Sophomore to intern at Parker Hannifin

Sylvie Crowell

For the second summer in a row, sophomore Sylvie Crowell will be doing a summer materials internship.  This summer, she will be interning at the Parker Hannifin Corporation as part of her Association for Iron and Steel Technology Steel Intern Scholarship.

Crowell, who interned at Cotsworks in summer 2020, is a member of the Materials Advantage Program, which is connected to AIST.  She was drawn to the AIST Steel Intern Scholarship opportunity because she wanted to explore the metallurgy industry.  “I will need to choose a concentration within the department to complete my bachelor's degree,” she said.  “Thus, before I choose a concentration, I wanted to get a better idea of which field within Materials Engineering most interests me. I have done work with metals in the past and would like to see whether a career in the metallurgy industry might be a good fit for me.”

A Parker Hannifin Corporation Scholarship recipient, Crowell’s main responsibilities as a summer intern will be assisting with research and development projects in their Engineered Materials Group, such as modeling in Solidworks, working through the medical device approval process, conducting consistency tests, working with elastomer seals, and designing steel structural supports.  She looks forward to learning more about metals and plastics.

A [think]box student fabrication technician, Crowell will bring experience with working with steel to Parker Hannifin.  She learned about steel metallurgy in EMSE 276 and about polymer science in EMAC 270.  “The Materials Engineering curriculum at Case also has a large focus on steel as well, so I hope to continue applying this knowledge in a hands on way,” said Crowell.  She also participated in ASM International’s Eisenman Materials Camp program during her high school years.

Crowell credits her research in AMMRC with research associate Janet Gbur as “one of the most valuable experiences I have had at CWRU.”  During the spring semester, Crowell and Gbur will work with the Cleveland VA and the Case School of Medicine to design a biomedical implantable device. Crowell will use a nanojet 3D printer for testing and fabrication of the device she designs.