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Student Michael Doyle Presents Research in Washington, D.C.

Doyle participated in Council of Undergraduate Research's 18th annual undergraduate poster session on Capitol Hill.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 5-2-2014

(NOTE: Photos were provided courtesy of Kuldeep Agarwal.)

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato student Michael Doyle (on right in upper photo), a third-year manufacturing engineering technology major from Minneapolis, Minn., presented his research, “3D Printing of Stainless Steel for Engineering Applications,” at the Council on Undergraduate Research’s 18th annual undergraduate poster session at Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on April 28-29.

Doyle’s participation marked the third time that a student has represented Minnesota State Mankato at the event, which highlights the importance of undergraduate research and allows members of Congress to talk directly with the student presenters.

Doyle’s project was one of only 60 in the nation selected for participation in the event and one of just two selected from a Minnesota college or university.

Doyle and his project mentor, Kuldeep Agarwal (on right in lower photo), an assistant professor in Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering Technology, met U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar (on left in upper and lower photos) and Al Franken and U.S. Rep. Tim Walz and spoke to them about the importance of undergraduate research. Doyle and Agarwal also participated in a White House panel discussion.

In his research project, Doyle used an X1-Lab printer donated to Minnesota State Mankato from ExOne to help present the effects of differing aspects of 3D metal printing more recently called “metal additive manufacturing.”

According to Agarwal, metal additive manufacturing has the potential to solve problems in the medical, prototyping, automotive, aerospace, defense, and other engineering industries.

To reach the potential of any manufacturing process, Agarwal says, the final product’s material characteristics and how the process affects those characteristics must be understood to meet the demands of industrial applications.

Doyle noted that there is a gap in standard testing information regarding 3-D metal printing processes. The metal printing process that this research focused on has three steps: printing, curing, and sintering or infiltration. The research seeks to fill that gap of valuable information for this manufacturing process, so that its principles can be used to design better products.

Fundamental tensile and compression tests were executed using a design of experiments method to reduce the fundamental research’s complexity and waste while retaining quality statistical results. The research shows a strong interaction between the process variables and the resulting mechanical properties. This data can be utilized to design better quality parts.

Since his early years, Doyle has explored science, mechanics, arts, mathematics, and inventions. By the time he was in sixth grade, he was involved in nanotechnology.

While in college prep school at Minnehaha Academy, from which he graduated in 2011, Doyle attended the University of Minnesota through postsecondary enrollment options (PSEO). Next, he attended Dakota County Technical College, where he received an associate’s of applied science degree in Nanoscience Technology through an articulation agreement with the University of Minnesota.

Doyle currently attends Minnesota State Mankato and is pursuing bachelor’s and master’s degrees in manufacturing engineering technology. He has advocated for students in higher education at the state and national levels, taken gold and silver medals at SkillsUSA Minnesota and national competitions, and is independently researching many of his own prototypes, including a fluid pump design that he innovated.

Doyle has an internship, many mentors, a part-time job with the Star Tribune, as well as his own business. He aspires to become a well-known research and development director for implementing innovative and inventive solutions to society’s problems.

Minnesota State Mankato’s Undergraduate Research Center funded the trip to Washington, D.C., and also the faculty research grant that provided support for the project.

The Department of Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering Technology is part of Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Science, Engineering & Technology.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,409 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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