Left to right: Rin Lack; Wenxu Zhao; Hitoshi Ujiie, director & professor, surface imaging;
Helen Upin; Melissa Rothman; and Ulrick McFadden.
Lancaster, Pa.– As part of its commitment to forward-thinking design excellence, Armstrong Flooring recently collaborated with Jefferson’s Surface Imaging Master’s program to explore future flooring and surface trends. This is the fourth year the company has partnered with the Philadelphia-based university to investigate new technologies and forecast emergent design pathways.
Students began the project in January, learning about the design and manufacturing elements related to resilient flooring. “Just as Armstrong Flooring is focused on the customer, the students also started with the customer in mind to lead their research,” said Armstrong Flooring design manager, Morgan Lucente. “They took the time to understand specific segment needs, how design plays an integral role in that and finally how technology can deliver solutions.”
Students spent the semester working on their own flooring project, with milestone reviews and mentoring sessions with members of Armstrong Flooring’s design team. In May, students presented their final projects and accompanying research at the company’s headquarters here.
“It is inspirational to see the resourcefulness and ingenuity of the students’ research and their application of the leading printing technologies in their projects,” Lucente said. “Every year the students surpass our expectations with the innovative solutions they come up with. We want to sincerely thank Jefferson for this valuable relationship.”