The presentation of an industrial robot system to the Department of Engineering Technology will take place at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, in Room 152 of Ummel Technology Building at Missouri Southern.

Ross Turner, a Leggett & Platt branch manager, is a member of the Industrial Engineering Technology advisory board. Through his involvement, the Leggett & Platt Automotive Group announced it would donate the brand new industrial robot to Missouri Southern.

“We are thrilled about this donation, which helps the Engineering Technology Department enhance our students’ exposure to hands-on applications,” said Dr. Elke Howe, head of the department.

The donation will support the university’s new minor in automation.

“We added a minor in automation that will go live in the fall,” said Howe. “We continually aim to keep pace with new technology and expand the exposure of our students to modern tools so they are well prepared to help companies solve problems, especially those in a rapidly changing technological marketplace.”

The program is designed to provide skills in robotics, programmable logic, maintenance and troubleshooting. Howe said this equipment will benefit not only the students at Missouri Southern, but the local manufacturing industry as well.

“The students will have access to skills that are extremely valuable in today’s manufacturing environment,” she said. “The companies will have access to future employees who can step in and solve problems with minimal additional training. The equipment and training will be made available to local companies.”

The donation was in response to a fundraiser for the Pegasus II Robotic Learning System. A crowdfunding initiative is currently in place to meet a goal of $4,400 toward the purchase of the $22,000 system. The remaining cost will be covered by donations from alumni, friends and the university’s business partners.