Northern Illinois University Honors Dr. Jim Salsbury

Northern Illinois University Honors Dr. Jim Salsbury, Mitutoyo America Corporation, for Contributions to Metrology Education

At their 2014 Scholarship Banquet and Alumni Awards event, the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology at Northern Illinois University (NIU) awarded the Department of Technology “Honorary Alumnus” to Dr. Jim Salsbury, Corporate Metrologist, Mitutoyo America Corporation. Dr. Salsbury and Mitutoyo have a long history of actively supporting metrology education at NIU. In 2003, Mitutoyo started working with the Department of Technology in the development of a metrology laboratory.

In the initial development, Mitutoyo provided micrometers, calipers, hardness testers, as well as other important measurement equipment. In 2008, Mitutoyo officially established the Mitutoyo Metrology Laboratory on the NIU campus to provide an enriched, hands-on, educational experience for technology and engineering undergraduate students. The laboratory is one of the best-equipped educational metrology laboratories in the country, with everything from gage blocks and micrometers to coordinate measuring machines (CMMs), laser scanning micrometers, and form measuring equipment.

During this time frame, Dr. Salsbury worked with the NIU Department of Technology to develop the Metrology Laboratory and associated educational exercises in the procedures that are needed to support manufacturing. For the past ten years, Dr. Salsbury has been teaching the Metrology course, which teaches junior and senior manufacturing students basic and advanced topics in dimensional metrology. During this time frame, Mitutoyo has hired students for both internships and full-time employment, based upon the knowledge received in the area of metrology.

In bestowing this award, Dr. Cliff Mirman, Chair of the Department of Technology, stated, “This 2014 Honorary Alumnus award recognizes the contribution that Dr. Salsbury has made to the Department and our manufacturing graduates. The ability for our students to work with a metrology expert like Dr. Salsbury and the equipment that Mitutoyo has provided is a great benefit to not only our graduates, but also to the companies that are fortunate to hire these well-trained students. As a Department, we recognize the great benefits that Mitutoyo America provides in improving the educational experience of NIU Technology students.” Promod Vohra, Dean of the NIU College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, added that the Departmental Honorary Alumnus award is the Department’s highest honor in recognizing non-alumni and those individuals who have consistently provided outstanding service to NIU, the College, and the Department of Technology.

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