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University of Miami’s College of Engineering Collaborates with Johnson & Johnson to Support Innovation and Creativity

Collaboration Focuses on 3-D Printing and Materials Process Development

The University of Miami (UM) College of Engineering has announced the creation of a 3-D Printing Collaborative Laboratory in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Services Inc. The space will allow the realization of cooperative educational and research opportunities for students, as well as faculty researchers in multiple disciplines.

The approximately 5,850-square-foot makerspace is a centerpiece of the College’s strategic initiatives in both research and education. It embraces UM President Julio Frenk’s “Roadmap to Our New Century,” offering a space for collaboration and problem-solving based on interdisciplinary inquiry; it also furthers the goal of developing the University of Miami as a hemispheric innovation hub through industry and community partnerships that promote ideas and product development. The Collaborative Laboratory helps strengthen the university’s initiatives in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and will help change teaching and learning through hands-on experiences.

The Collaborative Laboratory will be housed in the College’s McArthur Engineering Building, along with state-of-the-art labs and high-tech additive manufacturing equipment, which is rarely found at other top research universities. The facility will provide access to a wide variety of advanced 3-D printers and fabricating equipment, and will have a full-time engineer/scientist available for training purposes. This will allow for the development of joint research and grant proposals, along with student capstone projects and firsthand experiential learning (for both undergraduate and graduate students) that will be an advantage in their post-academic careers. Representatives from Johnson & Johnson Services will collaborate with UM students and faculty to support research in the areas of materials development and advanced process development for medical applications.

“The Collaborative Laboratory changes the way people create, interact and work on projects, and furthers collaborative work across the different disciplines to create a culture of solving global issues. It is a concrete step for the College’s goal to become the innovation hub of Miami,” said Dr. Jean-Pierre Bardet, dean of the College of Engineering at UM. “Our collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Services Inc. gives us the opportunity for technical advancement and promotion of excellence in education. Students, faculty and researchers will now have the tools, technology and creative space needed to dream, compose, research, design, print, program and create the next invention.”

This partnership has been forged under the direction of several Johnson and Johnson leaders, including Joseph Sendra BSIE ’93 MBA ’97, vice president of manufacturing engineering and technology, and CoE advisory board member, and Dr. Charles “Chip” Tomonto, BSME ’80, engineering fellow in the 3D Printing and Netshape Technology Center.