COLUMBUS, OH, Oct. 25, 2011 – Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Jim Petro today announced Wright State University and Mound Laser & Photonics Center, Inc. (MLPC) are awarded a Non-Credit Job Training Capital Improvement Facilities Fund grant of $232,918 to purchase a significant piece of high tech machinery called a femtosecond pulsed laser for advanced manufacturing.
“The idea is to speed commercialization of research and quickly translate ideas into products and services that will help grow Ohio’s economy,” said Chancellor Jim Petro. “Wright State University and Mound Laser & Photonics Center are commended for this partnership and for the innovative ideas which will evolve such as having a faculty member embedded in the company.”
To win this grant, institutions must demonstrate the presence of industry partnerships with one or more companies in Ohio, or demonstrate support from an industry organization that can attest to the training needs.
The award to Wright State University and MLPC will be used to purchase a Jenoptic JenLas D2 femtosecond pulsed laser. Some matching money will also be contributed by MLPC. This four watt, diode pumped, solid state laser is a state-of-the-art system for micro fabrication. The ultra-short pulse transfers very little heat to the part being machined and produces clean features allowing it to be used with a wide range of materials, including some which are too delicate for conventional laser micromachining.
“We do things here that no other company is able to do. Some of the things we do are pushing technology to the limit,” said president and CEO of MLPC Larry Dosser. “We are an extension of the university, and the university is an extension of us.”
The laser will support and further a formal collaboration between Wright State University and Mound Laser & Phonics Center that is intended to enhance education in advanced manufacturing through practical collaboration with industry while simultaneously accelerating technology commercialization.
“The program is designed to accelerate the commercialization of technology, which translates to hiring more people at all stages of the company, all with a focus on quality and time to market,” Dosser said. “All this means enhanced growth and jobs for our young people. Simply put, this model is another step towards building the advanced manufacturing workforce of the future.”
Both the university and MLPC will publish and patent joint intellectual property that comes out of the relationship while still protecting trade secret information.
The Wright State professor to be embedded will be jointly selected by the university and MLPC.
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