This morning marked the ribbon cutting for the Trimble Technologies Lab to be housed in the Agricultural Engineering Building of the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering at The Ohio State University.
Dozens of attendees represented the university and Trimble to celebrate the laboratory and technology inside, representing the largest philanthropic gift-in-kind investment to support teaching, research, and outreach in the history of CFAES.
Cathann Kress, Vice President for Agricultural Administration and Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and Scott Shearer, Professor and Chair of the department represented the university to thank Trimble for its generous contribution and to lay out the plans for how the lab will be used by not just FABE, but other departments and the university at large.
Jim Chambers, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Trimble Agriculture then spoke about the exciting partnership and the ground-breaking technology that would be at the university's disposal.
Located on the Columbus campus and at Ohio State ATI at the Wooster campus, the multidisciplinary labs will enhance teaching, research, and outreach initiatives in food and agricultural engineering, construction management, and natural resources.
The labs will provide students with access to leading agriculture and construction technologies used today by professionals in the industry. The hands-on learning opportunities will help a greater number of students prepare for their future careers. In the inaugural year, more than 1,000 students will have access to the labs for courses.
The centerpieces of this gift are customized training workstations that simulate the use of Trimble agriculture hardware and software in the classroom environment. This technology will instruct students on technologies such as machine guidance control and steering in the classroom, as well as field leveling and water management systems. The workstations will enable students to interact with technology in the classroom before they begin working with equipment in the field.
We are proud to be the home of the first Trimble Technology Lab focused on agriculture and construction!