Groundbreaking for SUNY Ulster Pfeiffer Technology and Innovation Lab



Groundbreaking for SUNY Ulster Pfeiffer Technology and Innovation Lab

Provides Testing Lab for Industry and Hands-On Learning for Students

June 20, 2017
Stone Ridge, NY

Groundbreaking for SUNY Ulster Pfeiffer Technology and Innovation Lab

Provides Testing Lab for Industry and Hands-On Learning for Students

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new SUNY Ulster Pfeiffer Technology and Innovation Lab on the Stone Ridge Campus is set for Tuesday, June 20 at 1 p.m. in Clinton Hall. Named in honor of Ulster County resident and donor Darlene L. Pfeiffer, the lab provides SUNY Ulster students with hands-on experience with equipment, technology, and processes used in the advanced technology and manufacturing industry, while providing a well-equipped lab for industry members to test emerging products and processes.

Speakers at the groundbreaking include Dr. Alan P. Roberts, SUNY Ulster President; the Honorable Michael P. Hein, Ulster County Executive; Tim Sweeny, Chair, SUNY UlsterBoard of Trustees; the Honorable Kenneth J. Ronk, Jr., Chairman, Ulster County Legislature; Darlene L. Pfeiffer, Donor & Vice Chair, Ulster Community College Foundation, Inc.; and John Maserjian, Director of Media Relations, Central Hudson .

“The new lab offers valuable real-world technology to students, while providing a competitive advantage to local manufacturing and technology companies by giving these companies access to unique and sophisticated testing equipment at a low or no charge,” said Alan P. Roberts, president of SUNY Ulster.

The facility features four separate labs: an electrical engineering and programmable logic controller lab, a mechatronics and mechanical engineering lab, and a 3D modeling lab for AutoCAD/Solidworks computer aided design and 3D printing. The equipment will be used by SUNY Ulster students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines including engineering, advanced manufacturing, AutoCAD, 3D printing and web development. “More than 700 advanced manufacturing and technology companies are in the Mid-Hudson Valley, said Roberts, and this equipment will assist them with research, development, and testing new products before they are scaled for market.”

The Pfeiffer Lab is a member of the SMARTT (SUNY Manufacturing Alliance for Research and Technology Transfer) Lab network. Located at partner colleges and at businesses throughout the Hudson Valley, these labs house characterization and testing equipment that can be used for product testing and research. They are funded, in part, through SUNY 2020 grants.

Pfeiffer, who has endowed multiple scholarships and the Darlene Pfeiffer Entrepreneurial Center through the Ulster Community College Foundation, Inc. at SUNY Ulster, was a lead supporter of the project. Noting its importance to the economic development of Ulster County and to the aspirations of SUNY Ulster students working toward STEM careers, Pfeiffer stated “it is my honor to support SUNY Ulster to enable the people of our community achieve their dreams!”

Other funders are Empire State Development Corporation with the support of the Office of Senator John Bonacic, Central Hudson Gas & Electric, The Ulster Community College Foundation Inc.

SUNY Ulster faculty and staff involved in the project include: Steven Schimmrich, Professor of Math and Physical Sciences; Dr. Mark Stewart, Assistant Professor of Engineering; Salvatore Ligotino, Assistant Professor of Drafting & Design Technology; and Barbara Reer, Director of Technology Education Programs.

For more information please called the Foundation office at 845-687-5283.

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