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Promod Vohra
Promod Vohra

Cliff Mirman
Cliff Mirman

Mitutoyo gift sponsors lab at NIU

October 6, 2008

by Joe King

NIU’s College of Engineering and Engineering Technology has announced the creation of the Mitutoyo Metrology Lab in historic Still Gym.

The $125,000 gift of equipment and financial support, spread over three years, is just the latest of many examples of Mitutoyo’s support for the college.

“For years the Department of Technology has been the grateful recipient of equipment from Mitutoyo. Thanks to them, our students have the opportunity to learn while using the latest and best measuring devices employed by industry,” CEET Dean Promod Vohra said. “The naming of this lab takes that partnership to a new level, and we are extremely proud that Mitutoyo chose to align itself with the college in this manner.”

Metrology is the science of measurement and is a vital part of maintaining quality in manufacturing processes.

Founded in 1934, as a maker of micrometers, the Aurora, Ill.-based Mitutoyo America has grown into an industry leader with a product line that now covers the full spectrum of measuring devices, including micrometers, calipers, indicators and other measurement tools. Along the way, the company has advanced from hand- held devices into optical and computerized measuring tools that are accurate down to the micron.

“The ability to measure accurately is at the heart of quality control, to assure accuracies at ever smaller tolerances,” said Cliff Mirman, chair of NIU’s Department of Technology, where the lab will be housed. “Thanks to Mitutoyo, our students have the opportunity to master the latest technology used for those jobs before they ever graduate, which makes them attractive to employers and benefits the manufacturing sector when they enter the workforce.”

Vohra looks forward to a lasting partnership between CEET and Mitutoyo.

“It is a tremendous privilege to have been selected for this honor by Mitutoyo,” Vohra said. “That an industry leader would partner with NIU and lend its name to this laboratory is a tremendous endorsement of the university’s faculty and students. We look forward to working with Mitutoyo for many more years.”