Obama To Unveil University-Industry Manufacturing Centers

Career College Central summary:

  • President Obama announced yesterday the opening of two new "manufacturing innovation instititues" in the Detroit and Chicago areas that pair research universities with private sector firms. The administration will provide $140 million for the two centers, and non-federal sources will provide an additional $140 million, according to a White House official. The goal of the institutes, the White House said, are to bridge the gap between applied research and manufacturing product development.
  • One of the institutes will be headquartered in the Detroit area and will focus on lightweight and modern metals manufacturing. The center will pair 34 companies with nine universities and labs: Colorado School of Mines, Michigan State University, Michigan Tech University, The Ohio State University, University of Kentucky, University of Michigan, University of Notre Dame, University of Tennessee, and Wayne State University. Columbus State Community College, Ivy Tech, Macomb Community College, and Pellissippi State Community College are also involved in the partnership.
  • A second institute for digital manufacturing and design innovation will be based in Chicago and led by UI Labs, a nonprofit research organization at the University of Illinois. The consortium includes 41 companies and 23 universities and labs.

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