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Phillips Education has named Dr. Richard Pitts, Jr., Postsecondary Instructor of the Month.

Dr. Pitts is the Program Lead and an Associate Professor of the Advanced Manufacturing (ADMA) Program at Harrisburg University.  Since he arrived at HU in January 2022, he has transformed the ADMA program into a unique educational environment where students receive hands-on learning experiences on state-of-the-art advanced machinery. 

In addition, Dr. Pitts teaches and imparts knowledge to students in Computer-Aided Manufacturing and Robotics courses.  He hopes and desires that HU students will graduate with the ability to produce solutions to issues in manufacturing.

Dr. Pitts received his Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering from Penn State University and conducted research in the Optimization of Flexible Manufacturing Systems.  He also has interests in operations research, robotics and automation, and rollercoaster design.

Harrisburg University’s Advanced Manufacturing undergraduate program benefits from the Phillips Additive Hybrid Powered by Haas.

“When our students see our new Hybrid from Phillips, their eyes will be filled with amazement!” said Dr. Richard Pitts, Jr., Program Lead for the Advanced Manufacturing Program at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. “The Hybrid will put Harrisburg’s students “on the map” and make them much more attractive to industry.”

The Phillips Additive Hybrid combines additive and subtractive in one machine. Rather than purchasing a separate, expensive metal printer, Phillips will upgrade your current or new Haas with dynamic 3D technology – saving time, money, and space.

The Hybrid is also key to Harrisburg University’s plans to expand beyond its current undergraduate degree program. In the next several years, Harrisburg University hopes to become the first university in the US to offer a Ph.D. and a Master’s in advanced manufacturing.

“You need the best and latest technology for the caliber of the program we’re building, including the Hybrid,” Dr. Pitts said.

The Phillips Hybrid is earning a reputation in academia for attracting students and stimulating research (not to mention finally giving all universities an affordable way into metal additives).  More information on it is found here

For more information on the B.S. in Advanced Manufacturing, visit


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