AGMA Foundation Elects Scott Moss as New Board Chairman


It is my honor to serve alongside a board of amazing industry leaders as the 11th chairman of the AGMA Foundation board of trustees.

As a Foundation trustee and donor, I have seen the passion throughout AGMA in support of our industry and its future leaders and innovators. I have experienced the pleasure of presenting a scholarship award to a graduate student at UNC-Charlotte, a school I attended as a young engineering student a “short” 20 years ago. I have seen the results of our investment in our scholarship recipients and am proud that nearly 90 percent have made our industry their career choice, their passion. I have participated in AGMA courses that collect from a century of gear manufacturing knowledge and innovation and then package and present it in an online format directly to AGMA members. I have seen our industry embrace and embolden the new generation of leaders that will propel AGMA and its members into the next centennial.

My service as AGMA Foundation chairman is a wonderful way to give back to the industry that means so much to me and to so many others. I look forward to working with the board of trustees and AGMA to continue to promote workplace and higher education programs that benefit our industry and our association. In case you are unfamiliar, the AGMA Foundation benefits our industry with the following initiatives:

AGMA Foundation board chairman Scott Moss presents a scholarship award to Yue Peng at UNC-Charlotte.

Funding for AGMA Education Programs
The Foundation funds AGMA education programs that provide much-needed high-quality training for our industry’s workforce. The three-module Online Workforce Education Program (Fundamentals of Gearing, Hobbing, and Inspection) is just one example of AGMA’s successful training opportunities. The Foundation funded the initial development of the program in 2006 and, in 2016, granted AGMA $65,500 to update the training modules. The Foundation’s funding allows AGMA to offer the program free to AGMA members. The Foundation also granted $22,000 to AGMA for a new series of webinars on topics of interest to our industry. This funding allows AGMA to present the webinars free to AGMA members. To date, the Foundation has granted over $225,000 to AGMA to develop its successful industry-wide training and education programming. Please visit to review the wide array of AGMA education programs available to you.

Scholarship Program

AGMA Foundation scholarships attract and deliver engineers and employees to our industry. Over the past six years, the Foundation has awarded $125,000 in scholarships to engineering students at the technical/associate, undergraduate, and graduate levels. This program works! The Foundation scholarships aid and encourage the next generation of gear leaders. Please help spread the word on this wonderful program. Applications for the 2017 scholarship awards are due to the Foundation on July 1, 2017. For more information, please visit the Foundation website at

2017 Strategic Planning Process

The AGMA Foundation occasionally reassesses its mission and programs to ensure that it is successfully supporting and strengthening the gear industry in the most effective ways possible. With that in mind, the Foundation is currently undergoing a strategic planning process to determine its future direction and priorities. Because input from association members is critical, an AGMA member survey will be a part of this process. I hope you will take the time to give us honest feedback on how your foundation can support your goals and priorities.

AGMA Foundation 2017 Annual Campaign

The AGMA Foundation is funded by the generous donations of AGMA members. AGMA member dues are not used to support the Foundation. The Foundation is separately incorporated from AGMA, and donations to the Foundation are tax deductible. The Foundation’s 2017 annual campaign will officially kick off in September but is accepting early donations now. Donate by August 31, 2017, to receive special recognition as a “Champion” of the annual campaign. For more details and to make a donation, please visit the Foundation website at The Foundation accepts contributions from corporations, individuals, and other foundations. Thank you for your support.

The AGMA Foundation 2016 Scholarship Recipients:

These scholarships were funded by the generous contributions of AGMA members.

  • Isaac Bowser, Taylor University
  • Christian Brower, Western Michigan University
  • Md Fahad, The Ohio State University
  • Jack Jaeger, Waukesha County Technical College
  • Denis Lang, Penn State Erie
  • Louis Archambault, Ecole de Technologie Superiere
  • Cole Rickerson, Texas A&M University
  • Yue Peng, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Joshua Smith, Colorado State University
  • Michael Ustes, University of Michigan Dearborn


AGMA Advanced Training Courses for Fall 2017

Bevel Gear System Design

September 6-8, 2017  |  San Diego, California

Instructor: Raymond J. Drago, P.E.

Learn how to design and apply bevel gear systems from the initial concept through manufacturing and quality control and on to assembly, installation, and maintenance. Engage in a practical hands-on guide to the bevel gear design, manufacture, quality control, assembly, installation rating, lubrication, and most especially, application.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Apply the selection process required to determine which type of bevel gear is best for a particular application.
  • Integrate both the manufacturing and quality control processes in the initial design process.
  • Draw upon how bevel gears are manufactured to design these gears for manufacturability and good quality control.
  • Discuss best practices for mounting, assembling, and installing bevel gears.
  • Discuss requirements and practices for lubrication and maintenance.
  • Draw upon the relationship between standard rating practices and actual bevel gear tooth stresses as a means of optimum design.
  • Describe in-service lubrication and maintenance required to support long-term operation.

Fee:       $1,395 First registrant per member company

$1,195 additional registrant

$1,895 First registrant per non-member company

$1,695 additional registrant

Steels for Gear Applications

October 4-6, 2017  |  Alexandria, Virginia

Instructor: Lily Kamjou

Learn to make use of steel properties in a system solution and understand the potential that different steel options can offer for their various applications. Explore how performance of the material and thus the component and system depend on how the steel is produced.

Learning outcomes:

  • Describe how material properties affect the performance of their applications.
  • Apply their understanding of steel properties in an application.
  • Have a broader knowledge base to support choosing materials suited to application requirements.
  • Discuss how to verify and specify required steel properties.
  • Describe and apply the concepts presented.

Fee:      $1,395 First registrant per member company

$1,195 additional registrant

$1,895 First registrant per non-member company

$1,695 additional registrant

Detailed Gear Design

November 14-16, 2017  |  Dallas, Texas

Instructor: Raymond J. Drago, P.E.

Learn how to improve gear designs and gain new insight into concepts presented through illustrations and demonstrations. Explore all factors that go into good gear design from life cycle, load, torque, tooth, optimization, and evaluating consequences.

Expected Student Learning (Course Level) Outcomes:

  • Improve their gear designs.
  • Apply their understanding of gear rating theory and analysis methods.
  • Investigate differences in stress states among various surface durability failure modes.
  • Discuss time-dependent and time-independent failure modes related to tooth design.
  • Use computer-generated graphics to examine mesh action and tooth interaction.
  • Discuss the concepts presented.

Fee:      $1,495 First registrant per member company | $1,295 additional registrant

$1,995 First registrant per non-member company | $1,795 additional registrant

Gear Failure Analysis

December 6-8, 2017  |  San Francisco, California

Instructors: Rob Bundy and Andrew “Andy” Milburn

Explore gear failure analysis in this hands-on seminar where students not only see slides of failed gears but also can hold and examine those same field samples close-up. Experience the use of a microscope, and take your own contact pattern from field samples.

Expected Student Learning (Course Level) Outcomes:

  • Identify the primary and secondary failure modes.
  • Use the proper nomenclature to describe the morphology of gear failure.
  • Diagnose the root causes of failure.
  • Prescribe remedies to prevent repeat failures.
  • Use the Geartech textbook and other provided resources for ongoing study of gear failure analysis.
  • Tailor failure analysis techniques for their specific requirements.

Fee:    $1,795 First registrant per member company | $1,595 additional registrant

$2,295 First registrant per non-member company | $2,095 additional registrant