North Kingstown, RI – November 13, 2019 – Hexagon's Manufacturing Intelligence division announced today it has formed a collaborative partnership with the University of Rhode Island, College of Engineering. Hexagon will provide manufacturing technologies to enable a rich research environment for undergraduate and graduate programs focused on advanced manufacturing. In October, URI opened its new 190,000-square-foot, six-story Fascitelli Center for Advanced Engineering. The new facility will strengthen the College's global leadership in engineering education. The work conducted there will build on research in the areas of clean energy, nanotechnology, robotics, cybersecurity, water for the world, biomedical technology, smart cities and sensors and instrumentation. Hexagon, a multinational company with the North American headquarters of its Manufacturing Intelligence division in Rhode Island, has supported engineering students with an internship program and study abroad assistance.
Hexagon's Manufacturing Intelligence division is a long-time supporter of URI's International Engineering Program that combines engineering, foreign language and study abroad to prepare students for 21st century careers. Many of the company’s employees are URI graduates. Taking the partnership to a new level, Hexagon will provide the facility with state-of-the-industry metrology systems, applications software for both measurement and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM), as well as sophisticated simulation software tools for design engineering. Hexagon’s diverse portfolio of hardware and software makes factories smarter, and helps manufacturers drive Smart Factory initiatives forward.
“The University is grateful for Hexagon’s continuing investment in our engineering programs. Its support is recognition of the strength of our faculty, their areas of research and the importance of educating and training the next generation of scientists and engineers,” said URI President David M. Dooley.
"Early on, Hexagon recognized that URI's International Engineering Program was an important local asset for building our workforce with graduates with technical knowledge and the skills needed to delve into the international business arena," said Angus Taylor, President and CEO, Manufacturing Intelligence, North America. "The State's support and investment in the Fascitelli Center project underlines their commitment to the students and workforce that will drive Rhode Island's future. We are a willing participant in their mission to shape engineering education and the world through innovation, invention and passion. We are proud that our technology portfolio and Hexagon experts across the global spectrum will support the University’s research and development efforts