Infotech Aerospace and UPRM Announce new Aerospace Center
SAN JUAN — Infotech Aerospace Services (IAS) and the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (UPRM) announced Thursday the creation of a new Aerospace Center, after IAS employees who are UPRM alumni led the initiative to support the university’s Mechanical Engineering Department (INME) with a company donation of $115,000 that will contribute to establishing the new center.
The facilities will include classrooms and laboratories specially dedicated to mechanical engineering education and aerospace research. The IAS donation will also provide resources to the Capstone program, to give mechanical engineering undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to conduct aerospace research at the campus.
“Puerto Rico has extraordinary engineering talent. We have witnessed this since 2003, when we started operations as the first aerospace company in the western region of the island. We currently have over 800 employees, and more than 600 of them are engineering graduates, with the majority coming from UPRM,” said John Delametter, president and general manager of IAS.
“We are honored to support this initiative led by INME and IAS employees who are UPRM alumni. We are very proud of our employees and their strong commitment to give back to their Alma Mater, as well as to the communities where they live and work. This initiative will contribute to expand engineering education and aerospace research opportunities in Puerto Rico,” added Delametter.
“The enhancement of the partnership with Infotech Aerospace Services through this large single endowment is testimony to the pursuit of excellence through joint academia-industry endeavors to grow the aerospace industry in Puerto Rico,” said Dr. Paul Sundaram, INME director. “The donation from IAS will be the kickoff for the new initiative for aerospace engineering designed to transform the education and research experiences for our students at UPRM,” added Dr. Ricky Valentín, INME Associate Director.
“The proposed building for the Center for Research and Education in Aerospace Engineering will be designed to bring together industry and academic researchers, engineers and programmers to develop and test new aerospace systems in one place,” explained Dr. Sundaram. “The Aerospace Center will have the mission to prepare engineering leaders with solid skills in aerospace engineering and science. It will be used to educate and train engineers in the aerospace area along with the task of conducting research in that area. The Center will enable inventors and innovators in the private sector to work closely with our university to ensure that Puerto Rico advances its position in this key sector,” added Dr. Sundaram.
As announced in June, IAS is growing and expanding its operations in Puerto Rico and will be hiring additional employees over the next two years. In 2017, IAS will move operations to a facility of approximately 100,000 square feet currently under renovations at San Antonio Industrial Park, Road 110, Aguadilla. Engineering positions are currently available in mechanical and computer engineering, computer science and information systems. Candidates interested in applying should visit the company website, infotechpr.net.