Covenant, Others Consider Collaboration on Additive Manufacturing
Covenant University, the Milwaukee School of Engineering, (MSOE), USA, and the Nigerian Foundries Limited are considering a collaboration on additive manufacturing and foundry technologies.
Indication to this effect emerged on Wednesday, 13 February, 2019, at the conference room of the Vice-Chancellor’s office, where the Dean of Applied Research, Applied Technology Centre, MSOE, Dr. Sheku Kamara, the Managing Director, Nigerian Foundry Limited, Mr. Vassily Oye Barberopoulos, and the Managing Director, General Electric, Lagos Garage Fabrication Lab, Mr. Ugo Okafor, met with the Covenant Management.
Dr. Kamara, who is a global promoter of additive manufacturing, said that potential collaboration with Covenant would be towards the adaptation of available data, which would help in driving Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.
The Vice-Chancellor, Covenant, Professor AAA. Atayero, stated that Covenant was desirous of having a unit that would be dedicated solely to the external and industry-focused applied research, which would also include driving additive manufacturing, with such a unit driven by a non-academic towards maximising research output and applied research.
According to him, the vision of Covenant at this crucial time, required dynamism of the leadership, which had made it absolutely important that every available opportunity at fostering a robust collaboration was maximised and harnessed.
Dr. Kamara had after the meeting with the Vice-Chancellor presented a ‘Town and Gown Seminar’ on additive manufacturing to the students of the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Electrical and Information Engineering. He also had the opportunity to interact with faculty, staff members and students.
Also present at the tripartite parley were the Dean, College of Engineering, Professor David Omole; Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Professor Sunday Oyedepo; Professor Esther Akinlabi, Professor Christian Bolu, Professor Anthony Inegbenebor and Professor Joshua Okeniyi.