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August 14, 2014
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NH MEP AND UNH JOIN FORCES TO SUPPORT TECHNOLOGY ADVANCEMENT FOR NH MANUFACTURERS
CONCORD, NH - A recent partnership between the University of New Hampshire and one of the state’s leading manufacturing resources is likely to drive technology advancement within the Granite State and may also lead to more students finding local job opportunities following graduation.
Through funding obtained from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, New Hampshire Manufacturing and Extension Partnership (NH MEP) has joined the University of New Hampshire College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS) to hire an application engineer to assist UNH in collaborating with manufacturers and positioning CEPS as a resource - both in terms of expertise and facilities - for technological advancement for manufacturers in the state. The position is dedicated to serving the research, education and business assistance needs of New Hampshire manufacturers.
“Without collaboration, all of us involved in manufacturing would not be able to achieve our goals,” said Zenagui Brahim, president of NH MEP.
Brad Kinsey, UNH professor and chairman of the Engineering Department, echoed the sentiment.
“While we have worked together with NH MEP in the past, this partnership represents an opportunity to truly utilize each of our strengths and have a significant impact on technology advancement in manufacturing,” he said.
For that purpose, Brahim announced that Mark Berry, an application engineer, has been hired by NH MEP to work in conjunction with CEPS to serve as a conduit between small- and medium-size manufacturers and UNH to disseminate and promote the world-class research being conducted within the college, identify new research opportunities and increase engagement with the local manufacturing industry.
One of the initiative’s top goals, said Brahim, is keeping students in state following graduation through internships and other activities.
Kinsey said one of the additional benefits of the collaboration is being relevant and having the ability to send manufacturers into the classroom to speak with students about post-graduation opportunities.
“We want to understand industry needs, particularly those of small- and medium-size enterprises, and through research and innovation, find opportunities to collaborate,” he said.
The partnership also boosts UNH’s long-term goal of building an Advanced Manufacturing Center aimed at student training and workforce development, including internships and co-op experiences, manufacturing innovation and the building of research partnerships with the manufacturing sector in the state. All of this benefits not only NH MEP, UNH and Granite State manufacturers, but also the state as a whole through innovation, job creation and economic growth.
“I am delighted that we have entered into a partnership with NH MEP to promote technology advancement in manufacturing in the state. This comes at a very opportune time when the university is contributing to the statewide goal to increase the number of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) graduates, and partnering with the Community College System of New Hampshire to ensure that the transition to UNH is seamless,” said P.T. Vasudevan, Ph.D., UNH Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. “We are also developing new programs in STEM, including one in Manufacturing Engineering Technology at UNH Manchester. The program will focus on experiential learning and partnership with industries.”
“This is the beginning of a strong collaboration for years to come,” added Brahim.
About NH MEP
The NH MEP is an affiliate of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) under the U.S. Department of Commerce. The national MEP system is a network of manufacturing extension centers that provide business and technical assistance to smaller manufacturers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Through MEP, manufacturers have access to more than 2,000 manufacturing and business “coaches” whose job is to help firms make changes that lead to greater productivity, increased profits, and enhanced global competitiveness. For more information, please visit www.nhmep.org, or phone 603-226-3200.