University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

Mechanical Engineering Students Win Creative Award at HOUSTEX 2019 Exhibit

Pitt-Johnstown mechanical engineering students Jonathan Holman and Tanner Badoud won the Most Creative Design Award in the 3D Printing Student Competition at HOUSTEX 2019 in February 2019.

Jonathan Holman, Dr. Serdar Tumkor, and Tanner Badoud with their award.

Pitt-Johnstown mechanical engineering students Jonathan Holman and Tanner Badoud won the Most Creative Design Award in the 3D Printing Student Competition at HOUSTEX 2019 in February 2019.

“Our student team designed a phone stand and a 3D printer with a novel printing process of adding layers in sequence using wasted organic materials,” said Serdar Tumkor, PhD, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Pitt-Johnstown.

The Direct Bonded Fiber Modeling project was a phone stand built with the following objectives to meet competition criteria:

  • three-dimensional concept that was innovative and reduced energy and waste;
  • recycled waste products that conserve resources;
  • use of the additive manufacturing processes; and
  • energy consciousness.

HOUSTEX is among the nation’s top major manufacturing events, which features exhibits of advanced technologies. Smart Manufacturing Experience organized the engineering design competition.


The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown was founded in 1927 and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and by Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization.” The distinctive combination of Pitt-Johnstown’s people, programs, and place results in exceptional performance in preparing students for career and professional success. Pitt-Johnstown is the regional leader, educating for success in the Real World.