Foster Greer

Spending my summer working at Vartega was a wonderful learning experience for me. Prior to this internship, I had had very little exposure to the composites industry and almost no knowledge on the theory of composites or how they are manufactured. Investigating a way to manufacture non-woven fabrics from Vartega’s carbon fiber, which I quickly learned was a common product form of recycled carbon fiber, required that I learn a lot about many areas of the composites industry. Even deeper than this experience, however, was the opportunity I had to plan and execute a long-term research plan, with a wonderful team supporting me and giving me guidance when I needed it. Going back to classes after this summer, I feel that I have a more developed idea of what I want to work on in my future career and more skills to achieve it.
— Foster Greer - 2019 Vartega Intern

Learn more about Foster here.


Weldyn Allen

Carbon fiber is a material for the modern world. My introduction into the composites sector has shown me the value of the industry’s collaborative network on the advancement and future application of the material, which will no doubt be boundless. My research surrounding recycled carbon fiber taught me how different materials can come together to make one that is not only more sustainable, but stronger too. The same is true of the Vartega family, where the company itself is strong because of the integrity of its individuals. Vartega encourages not only trial, but also error, approaching everything they do with a “Why not?” attitude. That is research and development at its core, learning that there is just as much value in failure as there is in success.
— Weldyn Allen - 2019 Vartega Intern

Learn more about Weldyn here.

Kaitlyn Nagel

I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work within the composites sector for my IACMI internship with Vartega this summer. My decision to pursue engineering, and materials engineering specifically, was driven by my passion for sustainability and environmentalism. The composites industry, and Vartega in particular, is on the cutting edge of technology that promote sustainable materials and progressive advancements. It is truly inspiring that recycled carbon fiber is being used for sporting goods applications and that the use of composites in the automotive industry is influencing the viability of long-range electric cars. My experience working with Vartega was extremely rewarding knowing that the work I did could support advancements in using sustainable carbon fiber for compounding and injection molding applications.
— Kaitlyn Nagel - 2019 Vartega Intern

Learn more about Kaitlyn here.


Dillon Garcia-Wright

Over the last year, I have interned with Vartega, a carbon fiber recycling company in the composites sector located in Golden, CO. Throughout my experience interning at Vartega, I had the opportunity to research Vartega’s recycling technology on different resin systems as well as the mechanical properties from their pelletized fiber products. Although these were interesting projects to work on, the bigger picture was what fascinated me the most. It was very cool to work in an industry that has so much more to discover and are just scratching the surface of something much bigger. In a world where there is so much scrap from manufacturing that goes to waste, the work that Vartega and other recycling companies do is more important than ever right now and I’m glad that I got to be a small part of that.
— Dillon Garcia-Wright - 2018 & 2019 Vartega Intern

Learn more about Dillon here.


National Composites Week


Vartega is so proud to be part of the Composites Industry as a recycler of carbon fiber and we’re excited to celebrate the first-ever #NationalCompositesWeek. Every day this week we’ll be highlighting some of the amazing people and partners that make our work possible.

Today, we’d like to point you to CompositesWorld and their focus on Sustainability in Composites. They have a great article on The state of recycled carbon fiber that you should check out here.

The rest of the week will be focused on the incredibly talented interns we hosted at our Vartega HQ this summer.

Tuesday, Aug. 27: Dillon Garcia-Wright

Wednesday, Aug. 28: Kaitlyn Nagel

Thursday, Aug. 29: Weldyn Allen

Friday, Aug. 30: Foster Greer

About National Composites Week

National Composites Week was organized and launched by braiding specialist A&P Technology (Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.), global advanced composites company Hexcel (Stamford, Conn., U.S.) and CompositesWorld to celebrate the myriad ways that composite materials and composites manufacturing contributes to the products and structures that shape the American manufacturing landscape today.