Mechanical Engineering hosts CNC Educator Conference

Mines Professor John Berger at the 2nd Rocky Mountain Regional HTEC CNC Educator ConferenceColorado School of Mines’ Mechanical Engineering Department hosted the 2nd Rocky Mountain Regional Haas Technical Educator Center (HTEC) CNC Educator Conference on Oct. 6.
About 50 CNC educators, HTEC partners and local industry representatives attended the free one-day conference. The CNC educators came from schools with machining programs that use Haas Automation CNC mills and lathes.
The conference featured industry/educator roundtable sessions, partner presentations, lab tours and demonstrations, as well as a special panel discussion including local industry and educational professionals.
During the conference, the Mechanical Engineering Department was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Gene Haas Foundation for student scholarships and fellowships.
Mines plans to use its Haas grant to fund specialized multi-year fellowships for students who work in the Mechanical Engineering Machine Shop. The Gene Haas Foundation Fellows will be provided additional training on the CNC mill and, through a multi-year process, will become “train-the-trainers” for the shop’s mill. The machine shop, located in the basement of Brown Hall, is home to two Haas CNC mills.
“As a four-year university, Mines Mechanical Engineering is in a unique position to provide future mechanical engineers with the skills and experience in basic machining and CNC milling to communicate effectively with machinists on the manufacturing and production floor,” said John Berger, professor and head of the Mechanical Engineering Department. “The more mechanical engineers know about providing good drawings, tolerances and order of operations for machining, the better engineers and managers they will be.”
Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation, started the Gene Haas Foundation in 1999 to support efforts to introduce students to careers in machining and related technologies. That goal is primarily accomplished by funding student scholarships for graduating high school students, displaced workers and military veterans. Based in Oxford, California, Haas Automation is America’s leading machine tool builder. 

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