Kennesaw State’s 3D Printing Ecosystem recognized by the Technology Association of Georgia

KENNESAW, Ga. (Feb 18, 2022)Randy Emert (left) and Dominic Thomas (right)Kennesaw State University was honored Thursday by the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) for its 3D Printing Ecosystem.

At an awards ceremony in Atlanta, KSU was honored with the award for best “Digital Transformation” by a nonprofit, government, or education institution. The award recognizes an entity whose digital transformation implemented in the past 12 months impacted the organization’s efficiencies and the advancement of its mission.

The 3D Printing Ecosystem is a unique, coordinated system of hardware, software and people at the University, which enables interdisciplinary collaborations between students and staff across both the Kennesaw and Marietta campuses. Mechanical engineering technology professor Randy Emert, information systems professor Dominic Thomas, art professor Jeff Campana and instructional technology professor Jason Harron are among several faculty members who have been instrumental in the 3D Printing Ecosystem’s success. 

The University has approximately 120 3D printers across its campuses. More students than ever are using 3D printing technology, a skill employers are increasingly seeking, as it is introduced into more curricula. 

“Other universities have this technology, but what’s different with Kennesaw State is, we’re trying to make it accessible to the students through curriculum,” Thomas said. “We’re trying to make it possible not just for engineering and architecture. We’re trying to make it possible and scalable so people can use it all over, reliably.”

The TAG Technology Awards is a preeminent award program that promotes and celebrates the inclusive technology community throughout Georgia.

– Abbey O’Brien Barrows