'Woohoo!': The Way to Connect
While he is interested in a wide range of topics, Joseph Kirchhoff tends to tackle multidisciplinary problems using computational tools. He has studied mechanics of composite materials in academic settings (Purdue, Duke, NC State) for over six years, most recently at the Composite Manufacturing & Simulation Center (CMSC) at Purdue University. His current field of study involves developing physics-based models for continuous fiber additive manufacturing (CFAM). CFAM is 3D printing with long fibers embedded in the deposition to optimize part strength. Capturing the important physics through the process is a challenge. Two internships with The Boeing Company – where he integrated model-based approaches to solve composite fabrication issues for production – give him valuable insight and understanding of industry needs. He aims to pursue a Ph.D. in computational mechanics because it seems fun and challenging. “Woohoo!” is an idea he is working with two partners to enhance how young professionals connect both socially and professionally. He is hopeful to spread positivity and cheerfulness by getting users to say woohoo in their day-to-day. The app will be great experience for learning to start businesses. Ultimately, Joseph is driven to create companies that provides values to the communities around him.