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Dream It, Print It, Do It

College of Engineering collaborates with Johnson & Johnson to support innovation and creativity with a focus on 3-D printing and materials process development

A cutting-edge space that will create cooperative educational and research opportunities for students and faculty researchers in multiple disciplines will become a reality on October 23, when the CoE – Johnson & Johnson Collaborative Laboratory opens at the University of Miami’s College of Engineering.

The 5,850-square-foot makerspace strengthens the University’s initiatives in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and will revolutionize teaching and learning through hands-on experiences.

“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,” says Jean-Pierre Bardet, dean of the College of Engineering. “Our collaboration with Johnson & Johnson 3D Printing Center of Excellence 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.”

The Collaborative Laboratory is housed in the 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. 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.

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