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March 17, 2022

DMT Wins National Science Grant 

De Anza’s cutting-edge Design and Manufacturing Technologies Department has been awarded a $525,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to satisfy a growing need for skilled manufacturing workers – by developing new courses and certificates in 3D printing, robotic automation and related technologies.

The funding comes from the science foundation’s Advanced Technological Education program, which supports the education of workers for “the advanced-technology fields that drive the nation’s economy.” 

instructor with student at computer manufacturing equipmentDe Anza’s DMT Department will use the grant to prepare students for work in these fields – with a focus on women and other historically underrepresented population groups – and to provide professional development training for instructors at other colleges in the Bay Area. The initiative will be called the Manufacturing Automation and Additive Design Excellence program, or MAADE.

The department will survey manufacturers to identify their needs and use that information to expand its already extensive courses and certificates in 3D printing (also known as additive manufacturing), computer-aided design, computer numerical control machining and other fields.

The three-year grant will also support the creation of a mentoring program that will match working professionals from these fields with students from historically underserved populations, with the goal of increasing student retention and creating a more diverse workforce.

“This project will create pathways for students to pursue high-paying jobs with career advancement potential in the Silicon Valley region,” DMT chair Mike Appio wrote in the department’s grant proposal. 

The grant will also help pay for creating professional development curriculum for instructors at other colleges, ultimately providing more training opportunities for students across the region. AM CAD Room


DMT Producing Needed PPE for Health Workers

April 6, 2020

DMT Expands PPE Production to Meet Pandemic Needs

May 29, 2020

Since partnering with local nonprofit Maker Nexus seven weeks ago, the 3D printing experts in De Anza’s DMT Department have been busy. 

Hose AdapterMike Appio, department chair, and a team of four DMT staffers have been running the Additive Manufacturing Lab’s 3D printers seven days a week, 20 hours per day, to turn out parts for protective face shields. 

“Based on the success we’ve had and excellent coordination with Maker Nexus, we’ve expanded the manufacturing processes and started ramping up printing of a new medical device, along with the face shields,” adds Appio.


DMT Producing Needed PPE for Health Workers

April 6, 2020

De Anza’s cutting-edge Design and Manufacturing Technologies program is using its 3D Printing capabilities to assist health care workers on the coronavirus front lines.

medical worker in face maskThe DMT Department is joining with a nonprofit group called Maker Nexus that is producing transparent plastic face shields, using designs vetted by medical personnel. The shields are being delivered directly to workers at local hospitals and medical offices.

Face shields are among the types of personal protective equipment that are in short supply around the country, as health workers and emergency responders care for thousands of people who are infected with the new coronavirus.


Gene Haas Foundation Awards $1 Million to DMT

February, 2016

Haas Foundation logoDe Anza College was awarded a $1 million gift by the Gene Haas Foundation to expand its Design and Manufacturing Technologies (DMT) classrooms and labs.

"The Gene Haas Foundation board has chosen to honor Gene's commitment to manufacturing education by investing in the top CNC programs in North America,” noted Kathy Looman, the foundation’s administrator. 

“De Anza College’s Design and Manufacturing Technologies Department is one of those stellar programs. Thanks to the leadership of Mike Appio, the college has been an integral part of the Haas Technical Education Centers (HTEC) network."

Last year, De Anza was chosen as HTEC's western teacher training facility in response to the need for more instructors to prepare students for the anticipated 3.5 million manufacturing jobs anticipated in the next decade. In addition to the $1 million grant, the Gene Haas Foundation is committed to providing scholarships to the region's students and teachers.


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