Some of the newest technology available was ready for PSU students Monday as classes got underway in the Kansas Technology Center and across the Pittsburg State University campus.
Brett Hubbard, a district manager for Hypertherm, Inc., was at the KTC to deliver more than $7,000 worth of new plasma cutting equipment for a mechanical engineering technology lab.
According to Phil McNew, a professor in engineering technology, the equipment represents the latest advances in plasma cutting, a process used when precision cuts in a wide variety of metals are needed. Plasma cutting is used to cut aluminum, stainless and carbon steels, which are commonly used in the metal fabrication industries of construction, shipbuilding and automobile manufacturing.
McNew said this is the third gift PSU has received from Hypertherm.
“Our company is very dedicated to community service and to education,” Hubbard said.
Bruce Dallman, dean of the College of Technology, said it is important for students to learn on the latest technology, but without the help of companies such as Hypertherm, it would be difficult to keep the KTC labs up to date.
“The relationships that faculty have with industry make this all possible,” Dallman said.
Hypertherm, which designs and manufactures some of the world's most advanced metal cutting products, is located in Hanover, N.H.
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