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SCC to Host Free Community Veterans Day Event

Veterans Day PosterIn celebration of Veterans Day, Somerset Community College will host a free community event on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 10 a.m. The event will be held in the Meece Auditorium on the SCC Somerset North Campus, located at 808 Monticello Street in Somerset.

The Veterans Day event, led by SCC assistant professor of Political Science and U.S. Army Veteran James Taylor, will feature members of the SCC Veterans Student Organization, who will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Members of the Southwestern High School JROTC will present and retire the colors and Johnna Atkinson-Bigelow, SCC professor of Communications, will sing the Star Spangled Banner and provide additional special music for the event.

The guest speaker for the 2016 SCC Veterans Day event will be Eric Wooldridge, associate professor of 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing at SCC. Wooldridge is the principal investigator of a National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education program grant received by SCC to research and develop new 3D Printing applications,upgrade existing SCC AM/3DP equipment and add new equipment for biomedical applications, such as acquiring high precision scans of objects and appendages.

Part of the NSF grant funds have been used to benefit Veterans, Wooldridge said. For example, Wooldridge and students in his 3D/Additive Manufacturing class are working to design a canine assisting device that can be used by anyone who may have a service animal and may require emergency use of medication. Also, Wooldridge has been working on a concept model of stabilizingadapter for an AR-15 firearm that affords anyone who has lost an arm, or the use of an arm, to once again be able to enjoy the experience of using the firearm as a hobbyist.

In addition to those particular uses, Wooldridge said that the most important connection between 3D/Printing and Additive Manufacturing comes from the fact that U.S. Armed Forceshave produced more small businesses in the U.S. than any other organization.

Veterans make great business leaders, said Wooldridge. They have the training, the mentality and the discipline to be successful in a multitude of businesses. Part of what I hope to accomplish through the grant is to let Veterans know that we have access to technology that can help them be more successful in business and manufacturing. We can assist veterans and other entrepreneurs as they compete in todays evolving market.

Wooldridge graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Kentucky with a B.S. in Biosystems Engineering and is currently working towards his masters degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineeringat UK. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in multiple fields, as well as a licensed Architect.

Early in his career, Wooldridge joined the faculty ranks of SCC where he has educated students in design and manufacturing courses for over a decade. Wooldridges work evolved with demand into 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing, and he developed the current 3D Printing curriculum.

Wooldridge has also installed and optimized one of the largest FDM 3D printers in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, boasting a print volume of nearly one hundred cubic feet.

The SCC Veterans Day event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact James Taylor at (606) 451-6820 or james.taylor@kctcs.edu.