Engineering and industry professionals are invited to a series of workshops in Greenville on Feb. 5 that will help shape the education and research programs that prepare students for careers in advanced manufacturing.

The Cornerstone Workshops on Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and on University-Level Education Opportunities will be held in the TD Gallery at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Engineering.

John Wagner, right, works in the lab with Ph.D. student Chengshi “Charles” Wang.

John Wagner, right, works in the lab with Ph.D. student Chengshi “Charles” Wang.

The program runs from 1:30-6 p.m. You can register here.

The workshops are helping launch the industrial consortium branch of Clemson’s new Product Lifecycle Management Center, said John Wagner, the center’s director and a professor of mechanical engineering.

“This is an excellent opportunity for industry to help shape the digital workplace of the future in terms of technical skills and software,” he said. “The industrial consortium provides a forum to define research and education endeavors focused on product lifecycle management tool sets. Companies can join with different membership levels to gain access to workshops, whether virtually or on site, and research to be completed by faculty and students.

The Feb. 5 workshops will include an opening plenary speaker, breakout sessions, panel discussions and a closing reception. Topics may include common core research needs, identification of digital skills required in design and manufacture, types of training certificates that should be available, what educational topics students should be exposed to, and the best manner of delivering learning concepts.

 The Product Lifecycle Management Center is part of the Clemson University Center for Advanced Manufacturing, led by Mark Johnson.

“The sessions are partnership and feedback opportunities by the Center for Advanced Manufacturing,” Johnson said. “They are intended to ensure Clemson programs are best-in-class at preparing students for professional careers in industry, so they will be ready to contribute on day one and to be leaders throughout their careers. I look forward to a vigorous and productive discussion.”

For more information, contact Wagner at