RMU to open manufacturing laboratory in the Lower Hill

By Luke Torrance, Pittsburgh Business Times

Robert Morris University is adding on to its Energy Innovation Center.

The university announced Monday that it would be opening a state-of-the-art additive manufacturing laboratory at the center, located in the Lower Hill District of Pittsburgh. The laboratory will be operated by the university’s School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science.

“We are gratified to be able to bring our manufacturing and engineering expertise to the Energy Innovation Center and to expand on RMU’s work in meeting the needs of the Pittsburgh region’s workforce,” Maria Kalevitch, the dean of the School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science, said in a prepared statement.

Following a ribbon cutting ceremony at the facility in February, the center will begin offering a six-course certificate program in manufacturing engineering starting on March 11. RMU also plans to offer its “Empowering Pennsylvania’s Workforce for Employment in Manufacturing” program at the facility, a free, 42-hour job training program funded through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

The Energy Innovation Center is a 200,000-square-foot facility with research, education and job training programs provided by local leading corporations and universities, including the University of Pittsburgh, Penn State University, CCAC and UPMC.