I was gratified to see the Post-Gazette devote so much space in its Oct. 27 Forum to the revival of manufacturing and the role universities play in research and workforce development ("Made in Pennsylvania" and "Manufacturing Reborn?"). Robert Morris University is contributing significantly to the growth of high-tech manufacturing in the Pittsburgh region. Thanks to our expertise in 3-D printing and reverse engineering, we are part of the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, a White House initiative with partners in industry, research universities including the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon, community colleges and nonprofit organizations.
3-D printing and reverse engineering are key components of RMU's bachelor's degree in manufacturing engineering -- the only one in Pennsylvania accredited by ABET Inc., the major accrediting body for engineering education. Engineering is the fastest-growing major at RMU and is now the university's most popular undergraduate degree. Growth in engineering at RMU comes even as the university's overall enrollment is skyrocketing, with the largest freshman class in our history.
Robert Morris has long played an important part in shaping the economy of Western Pennsylvania, matriculating leaders in business, communications, education and health care. We are proud to now be having the same impact in engineering and manufacturing.
Dean, School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science
Robert Morris University