CBU Helps Protect Troops

CBU students at Steel Fabrication IncorporatedMemphis- Christian Brothers University (CBU) School of Engineering has teamed up with Memphis-based Steel Fabrication Incorporated (SFI) to produce armor plates for use by the U.S. Military on Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles.

MRAP vehicles protect against damage from roadside bombs and ambushes around the world, especially those in Afghanistan and Iraq. For more than 18 months, SFI and CBU have partnered to allow 13 interns and graduates to help create and build these advanced armor plate components.

 “CBU engineering student interns and CBU graduates now employed fulltime at SFI have joined together with SFI’s operational team to help produce well built, safe and state-of-the-art military vehicles that are deployed in theatre,” noted Shmuel Cohen, Director of Development at SFI.

CBU interns and graduates are currently working in several departments including: Robotics, Engineering, Project Management, Account Management and Estimating.

CBU alumnus Anthony Bownes notes that SFI has given many CBU students the chance to have not only a great learning experience, but also a truly meaningful career. “I have classmates that work in different departments, and have enjoyed having both my friends at work and having people I know teach me the ins and outs of manufacturing. SFI has accepted many CBU students that have no manufacturing or engineering experience, and given them the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in this industry.”

Founded in 1956, SFI has grown to the leading original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts manufacturer in the nation. Today, SFI employs over 600 skilled professionals with three locations in Memphis, TN, Conway, AR and New Boston, OH. All locations are fully dedicated to steel fabrication solutions.

CBU offers ABET accredited undergraduate engineering programs in chemical, civil, electrical and mechanical engineering. For more information on these programs, contact Dr. Eric Welch at ewelch@cbu.edu or (901) 321-3425. ###

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