A dedication ceremony to formally launch the Philadelphia University MAG Composites Institute will take place today.
The event will take place today at 12:45 p.m. in The Gallagher Athletic, Recreation and Convocation Center on the Philadelphia University campus. The exhibit opens at 10:30 a.m
Attending the event will be industry, government and academic experts whp will talk about the role of composites in key industries; they include Alan Ladwig, senior advisor, Office of the Administrator, the National Aeronautical and Space Administration; J. Alex Freeman, senior engineer, Bell Helicopter/Textron Inc.; Bhavesh Shah, materials and processes laboratory, General Motors R&D Center; and David Brookstein, executive dean for university research at Philadelphia University.
The Philadelphia University MAG Composites Institute was established last year to support research and development of new fibre-based composites that could have broad applications in industry, including the aerospace, automotive and energy sectors.
As part of this initiative, Philadelphia University is offering a new B.S. in engineering program with a concentration in composites, one of the few such programs in the country. The first courses in composites are being offered this semester.
The Philadelphia University MAG Composites Institute is funded in part with $1.1 million from MAG, whose chairman and chief executive officer is Dr. Eng. Mo I. Meidar, a Philadelphia University alumnus and member of the University’s Board of Trustees. MAG is a developer of automation technologies for producing composite structures.