Eastern Michigan University’s GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology becomes a foundation partner with Automation Alley

Smart factory concept with automated machinery controlled by a female worker in a hard hat

YPSILANTI – Eastern Michigan University has partnered with Automation Alley to provide students and faculty connections to Industry 4.0 experts in technology and software development, additive manufacturing, advanced robotics, and supply chain management. 

Automation Alley is a World Economic Forum Advanced Manufacturing Hub for North America and a nonprofit Industry 4.0 knowledge center with a global outlook and a regional focus. The organization facilitates public-private partnerships by connecting industry, education, and government to fuel Michigan's economy.

With access to over 1,600 Michigan-based companies within the Automation Alley ecosystem, the University can tap into internship and job opportunities for students while also positioning faculty to be dependable thought leaders in technology, cybersecurity, and business, advancing the field of research and discovery. 

As a foundation member, EMU will have the opportunity to host an exhibitor table at Integr8:The Industry 4.0 Conference, dedicated to bridging the gap between technology and manufacturing leaders across the world. The GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology was a contributing sponsor this past May. EMU will also participate in roundtable discussions with members of the World Economic Forum and contribute to Automation Alley’s annual Technology in Industry Report. 

By engaging in these events and discussions, EMU and Automation Alley will continue to work together to build sustainable and meaningful relationships for the University with experts in 3D printing technology, workforce management, robots, and artificial intelligence, among others.

“It's exciting to see our EMU GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology provide a leadership role at Automation Alley in business and technology in Southeast Michigan and around the world," said Wade Tornquist, interim associate provost and associate vice president for Graduate Studies and Research. "We believe our membership in Automation Alley will lead to many relationships that provide new opportunities for our students, alumni, and faculty.”

About Eastern Michigan University
Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 15,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and its graduate school. National publications regularly recognize EMU for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website. To stay up to date on University news, activities and announcements, visit EMU Today.

About the GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology
The GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology provides world-class experiences in engineering, technology, cybersecurity, autonomous vehicles, drone technology, gaming, aviation, and other areas of study in high-demand career fields. It is within the college’s mission to cultivate individuals' intellectual and personal growth through research-informed education and diverse programs that emphasize the practical application of scientific knowledge. For more information about the GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology, visit the college’s website

July 20, 2022

Written by:
Nautica Marshall

Melissa Thrasher