The OSU Institute of Technology Watchmaking and Mircrotechnology program has been established in a premiere location on our campus; the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Advancing Technologies (DWRTC). Spacious, bright, orderly and always polished to a shine, the DWRTC is one of many beautiful examples of how OSU Institute of Technology has grown and improved since first established in 1946. From the very beginning, the watchmaking profession has been a part of our history and one of the few original programs still in operation. Once a World War II military hospital, then a trade school for returning war veterans and finally an advancing technological university, OSU Institute of Technology has risen from rows of wartime wooden barracks to a beautiful, modern campus. The old watchmaking methodologies designed to give ex-soldiers a craft have been totally replaced by the most advanced equipment and technology available, taught by staff trained to exacting standards.
A strong message of technological excellence is projected by the most distinctive learning facility on the OSU Institute of Technology campus ? The Donald W. Reynolds Technology Center, home of the Watchmaking and Microtechnology Program. Funded by an $8.1 million grant by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, the DWRTC was specifically designed to house the latest educational facilities in the areas of Microtechnology, Manufacturing Technologies, Multimedia Technologies and Automotive Technologies.
Surrounded by cool green lawns and dazzling flowers in the spring and summer, the DWRTC?s sweeping entrance opens to soaring ceilings and spiraling staircases which underscore this is learning with a world view. All the programs are supported by elite partners in business and industry who provide an invaluable connection between the classroom and the work environment of advanced technological employers. They are committed to helping prepare high-performance technological professionals. The DWRTC is designed to provide an authentic, business learning environment that models current industry practice and standards.