Taiwanese Delegation Visits Northern Illinois University, Eigerlab, and Rockford Area Manufacturing Companies
A delegation from the Metal Industries Research and Development Centre (MIRDC) of Taiwan visited NIU’S College of Engineering and Engineering Technology on September 11, 2006. The delegation was then brought to Rockford where they received a tour of the EIGERlab and visited with many of the representatives of resident companies including: the NIU ROCK Program, Atometric, Inc., Alion Science & Technology and REALCo. They also toured local manufacturing companies such as Ingersoll Machine Tools, Inc., W.A. Whitney and Superior Joining Technologies, Inc.
MIRDC is a model similar to what EIGERlab hopes to emulate. It is a place where companies can have research and development done by colleges and then have the resulting technology and products commercialized into production by the company.