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An Interview with Dr. Daniel Freedman, SUNY New Paltz
February 25, 2015
One new trend we expect to be hearing more about in 3D printing in the coming years is the inclusion of the technology into college curricula. At SUNY New Paltz, they have taken it to the next level by establishing a Makerbot Innovation Center for their campus. In fact, they were the first location in the world to have a Makerbot Innovation Center. To celebrate their one year anniversary, Makerbot CEO Jennifer Lawton will be speaking from the campus today, in a presentation called “12 Years From Now”. The presentation is set for 4:30pm, in Lecture Center 100 and is free and open to the public. To find out how this all came about, we recently had a chance to speak with Dr. Daniel Freedman who currently serves as dean of the School of Science & Engineering and director of the Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center at SUNY New Paltz. The interview was conducted via email, and the transcript is here below.
1) What prompted you to look into becoming a MakerBot 3D Innovation Center? Had anyone among the staff and faculty had experience with other 3D printers or 3D design?
2) What types of reactions have you had across campus since the Innovation Center got up and running?
3) What has been done to promote its existence and technology? Have you begun any cross-campus partnerships since its inception both on campus or out in the community?
4) Who all is able to take advantage of having this type of resource on campus? Is it limited to students taking courses or pursuing degrees in engineering or the sciences?
5) What impact do you think it has had on the education of your students? Does it give your students a competitive edge over those from other schools?
6) How does the grant from Governor Cuomo factor into your larger plans for the Innovation Center? What will you do with the money (if you can disclose this information)?
7) Has the first year met all of your expectations thus far? What have been the biggest challenges presented and how have they been overcome or handled? What have been the biggest surprises, if any?
8) What advice, if any, would you give to another dean, professor, or business who is interested in beginning an Innovation Center on their campus or a place of business?
9) What are some of the long-term goals of the School of Science and Engineering as it relates to both 3D printing and education in general?
10) What materials/filament are you printing with, and what are some of the products you have printed that you are most proud of?