Students in Wright State University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science met with local employers during Manufacturing Week, Sept. 27–Oct. 1.
Representatives of GE Aviation, Gosiger Automation, Magellan Aerospace and Silfex were invited by the college to connect with students in the Russ Engineering Center.
The companies were invited to campus to promote careers in manufacturing and market their companies by connecting with engineering and computer science students and faculty members.
Manufacturing Week also provided an opportunity for Wright State faculty members to show the companies how well-prepared students are when they graduate from the College of Engineering and Computer Science.
The week concluded with a town hall for local employers, who toured the college’s facilities and discussed with Wright State faculty members opportunities to enhance their relationship and collaborations with higher education.
“Through the visit, we were able to demonstrate what type of training our students go through in advanced manufacturing in a laboratory setting. This industry-academia interaction is very valuable in adjusting the curricular training if needed,” said Ahsan Mian, Ph.D. professor of mechanical engineering.
Subhashini Ganapathy, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of biomedical, industrial and human factors engineering, said Manufacturing Day offered the college a chance to promote students in bachelor’s degree program in industrial and systems engineering and the humans and systems track in industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing.
“We are looking forward to working with the industry to prepare our students with best-in-class technologies,” Ganapathy said.
Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers, said Sheryl Kent, career consultant for the College of Engineering and Computer Science.
“Participating manufacturers across the country typically hold open houses to spotlight the wide range of high-skill, high-pay career opportunities available in contemporary manufacturing facilities and to highlight manufacturing’s vital role in national and regional economies,” Kent said.