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On August 28, 2017 the Experiential Entrepreneurship Education Program was launched to respond to emerging advanced manufacturing talent demands and to a growing interest in applied innovation among students.
During the program launch, Dr. S. Michael Camp was announced as the newly hired E3 Program Director. Camp has extensive experience in building industry-centric, multidisciplinary programs like this and has concluded that the program will be self-sustainable after four years.
Funding of $3.5 million from the Bernice L. Claugus Engineering Innovation Fund has allowed the E3 Program to become the nation's first to combine product design, commercialization, manufacturing and business model learning with onsite prototyping capabilities and real-tome, industry-sponsored R&D projects. The launch of the program has attracted additional interest and investments, specifically from FANUC, a global leader in manufacturing automation and robotics, who will donate $350,000 in advanced manufacturing training and National Instruments who will donate $133,000 in LabVIEW systems engineering software licenses and training for E3 students. As a result, CDME will become a partner training site for FANUC and National Instruments clients in the region.
The program currently consists of 30 student employees working part-time at CDME. During the program launch, many students were given the opportunity to speak about their experience with CDME and present their recent projects. Current predictions suggest that the number of students involved in the program may grow to 150 by next year, although not all will be employees. Around 75% of current participants are engineering majors; however, all majors are encouraged to apply to the program.
For more information about the E3 program click here.