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Educating for the Future -- HCC Manufacturing Center of Excellence

March 07, 2019
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Houston Community College Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence
13622 Stafford Rd.
Stafford, TX 77477



3D Printing at HCC Manufacturing Center of Excellence and More

March 7, 2019

5:30PM-8PM (with drinks & hors d’ouvres)


Houston Community College Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence
13622 Stafford Rd.
Stafford , TX  77477


The Houston Business Journal Reports that 1 in 4 jobs in Houston will be threatened by Robots and Artificial Intelligence.  Training and Education are critical for employees and entrepreneurs.  Join the MIT Enterprise Forum of Texas, the South Texas Section of the Society of Plastics Engineer, and the Greater Houston Manufactures Association to see what the Houston Community College is doing to train employees for the future in their impressive new 57,000 ft2, 26+ million dollar Manufacturing Center of Excellence in Stafford Texas.   The facility has training on computerized, programmable milling machines (lab with 20+ new computerized milling machines), 3D printing (lab with 22 3D printers), Manufacturing Automation with robots (includes lab), Air Conditioning installation (with lab), Electrical Installation (with lab), and welding.  

Dr. Ritu Raju, the Dean of the Manufacturing Center of Excellence at Stafford, will describe the facilities and curriculum offered.  There will also be a tour of the facility and labs for all those attending.  


Dr. Jacques Zaneveld ( President & CEO of Lazarus 3D Printing)and  Dr. Zachary Cordero (Assistant Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, Rice University) will be giving short talks on 3D printing.  More details will be following shortly.

There will be two 3D printing companies exhibiting their products at the meeting:

1) re-3D    Industrial large scale 3D printers built in the Clear Lake/Houston area

2) Tech Labs   ...... has an assortment of technology for colleges and universities including a range of 3D printers and 3D scanners from Stratasys, Renishaw, Desktop Metal, 3D Digital Corp. and Artec.

$10 for MITEF members and guest of MITEF members
$10 for South Texas SPE Members
$10 for Greater Houston Manufacturing Association
$25 General Admission

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Event Contact:  Sara Wilkins , [email protected]
Contact Phone: (713) 839-0808



JACQUES ZANEVELD,  President & CEO of Lazarus 3 D Printing

Dr. Jacques Zaneveld is a professional scientist and entrepreneur. Half of his early life was spent on a boat in the South Pacific, while the other half was spent in Corvallis, Oregon. Traveling the world instilled him with a sense of wonder and curiosity fuels his work to this day. Trained as a scientist, Dr. Jacques Zaneveld has published numerous scientific papers, and obtained funding for his work from the National Eye Institute, National Library of Medicine, the CIBR center and the National Science Foundation. Originally, 3D printing was a hobby, but he quickly realized its potential to revolutionize medicine and science. ?Jacques founded Lazarus 3D to help scientists and clinicians by providing them with 3D printing tools and techniques. Their mission is to provide the best medical training models for medical professionals to improve surgery planning, minimize medical errors, and revolutionize best practices in medicine.


Zachary Cordero,  Assistant Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, Rice University

Dr. Cordero is an assistant professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering. He earned both his B.S. in Physics and his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After receiving his PhD, Dr. Cordero spent one year as a post-doctoral fellow at the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. There, he developed improved process monitoring, quality control, and microstructure design tools for power-bed, metal additive manufacturing technologies. Dr. Cordero joined Rice University in July 2016.  Dr. Cordero is also a professional engineer in the state of TX and consults on topics related to materials processing, materials selection, and failure analysis.


Ritu Raju,  Interim Dean for Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence

Ritu Raju currently serves as the Interim Dean for Advanced Manufacturing at Houston Community College (HCC) with responsibility for enrollment management, industry engagement, budgets, and program vitality. Under her leadership, the federal Department of Labor has designated HCC as a Registered Apprenticeship Center by with the ability to offer apprenticeships directly to area industries. From Fall 2018 to Spring 2019, her division posted 13% growth in enrollment and 10% growth in new students. She now plans to offer programs in Mechatronics and Additive Manufacturing to meet local industry needs. Ritu is a Fellow of the American Council on Education (ACE) and completed her fellowship in May 2019. At her host institution—Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, OH— Ritu focused on Workforce Development, Corporate College, fundraising, board relations, and budget management.



$10.00 MITEF Member

$10.00 Guest of MITEF Member

$10.00 SPE South Texas Section

$10.00 GHMA

$25.00 General Admission