SOUTH BEND, Ind. – In the past, the University of Notre Dame had laboratories and centers for engineering students so that they could use and perfect their art. But in a constantly changing world, Notre-Dame has adapted to modern times and this is how the Engineering Innovation Hub was created.
“The industry continues to move forward,” said Daryl L. Peterson, CEO of the Hub. “Automation, automation, automation!”
Located in the heart of Cushing-Fitzpatrick Hall, the Engineering Innovation Hub, or EIH for short, features state-of-the-art machinery, giving students an edge in the world of engineering, design, and manufacturing.
“It’s part of the University’s position to try to broaden and demonstrate its commitment to the experiential learning journey,” said Peterson.
Students have access to a wide variety of machines: from automated mills and lathes to 3D printers, waterjet cutters and more.
“We have so many different or diverse types of equipment here,” Peterson said. “Including a GE machine. It’s a very expensive machine that actually 3D prints stainless steel. It’s very futuristic and it’s the future of how we’re going to manufacture.
But the EIH was not only created to give students access to these devices, but also to foster collaboration in the design process.
And this collaboration goes beyond students and teachers.
“Our mission is very clear – it is twofold: one, obviously, our students first and foremost,” Peterson said. “But the local industry and our entire South Bend-Elkhart area comes next.”
EIH is part of Notre Dame’s iNDustry Labs program, which brings the university’s technology and expertise to local businesses.
A company involved – Chase Manufacturing outside of Nappanee.
The Engineering Innovation Hub is part of Notre Dame’s iNDustry Labs program, which brings Notre Dame technology and expertise to local businesses.
Matt Harrison, of Chase Manufacturing, said: “The partnership we have here with Notre Dame and iNDustry Labs, and the access we have here to EIH or Engineering Innovation Hub, really allows us to explore new technologies and see how that could be a good fit. for our business and our future needs.
And access to this type of equipment would only benefit the local industry, and in turn, the local community.
According to Harrison, “The industry really needs to move forward in how we can integrate technologies into our manufacturing flows and I think no other region comes to mind that needs so much, so have the opportunity. with iNDustry Labs and with the University like that, I think it’s fantastic. It will really help move our region forward.
“The Engineering Innovation Pole is collaborative; it goes beyond engineering, ”said Peterson. “And I think it will get bigger than the South Bend-Elkhart area. In my opinion – and this is my personal ambition – is to develop it further at national and international level in the next ten years. “
To see if iNDustry Labs can benefit your business or business, you can find more information at industrylabs.nd.edu