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STEM education is not just for city kids anymore.

A permanent workshop, known as a “Fab Lab,” will be located in Grindstone, Fayette County, while a second, mobile Fab Lab will travel to other rural school districts in area governed by regional education agency Intermediate Unit 1 (IU1). The labs will provide high-tech equipment and teacher resources that are not often available in rural parts of these counties.

“At Chevron, we understand STEM education is important to a successful future for our local communities. We are working with our partners to provide access to state-of-the-art education and technology resources to equip students with the critical skills needed to fill the jobs of tomorrow, particularly for those with limited access to the tools necessary for success in these fields,” said Nigel Hearne, vice president of Chevron Appalachia Michigan Business Unit based in the Pittsburgh area.

The IU1 Community Fab Lab will provide access to resources for the students in the K-12 system, undergraduate students and the community at-large, including skilled staff and volunteers, design and fabrication equipment and access to an international Fab Lab network. It will ultimately touch an estimated 56,000 people. Founded in 2009 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Fab Foundation brings digital fabrication tools and processes to people of all ages, developing educational and offering professional development training programs for teachers.

The hands-on learning that will be available at IU1 Fab Lab aims to spark interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and prepare individuals for the nearly 1 million U.S. jobs that will require basic STEM literacy over the next five years – including more than 2,000 energy and manufacturing jobs southwestern Pennsylvania.

“This Fab Lab is a tremendous resource for teachers and students throughout southwestern Pennsylvania,” said Fayette County Commissioner Al Ambrosini. “It will help get our kids excited about science and give them the technical skills they will need in their careers. I commend Chevron for its commitment to our community and to educating our children.”

The IU1 Community Fab Lab will feature such state-of-the-art design and fabrication equipment as laser cutters, 3D printers, vinyl cutters and milling machines. The Fab Lab will promote innovation and design in the community and will build the local workforce capacity.

This digital fabrication workshop is made possible through a $1.2 million contribution by Chevron. It is part of the company’s $10 million commitment to the Fab Foundation to build Fab Labs in areas where it operates in the United States. This Fab Lab is a component of the Appalachia Partnership Initiative, a collaborative effort formed by Chevron to develop a highly-skilled regional workforce.

“Intermediate Unit 1 is proud to be one of the few organizations selected from around the world to receive both a mobile and a stationary community Fab Lab,” said Charles F. Mahoney, Intermediate Unit 1 executive director.

“We will continue to be an innovative educational keystone transforming education and learning for the countless students, educators and community members we serve.”

Bonnie Pfister

It’s baa-aack: the contest for the National Hardware Cup makes a three-peat in Pittsburgh this year, with the regional competition returning to TechShop in East Liberty on Thursday, Feb. 21.

The contest is brainchild of Pittsburgh’s own AlphaLab Gear, a leading product accelerator, and TechShop, the nation’s premier “maker” facility providing tools and know-how for do-it-yourselfers. The AlphaLab Gear National Hardware Cup aims to find the top ideas in hardware (that is, tangible products, as opposed to software or services) across the nation. This year. teams will compete in Los Angeles, Boston, Ft. Lauderdale, Washington D.C., Chicago and Austin, with the grand finale playing out here in Pittsburgh in mid-April.

The winning team in each city will take home $3,000 cash, a year-long license for 3-D design software SOLIDWORKS and other prizes. The national winner — which will be decided back here in Pittsburgh — will earn $50,000 from Startbot VC.

Watch six Pittsburgh teams make their four-minute pitches to local venture capitalists and hardware CEOs from 6-8 p.m. on Feb. 21 at TechShop. Admission is free, but space fills up quickly, so reserve your seat today!

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It is that time of year again where autumn leaves, cooler nights and early twilight tend to focus us on our work life, as lazy summer days fade into memory. Good thing there’s ImaginePittsburgh.com to help you explore your options. Our new and improved site offers information on employers and careers — as well as search jobs via our powerful aggregator that’s updated nightly from more than a thousand job boards and corporate websites. With ImaginePittsburgh.com, you can also explore the site’s Featured Employers, as well as many great places to live, play and learn in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Here are just a few of the jobs available now with our featured employers:

Solution Manager ITS Marketing Sales at Covestro LLC

SAP BASIS Analyst I/II/III at MSA

Associate Applications Systems Analyst/Programmer at Federated Investors

Director, Strategy Development at PPG

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Technology Project Manager at BNY Mellon

IBM Domino Administrator at PJ Dick

Inside Sales Representative at Lamar Advertising Company

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Uber’s driverless vehicles — the first to hit American roadways — have begun picking up passengers in Pittsburgh.

In a race with Google and Tesla to bring autonomous vehicles to market, Uber is poised to leap ahead thanks in part to the talented engineers that emerge from Carnegie Mellon University, Bloomberg News, Forbes and others have reported.

A few of Uber’s modified Volvo XC90 sport-utility vehicle began appearing on Pittsburgh streets around Labor Day, with a fleet of 100 to be rolled out by year’s end. Cars in Pittsbugh will have safety drivers and co-pilots.

Uber began operating in Allegheny County in early 2014, and recently expanded service to several adjacent counties. In February 2015, the San Francisco based company partnered with CMU to create the Uber Advanced Technologies Center just off campus, foucsing on developing long-term technologies. The partnership includes collaboration between Uber and the National Robotics Engineering Center in Lawrenceville around mapping, vehicle safety and autonomy technology.

Check out the Bloomberg’s video here, and read the full article here.

 

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As the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Kris B. Mamula reported recently, additive manufacturing — also known as 3D printing — has broad implications for the region. Pittsburgh still makes things — in new, flexible ways. 

Published in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette under the headline CMU center relives city’s industrial past / July 23, 2016

 

Part of Pittsburgh’s industrial past was reborn Friday in a sleek new building on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University.

The university announced a collaboration of industry, academia and government as part of its year-old NextManufacturing Center. Attending the kickoff reception were faculty, students and business owners who are interested in reinventing how things are made in the 21st century.

Additive manufacturing — sometimes called 3D printing — is the biggest thing to happen in metallurgy in 50 years and one with broad implications for the Western Pennsylvania economy, said Anthony Rollett, associate director of the NextManufacturing Center.

“This will change the way people think about making things,” said Mr. Rollett, who is also a professor of materials science and engineering. “You’re going to see it pop up in many different ways and it will have a broad and pervasive economic impact.”

Additive manufacturing shapes layers of metal bits, liquid polymers or other materials into aerospace parts, biomedical devices and wide variety of other items. Historically, metal parts have been cast from molten metal, which is a slower process with less flexibility.

CMU’s center is the second of its kind in the region — the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering in June announced plans to open the Ansys Additive Manufacturing Research Laboratory.

U.S. Steel Corp., a corporate name synonymous with Pittsburgh’s industrial heritage, was among 11 companies that signed on as founding members of the new consortium at CMU. Others include Alcoa, Ansys Inc. Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corp. and General Electric Co.

In April, GE announced the investment of $39 million in an advanced manufacturing research center in Findlay. GE’s Center for Additive Technology Advancement employs 22 engineers and plans to add another 28 high-tech workers next years.

Additive manufacturing also has big implications for biomedical devices, said Adam Feinberg, associate professor materials science and engineering and biomedical engineering. Making catheters that are tailored to the individual patient is among many opportunities offered by the technology, he said.

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