State-of-the-art advanced manufacturing equipment and interdisciplinary courses taught by industry experts combine with real-world student projects to prepare the next generation of advanced manufacturing professionals. The Advanced Manufacturing Sciences Institute (AMSI) at Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) is focused on workforce development and producing graduates that are well prepared to assume positions in a variety of in-demand sectors throughout Colorado’s high tech industries.
The AMSI has developed an innovative approach to advanced manufacturing education that integrates Aerospace Science and Aviation Technology, Industrial Design, Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technology, Computer Science, and Computer Information Systems. “AMSI integrates and coordinates disciplines providing advanced technology opportunities and experiential laboratories which result in highly-skilled, workforce-ready graduates meeting the needs of advanced manufacturing in Colorado,” states Ted Shin, AMSI Interim Lockheed Martin Endowed Director.
Working in a dynamic learning space that integrates product with collaborative design, students have the opportunity to use a Stratasys Fortus 900mc in the Lockheed Martin Additive Manufacturing Laboratory and an Okuma M560V Mill in the Hartwig Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory. Students use this integrative approach to find solutions to problems facing our community. Last spring, when personal protective equipment was in short supply, students produced full-face shields that were donated to local nursing homes and University nursing programs at MSU Denver and Colorado Christian University.
Partnership with industry is a hallmark of the program. Industry experts serve as affiliate faculty bringing their knowledge and expertise to classrooms and labs. Internship and Co-Op programs prepare students to enter the industry upon graduation and serve as a pipeline for workforce development and recruitment. One such partner is Lockheed Martin Space (LMS). Not only does LMS provide input into programming and curriculum, but employees also serve as affiliate faculty members teaching students the latest in advanced manufacturing techniques. The company also recruits Advanced Manufacturing Science students for the co-op program at its satellite production facility. The part-time, paid positions help students fulfill degree requirements and gain job experience while assisting the company in filling roles with highly trained professionals.
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About Metropolitan State University of Denver
Since 1965, MSU Denver has empowered Colorado’s students to advance their lives and careers through high-quality, real-world education. We power the state economy with 100,000 work-ready graduates, more than 80% of whom stay in Colorado. Based in the heart of the Mile High City, MSU Denver provides unparalleled access to industry experts, internships, and professional networks that jump-start careers.
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