It does me good to see programs like this being created and run by people with real industrial experience. I often worry that the US is moving away from our roots as a innovative manufacturing leader. The Bay school and Brad recognize the need to train the future engineers in the hands on part of an engineering career. They are putting their money were their mouths are by setting up a first class workshop. With these kinds of programs we help move the economy ever so slightly away from finance based toward innovation and high tech manufacturing.
When Brad was tapped to head up this budding program there was no shop space. From a rickety historic building he brought together the equipment and resources to create the entire engineering design and robotics programs from the ground up. I remember this period well. I wouldn't hear from him for weeks on end then a flurry of emails on some technical detail on some shop infrastructure item. I can say he has done a fine job. After more than a year I finally managed to get out to see the new shop and see some of the things the students are working on.
Ikea that he re-purposed into serviceable shop benches. For the life of me I cant find these on the site but Brad assures me they came from there. The benches are solid wood not pressed board.
With a few additions to the equipment list Brad will really have a first class shop helping to turn inquisitive kids into the future engineers and scientists that will hopefully keep innovation and manufacturing here at home where it belongs.
Thanks for looking.