UNH adds new manufacturing liaison

The University of New Hampshire, a New England Council member, has established a new initiative that seeks to form a stronger relationship between the school and small and medium-sized manufacturers throughout New Hampshire.

The University has partnered with the New Hampshire Manufacturing and Extension Partnership, and through the partnership has recently hired Mark Berry to act as a liaison between the university and local manufacturers. Berry will work with the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences to promote research conducted within the college while also identifying new research opportunities and engaging manufacturers in the state. Samuel Mukasa, Dean of UNH’s College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, said that this new partnership will benefit both students and local manufacturers. It provides students with the unique experience of developing and designing new products for thriving industries, while allowing manufacturer’s to utilize the university’s skilled students and advanced technology. The hope is that students who work with the local enterprises and start-ups throughout college will seek employment, and thus foster growth, at these New Hampshire-based companies upon graduation.

“When you develop a research project between faculty and industry, the people who get their hands dirty are typically the students, and as they do so they learn the process for commercialization and [the] industry, [which] makes them successful as they go into the workforce,” says Mukasa.

With manufacturing as a leading sector in New Hampshire, UNH is ensuring that the industry will continue to thrive, while opening doors for its students. The New England Council commends the University of New Hampshire on its initiative and continued commitment to its students and local manufacturers.

Read more in the New Hampshire Business Review here

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