RPI partners with business on automation solutions
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's "Center for Advanced Technology" is profiled by Larry Rulison in the Times Union. The center, funded by the state, is designed to help businesses use automation to solve problems:
For instance, Bausch & Lomb came to RPI with an interest in speeding up the inspection and packaging of its Pure Vision contact lenses, which was done manually. RPI's robotics experts devised a solution to automate the process, which saved Bausch & Lomb $1.3 million annually. In turn, the company added 12 new production lines and 76 jobs. And RPI brought in another New York company, Progressive Machine & Design, to build the new manufacturing lines, a $10 million project.
The piece highlights how the state can use higher ed to enable public-private partnerships - it's worth a read.
University at Buffalo
Buffalo Business First [paywall] has an editorial about Satish Tripathi, the new president at University at Buffalo, urging business leaders to "get behind him fast."
Students at Cornell are studying sustainable wine production, reports Amanda Garris at Cornell News Service. The school is hoping to produce vintners who can capitalize on the premium that consumers are willing to pay for "green" products.
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