Ribbon Cutting for New Engineering Workshop at UMass Amherst is Jan. 30

January 22, 2014

Contact: Paula Sakey 413/545-6396

AMHERST, Mass. – The mechanical and industrial engineering department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will host the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 30 for its new workshop outfitted with the latest industry tools, instruments, and computers to support research and projects. The event takes place from 3-4 p.m. in 104 Engineering Lab. 

The Altra Industrial Motion Innovation Shop provides students and faculty with state-of-the-art equipment including new 3D printers, a water jet cutter and a four-axis milling machine. 

Altra Industrial Motion has its corporate headquarters in Braintree, and is led by Carl Christenson, president and CEO and UMass Amherst engineering college alumnus. He made a substantial gift to support the new facility and boost the college’s fundraising campaign. Christenson will speak at the ribbon cutting, along with Tim Anderson, dean of the College of Engineering, Don Fisher, department head, and professors Sundar Krishnamurty and Frank Sup. A tour of the shop follows at 3:30 p.m.

Altra Industrial Motion is a leading global supplier of quality power transmission and motion control products. Altra products are sold in over 70 countries in a variety of major industrial markets, including food processing, material handling, packaging machinery, mining, energy, automotive, primary metals and turf and garden.

“The goal of the new MIE Innovation Shop,” says Sup, one of the people behind the shop redesign, “is to create a space where students can translate their classroom knowledge from theory to practice, giving them the experience of creating a design and learning what it takes to make it real. In a sense, the Innovation Shop completes the loop on their education by providing the students insight into the power of their engineering education.”