Northern Illinois University

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Contact: Joe King, NIU Office of Public Affairs
(815) 753-4299

October 2, 2008

Mitutoyo gift sponsors lab at NIU

DeKalb, Ill. — The College of Engineering and Engineering Technology at Northern Illinois University today announced the creation of the Mitutoyo Metrology Lab in historic Still Gym on the university’s main campus in DeKalb.

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 using the latest and best measuring devices employed by industry,” said Promod Vohra, dean of CEET. “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 provides companies with a highly accurate way of maintaining quality in manufacturing processes. Mitutoyo America is a leader in that field. The company came into existence in 1934 producing micrometers. Since then they have expanded their product line across the full spectrum of measuring devices, including micrometers, calipers, indicators and other measurement tools. Along the way they have 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 said he looks forward to a lasting partnership between CEET and Mitutoyo.

“It is a tremendous privilege to have been selected for this honor by Mitutoyo,” said Vohra. “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.”

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