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MET faculty, students design statue for Novelis 

Novelis – the world’s leading producer of rolled aluminum and largest recycler of aluminum cans – recently called on the expertise of SPSU to help put the finishing touches on its new Global Research and Technology Center in Kennesaw, which opened June 15.


Stefan Erdmann, vice president of Novelis Global R&D, approached Dr. Simin Nasseri, an associate professor in the Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) department, and asked her to design a statue of a transformer for the new, modern center. Dr Nasseri and three of her students – Chris Cutter, James Smith and Timothy Del Rocco – designed a 10-foot tall all-aluminum statue using mainly the company’s aluminum sheeting. Their design, which incorporated hexagonal elements representing SPSU, illustrates Novelis’ mission of transforming raw aluminum into useful products.


SPSU alum and Foundation Board of Trustees President Daryle Higginbotham (MET, ‘89), and his team from Marietta Nondestructive Testing Inc., fabricated the statue for Novelis.


“This collaboration enhances the success potential of SPSU-Novelis projects, the quality of the research work produced and the quality of young future engineers,” said Dr. Nasseri, who attended the center’s grand opening with SPSU President Lisa A. Rossbacher and other local and state government and Chamber of Commerce dignitaries.


Novelis said the center will create 150 additional jobs in Cobb County and that it will partner with SPSU to offer research and internship opportunities, as well as jobs for graduates.