November 11, 2008 12:00AM
Students using Pittsburg State University's metallurgy lab will soon have access to new computers, microscopes and analysis equipment thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Foundry Educational Foundation.
Dr. Russ Rosmait, university professor of engineering technology, wrote the proposal for the grant in September and received the check in October. He said the donation comes with advantages that individual scholarships can't provide.
"If I can buy equipment that everyone in the class can use, it can affect everyone," Rosmait said. "That was the approach of the proposal. Scholarships are very useful, but they are limited in how many students they can help at one time. That's why grants like this are so important."
Pittsburg State University is one of 25 universities accredited by the Foundry Educational Foundation (FEF). FEF provides funding to support metal casting programs and holds a career fair annually in Chicago.
Rosmait said the grant will help all manufacturing students at PSU who take decide to choose metal casting as their emphasis. Students who graduate with this emphasis have become process engineers, or sometimes even executives of manufacturing companies.
This grant comes in addition to the $12,000 that FEF donates annually in scholarship support.
For more information about metal casting programs at Pittsburg State University, call the Department of Engineering Technology at (620) 235-4350.