Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Center Now Open
With this summer’s opening of the $16.5 million Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Center, Penn State Behrend is taking academic industry collaboration to a whole new level—creating an environment in which students and faculty experts can collaborate with business and industry partners on research and manufacturing projects.
The new center is home to the mechanical engineering and industrial engineering programs and has classrooms and two specialty student work areas. It also features an advanced manufacturing lab equipped with a 3D printer and an array of test equipment, and a lab housing the region’s most powerful environmental scanning electron microscope.
The building’s west wing is reserved for business and industry tenants with nearly 19,000 square feet of research and manufacturing space. SKF Aerospace North America has reserved 2,700 square feet of the available space, doubling the footprint of its existing facility in Knowledge Park, and the college is in discussions with several other potential industry tenants.
Co-locating academic and industry partners in a shared building is expected to advance Penn State Behrend’s “open lab” initiative in which business leaders, faculty members, and students engage in research and development projects as teams—advancing student learning and fostering innovation in northwestern Pennsylvania.