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Engineering Technology and Management robotics lab to gain equipment via new grant

Bennett Leckrone and Colleen Carow | Feb 11, 2019
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Engineering Technology and Management robotics lab to gain equipment via new grant

Bennett Leckrone and Colleen Carow | Feb 11, 2019

New robots are coming to Ohio University engineering technology and management (ETM) students thanks to a $64,000 Ohio Department of Education grant.

The Regionally Aligned Priorities in Delivering Skills, or RAPIDS, program, provided OHIO campuses with a total of $168,933 in funding that will develop and support workforce development initiatives to further the State of Ohio’s economic growth. The Russ College will use this grant to purchase two new state-of-the-art collaborative Universal Robots and a 3D carbon fiber printer.

Todd Myers, Chair of ETM, said the new technology will diversify and update ETM lab equipment, ultimately making Russ College students more marketable.

“The new equipment will support experiential student learning by giving students access to ‘real world’ industrial instruments,” Myers said. “It enables us be on the cutting edge of changes in the industry, which is requiring more and more access to employees who know robotics and automated systems.”

Assistant Professor of ETM Jesus Pagan will use the equipment in various ETM courses, particularly ETM 4350, Robotics and Automation. He said the collaborative robots, which work in conjunction with humans, are a growing trend in the industry.

“The collaborative robot is one of the fastest-growing robotic areas in the field,” Pagan said.

Other RAPIDS funds are supporting visits from regional schools to the lab, to help expose prospective students to career paths; the STEAM Girls Club; and the OHIO Bobcat Club.