EWI Adds Renowned Additive Manufacturing Expert To Buffalo Team

headshot 2Buffalo, NY – EWI is pleased to announce that Francisco Medina, Jr. Ph.D., a leading edge expert in additive manufacturing (AM), will join the growing team at Buffalo Manufacturing Works as Principal Engineer. Medina comes to Buffalo from Arcam, where he was managing its North America relationships and R&D activities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Prior to his work with Arcam, Medina was Center Manager for the University of Texas at El Paso W.M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation which explores material extrusion, binder jetting, and powder bed fusion processes.

“Being able to attract top talent like Frank is a big win for the manufacturing industry in Buffalo and our region,” said Michael Ulbrich, President of Buffalo Manufacturing Works. “There has been tremendous interest in additive manufacturing and now we have one of the best in the business to assist our clients to integrate this critical technology into their manufacturing processes.”

EWI CEO and President Henry Cialone agrees. “Frank will be a great asset to our organization and excellent addition to our Buffalo team. His knowledge in electron beam melting (EBM) systems deepens EWI’s expertise in AM to better serve industry.”

Shawn Kelly, EWI’s Technology Lead for AM adds, “Frank’s oversight of Buffalo Manufacturing Works’ AM capabilities enhances our offerings to manufacturers who want to incorporate additive processes in their operations.”

“Buffalo has a rich manufacturing history and I’m honored to be a part of this talented team that is helping innovation-driven organizations across North America excel,” said Medina. “By partnering with our clients’ internal manufacturing, engineering and R&D teams, EWI’s team is helping manufacturers to deliver better products, grow and compete through additive manufacturing and our other technical capabilities.”

Medina earned his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), a leading multi-disciplinary engineering program.

Buffalo Manufacturing Works, a world-class resource for advanced manufacturing operated by EWI, is part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion initiative. Since opening its doors in April 2015, it has nearly doubled its fulltime staff to 14 people. There are plans to continue hiring in 2016. For career information and job openings at Buffalo Manufacturing Works, visit the careers page on our website: www.buffalomanufacturingworks.com/about/careers/

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About EWI

EWI is the leading engineering and technology organization in North America dedicated to developing, testing, and implementing advanced manufacturing technologies for industry. Since 1984, EWI has offered applied research, manufacturing support, and strategic services to leaders in the aerospace, automotive, consumer electronic, medical, energy, government and defense, and heavy manufacturing sectors. By matching our expertise to the needs of forward-thinking manufacturers, our technology team serves as a valuable extension of our clients’ innovation and R&D teams to provide premium, game-changing solutions that deliver a competitive advantage in the global marketplace. To learn more, visit www.ewi.org, email info@ewi.org, or call 614.688.5000.

About Buffalo Manufacturing Works

Buffalo Manufacturing Works, operated by EWI, helps innovation-driven organizations across North America excel by partnering with their internal manufacturing, engineering and R&D teams to deliver better products, grow, and compete. Located on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus in downtown Buffalo, the facility houses state-of-the-art equipment to facilitate applied R&D projects with members, as well as a team specializing in four primary technology focus areas: Flexible Automation, Additive Manufacturing, Machining & Finishing, and Materials & Testing. For more information, visit www.buffalomanufacturingworks.com.

About the Buffalo Billion

With Governor Cuomo’s commitment to invest $1 billion in the Buffalo area economy, which is designed to spur significantly greater private investment and create thousands of new, sustainable jobs, New York State is helping the Buffalo area to realize immediate economic growth to put “generation now” back to work while setting the foundation for sustainable economic opportunity for future generations. The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council – a top economic development plan award winner – will play a key role in how the funding is used to support the expansion of local companies and how to target the attraction of new businesses across the country and around the globe to come to Buffalo. To learn more about the Buffalo Billion, visit www.buffalobillion.ny.gov.

EWI Adds Project Engineer, Continues to Build Buffalo Manufacturing Works Team

SamantBuffalo, NY – EWI announced that it has added a project engineer to its team of engineers focused on developing, testing, and deploying emerging and innovative additive manufacturing processes at Buffalo Manufacturing Works, a world-class advanced manufacturing center that is part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion initiative.

Rutuja Samant comes to Buffalo Manufacturing Works after earning her Masters in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Additive Manufacturing (AM) at the University of Cincinnati. Most recently, Rutuja was employed as a Graduate Research Assistant working closely with the engineers in the AM Department at GE’s Global Research Center.

Samant will be working with leading-edge additive manufacturing equipment at Buffalo Manufacturing Works including the Arcam A2X, which is now up and running at the facility. The Arcam is a 3D printer that uses a powerful electron beam to build parts layer-by-layer using metal powder. As a project engineer, Rutuja is working to apply the emerging field of “Design for Additive Manufacturing” to today’s manufacturing challenges.

“We have had tremendous interest from manufacturers in our additive manufacturing capabilities, which has been very exciting,” said Michael Ulbrich, President of Buffalo Manufacturing Works. “We are committed to being responsive to the current R&D needs of manufacturers and the continued growth of our additive manufacturing team through talented hires like Rutuja is a reflection of that commitment.”

Since opening its doors in April 2015, Buffalo Manufacturing Works has nearly doubled its fulltime staff to 14 people. There are plans to continue hiring in 2016. For career information and job openings at Buffalo Manufacturing Works, visit the careers page on our website: www.buffalomanufacturingworks.com/about/careers/

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About EWI

EWI is the leading engineering and technology organization in North America dedicated to developing, testing, and implementing advanced manufacturing technologies for industry. Since 1984, EWI has offered applied research, manufacturing support, and strategic services to leaders in the aerospace, automotive, consumer electronic, medical, energy, government and defense, and heavy manufacturing sectors. By matching our expertise to the needs of forward-thinking manufacturers, our technology team serves as a valuable extension of our clients’ innovation and R&D teams to provide premium, game-changing solutions that deliver a competitive advantage in the global marketplace. To learn more, visit www.ewi.org, email info@ewi.org, or call 614.688.5000.

About Buffalo Manufacturing Works

Buffalo Manufacturing Works, operated by EWI, helps innovation-driven organizations across North America excel by partnering with their internal manufacturing, engineering and R&D teams to deliver better products, grow, and compete. Located on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus in downtown Buffalo, the facility houses state-of-the-art equipment to facilitate applied R&D projects with members, as well as a team specializing in four primary technology focus areas: Flexible Manufacturing, Additive Manufacturing, Machining & Finishing, and Materials & Testing. For more information, visit www.buffalomanufacturingworks.com.

About the Buffalo Billion

With Governor Cuomo’s commitment to invest $1 billion in the Buffalo area economy, which is designed to spur significantly greater private investment and create thousands of new, sustainable jobs, New York State is helping the Buffalo area to realize immediate economic growth to put “generation now” back to work while setting the foundation for sustainable economic opportunity for future generations. The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council – a top economic development plan award winner – will play a key role in how the funding is used to support the expansion of local companies and how to target the attraction of new businesses across the country and around the globe to come to Buffalo. To learn more about the Buffalo Billion, visit www.buffalobillion.ny.gov.