Training the Shop-Floor Worker: University Perspectives
The need for innovative approaches to putting the U.S. manufacturing
base in a competitive position has created new opportunities for academia
to offer constructive help, in partnership with government and industry.
The University of Maryland, along with several other academic centers throughout
the United States, has established strong ties with government and industry
through State-Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers (SIUCRC),
sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). These research
consortia have helped academia focus their resources in research, education
and training on real-world problems relevant to today’s technology.
Mechanisms have been cooperatively developed for transferring state-of-the-art
technology to relevant manufacturing agencies. The CALCE Electronic
Packaging Research Center is an existing SIUCRC, and has been active in
the area of surface mount and microelectronic packaging for the last 8-9
years. This center is now teaming with Army Research Labs, and to
make available to local industries, a unique micro-factory facility for
research and hands-on training in surface mount manufacturing. This
paper discusses some aspects of this cooperative program and the potential
impact on electronic manufacturers.
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