Northwest Nazarene University is pleased to announce that thanks to a generous $200,000 equipment grant from Hewlett-Packard, the University’s rapidly expanding engineering program is opening a new 3-D design, 3-D printing, 3-D scanning and 3-D simulation/visualization “maker” lab in its Thomas Family Health & Science Center.
This new lab will feature the latest technology in 3-D design, replication and additive manufacturing, now known as the “Maker Movement” by leading innovators throughout the U.S. and the world. Students in engineering, design, business, art and other disciplines will now be able to visualize, simulate and build their own 3-D creative designs.
“We are indebted to Hewlett-Packard and Vice President Jim Nottingham for their generosity in providing this new lab where our students will turn their dreams into reality and obtain a state-of-the-art education,” said NNU’s Engineering Program Director Dr. Stephen Parke. “Having this type of technology on the NNU campus will permit more innovative undergraduate education and research collaboration with Hewlett-Packard and other local and regional companies, as well as give birth to new small business and manufacturing ventures.”
Since NNU’s engineering program inception in fall 2010, it has experienced rapid growth in enrollment and funding. Regional industry grants totaling over $500,000 have supported hiring electrical and mechanical engineering faculty in addition to opening two other electrical and mechanical engineering teaching labs. The new HP-sponsored lab will also provide the opportunity for NNU freshmen engineering students to inexpensively replicate their own personal 3-D printers in the lab and use them throughout their college careers to fabricate their own designs as needed for other courses and projects.
“Supporting growth and development of the engineering program in our local universities and colleges is critically important to developing the technical talent pool in the valley, and it also creates more opportunities and options for our local high school graduates looking to pursue a technical career path,” said Jim Nottingham, vice president and general manager for HP, Boise. “We believe that providing these schools with world-class technology from HP will enhance the quality of education and ultimately the caliber of technical graduates from these programs.”