Photo/Video Advisory: Marquette University to host grand opening of Omron Advanced Automation Lab, March 2

Feb. 28, 2023

Omron Advanced Automation LabMILWAUKEE — Marquette University and Omron Automation Americas will celebrate the grand opening of the Omron Advanced Automation Lab with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception on Thursday, March 2, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Engineering Hall, 1637 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Media will have access to tour the lab beginning at 1:40 p.m. with the program to follow at 2 p.m.

The Omron Advanced Automation Lab was announced in June 2022 with Omron Automation Americas gifting the university over $1 million to establish the lab, support the mechanical engineering graduate program and endowed a scholarship. The mission of the Omron Advanced Automation Lab is to educate engineering and business students on fundamental and higher levels of how to implement Industry 4.0 into the design, manufacturing and delivery of products. Lab stations are designed to teach students the foundational building blocks of industrial automation, a manufacturing area where subsystems can be combined to produce a product and a library of components that will challenge students to identify what components are necessary to complete their tasks.

Media interested in attending should contact Kevin Conway, associate director of university communication, at

Date, time and location:

  • Thursday, March 2. Media tours available at 1:40 p.m.; program to begin at 2 p.m.
  • Engineering Hall, 1637 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Photo/video/interview opportunities:

  • Robb Black, president, CEO and COO of Omron Automation Americas
  • Nigel Blakeway, chairman and CEO, Omron Management Center of Americas; chairman, Omron Management Center of Europe and Asia; president, Omron Foundation
  • Dr. Kristina Ropella, Opus Dean of the Opus College of Engineering
  • Dr. Philip Vogelwede, associate professor of mechanical engineering in the Opus College of Engineering
  • Dr. Marko Bastl, director of the Center for Supply Chain Management in the College of Business Administration

Marquette Business’ undergraduate supply chain management program is ranked 16th by U.S. News and World Report and 12th by Gartner Inc., which also ranked the graduate program 15th. The Opus College of Engineering features nationally ranked undergraduate (131st) and graduate programs (140th), according to the latest U.S. News and World Report rankings. Individually, the mechanical engineering graduate program is ranked 144th.

The Omron Advanced Automation Lab was developed in a collaboration among the Office of Economic Engagement, University Advancement, the Opus College of Engineering and the College of Business Administration at Marquette and Omron Industrial Automation.

About Marquette University

Marquette University is a Catholic, Jesuit university located near the heart of downtown Milwaukee that offers a comprehensive range of majors in 11 nationally and internationally recognized colleges and schools. Through the formation of hearts and minds, Marquette prepares our 11,100 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and professional students to lead, excel and serve as agents of positive change. And, we deliver results. Ranked in the top 20% of national universities, Marquette is recognized for its undergraduate teaching, innovation and career preparation as the sixth-best university in the country for job placement. Our focus on student success and immersive, personalized learning experiences encourages students to think critically and engage with the world around them. When students graduate with a Marquette degree, they are truly prepared and called to Be The Difference.

About Kevin Conway

Kevin Conway

Kevin is the associate director for university communication in the Office of University Relations. Contact Kevin at (414) 288-4745 or