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Chico State holds ribbon cutting for first of its kind robotics lab

A first of its kind robotics lab is now up and running at Chico State.

Posted: Feb 11, 2020 10:36 AM

CHICO, Calif. - California State University, Chico had a robotic-assisted ribbon cutting for opening the Omron Co-lab on Monday, Feb. 10.

The Ormon Co-lab is a lab that will help students innovate and create their own projects. The lab is giving students a chance to be engineers. 

Chico State College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management partnered with Omron Automation America.

This lab is the first lab in the California State University system and offering the first-ever mechatronics major in the U.S.

The Vice President of Marketing at Omron, Matt Trowbridge described to Action News Now what the mission of the lab is.

“This is a global corporation founded in 1933 in Japan. Omron’s whole mission is to develop technology that improves people's lives and contributes to society,” Trowbridge said.

With cutting edge equipment, students will be able to challenge themselves with different manufacturing technology.

“It’s an advantage because kids today are going to graduate school working on the latest and greatest equipment," Robert Black President and CEO and COO of Omron said. "They are going to be working on things that the minute they start a new career, no matter if it's Omron or something else, this is what is being used in the industry today.” 

One Chico State student, Danny Cervantes, who will work with OAA after he graduates in May and explained how this will help students.

“What this means for Chico State students is that they have this opportunity to come to this lab and get hands-on experience. Before we didn’t have that. In a mechatronics or engineering environment, we are always looking for hands-on experience.” Cervantes said.

The $800,000 to fund this Co-lab came from Omron foundation incorporation.

Omron hopes this lab will provide job opportunities for students. The lab will able to hold classes of up to 50 students. It has project areas where students can work with faculty on cutting-edge equipment.

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