Hexagon supports advanced manufacturing at the University of Rhode Island

Corporate partnership will advance URI engineering research programs

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Hexagon's Angus Taylor, center, with URI President David M. Dooley, left, and Dean of Engineering Ray Wright, at URI.
Hexagon's Angus Taylor, center, with URI President David M. Dooley, left, and Dean of Engineering Ray Wright, at URI. Photo by Michael Salerno

KINGSTON, R.I. – December 3, 2019 – The University of Rhode Island and Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division jointly announced a $4 million gift for the URI College of Engineering. The gift comes in the form of state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies that will advance research undergraduate and graduate programs.

Hexagon will provide metrology systems, applications software for both measurement and Computer-Aided Manufacturing, and sophisticated simulation software tools for design engineering.

“Early on, Hexagon recognized that URI’s International Engineering Program was an important local asset for building our workforce with graduates with technical knowledge and the skills needed to delve into the international business arena,” said Angus Taylor, president and CEO, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, North America. “With this new commitment, our technology portfolio and Hexagon experts across the global spectrum will further support URI’s research and development efforts.”

Hexagon’s diverse portfolio of advanced manufacturing hardware and software focuses on making factories smarter, and helping manufacturers drive initiatives that enhance a Smart Factory environment. The Manufacturing Intelligence division is a long-time supporter of URI’s International Engineering Program, which combines engineering, foreign language and study abroad to prepare students for 21st century careers.

“The University is grateful for Hexagon’s continuing investment in our engineering programs. Its support is recognition of the strength of our faculty, their areas of research and the importance of educating and training the next generation of scientists and engineers,” URI President David M. Dooley said.

Hexagon, a multinational company with its North American headquarters in Rhode Island, also has supported URI’s College of Engineering with an internship program and study abroad assistance. Many of the company’s employees are graduates of the University of Rhode Island. 

In October 2019, URI opened the new 190,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Fascitelli Center for Advanced Engineering. The new facility will strengthen the College of Engineering’s leadership in the areas of clean energy, nanotechnology to robotics, cybersecurity, water for the world, biomedical technology, sensors and instrumentation, and more.

Hexagon is a global leader in sensor, software and autonomous solutions that boost efficiency, productivity, and quality across industrial, manufacturing, infrastructure, safety, and mobility applications. Its technologies are shaping urban and production ecosystems to become increasingly connected and autonomous – ensuring a scalable, sustainable future.