The director of Colorado State University’s Manufacturing Excellence Center and the Colorado Manufacturing Extension Center has announced his resignation.
Wade Troxell, co-founder and director of the two centers, will complete his duties Aug. 15. The Manufacturing Excellence Center is a consortium of Colorado State University faculty members and students that provide assistance to Colorado’s manufacturing sector. The center’s mission is to help Colorado companies become more competitive. The center gives special attention to smaller companies in need of technical assistance.
Troxell, associate professor in the department of mechanical engineering, and Byron Winn, professor emeritus in the department of mechanical engineering, co-founded the Manufacturing Excellence Center in 1988. In 1992, the Manufacturing Excellence Center added field engineering outreach services to complement its on-campus resources. The field engineering services evolved into the Colorado Manufacturing Extension Center last year.
"I am most grateful to have served Colorado’s manufacturing sector and Colorado State University over the last 10 years," Troxell said. "It is gratifying to see a company grow and prosper with well-timed assistance provided by Colorado State students and faculty. Community service with technical and business outreach is at the heart of a land-grant institution like Colorado State."
Under Troxell’s directorship, the manufacturing centers have completed over 1,000 projects, most of them with small to medium-sized companies.
Following his resignation, Troxell will continue his systems design and robotics research and teaching in the department of mechanical engineering at Colorado State.