Monday, May 14th, 2012 - 11:14 am

Purdue Calumet names mechatronics lab after Glenwood, Ill. business owners

Purdue University Calumet has named its campus-based, mechatronics laboratory after a husband and wife team who have influenced and supported the university’s mechatronics engineering technology program.

Naming presentation of the Nick and Nancy Wilson Mechatronics Engineering Technology LaboratoryThe Nick and Nancy Wilson Mechatronics Engineering Technology Laboratory is named, respectively, after the president of Morrison Container Handling Solutions in Glenwood, Ill. and the company’s director of customer relations.

Nick Wilson served as the catalyst behind a partnership of packaging industry leaders who helped Purdue Calumet faculty develop a curriculum in mechatronics engineering technology. Subsequently, the Wilsons have been generous endowment supporters and personally involved in the university’s baccalaureate degree program, which debuted in 2008, according to Purdue Calumet Dean of the School of Technology Niaz Latif.

“Without Nick and Nancy’s efforts, our mechatronics engineering technology program would not be what it is today,” Latif said. “Nick was instrumental forming the partnership among Purdue Calumet, packaging industry leaders and the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute.”

Continuing, Latif said, “These partners helped us design our Baccalaureate of Science degree program, donated equipment for a hands-on training laboratory, and provided scholarships and internships for our students. Through these partnerships, our mechatronics program has thrived.”

Mechatronics engineering technology combines mechanical design, manufacturing and electrical control within a foundational context of packaging machinery. Students learn to design, build and service the complex, high-speed machinery used in the fast-growing, multi-million dollar packaging industry.

The Nick and Nancy Wilson Laboratory enables students to benefit from applied learning experiences within an environment of real world, packaging equipment.

An industrial need for trained technologists prompted development of the degree program and its related laboratory.

More information about Purdue Calumet’s mechatronics engineering technology program is available at http://webs.purduecal.edu/et, as well as by contacting Academic Advisor Ed Perosky at 219/989-2484; 800/HI-PURDUE, ext. 2484; or at perosky@purduecal.edu.

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