In recognition of the indelible hands-on footprint made by Haas Automation and the Gene Haas Foundation at Cal Poly, two labs were named in their honor this year: the Haas Netshape Laboratory and the Haas Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory.
In his remarks at the dedication ceremony earlier this year, President Jeffrey D. Armstrong noted that Haas has “helped foster an environment where enterprising students are encouraged to face new challenges, develop solutions and grow into the innovative global leaders the engineering industry needs.”
“Haas Automation and the Gene Haas Foundation have inspired generations of graduates who are igniting a renaissance in U.S. manufacturing,” he said.
Mechanical engineering students, in particular, are benefiting from Haas’ lab and equipment in increasing numbers.
The two lab dedications align with the new manufacturing focus in the Mechanical Engineering Department that equips more students to incorporate manufacturing concerns into product and component design decisions.
“Manufacturability is one of the most important criteria driving product design,” said Industrial and Manufacturing Professor Dan Waldorf. “By completing the manufacturing concentration, more students will have the specialized skills to be a manufacturing-savvy design engineers.”
In place for a little over a year, the manufacturing concentration sprang from the recommendations of industry representatives on both the mechanical engineering and industrial and manufacturing engineering boards who noted that manufacturing-savvy graduates will be more sought after as employees.
“We want to increase students’ knowledge of manufacturing methods so that they practice ‘design for manufacturing’ best practices,” said Waldorf. “The new concentration makes our graduates even more productive because they will engineer products and systems that have the highest quality and lowest cost over lifetime.”