WSU’s Debra Franklin recognized as ARM Champion

Debra Franklin, associate vice president for Strategic Initiatives at Wichita State, was recognized during an Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute (ARM) Annual Member Meeting Nov. 16. Franklin was one of the first two honored as part of ARM’s new Champions program.

The ARM Institute is the nation’s leading collaborative in robotics and workforce innovation, working at the confluence of industry, government and academia. Structured as a public-private partnership, the ARM Institute and its member organizations catalyze robotic technologies and education solutions to strengthen the U.S. industrial base and secure U.S. manufacturing resiliency.

Wichita State University’s partnership with ARM in July has resulted in the Department of Engineering Technology being among the first programs in the nation to earn an ARM endorsement for their mechatronics track – a certification that will translate to stronger job prospects for graduates.