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A Collaboration Between University of Miami’s College of Engineering and Johnson & Johnson Brings Innovative Opportunities for Research and Development to Students and Faculty

The CoE-Johnson & Johnson 3-D Printing Center of Excellence Collaborative Laboratory will be open for students in a variety of disciplines

By Barbara Gutierrez
UM News

Industrial 3D printing technology, also called additive manufacturing, offers the promise of entirely new avenues of innovation.  Beginning later this month, University of Miami students will have the opportunity to participate in collaborative educational and research opportunities with 3D technology at the College of Engineering-Johnson & Johnson 3D Printing Center of Excellence Collaborative Laboratory.  One of very few in the United States, the Laboratory offers an opportunity for University of Miami students and faculty to work alongside Johnson & Johnson scientists and engineers in supporting research by developing and testing 3D printing technologies and materials for use in personalizing healthcare solutions.

Housed at the College of Engineering (CoE) on the Coral Gables campus, the Collaborative Laboratory will provide new ways of learning and researching with hands-on opportunities for all UM students and faculty.  The approximately 5,850-square-foot space will hold a state-of-the-art laboratory including equipment, including a wide variety of 3D printers and fabricating machines, which faculty and students will use to research and advance the development of new technologies and innovations.

“The Collaborative Laboratory will transform both the College and the University at large,” said College of Engineering Dean Jean-Pierre Bardet. “The training students will receive from Johnson & Johnson scientists and engineers on the state-of-the-art equipment will allow the creation of forward-thinking solutions to global issues using 3D printing technologies. This work ties back to research being conducted by each school and college at the University.”

“The Collaborative Laboratory is a crucial part of the UM CoE’s mission of providing students with opportunities to solve issues that affect society,” Dean Bardet added. “In addition, it furthers the CoE’s work with members of private industry such as Johnson & Johnson to create new knowledge.

“This initiative exemplifies Johnson & Johnson’s strategic collaborative approach to bring together teams to connect ideas and advance solutions for patients through the use of transformative technologies,” said Joseph A Sendra, BSIE ’93, MBA ’95, the worldwide vice president, manufacturing engineering and technology at Johnson & Johnson. “3D printing technology has the potential to truly revolutionize healthcare delivery. This exciting opportunity offers the ability to conduct extensive research and development in a state-of-the-art collaborative laboratory focused on furthering our capabilities and knowledge within the 3D printing space.”

A dedication and open house for the College of Engineering – Johnson & Johnson 3D Printing Center of Excellence Collaborative Laboratory will take place on Monday, Oct. 23 at 4:30 p.m