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Grinstead Building, Room 009
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660.543.4439
Fax: 660.543.4578
Email: Dr. Doug Koch


Advanced Manufacturing Research and Development Initiative

SME Education Foundation Awards a 2-Year Manufacturing Education Plan Grant to the University of Central Missouri for $204,021 (Total Grant Value: $751,170)
A grant to the University of Central Missouri for the “Advanced Manufacturing Research and Development Initiative.” Through focused study into the advanced manufacturing automation technologies of robotics, programmable logic controllers, computer integrated machining equipment, quality assurance measurement components, automatic storage and retrieval systems, barcode readers and assembly equipment, students will be trained and prepared to work in companies seeking to optimize product throughput in tandem with becoming more globally competitive. The initiative will help address identified competency gaps including business knowledge, manufacturing system understanding and supply chain management mastery. Students in engineering technology, industrial technology - manufacturing management, technology education, computer-aided drafting and design, industrial technology, electronics engineering technology business administration and industrial management will demonstrate these competencies through individual courses as well as through a capstone Computer Integrated Manufacturing course that ties together the components of automation, robotics and manufacturing. The project director is Dr. Jeff Ulmer. Co-project director is Dr. Troy Ollison.

Developed and Optimized Courses

About the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation is one of the nation’s leading non-profit organizations dedicated to advancing manufacturing SME Foundation Logoeducation. Its approach is three-fold: to inspire youth to pursue careers in manufacturing, to support students studying for a career in an engineering-related field and prepare these students through its Manufacturing Education Plan grant program in colleges and technical schools. Since 1980, the Foundation has provided more than $19 million in grants, scholarships and awards. The Education Foundation was created by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 1979 as a means of transforming manufacturing education in North American colleges and universities. For more information, visit

SME Education Foundation, One SME Drive, Dearborn, MI 48130

SME and UCM is also a proud sponsor of the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) programPLTW MO Logo

About Project Lead the Way
Project Lead The Way® is a not-for-profit organization that promotes pre-engineering courses for middle and high school students. PLTW forms partnerships with public schools and higher education institutions and the private sector to increase the quantity and quality of engineers and engineering technologists graduating from our educational system. Visit

Girls in Technology Institute

The School of Technology at the University of Central Missouri has recently completed an institute for young middle school girls interested in technology and engineering career fields. The institute was conducted from June 15 - 18 and focused upon the value of engineering technology as a possible career choice, the benefits of Project Lead the Way (PLTW), and how engineers help shape the world around us. Topics covered in the four-day event included:

* Catapult design, construction and contest
* Westport bridge design & build (software)
* Use of AutoCad Inventor
* Water Purification / Filtration Issues
* Construction of a purification system, testing of local sources of water -Guest Speakers
   provided by Edge
* Roller Coaster construction and application (spent the day at Worlds of Fun J)
* Boat design, construction and contest
* Wrap-up meeting with parents and institute faculty

In essence, the Girls in Technology Institute was a great success!

The institute was 100% funded by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) through a 2-year grant written by Engineering Technology faculty members. The SME grant was titled the “Advanced Manufacturing Research & Development Initiative.”

Related Links:
Society of Manufacturing Engineers
Missouri PLTW/UCM
Girls in Technology Institute Wrap up