With this exciting new development, Chico State seeks to interest more engineering students in robotics studies and give them the skills to succeed in a rapidly changing industry. Both Omron and the university look forward to seeing how the new lab will inspire more students to study mechatronics and embark upon a career in helping to build the factories of the future.

With our mission to improve lives and contribute to a better society, we’re always looking for ways to help educate today’s bright and hardworking students so that they can solve tomorrow’s problems. It’s an honor for Omron to work directly with universities to help the next generation of robotics talent get access to the resources they need.

Chico State boasts the nation’s first accredited program in mechatronics engineering and the addition of cutting-edge equipment will make the university an even more attractive option for students interested in the subject. Laboratory construction began in summer 2019 and opened in time for classes in the spring 2020 semester.

The university is thrilled to be able to provide its students with a collaborative space where they can work hands-on with the type of applications that they’re likely to encounter in their first jobs out of college. Without donations from global automation leaders like Omron, this equipment can be hard to come by.

Check out our News page and Omron Foundation website to find out about other ways in which we’re helping educational institutions better prepare their students for a bright future in the automation industry.

Ribbon cutting at Chico State

Chico State opens a brand new mechatronics laboratory made possible with Omron’s monetary donation and cutting-edge robotic equipment from our charitable arm, Omron Foundation.