The U.S. Air Force is partnering up with the University of Akron and six other institutions across the state for a new program to train future engineers.
The offering is called the Assured Digital Microelectronics Education and Training Ecosystem, or ADMETE. It will “develop a pipeline of trained undergraduate engineering students with the skills to design and develop digital microelectronic devices and systems,” according to a news release from UA.
Wright State University earned the $29.75 million contract from the Air Force, with Akron receiving $1.25 million in the grant’s first year.
“We are perfectly positioned for this project given our expertise in providing students with an education that teaches circuits and electronics,” said Kevin Cavicchi, professor of polymer engineering at Akron’s School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, in a statement. “The funding will allow us to enhance undergraduate engineering degree programs that emphasize electronics and allow students to specialize.”
The Air Force has found that current academic programs nationwide don’t meet the need of developing “a thriving workforce of analog and digital design engineers with expertise in assured and trusted microelectronic systems,” the release stated.