SME Education Foundation Grants $157,000 to Farmingdale State University of New York to Remedy Shortage of Manufacturing Engineers and Technologists

Sep 09, 2004, 01:00 ET from Society of Manufacturing Engineers

    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