“This latest round of funding will help Miami bolster its course offerings in advanced manufacturing and prepare its students for careers in robotics and other manufacturing fields. I’m pleased that Governor DeWine and legislators continue to support this important program,” said Gardner.
Miami will purchase equipment with the grant to accomplish three goals toward enhancing smart manufacturing education on both its main Oxford campus and its regional schools in Hamilton and Middletown.
The $308,750 will augment the new Industrial Automation Laboratory in the Department of Engineering Technology (ENT) at the Miami University Regionals and provide workforce training in industrial automation.
Officials said the equipment included in this project will be used to establish and complement the new smart manufacturing labs currently being developed at Miami University regional campuses.
The funding will also help pay for the transformation of the existing manufacturing program in the Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Department (MME) on the Oxford campus. The goal includes incorporating more content related to the operation of a smart factory “so that graduates are well-qualified for Ohio industry needs across multiple sectors including aviation, consumer products, and materials.”
Qihou Zhou, professor and chair of Miami’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, said: “The equipment to be purchased through the grant will significantly augment our existing facilities. Two industrial robots will allow students to become certified in robotic systems.”
“The milling machines will be part of the new smart manufacturing and automation labs in the Oxford campus as well as at Miami Regionals. The grant will train students to meet workforce needs in the critical areas of robotics and advanced manufacturing,” said Zhou.