The University of Hartford on Friday officially opened its new Manufacturing Metrology Lab, in an effort to help the manufacturing industry address its skilled labor shortage.
The lab will be part of the Center for Manufacturing and Metrology when the center opens. The lab and the center are meant to focus on critical issues in manufacturing and enhance U.S. competitive advantage in the global market.
The new lab was built with partnership from major state manufacturers such as East Hartford aerospace maker Pratt & Whitney. With proper training in the right equipment, students will enhance the state's manufacturing workforce, which lacks skilled laborers.
The director of the lab is Chittaranjan Sahay, the university's Vernon D. Roosa Distinguished Professor in Mechanical Engineering, is the director of the Center.
Friday's ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by Michael McQuade, senior vice president for science and technology at Hartford-based United Technologies Corp., as well as Congressman John Larson (D-CT) and State Sen. Gary LeBeau (D-East Hartford).