Students find success at global contest in Taiwan

March 4, 2014

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Teng Yang, Bryce Blackbourn and Kevon Tabrizi received the special prize for their flow ability analysis at the 2013 Moldex3D Global Innovation Talent Award Contest in Hsinchu, Taiwan.

Yang is a senior industrial technology management major with a plastics processing and drafting minor from Oshkosh, Wis. Blackbourn is a senior industrial technology management major with a plastics processing, metals processing and drafting minor from Shullsburg, Wis. and Tabrizi is a senior biology major with a plastics processing minor from Platteville.

This is the second year that the Moldex3D Global Innovation Talent Award Contest has taken place, but the first time that it has been an international contest with over 2,000 engineering students participating. Thirty-eight finalists from across the world presented their projects at the contest, designed to explore effective and innovative applications using the capabilities of Moldex3D molding software to address challenges in the plastics industry.

Yang, Blackbourn and Tabrizi presented their flow ability analysis at the contest, in which the objective was to determine the flow ability and to find the best location to place the gating, knowing the wall thickness and other aspects of the machinery. With the help of Dr. Majid Tabrizi, industrial studies professor, the three students received the special prize in the student category, taking home a certificate and a $300 cash prize.

“For me, it was an entire new learning experience,” said Kevon Tabrizi. “Even though I have been around the plastic lab and industry my whole life, it was new to actually see the software applications in depth and working with Teng and Bryce while they worked was very useful.”

The project not only had an impact on the judges of the contest, but it also impacted Blackbourn as well. “This project has made a lasting impression on my education, working with the different software and has opened up the doors to many opportunities for the future,” said Blackbourn. “Being a part of this opportunity has helped me get more experience working with people in the industry, making networking ties with companies and opening up my future career options.”

“It was a great opportunity to get involved with Moldex3D simulation package and this has given me an apparition of how implementing a leader can improve the quality of a product,” said Yang.

The same three students also presented their research at the Society of Plastics Engineers conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on Jan. 21-22.

Contact: Dr. Majid Tabrizi, industrial studies, (608) 342-1115,

Written by: Carly Willman, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194,


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