In December of 2015, over 50 community college and university students were recruited from Connecticut College of Technology member institutions for the Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering Technologies (MET2) Program, funded in part through an NSF ATE grant and the Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing, an NSF Center of Excellence. These outstanding students have been working in teams on projects initiated by industry and faculty. Past projects partnered with medical hospitals and government entities, including NASA, the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Geologic Survey and the CT Children’s Medical Center.
In January of 2016, the students completed a two-week Winter Intersession workshop that provided them with the necessary technical, professional and entrepreneurial skills required to begin their research. Currently interinstitutional, self-managed student teams are exploring their projects and will present their findings to us at the College of Technology Meeting in April. A few examples of this year’s projects include Prosthetics for Children, Green Infrastructure, a Smart Guitar, Smart Fabrics, and Wireless E Data.