What Engineering Students Should Know: Boston University’s Gerald Fine

When you graduate from engineering school, you should know some model-based systems engineering, says John Mannisto of Whirlpool. Over at Stryker, they’re eager to talk to you if you are passionate about process quality and validation. Joe Graney at Santa Cruz bicycles says understanding PDM systems is “essential.”

Overwhelmed?

Don’t be. Colleges and universities, and even employers, are scrambling to help you get the skills you need.

·         DeAnza College in California has innovative programs that train students to work in Silicon Valley.

·         Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts is leaning on PTC’s online learning systems to free up classroom time. Mechanical engineering students there spend less classroom time on picks and clicks and more on design strategies.

And in January 2014, Boston University is opening its Engineering Product Innovation Center. EPIC is “a pioneering facility that will help address a critical need in the US: The training of prospective engineers who understand how to develop and manufacture innovative new products,” says its website.

Gerald Fine, Ph.D. is director of the new center, and he says its focus will be to supplement the engineering education with hands-on experience. At EPIC, they’re teaching students how to invent, manufacture, and sell new products, Fine says.

 Check out the facilities:

  • Rapid 3-D prototyping and additive manufacturing tools
  • Multi-axis CNC machines
  • Multiple mills and lathes
  • Metrology tools
  • Industrial robots
  • A complete woodworking shop
  • A metals foundry

Best of all, EPIC features advanced 3D product design and data management software— PTC Creo and PTC Windchill.

Fine talked to us about his new center at PTC Live this year. Here’s the video:

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