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Hexagon Partners with University of Rhode Island

They collaborate on student programs for advanced manufacturing.

(l-r) Angus Taylor, the president and chief executive officer of Hexagon's Manufacturing Intelligence division, North America; Ray Wright, the dean of the College of Engineering at URI; and David M. Dooley, the president of URI.

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence (North Kingstown, RI) division, has formed a collaborative partnership with the University of Rhode Island (URI; Kingston, RI) 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-sq ft, 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, has supported engineering students with an internship program and study abroad assistance.

Hexagon is a long-time supporter of the 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, they 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. The company’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 the URI president, David M. Dooley.

“Early on, our company recognized that the 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, the president and chief executive officer, for 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 experts across the global spectrum will support the University’s research and development efforts


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