RMU opens manufacturing laboratory in Lower Hill


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Soundharjya Babu, Contributor

MOON TOWNSHIP — Robert Morris University has opened a manufacturing laboratory in Lower Hill.

The laboratory officially opened on Wednesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Located in the Energy Innovation Center, it will serve as a research and teaching facility, as well as offer a six-course certificate program that will start on March 11.

“In addition to supplying equipment, RMU will provide staff and the curriculum for a six-week certificate course in manufacturing engineering and additive manufacturing that will be open to all members of the community,” said Maria Kalevitch, dean of the RMU School of Engineering. “The 18 credits from the certificate can be applied toward a bachelor’s degree in engineering.”

The new 3D printer is another feature of the center, offering a variety of uses for students. Dr. Arif Sirinterlikci, professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering, describes the benefits of the new 3D printer in the facility.

“The new metal alloy 3D printer can also be used in the printing of rubber-like materials, and … for making metal parts for a variety of purposes including industrial, medical/dental implants, or jewelry,” said Sirinterlikci.

In addition to the printer, various CAD and CAM software is available in the room for both regular program and certificate students.

Students will also be receiving a free 42-hour job training program, called the “Empowering Pennsylvania’s Workforce for Employment in Manufacturing,” funded through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

Job training programs and new software allows each student to become more hands-on and get more experience in the manufacturing engineering field.

“RMU SEMS will able to offer same individually focused effort with this facility with less than 25 students per session,” said Sirinterlikci.

The grand opening of the manufacturing laboratory also marks the 20th anniversary for the School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science.

“We are gratified to be able to bring our manufacturing and engineering expertise to the Energy Innovation Center and to expand on RMU’s work in meeting the needs of the Pittsburgh region’s workforce,” said Kalevitch.