Expert advice gives edge to gain grants


Expert advice gives edge to gain grants

KENNESAW, Ga. (Jun 29, 2016) — Excerpt of Article: When two Georgia professors needed help figuring out a process for increasing the number of skilled machinists to operate complex computer numeric controlled (CNC) machines, they turned to a well-regarded program that provides mentors for expert guidance.

With advice and technical resources from Mentor-Connect, Stuart Rolf and Randall Emert crafted two successful, collaborative grant proposals to the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program. The grants support specialized professional development for machining instructors from two-year colleges across Georgia and the development of a CNC Advanced Multi-Axis Program certificate that stacks for two-year degrees, as well as a new bachelor of applied science degree.

“It’s something that solves a problem, or it’s the beginning of solving a problem in the state and supporting industry and future jobs and economic development,” said Emert, assistant professor of mechanical engineering technology at Kennesaw State University, formerly known as Southern Polytechnic State University.  

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