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December 8 , 2006

Mechanical Engineering Department Acquires "Top of the Line" Technology

Professor Demetrios Maltezos with students Vincent Calandrino, Thomas Carr, Steven Smith, and John Yacobellis
Professor Demetrios Maltezos with students Vincent Calandrino,
Thomas Carr, Steven Smith, and John Yacobellis

In an example of one graduate's wish to give back to his alma mater, Farmingdale State graduate Vincent Marzigliano has signed on as an industry advisor for the Mechanical Engineering Technology department. In addition to helping Farmingdale State , his efforts will help LIFT notify machinists and CNC programmers in the local workforce of the availability of training through the Office of Corporate and Professional Development.

The Mechanical Engineering Technology department recently purchased and installed 15 new manual lathes and four new CNC machines to be used in the department's laboratories. Alumnus Vincent Marzigliano worked with MET Professors Dimitrios Maltezos and Robert Seyler in the selection and purchase of the new equipment.  The machines were installed during the summer of 2006 by Technician Jeff Hung and Professor Seyler and replaced equipment that was out-dated.

Funding for part of the equipment was provided through a Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) grant which was received by Dr. Venkitaswamy Raju, professor of mechanical engineering technology. SME promotes an increased awareness of the value of manufacturing among industry professionals and the general public, while introducing young people to exciting career options in the field. SME support and fund improvements in the educational system to prepare tomorrow's engineers and scientists for the future.

Marzigliano spearheaded the purchase of the new lathes. "As a graduate of Farmingdale State , I consider it a privilege giving back to my alma mater.   When the president of Farmingdale State appointed me to serve on the Advisory Board, I said 'yes, I would consider it an honor.' Being able to recommend the equipment that would benefit the Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering students' skills, and also supply the industry in which they will work with engineers having enhanced application knowledge, I find to be exciting and professionally satisfying." said Mr. Marzigliano, president and owner of VM-Manufacturing Co. Inc. in Holbrook, N.Y., which produces precision-machined parts for the aerospace and medical industries.

The Mechanical Engineering Technology department's new equipment and machinery will benefit both the students and local industry. Serdar Elgun, Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Technology department said, "Students will be using top-of-the-line manual lathes to learn many types of operations. Students will gain more advanced machining skills by learning how to program and run the CNC machines." In manufacturing, it's likely that Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology students will be dealing with CNC on a regular basis.

The introduction of CNC machines radically changed the manufacturing industry. Curves are as easy to cut as straight lines, complex 3-D structures are relatively easy to produce, and the number of machining steps that require human action is dramatically reduced. With the increased automation of manufacturing processes with CNC machining, considerable improvements in consistency and quality have been achieved. CNC automation eliminates errors and provides CNC operators with time to perform additional tasks.

" Long Island industry needs a variety of manufacturing technology professionals. The programs that are offered by the Mechanical Engineering Technology department will prepare the students for a variety of careers, through its BS, AAS, and Certificate programs. The new machinery and equipment acquired by the department will help the students to achieve a high level of skills needed in the career marketplace." adds Professor Elgun.

In addition, the equipment will be utilized to train machinists and CNC programmers for the local industry under the leadership of LIFT. LIFT supports the defense and aerospace, medical device and healthcare, homeland security, energy, information technology and manufacturing clusters of the Long Island economy. LIFT partners with local companies, organizations, universities and the National Laboratory Systems. Certificate programs will be offered through the Farmingdale State Office of Corporate and Professional Development.