A ribbon cutting ceremony for the new SUNY Ulster Pfeiffer Technology and Innovation Lab on the Stone Ridge Campus is set for Thursday, October 19 at 3 p.m. in Hardenbergh Hall.
Named in honor of Ulster County resident, donor, and vice chair of the Ulster Community College Foundation, Inc. Darlene L. Pfeiffer, the facility features five separate labs: an electrical engineering lab and programmable logic controller lab, a mechatronics and mechanical engineering lab, a CAD SOLIDWORKS lab and a 3D printing and modeling lab. A new, technology-equipped classroom adjoins the mechatronics and mechanical engineering labs so that lectures and hands-on learning are integrated. The facilities will be used by SUNY Ulster students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.
“SUNY Ulster is the proud beneficiary of the Pfeiffer Technology & Innovation Lab on our Stone Ridge Campus. With the support of our donors, in collaboration with Ulster County, SUNY 2020, Empire State Development, Corp., Darlene L. Pfeiffer, Central Hudson Gas and Electric, Corp. and the Ulster Community College Foundation, we are able to provide students with hands-on learning for STEM while fostering and supporting collaborations between education and the advanced technology and manufacturing industry.” notes Dr. Alan P. Roberts, President.
Dr. Mark Stewart, Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Engineering Science adds,
“The educational experience of our Engineering students are greatly improved through new 3D printers and oscilloscopes, updated electrical lab facilities and new CAD lab. STEM classes have already begun using the labs, providing our engineering students with a competitive edge for transfer to four-year colleges or the job market.”
The Pfeiffer Technology and Innovation Lab, a collaborative project between SUNY Ulster and the Ulster Community College, Foundation, Inc. becomes the newest 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 regional labs house characterization and testing equipment that can be used for product testing and research.
Barbara Reer, Director of Technology Education Programs notes, “This project was truly a Community endeavor as donors stepped forward in the creation of an advanced facility where students gain the skills necessary to match the workforce needs of our region’s advanced technology companies.