Yorkville, NY— As renovations were
implemented at the Marcy campus of SUNY Polytechnic Institute, the
college’s engineering clubs were unclear of the fate of their 2017
season for extra curriculum programs and competitions. During
"Manufacturing Day" at SUNY POLY, Max Cohen of Meyda Lighting met
several engineering students who expressed concern for the lack of a
location to build their projects. SUNY Poly is currently upgrading
the machine shop and labs in Donovan Hall at the Marcy Campus and
removed the machines, placing them in storage and leaving club
members and other students without a place to work on their
application projects, cap stone projects, and club competition
projects. The Baja and Bridge Builders needed a place to fabricate
their car and weight bearing bridge projects.
When he learned about the dilemma, Max
offered his family-owned Meyda Lighting factory and state of the art
equipment at No Charge to the students and faculty of SUNY POLY.
Understanding the importance of the programs and the impact of
American manufacturing, Max felt a responsibility to help the
students and professors and support the local and professional
communities. The ASCE Bridge Builders Competition was held in April
20-21 at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York and the SAE Baja
Competition will run June 7-10 at Caterpillar Edwards Demonstration
and Learning Center in Peoria, Illinois.
“SUNY POLY engineering students needed a
place where they could work on bridge building and off-road vehicles
for their club competitions,” according to Max Cohen, Director of
Hospitality Marketing for Meyda. “We have made space available to
the students so they could use our factory for fabrication and
assembly, and provided a support staff to teach the students how to
work with our new laser cutter and other state of the art equipment.
Students come to understand how our company provides a level of
components that are unavailable elsewhere."
Civil Engineering Technology students are
working to build a bridge for their competition. The ASCE Student
Chapter Bridge Builders Club is creating a model bridge that will be
measured for deflection, structural integrity and other criteria,
when the team faces off against other colleges and universities at
the upcoming annual competition. In addition, Mechanical Engineer
students are working on the Baja Project, which is a student
competition organized by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).
The students design, fabricate and test an off-road vehicle
(“buggy”) capable of withstanding a variety of physical obstacles
courses during the SAE Student Chapter Baja four-day event. Club
members apply the skills, theory, design, and classroom education to
the construct a project. Students gain vital understanding of theory
and practical application in the implementation of their design and
then compete with other college club’s project designs.
Projects are scored and rated to stringent engineering rules and
guidelines. Both clubs have competed for many years and are
looking forward to competition.
“We don’t know what we would have done
without Max and Meyda Lighting,” explained Walter Zarnoch, a
well-respected Professor, Shop Facilitator and Mentor who inspires
many students from the region. "Meyda is one of the major companies
that is working hard to keep jobs in the Mohawk Valley and helping
to fill good-paying engineering positions and other occupations. We
thank Max and Meyda Lighting for investing in SUNY Poly’s students’
Max Cohen is a big fan of Mike Rowe, who is
an American television host and narrator known for his work on the
Discovery Channel series "Dirty Jobs" and CNN series "Somebody's
Gotta Do It." Max shares the ideas of Mr. Rowe, who is also a social
activist of economic growth and job expansion, especially engaging
the next generation with modern advanced technologies and forward
thinking manufacturing techniques.
“American manufacturing has changed a great
deal in recent years, and many companies like Meyda Lighting offer
good jobs that involve creativity, and use high tech equipment.
Local manufacturers often tell me they would love to have more young
people apply for jobs with them. This manufacture sharing
partnership gives SUNY POLY students the opportunity to work on
projects at a local manufacturing facility they hopefully will
consider working at some day. This program will give students
exposure to one of our local high-tech manufacturers, while Meyda
will have a chance to interest some young people in a future career
there, and at other high-tech companies” said Assemblyman Anthony
Brindisi of Utica, NY.
About SUNY Polytechnic Institute
SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) is
New York’s globally recognized, high-tech educational ecosystem,
formed from the merger of the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and
Engineering and SUNY Institute of Technology. SUNY Poly offers
undergraduate and graduate degrees in the emerging disciplines of
nanoscience and nanoengineering, as well as cutting-edge
nanobioscience and nanoeconomics programs at its Albany campus, and
degrees in technology, professional studies, and the arts and
sciences at its Utica/Rome campus.
About Meyda Lighting
Meyda Lighting is a Meyda Tiffany
Company, a leading manufacturer and designer of custom and
decorative lighting and Tiffany lamps. Founded in 1974, the
firm’s roots date back to the early 1900s supplying Tiffany Studios
with original lighting products, including the original Coca-Cola
stained glass fixtures. With many years of designing,
engineering and manufacturing expertise, Meyda develops innovations,
technologies and value that transcend architectural lighting for any
budget or economy. The firm’s diverse talent creates chandeliers,
pendants, wall sconces, table and floor lamps, outdoor lighting and
stained glass windows, to meet your exact specifications.
Meyda Lighting is headquartered at 55
Oriskany Boulevard in Yorkville, New York. For more
information, Tel. 1.800.222.4009. Email: