Philip Bean

Advisors: Dr. Roberto Lopez-Anido and Dr. Senthil Vel


B.S. Mechanical Engineering with a Minor in Mathematics- University of Maine, 2016

M.S. Mechanical Engineering- University of Maine, PRESENT

Bio & Research Interests

I grew up on a small farm in Sidney, Maine where I was homeschooled throughout my primary and secondary education. Since my youth, I have always been interested in understanding how things work, as well as in building new things. In particular, aerospace technology was always fascinating to me. This interest eventually developed into a desire to study Mechanical Engineering. Due to the close proximity, low cost, and prestigious engineering program, the University of Maine was the obvious choice for pursuing this course of study. Due to an enjoyment of mathematics, I also added a mathematics minor to my course of study. In 2016, upon nearing the completion of my undergraduate degree, I was quite certain that I wanted to pursue the next level of education by continuing to study for a M.S. Degree, so I inquired as to available research opportunities. This immediately led me to the Advanced Structures and Composites Center where some of my specific interests in manufacturing and composite materials were being researched. Outside of research, my interests lie primarily in making things; I enjoy computer programming, constructing electronics projects, and I’ve even built a small foundry for casting aluminum.

My research involves optimizing rapid prototyping and manufacturing technology using advanced fiber-reinforced thermoplastic materials. Optimization will allow these parts using these materials to be mass-produced quickly and inexpensively for the aerospace and automotive industries. This research, which is part of a coordinated effort by the Alfond Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory for Structural Thermoplastics and the Consortium for Manufacturing Innovation in Structural Thermoplastics, (CMIST) involves utilization of Finite Element tools including PAM-Form by ESI-Group in order to simulate the stamping process as parts are being thermoformed.

Along with this modeling effort, there is also experimental work required for informing and validating the model. This includes coupon-level material testing to achieve properties necessary for the simulations, as well as stamp-forming tests to validate the accuracy of the simulations.

Memberships, Honors, Awards

  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude with B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a Minor in Mathematics- University of Maine, 2016
  • Francis Crowe Society – Engineering Honor Society, May 2016
  • Member of Pi Tau Sigma – Mechanical Engineering Honor Society, April 2014
  • Member of Pi Mu Epsilon – Mathematical Honor Society, April 2014