Philadelphia University (Philadelphia, Pa., USA) and MAG Industrial Automation Systems (Hebron, Ky.) on Jan. 24 announced the establishment of the Philadelphia University MAG Composites Institute for research and development of new textile-based composites that could have wide application in industry, including the aerospace, automotive and energy sectors.
The research institute will be funded in part by $1.1 million from MAG, whose chairman and CEO is Dr. Eng. Mo I. Meidar, a Philadelphia University alumnus and member of the University’s Board of Trustees. In addition to the Philadelphia University MAG Composites Institute, the funding also will support a new B.S. in Engineering program with a concentration in composites, one of the only such programs in the country. The first courses in composites will be offered in fall 2011.
“Our partnership with MAG to support new and important research in composite materials and expand our academic programming in engineering has myriad advantages for both MAG and the University, as well as for our students and faculty and the industries that are likely to benefit from the development of new textile-composite materials,” said Philadelphia University president Stephen Spinelli Jr., Ph.D. “It’s a perfect example of an industry leader and a professional university partnering to create extraordinary opportunities in engineering science and education.”
“An educated workforce in advanced composites technology will see increasing opportunities for generations to come. The Philadelphia University MAG Composites Institute represents MAG’s commitment to expand the level of research and education in this field,” said Mo Meidar. “As the global leader in automated composites processing solutions, MAG is driven to support new business opportunities serving a multitude of industries and we believe this partnership will be a key factor in achieving the full potential for new applications of composite materials.”
The Philadelphia University MAG Composites Institute will use analytical tools, such as finite element analysis, to design and research new textile-based composites from both two-dimensional and three-dimensional textile performs.