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Alex Stiles

Additive Manufacturing for Energy


Supervising Faculty: Uday Vaidya, Dayakar Penumadu

Alex is interested in fiber reinforced composite materials, their manufacturing technologies, and their applications in the automotive sector and additive manufacturing.  During his undergraduate career, he founded Samambu LLC, which focused on bamboo fiber composites for architectural applications.  After graduation in 2012, Alex continued Samambu part-time while working as a product engineer for Holland LP, a railroad supply company.  At Holland LP, he gained valuable experience in understanding customer needs and translating them into a functional product.  Alex looks forward to combining his product development experience with scientifically based research to help advance the field of composites.


Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering (2012) Illinois Institute of Technology

Professional Service

  • 2006-2008, Missionary Service in Belgium and The Netherlands for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Awards and Recognitions

  • Six Sigma Green Belt Certified
  • Business Plan Competitions:
    • 1st at St. Louis Regional Idea to Product Competition (2013)
    • 3rd at Sao Paulo Global Idea to Product Competition (2013)
    • 2nd at Carnegie Mellon Tepper Venture Challenge (2013)
  • Patents Pending:
    • US 20150291182 A1 (Application) - Auto-rack railcar panel bumper guard and side post guard apparatuses and methods of using the same
    • US 20150175050 A1 (Application) - Strap tensioning buckle apparatus and methods of using the same
    • US 20160082981 A1 (Application) - Grating connector and spacer apparatus, system, and methods of using the same

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