

Student Qualifications in General

  • Completed the sophomore year of engineering, pre-engineering or a science-based curriculum.
  • Enrolled in a university for the fall term as a full-time student.
  • Earned a GPA of 3.00 or greater.
  • A U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
  • Have an interest in research and in learning about additive manufacturing.
  • Women, minorities and persons with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.
  • No experience in additive manufacturing or fluid power is required.

Student Qualifications for Consideration for International Component

  • Completed the junior year of mechanical engineering at Milwaukee School of Engineering.
  • Earned a GPA of 3.00 or greater.
  • A U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
  • Completed material science coursework successfully (ME 321 and ME 322).
  • Exposed to on-campus Additive Manufacturing.

Required Application Materials

  1. One-page cover letter
  2. One-page resume
  3. One-page statement indicating your interest in additive manufacturing and undergraduate research, as well as why you should be selected as a participant.
  4. TWO letters of reference (at least one from previous or current faculty)
  5. Your university transcript (include transcripts from each university you have attended): unofficial are acceptable for applying. If selected, however, the official transcripts will then need to be sent.

Application materials must be received by the specified due date. They can be sent via email as PDF package or by postal mail. Letters could also be mailed directly to the PI from the references. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

Submit Your Application

Send your application materials by the application deadline to:

Dr. Subha Kumpaty
Milwaukee School of Engineering
1025 N. Broadway
Milwaukee WI 53202

Questions? Contact Dr. Kumpaty at