Digital design studio at Ohio University in Beavercreek could benefit Wright-Patterson, defense contractors


In addition, the new tools allow engineers to design, test and prototype everything digitally. The Design Studio can be used by industries or the Air Force to solve problems in a digital environment, shorten the design time for a part, or develop an engineering change for a part in a fraction of the time it takes. should have been done with traditional CAD tools and spreadsheets. This streamlined process is something the university says its curriculum should reflect.

“There’s a whole lot of work coming out of the Air Force and the base that’s generating a lot of work in the Dayton area, especially when it comes to life cycle management,” said Scott Miller, associate dean for industrial partnerships at the OU. “It’s a tremendous effort and opportunity to serve as a resource for the Air Force and its contractors, while providing learning opportunities for our students and faculty.”

Equipping the local workforce with these tools means there is “absolutely” potential for skilled job growth in the Miami Valley, McCabe said, adding that having skilled professionals in the area would a “business magnet” from outside Ohio.

“You can only imagine how digital engineering will change this field,” he said. “Once these training tools are in place and people can learn what these software packages have to offer, Dayton will be the hub.”

The Russ Research Center is located in a 60-acre industrial park built between 1955 and 1970, owned by the Ohio University Foundation. The foundation’s board recommended the sale of the Russ Research Center property in November. The sale would maximize the “capacity of the facility through business development,” according to university documents, and proceeds from the sale would benefit The Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University in Athens.

McCabe said Ohio University is “looking to the future,” adding that the university is facing difficult times for enrollment, with inflated costs and reduced revenue.

As it stands, Russ College will lease the space from the OU Foundation until the property is sold. If it is purchased, the buyer will then have to honor this long-term lease.

The Digital Design Studio is tagged as a priority on the Dayton Region Priority Development and Advocacy Committee’s (PDAC) list of finalists, among advocacy projects that will have the most significant impact in the Dayton area.

In its application to the PDAC process, Ohio University said it was seeking funding of $1.5 million for facility upgrades, with a total project cost of $5 million. The renovations would allow the studio to “accommodate Air Force-related work, such as ‘design sprints’ and other acquisition/support activities,” according to the project proposal.

Tech giants PTC, Siemens and Dell are also contributing software, computer workstations and servers to the Russ Research Center and Athens campus, worth more than $1 million.

Ohio University did not regularly offer classes to OU students at the center. The space was used for workshops and rented out to business partners. As part of the Digital Design Studio, Ohio University students could study at the Russ Research Center this fall.

Greene County commissioners wrote a letter of support for the project in December.

“This is exactly the type of investment that needs to be made to contribute to new, cutting-edge methods so that our Air Force can create, design, develop, and field new systems and products with increased efficiency and reduced costs. “wrote the commissioners.

Located at 2670 Indian Ripple Road in Beavercreek Twp., the campus was donated to OU by the late Fritz and Dolores Russ in 2008. The research center’s gift was part of a $124 million gift from the Russians to OU, according to reports. at the time.

where it will provide needed digital engineering education for employers like Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

even as the Ohio University Foundation voted to put the property up for sale last year.

where it will provide needed digital engineering education for employers like Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

even as the Ohio University Foundation voted to put the property up for sale last year.


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