Omron Robotics and Mechatronics Laboratory at the Northern Illinois University College of Engineering
October 01, 2013
Created through financial and equipment donations from Omron, this lab will enhance instruction for mechanical, electrical and computer engineering students.
In the lab, students will find four teaching lab stations, two advanced robotics research stations, three large breakout research platforms, wireless Internet and a latest projection system. Omron SYSMAC technologies are available for students to conduct new cutting-edge industrial automation and robotics research within this lab. Additionally, NIU Students will have access to Omron's e-learning courses, which teach the basics of automation and mechatronics online.
The ribbon cutting ceremony featured several speakers, including NIU President John G. Peters, NIU CEET Dean Promod Vohra, Omron Management Center of America President and Omron Foundation President Nigel Blakeway, Omron Automation and Safety President Gregg Holst, and Peter McEneaney, Manager of Training and Technical Support at Omron Automation and Safety.
With the opening of the lab, the Omron Automation and Safety training department, led by McEneaney, will continue to work with the CEET to help maintain and support the use of Omron technologies for future students. In this spirit, Omron Automation and Safety has already sponsored internships for two NIU Engineering students to incorporate Omron technologies into the learning environment of the lab.
To show their gratitude to Omron for funding the new lab, CEET students, faculty and staff created a video highlighting the benefits of the lab and thanking Omron for the opportunities they have been given as a result.