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UTSA engineering college awarded $375K by NSF

By Kris Rodriguez
Public Affairs Specialist

(Dec. 7, 2007)--The UTSA College of Engineering was awarded a $375,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to build and support new research laboratories in manufacturing engineering. The grant follows the recent Department of Defense $500,000 award to enhance the research infrastructure of UTSA's new Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Lean Systems, which was established last spring.

Leading the UTSA team of investigators is Can Saygin, associate professor of mechanical Engineering, and Frank Chen, Lutcher Brown Distinguished Chair in Advanced Manufacturing.

"These grants allow us to quickly acquire and deploy effective blends of equipment and software packages to establish in-house capabilities to support research, research training, and education in manufacturing system integration and automation," said Saygin. "Additional areas we look to focus on include modeling and simulation, lean manufacturing and improvement, supply chain design and optimization, and integrated product, process and system development."

The center will serve as a one-stop, unique source of expertise in flexible and lean technologies and systems, state-of-the-art technology applications in manufacturing, service, and defense industries with the intention to work with industrial partners and assist with manufacturing and system needs.

Additionally, the center will serve as a catalyst to add master's degree programs in the College of Engineering. The new center not only will offer benefits for its industrial partners, but also for engineering students gaining experience and knowledge to help attain engineering jobs.

One of UTSA's fastest growing college, the College of Engineering increased enrollment by 101 percent in seven years. A leading U.S. producer of Hispanic engineers, the college's undergraduate programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Faculty members are national and international leaders in areas including manufacturing, communications, security, biomedical engineering, water resources and transportation.

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