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Inside Director’s Message___________________________ 2 $15.6 Million Innovation Center Underway______ 3 Students Develop Shuttle Bus Tracker_________ 4 Molding Dreams into Reality_________________ 9 Supermileage Team No. 1 Again!______________ 10 Faculty and Staff News______________________ 11 Alumnus Leaves $1.1 Million Gift____________ 12 SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING 2014 Engineering News PENN STATE ERIE, THE BEHREND COLLEGE Open Lab Realized You may have heard the term “open lab,” but do you know what it actually is? It’s not just a buzzword or vague concept. It’s a formal partnership between industry and academia in which faculty members and students work with engineers, scientists, and technical personnel on applied research projects sponsored and, ultimately owned, by the companies involved. “Open lab is a true win-win,” said Dr. Ralph Ford, director of the School of Engineering and associate dean for industry and external relations. “Our students and faculty members benefit from the expertise and knowledge of industry partners. At the same time, their work advances the technology that supports companies.” Open lab Exhibit A The SKF North America Aerospace Innovation Center, a 1,400-square foot research and development space in Knowledge Park, is a great example of a successful open lab partnership. Having graduated from the Mechanical Engineering Technology program himself, Greg Zimmerman ’02, manager of product development for SKF USA, knew collaborating with the School of Engineering could benefit SKF. He championed the innovation center, Greg Zimmerman ’02, center, manager of product development for SKF USA, has been working on a polymer project with Dr. Alicyn Rhoades ’01, assistant professor of engineering, second from left, and engineering students, from left, Ryan Gillon, Anne Musgrave ’13, and Jeremy Weigand. which opened in January 2013. “Behrend offered a package with three key elements: a flexible intellectual property policy, shared research space close to the college, and a business-minded team structure already in place to support open lab development,” Zimmerman said. Currently, more than a dozen students and faculty members are working on four long-term research projects, collaborating with SKF Aerospace teams in the United States and Europe to offer highly engineered customized solutions for aircraft, helicopter, engine, and system manufacturers. With success comes growth Dr. Alicyn Rhoades ’01, assistant professor of engineering, has been working on a polymer technology project for SKF Aerospace for more than a year. Early Continued on page 10 1

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