For its students and the state’s economy, the University of New Hampshire is manufacturing success.
New Hampshire’s flagship public university, UNH is home to the state-of-the-art John Olson Center for Advanced Manufacturing. Opened in 2018 with a $5.3 million gift honoring Olson, Whelen Engineering’s longtime president and a 1957 UNH alumnus, the center aims to bridge the skills gap in the manufacturing industry, the state’s largest economic sector and a $1.7 trillion industry nationwide. In the Olson Center’s factory environment, students from engineering, business and other programs gain familiarity with cutting-edge technology — robotics, high-precision machining, the Internet of Things — that complements their classroom experience to prepare them for next-generation manufacturing jobs. And with senior design projects, internships and hands-on funded research, students engage with industry partners who might become employers.
A top-tier research university that hosts the nation’s largest annual undergraduate research conference, UNH gives students access to renowned faculty and world-class facilities to help solve the world’s most urgent environmental and societal challenges. In the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, first-year students can dive into research right away through the college’s Innovation Scholars program, developing skills and knowledge for success at UNH and beyond.
Beyond preparing work-ready employees for New Hampshire’s manufacturing future, the Olson Center and other university facilities partner with industry on innovative research and state-of-the-art instrumentation. A recent open house brought more than 140 industry representatives to the Olson Center to meet with dozens of UNH faculty whose research aligns with their businesses. And leaders from all sectors of the state’s economy are tapping UNH faculty expertise and facilities to help innovate solutions and help their businesses grow and thrive.
The University of New Hampshire is proud to provide students and industry with exceptional knowledge, skills and research opportunities that drive New Hampshire’s manufacturing economy.