The School of Engineering has received a gift of nearly $700,000 worth of robotic tools enabling students to gain hands-on automation skills. The skill set students will acquire will be valuable for working in numerous industries, including aerospace, biomedical development, and manufacturing.
Ridgefield-based Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., part of the Boehringer Ingelheim group of companies, the world’s largest privately held pharmaceutical company, donated the equipment.
Dr. Jack Beal, dean, said the tools will provide learning opportunities and lab experiences for undergraduates and graduate students in the Automation Engineering program. “Students will learn operational techniques to utilize these robotic tools for a wide variety of laboratory processes such as those found in pharmaceutical development industries … You would be surprised to learn how many processes in industry are still done by hand, so robotics are the key to the future growth and increased productivity of many industries. We are grateful to Boehringer Ingelheim for this generous gift.”