DEARBORN, Mich., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The Education Foundation of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) has grant-funded $157,000 to the Long Island Manufacturing Alliance Project, led by Farmingdale State University of New York, to address competency gaps in bio and nanotechnology advanced manufacturing. The program will train technicians and shop floor personnel at the 1,200-1,500 small-to-medium manufacturing companies critical to Long Island, N.Y. The realignment of industry, the changing needs of national defense, and advances in technology have contributed to the area's stronger manufacturing base and an increased need for a well-educated manufacturing workforce. A collaboration of 22 companies and nine government and community organizations will assist in curriculum development for a master's curriculum in bio and nano manufacturing, offer co-op positions for students, train faculty and provide cash grants. Says Dr. V. Raju, "Long Island manufacturing issues are related to workforce availability. The SME Education Foundation grant allows us to create an infrastructure to resolve current and future needs in bio and nano manufacturing technologies. We will address the shortage of recent graduates being created by retiring engineers, and increase exposure to career opportunities in manufacturing with an outreach program for K-12 students and distance education programs at industry sites." Farmingdale faculty in the departments of manufacturing electronics, mechanical and bio-sciences; engineering technology faculty at Suffolk Community College and medical faculty at the Nassau University Medical Center, will develop and implement the projects. Brookhaven National Laboratories, Universal Instruments and the MDS Laboratories will provide access to bio and nano manufacturing facilities. The shop floor personnel of Long Island manufacturers will be trained in of manufacturing operations, to prepare for operation and control of advanced manufacturing systems. The program addresses industry's need for competencies in the following areas: business and knowledge skills, written and oral communication, supply chain management, precision machining, composites manufacturing, bio manufacturing processes, nano materials processing, manufacturing systems, international business and teamwork. Industry partners include: EDO Corporation, GenMech Aerospace, H&H Technologies, Inc., Northrop Grumman, Parker Hannifin Aerospace, Stellex Monitor Aerospace, Telephonics, and Universal Instruments. Education Partners include: Brookhaven National Laboratory, Cornell University, Long Island School Districts, Nassau Community College, Penn State University, Suffolk Community College and SUNY-Albany.
SOURCE Society of Manufacturing Engineers