Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Manzione Gives Invited Presentations on Manufacturing

Lou Manzione, dean of the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA), gave two invited presentations on manufacturing in the region this fall.
There has been a significant increase in attention to manufacturing since President Obama mentioned manufacturing 15 times in the 2012 State of the Union Address. CETA has long had a graduate concentration in manufacturing and this was bolstered recently with the opening of the new Manufacturing Metrology Lab that was developed with the assistance of Pratt & Whitney.
On Sept. 27, Manzione was the invited speaker at the Statewide Advanced Manufacturing Advisory Committee. This is a group of administrators from the state community colleges and four-year colleges that have programs in manufacturing. The committee is administered through the president of the Connecticut System of Colleges and Universities (ConnSCU). The topic was “Challenges and Opportunities for the Connecticut Manufacturing Base.” CETA recruits both graduate students from the state’s four-year colleges and transfer students from the community colleges, so ConnSCU has emerged as an important partner for the college in both recruiting and joint grant proposals.
On Oct. 3, Manzione was the invited speaker at the statewide Manufacturers Council, a group of manufacturing companies that meets regularly at the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technologies. Manzione spoke on “Topics in 21st Century Manufacturing,” where he stressed the importance of Connecticut manufacturers staying at the leading edge of production technologies to overcome the liabilities of our higher cost structure. He advised the state manufacturers to pursue partnerships with universities, professional societies, and institutions like CCAT to stay at the leading edge through cost-effective research and development programs and student internships.

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