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New equipment aimed to increase R&D at Penn State DuBois

Gasbarre Products Inc. donates equipment
1/4/2006 —

DuBOIS - New equipment for use in two associate degree programs at Penn State DuBois, procured through a recently awarded grant and industry donations, will enhance student learning experiences and materials industry opportunities.

According to Chancellor Anita D. McDonald of Penn State DuBois, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry awarded the DuBois campus a $106,000 grant which will be used to upgrade a universal test system to servo control, and to purchase Computer Numeric Control (CNC) machines, an automated metallographic sample preparation unit and a rapid prototyping unit for use in the Mechanical Engineering Technology (2MET) and Material Engineering Technology (2MAET) associate degree curricula. Additionally, Gasbarre Products Inc. of DuBois donated a 30-ton particulate materials compaction press, all of which will be housed at the DuBois Educational Foundation (DEF) Technology and Education Center on campus.

"Penn State DuBois will utilize this equipment to better prepare our students to work in area industries and to enhance the research and development capabilities of industries in our region," McDonald said, referring to the opportunity available to industry to partner with the campus in using the equipment.

"During laboratory sessions, the upgraded mechanical testing equipment will allow students to test and understand the mechanical behavior of a wide variety of materials including metal, ceramics, and composites," Dr. Steve Johnson, engineering instructor, said.

The presence of this equipment at Penn State DuBois will enable students in the 2MET and 2MAET programs to gain real-world experience in software to hardware prototype development, an exclusive educational opportunity for associate degree learning. 

"The rapid prototyping unit will provide students a unique opportunity to develop 3-D model samples in CAD/CAM software, which can then actually be fabricated in the laboratory environment," Ross Kester, senior instructor in engineering, noted. "The potential combination of education using state-of-the-art equipment, providing regional industries with world-class trained employees, and supporting or enhancing the development capabilities of regional industries makes acquisition of this equipment a very beneficial investment in regional education."

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For more information, contact Erin Chorney, Public Information Officer at Penn State DuBois, at 814-375-4776 or by email at edc11@psu.edu

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