A state-of-the-art industrial robot system was donated to the Department of Engineering Technology during a special presentation on March 16.
Ross Turner, a Leggett & Platt branch manager, is a member of the Industrial Engineering Technology advisory board. Through his involvement, the Leggett & Platt Automotive Group announced it would donate the brand new industrial robot to Missouri Southern.
“We are thrilled about this donation, which helps the Engineering Technology Department enhance our students’ exposure to hands-on applications,” said Dr. Elke Howe, head of the department.
The donation, which will support the university’s new minor in automation, came in response to a fundraiser for the Pegasus II Robotic Learning System. A crowdfunding initiative is currently in place to meet a goal of $4,400 toward the purchase of the $22,000 system. The remaining cost will be covered by donations from alumni, friends and the university’s business partners.