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The staff of Waukesha County Technical College’s Automation Technologies/Electronics Laboratory. Source: ABB
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ABB Donation Furthers Motor Drives Education

“Democases” enable Automation Technology Program students at Waukesha County Technical College in Wisconsin to use latest technology in lab work and applications.
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Industry’s Role in Education
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Industry’s Role in Education

The clearest trend in technical education for manufacturing today is the increased involvement of industry players of all sizes participating in the process.
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National Instruments Expands Robot Competition
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National Instruments Expands Robot Competition

Working with the World Robot Olympiad, National Instruments launches a pilot for a new competition centered on use of LabView.
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Georgia Robotics Competition Awards Automated Trophies
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Georgia Robotics Competition Awards Automated Trophies

With help from AutomationDirect, the GeorgiaFIRST Robotics arm of the U.S. FIRST Robotics Competition awards winners with trophies that truly fit the competition due to their automated movement.
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Embedded Control Teaching Tool
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Embedded Control Teaching Tool

Leveraging technology used in the recently released CompactRIO 9068, National Instruments’ myRIO multi-concept tool is designed to help students understand control, mechatronics, robotics, and embedde
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Bridging the Engineering Education Gap
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Bridging the Engineering Education Gap

Two-year technical colleges are increasingly filling the skills gap by educating workers in the engineering skills U.S. industry sorely needs. During a visit to TriCounty Technical College, I learned how this college is partnering with companies such as BMW, Bosch, and Michelin to create a pipeline of skilled workers.
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Mohd Shariq Khan
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UniSim Design Challenge Winner Cuts Energy Use in Natural Gas Liquefaction

Yeungnam University’s Mohd Shariq Khan used Honeywell’s dynamic simulation software to optimize the natural gas liquefaction process, improving energy efficiency and reducing costs.
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Automated Biodiesel Processor
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Engineering School Innovations: Automated Biodiesel Processor

Beginning as an idea in 14-year-old Sam Flournoy’s mind, this automated biodiesel processor is now available for sale and can create usable diesel fuel from a combination of vegetable oil, methanol and potassium hydroxide.
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Engineering Education
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PAS University to Provide Industrial Education

PAS’s new training division, PAS University, offers training, certifications and continuing education credits.
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Manufacturing Renaissance Flexes National Influence
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Manufacturing Renaissance Flexes National Influence

From meeting with the President's Council of Advisers on Science and Technology to presenting at this year’s Clinton Global Initiative, the Chicago-based Manufacturing Renaissance gathers a head of steam as it advocates for improved technical education in the U.S.
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How Higher Education's Critical Flaw Impacts Manufacturing
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How Higher Education's Critical Flaw Impacts Manufacturing

Dr. Gary Bertoline is Dean of the College of Technology at Purdue University and he contends that the problem with engineering education the U.S. dates back to a critical decision made in 1955. In this presentation from The Automation Conference 2013, Dr.
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Training for an Automated Environment
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Training for an Automated Environment

It's no secret that technicians and engineers rarely arrive at manufacturing facilities ready to function effectively in their jobs without training.
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Dean Gary Bertoline addresses attendees at The Automation Conference 2013.
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Education’s Fatal Flaw Strikes a Chord

One of the more powerful presentations at The Automation Conference 2013 focused on a decision by academics in the mid 1950s that has impacted the U.S. engineering education system ever since.
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Education Outreach
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Education Outreach: From Sensors to B2MML

Banner Engineering and MESA International launch new education programs designed to engage families as well as practicing engineers.
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Submersible, Remotely Operated Vehicle
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Students Win with Submersible, Remotely Operated Vehicle

A team of engineering students from Early College East is headed to Germany after winning Phoenix Contact’s Nanoline contest.
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