Additive Manufacturing Program Coming to Purdue Online Learning

Mung Chiang Shaking Hands with Barnes Group

An Additive Manufacturing Certificate offered in collaboration with an industry leader and Purdue's College of Engineering will soon be available through Purdue Online Learning. The program will give working professionals and students an opportunity to study industry case studies and stay current with the rapidly industrializing area of technologies that build 3D objects layer by layer and in a variety of materials.

This professional and non-credit certification program, which is expected to launch in early 2019, will be offered in collaboration with the Purdue School of Materials Engineering and through a partnership with The Barnes Group Advisors, a Pittsburgh-based consulting company providing additive manufacturing expertise. The company was founded by Purdue graduate John E. Barnes (BSMSE ’92, MSMSE ’94).

"Innovating how we learn online is a key priority for Purdue’s College of Engineering. The online program in Additive Manufacturing is both timely in its subject coverage and creative in the industry partnership with The Barnes Group Advisors. We are excited about this important initiative by the School of Materials Engineering," says Mung Chiang, Purdue’s John A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering.

Additive manufacturing (AM) technologies include 3D printing, rapid prototyping, direct digital manufacturing, layered manufacturing and additive fabrication. AM is used to fabricate end-use products in aircraft, dental restorations, medical implants, automobiles, and personal products. 

"One of the major trends in the additive manufacturing area is increased activity in industrialization—additive has gone from prototype to production. With this increase of utilization in manufacturing, our program will arm engineers with the ability to attain, as well as maintain, timely, relevant knowledge in industrialized additive manufacturing," says Rita Burrell, executive director of Purdue Online Learning's Division within the College of Engineering.
The course is offered in a convenient format and tailored to students at the engineer/manager and executive levels. Course content will cover AM science, technology, economics and business, and is derived from The Barnes Group Advisors’ industrial practice experience. AM Certificate students will be supported by members of the ADDvisor? Services team whose contributions to the field include certifying flight hardware using AM for series production engines and aircraft.

"I attended Purdue for both my undergraduate and graduate level education," says Barnes. "It helped shape the engineer and the entrepreneur that I have become today. I have always admired the astronauts who attended Purdue and their efforts to give back to the University. I feel this is my small way of giving back too."

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