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The Center for Industrial Effectiveness | University at Buffalo | Winter 2017
First-of-its-kind digital manufacturing course
Industry 4.0 is here, and UB is among the nation’s leaders in educating the world about it. In partnership with the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute of Chicago (DMDII) and through the awarding of a federal grant, TCIE is leading development of a 10-series massive open online course (MOOC) specialization focused on how data is being harnessed to make American factories more efficient and competitive. The effort involves the SMART (Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced Robotic Technologies) Community of Excellence, Center for Educational Innovation and industry partners. Digital Manufacturing and Design Technology is now open for enrollment on Coursera, the world’s largest platform for MOOCs. | Read More
Kenneth English
Kenneth English, deputy director of SMART at UB, films an introduction to one of the digital manufacturing and design courses at Moog Inc. Behind the camera is J. Michael Vick, digital media producer at Full Circle Studios.
Improving procurement operations, across UB and SUNY
Thom Marra
For nearly a decade, TCIE has helped standardize processes and increase capacity of UB’s procurement operations amid the complexities of New York State regulations, the university’s vast size, and regular employee movement via job changes. Now we’re at the heart of the action as the State University of New York (SUNY) prepares to adopt an electronic procurement (e-procurement) system. | Read more
An expert’s view of cybersecurity
Shambhu Upadhyaya
It is nearly impossible to endure one week – much less a day – without hearing about cyber security threats in the news. So what measures can you take to help avoid an attack? We caught up with UB computer science and engineering professor Shambhu Upadhyaya – who works to protect the United States from cyber threats as director of UB’s Center of Excellence in Information Systems Assurance Research and Education (CEISARE) – for his outlook and expertise.
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Measuring workplace skills
WorkKeysACT WorkKeys®, a national assessment system that measures a person’s workplace skills, is now available! TCIE is the sole system provider in the Western New York counties of Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany. WorkKeys features cognitive assessments appropriate for any industry, including three tests (Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information) that form the base for achieving one of the nation’s most recognized portable work readiness credentials, the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate™ (NCRC). | Read More
Introducing our newest team member
Amy Moore

Amy Moore has joined the TCIE staff as project manager. She has extensive experience in team leadership, strategic planning, customer satisfaction, scheduling, risk management and problem resolution. Moore is currently managing development of the Digital Manufacturing and Design Technology specialization, and will deliver job profiling products of the national ACT® WorkKeys® program. | Read more

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