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