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The aerospace manufacturing education project is hosted at El Camino College in Southern California, with education and industry partners located near aerospace manufacturing centers nationally. To obtain additional information about the project, please contact the principle investigator, co-principle investigators or senior personnel listed below:

Principle Investigator – Ron Way,

As PI, dean emeritus Way is responsible for the daily operation of the project, provides direction to senior personnel, administers the project budget, coordinates with industry partners and meets reporting requirements to NSF.

Ron Way
Industry and Technology Division
El Camino College
16007 Crenshaw Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90506
Office (310) 660-3593 ext. 3623
Fax (310) 660-3106

Co-Principle Investigator – John Anderson,

As Co-PI, professor Anderson participated in the writing and reporting activities for the grant. He met with faculty supporting aerospace companies in Georgia and Texas and conducted surveys and focus groups involving more than 100 technicians and engineers. He presented a paper describing the project to the American Society of Engineering Educators in June 2007.

John Anderson
Oregon Institute of Technology
3201 Campus Dr.
Klamath Falls, OR 97601
Office (541) 88501408
Fax (541) 885-4562

Co-Principle Investigator – Brad Harriger,

As Co-PI, Professor Harriger supervises graduate students assigned to the project and coordinates the contribution of other Purdue faculty with participating aerospace companies. He participated in the survey of industry personnel and is working on the development of curriculum modules.

Brad Harriger
Purdue University
401 N. Grant Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2021
Office (765) 494-7515
Fax (765) 494-6219

Senior Personnel – Ed Lugo,

Mr. Lugo has more than 20 years experience as a manufacturing engineer in the aerospace industry and has taught computer aided design and tool design as an adjunct faculty member for more than 15 years. He serves as the liaison to the industry advisory committee and facilitates peer review of curricula by industry professionals.

Senior Personnel – Marty Mechsner,

Mr. Mechsner is a certified manufacturing engineer, a company owner and the president of an industry association, the Small Manufacturer's Institute. He serves as the Industry Project Coordinator, facilitating workshops and dissemination activities.

NSF Program Officer – Herbert Richtol,