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Lowerpoint Road, State Hwy 371
Crownpoint NM 87313

Phone: 505.387.7401
Fax: 505.786.5644

 

Chinle Instructional Site
PO Box 849, Chinle AZ, 86503
Phone: 928.674.5764
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Teec Nos Pos Instructional Site
PO Box 1203, Teec Nos Pos, AZ 86514
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Kirtland Instructional Site
40 Road 6580, Kirtland, NM 87417
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67 301 North, Zuni, NM 87327
Phone: 505.782.6010

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(L-R) Brady Kimbrel, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center; Lisa Wininger, NASA Armstrong Flight Research center; Dr. Elmey Guy, Navajo Tech President, Becky Flick, NASA Armstrong Flight Research center; Dr.Monsuru Ramoni, PI, NASA MUREP-NAMER Grant.

CROWNPOINT, NM - On March 23-24, 2022, the NASA MUREP Institutional Research Opportunity (MIRO) Team visited Navajo Technical University (NTU). While here, they had the chance to meet with President Dr. Guy, Provost Dr. Colleen Bowman, and Associate Professor Monsuru Ramoni, Ph.D., for an on-site review of NTU Institutional research building progress and help strengthen NASA partnership for future opportunities. In 2019, NASA MIRO awarded NTU a $3 million grant for the Navajo Tech Additive Manufacturing Education and Research (NAMER) project headed by Dr. Ramoni.

"We want to continue to provide these types of resources for our students, this way, they can grow in professional development," said President Guy as he discussed the NAMER project with the NASA MIRO Team.

"These are great opportunities for Navajo people. We must continue to pave the way for our students," said Provost Bowman as she explained the impact of the grant for NTU students to the NASA MIRO team while providing some background on NTU's history and goals for students.

Dr. Ramoni, the grant's principal investigator (PI), provided comprehensive updates on the grant's activities and stated NAMER strives to encourage additive manufacturing research to provide opportunities for Native American students to be part of the engineering industry.

NTU students gave presentations about their progress on projects they've been working on. "I feel good about it, and it was a fun presentation," said Winter Morgan, NTU FAB Lab intern, as she described her experience presenting her project with her partner, Joel Yazzie. "Working with my partner Joel was great, and we have our first Joint published paper together.” Morgan and Yazzie are both excited to see their projects in print.

The presentation given by Yazzie and Morgan was entitled "Surface Metrology of DED Lens AM Part: Contact Surface Profilometer." Their project was based on collecting surface data using a 3D cube tool called a "surface profile meter" that is dragged over the surface of the 3D cube. Their paper, entitled "Surface Metrology of DED Lens Am Part: Contact Surface Profilometer," was published in the American Society for Precision Engineering and can be found on: www.vnmglobalsolutions.com/publications

Tour of NTU Center of Advanced Manufacturing, L-R, Scott Halliday, Director, Navajo Tech Center for Advanced Manufacturing; Lisa Wininger, NASA Armstrong Flight Research center; Brady Kimbrel, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Becky Flick, NASA Armstrong Flight Research center; Dr.Monsuru Ramoni, PI, NASA MUREP-NAMER Grant; Calsey Nez, NAMER Staff.

The second presentation, given by Nyala Murphy and Deidra Deswood, was entitled "SUM 2021 NASA AM Metal Internship," Their research was based on 3D printing applications for Aerospace companies, and the material they used is a nickel-based superalloy Inconel 718.

"I felt confident and was not worried; I've done enough presentations since I started working in the Fab Lab that I've gained the experience and understanding of my work," said Nyala Murphy, NTU FAB Lab intern. She described her experience of the presentation with her partner, Deidra Derwood. "We work as a team, we continue to teach each other with collaboration and trust in one another, and we accomplished our goal together," stated Murphy, a peer mentor to Derwood.

(L-R) Winter Morgan, NTU Student, Joel Yazzie, NTU Student, Their presentation for NASA was "Surface Metrology of DED Lens AM Part: Contact Surface Profilometer."
(L-R) Deidra Deswood, NTU Student, Nyala Murphy, NTU Student, Their presentation for NASA was " SUM 2021 NASA AM Metal Internship."

NTU continues striving to create and strengthen partnerships that can impact student success in higher education. NTU's mission is to promote students' success, and with grants like these, NTU plans to help students as they develop professionally in any industry.

For more information about the NASA-funded Navajo Tech Additive Manufacturing Education and Research (NAMER), contact Dr. Monsuru Ramoni at mramoni@navajotech.edu.

Contact NTU

Navajo Technical University
Lowerpoint Road, State Hwy 371
Crownpoint, NM 87313

Phone: 505.387.7401
Fax: 505.786.5644


Chinle Instructional Site
PO Box 849, Chinle, AZ 86503

Phone: 928.674.5764
Fax: 928.674.5700


Teec Nos Pos Instructional Site
PO Box 848, Teec Nos Pos, AZ 86514

Phone: 928.656.3600
Fax: 928.656.3596


Kirtland Instructional Site
40 Road 6580
Kirtland, NM 87417
(505) 609-5020/5017
(Located off of Highway 64 next to Judy Nelson Elementary School in Kirtland, NM)


Zuni Instructional Site
67 301 North, Zuni, NM 87327

Phone: 505.782.6010