MAG Industrial Automation Systems, whose Chairman and CEO Mo Meidar is a Philadelphia University alumnus from the class of 1970, has donated a fully automated, state-of-the-art prototyping machine called a Vertical Machining Center (VMC) to the School of Engineering and Textiles.
The VMC, valued at approximately $100,000, is used by the automobile, aerospace and other industries to engineer critical metal parts and components for engines and turbines, to name a few. This equipment will provide a sophisticated, hands-on tool for faculty and students to build prototype parts for class work and research projects.
“Mr. Meidar’s company, MAG Industrial Automation Systems, is a global leader in tailored manufacturing solutions because he is a visionary who has his feet on the ground. He is a pioneer who is action oriented. That’s a unique combination,” said President Stephen Spinelli Jr., Ph.D. “This gift will strengthen Philadelphia University’s path to leadership in engineering and industrial design education.”
Currently, PhilaU engineering students work on manual equipment that produces smaller, modular designs built to scale. The new prototyping machine, which arrived on campus Monday, Feb. 9, will enable students to work with the actual equipment they will use as professional engineers — an experience not common at the undergraduate level.
“With the generosity of MAG Industrial Automation Systems and our alumnus Mo Meidar, Philadelphia University students will have increased access to state-of-the-art prototyping equipment that will further enhance their academic experience,” said Dr. David Brookstein, dean of the School of Engineering and Textiles. “This donation will add a new level of sophistication for our engineering programs.”
“This exceptional machine will be a ‘real-world’ learning tool for our students and will help them hit the ground running in the engineering field,” said Dr. Muthu Govindaraj, professor of Textile Engineering. “This equipment is a major asset to our engineering program and our students will have a tremendous advantage when they enter their professions.”
The 8,000-pound VMC will be ready to use for the Fall 2009 semester. MAG Industrial Automation Systems will also provide additional tools and training for University faculty and students to help them make the best use of the equipment.
Ben Knechel, a junior mechanical engineering major from Souderton, Pa., is already planning projects using the VMC. “This will help us gain experience with the whole manufacturing process – from the concept to the final product. Having experience with this equipment will make us even more competitive upon graduation.”