“QuesTek receives tremendous benefit from our participation in ACRC. As a small business with limited internal R&D resources, the access to top-quality research through the students, faculty, and projects is invaluable. The networking opportunities afforded by the bi-annual meetings have been fantastic and have led to multiple commercial project opportunities for QuesTek. We look forward to continuing our relationship with ACRC and to building new partnerships in the years to come.”
ACRC is the preeminent aluminum casting research center. With an international membership base, participants include experts in various disciplines from around the world to assist in guiding the research activities. To date, several diecasting related projects have been conducted and have generated highly beneficial results for the North America die casting industry. For these reasons, NADCA has stayed engaged with ACRC for nearly 3 decades.
“As students going through engineering school, we were always looking for great projects. As business owners trying to solve our customers’ problems, we are always seeking solutions. The ACRC does an incredible job bridging these two spheres. Our membership has paid for itself many times over!”
“I have personally been involved in the ACRC consortium for years and I enjoy the collaboration between the members. Among the attributes that differentiate ACRC from other academic research programs; a great deal of technical expertise from both the industrial membership and the facility, research into real world problems, and equipping the next generation of metal casting engineers with practical knowledge. For Magna International the demands to provide cost effective light weighting solutions to our customers has never been greater. The ACRC research programs provide a great deal of value toward satisfying the increasing market demands of today and tomorrow.”
“Being a member of ACRC is not only prestigious, it’s personal. It serves as the perfect intersection of “university to industry”, allowing me to dream with the curiosity and open mindedness of a student, while staying grounded with experience and wisdom. In Hinduism, there are four stages of life: Brahmacharya (student), Grihastha (householder), Vanaprastha (retired), and Sannyasa (renunciation). I feel like I have come full circle – learning (Brahmacharya), earning (Grihastha), and now reflecting (toggling between the first three stages with the students and peers at ACRC). This reflection has turned my experience into insight. If there is one thing I have learned along the path of “life”, it is that while we may strive for mastery, mastery is not a destination but a journey; and we, the eternal students, are the protagonists on this path.”