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Senior project gets 3 NIU grads fast-tracked to aerospace firm

DeKALB – An aerospace company has taken on three Northern Illinois University graduates after they created an asset management system for their senior design project.

NIU engineering graduates Alex Jossendal, Aaron Cooling and Jack Moore, under the leadership of engineering professor Ghazi Malkawi, designed an asset management system with the help of sponsor Collins Aerospace of Rockford. The goal of the system is to find a more efficient way to track items on the aerospace manufacturer’s shop floor.

“This program gives the student an opportunity to gain experience in the workplace while giving Collins an opportunity to develop talent and provide long term opportunities for these students,” said Chris Griffiths, executive director of program engineering for Collins Aerospace.

The team developed a system that can accurately locate hundreds of items within feet of their actual position as they move through the flow in the plant. All three of the students on the Collins Aerospace team were hired by the company after graduation and one of them will help with the implementation and continuous development of the asset management system.

“We are always seeking to develop long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships with local and regional industries,” said Donald Peterson, dean of the NIU College of Engineering and Engineering Technology. “We combine our expertise in engineering fields to improve productivity and profitability while providing our students with real-world learning experiences.”

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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