The engineering and technology department hosted its third annual Manufacturing Day conference on Friday, October 27 to celebrate the nation’s recognition of an industry critical to the US economy. This year six speakers addressed the Vaughn community on manufacturing innovations in the areas of 3D printing, composites, robotics and automation.

The professional speakers included Albert Bunshaft, senior vice president of Dassault Systemes; Oliver Scheel, president of US Didactic; Dominick Visciotti, team leader assembly engineer for CYIENT; Hal Staniloff, unmanned aircraft systems remote pilot for Estate Aerial Inc.; Manual Jesus, engineering and technology professor and Dr. Yougashwar Budhoo, engineering and technology professor.

Bunshaft opened the morning session with Dassault Systemes findings on recent advancements within the manufacturing industry and how these changing dynamics shape ongoing procedures. Bunshaft also noted that mindset and adaptability are important qualities for manufacturers to have in staying current within the industry. Professor Budhoo addressed the audience on composite design and the intricacies of the manufacturing certificate program.

There was also a hands-on component to the day with Vaughn’s unmanned aerial vehicle and robotics clubs hosting workshops on robotics design such as an introduction to bi-direction motor control. Club members shared their experience by providing insights on how to balance their academics with robotics.