America Makes Named “Intern Employer of the Year” by Youngstown State University

February 23, 2015 | Categories: America Makes News

America Makes Intern and YSU Student also Named “Intern of the Year”

Youngstown, Ohio — February 23, 2015. America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute is proud to announce that it was named “Intern Employer of the Year” by Youngstown State University (YSU) at its 7th annual YSU STEM College Award Winners Dinner on Thursday, February, 19th. Also recognized at the event was YSU senior industrial engineering student, Ashley Martof, as the “Intern of the Year” for her work at and contributions to America Makes.

“On behalf of everyone at America Makes, we thank YSU for designating America Makes as the recipient of the STEM Intern Employer of the Year award,” said Mike Hripko, America Makes Deputy Director of Workforce Education and Outreach at the event. “At America Makes, we understand that workforce and educational development is an important component to accelerating a new technology like additive manufacturing and creating a leading and adaptive workforce to support its widespread adoption. As the Deputy Director of Workforce Education and Outreach, I have the pleasure of working with many great industry and academic partners. Youngstown State University, President James Tressel, Provost Martin Abraham, Dean Gregg Sturrus, and the tremendous faculty members at YSU who are involved in this technology and have fully embraced the Institute and supported our mission. Aside from supplying America Makes with outstanding student interns, YSU has become a key academic partner for research collaboration and part manufacturing. Thank you for recognizing America Makes with this great honor.

“Additionally, we want to recognize Ashley for being named the ‘STEM Intern of the Year,’” continued Mr. Hripko. “From our perspective, you have made an outstanding selection for this award. The America Makes internship program offers students a tremendous exposure to this emerging manufacturing technology of additive manufacturing. Dedicated interns like Ashley have been valuable contributors to our mission. During her tenure Ashley has been involved in part design, part manufacturing, post processing, and project management. She created curriculum and then delivered the course to fifteen grade school students. Ashley was also a featured presenter in a Google Hangout hosted by Make Magazine. And then, she designed a 3D printed letter to the President of the United States. We congratulate Ashley and all of our 2014-15 America Makes interns: James Limperos and Joe Waltermire from YSU, and Cameron Rogers from the University of Toledo.”

The YSU STEM Intern of the Year award is given to a student who has shown a high quality of work, has shown initiative, has completed presentations, and has had an impact on the company with whom he/she has worked. This year, Ashley Martof, a senior YSU industrial engineer student, won the award.

An America Makes intern since January 2014, Ms. Martof has been interning under the leadership Mr. Hripko. As an industrial engineering major, she has 3.92 GPA and expects to graduate in May 2015. She plans on returning to YSU to pursue a master’s degree in industrial engineering.

Ms. Martof was also part of a team that won “Best of Quest”, a YSU student team research competition in April 2014. Her team project, was titled “Developing Customization and Complexity Scales for Additive Manufacturing,” was also published: Conner BP, Manogharan GP, Martof AN, et al. Making sense of 3-D printing: Creating a map of additive manufacturing products and services. Addit Manu (2014), Her team also received the top award for this research at the Choose Ohio First Scholars Program in spring 2014.

Ms. Martof was also a student participant in the STEM Professional Practice Program and was a participant with the PICAM 1 and the OH-PENN grants.

Previously, Ms. Martof interned with Altronic, Inc. (Girard, Ohio) and Thomas and Betts Reznor (Mercer, Pa.). Her other extracurricular accomplishments include:

  • President, Tau Beta Pi December 2013-Present
  • Vice President, Society of Women Engineers March 2012-Present
  • Recipient, Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program 2011-Present
  • President, Institute of Industrial Engineers November 2012-Present
  • Member, STEM Leadership Society (SLS) August 2012-Present
  • Member, Emerging Leaders November 2012-Present


About America Makes

America Makes is the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. As the national accelerator for additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing (3DP), America Makes is the nation’s leading and collaborative partner in AM and 3DP technology research, discovery, creation, and innovation. Structured as a public-private partnership with member organizations from industry, academia, government, non-government agencies, and workforce and economic development resources, we are working together to innovate and accelerate AM and 3DP to increase our nation’s global manufacturing competitiveness. Based in Youngstown, Ohio, America Makes is the first institute for up to 45 manufacturing innovation institutes to follow and is driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM). For more information about America Makes, visit


The NCDMM delivers optimized manufacturing solutions that enhance the quality, affordability, maintainability, and rapid deployment of existing and yet-to-be developed defense systems. This is accomplished through collaboration with government, industry, and academic organizations to promote the implementation of best practices to key stakeholders through the development and delivery of disciplined training, advanced technologies, and methodologies. For additional information, visit the NCDMM at