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First class of Advanced Engineering Tools students receive certificates

Nine graduates awarded at August 25 ceremony
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(Syracuse) - An innovative program developed in conjunction with Syracuse-area businesses through the Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY) and the State University College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) has produced its first class of graduates.

A certificate of Advanced Study in Advanced Engineering Tools (AET) will be awarded to nine graduates during ceremonies Thursday, August 25, in the conference room of ESF's Moon Library. ESF President Dr. Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., will deliver remarks followed by a reception.

Many of the people receiving certification in AET are non-traditional students, either changing careers or looking to start anew because their jobs were eliminated by changes in the Central New York economy. The program is focused on helping to change the lives of non-traditional students.

Salvatore Spuches of Liverpool is in the latter category. After 26 years in manufacturing engineering at Carrier Corporation in Dewitt, Spuches' job was eliminated and he faced the prospect of moving elsewhere or finding a way to stay in the area.

Spuches enrolled in AET and said, "The program has given me five excellent tools to be more marketable in my profession and help move me forward in my studies to eventually get my masters degree."

AET is a graduate level program consisting of five courses that prepare students to meet the challenges of engineering and construction projects using advanced information technology. They study global positioning, geographic information systems, computer-aided design (including 3-D CAD), construction contracts and specifications.

Environmental Resources and Forest Engineering Faculty Chair, Dr. James Hassett explains it this way, "Suppose your company needs to remediate an urban brownfield. First you have to map the area, that's GPS or the global positioning system. Then you have to convert those maps into useful information, that's GIS or geographic information systems. For solutions you need two- and three-dimensional design and then those designs must be translated into contracts for the work to be done."

"All that expertise is not typically found in the same person," continued Hassett.

The AET program was supported, in part, by a grant from the Department of Labor.

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Release No. 8, August 24, 2005


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