Sue Lister | Feb. 26, 2014 | Notre Dame News
The University of Notre Dame has been selected as a research partner in both of the advanced manufacturing institutes named Tuesday (Feb. 25) by President Barack Obama to receive government and private sector funding to help revolutionize manufacturing in the United States. Notre Dame is one of only two universities to be named a partner in both institutes.
Chicago’s Digital Lab for Manufacturing and the Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation (LM3I) Institute in Canton, Mich., were each awarded $70 million from the U.S. Department of Defense to enhance advanced manufacturing infrastructure and activity in the United States. In addition to the $70 million from the Department of Defense, matching private and public sector funds increase the total investment to $140 million in the LM3I institute and $320 million in Digital Lab. Notre Dame is partnered with both.
Tuesday’s announcement raises the number of new manufacturing institutes funded by the White House to three — a power electronics institute was established in January in Raleigh, N.C. These innovative institutes led by not-for-profit organizations bring together academic institutions, private companies and the government in partnership to address important applied research problems in advanced manufacturing.
“To be included in two of just three advanced institutes established to date speaks volumes about Notre Dame’s research prowess,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame president. “Poised to make real world advances in American manufacturing, Notre Dame, in collaboration with our partners, aspires to revitalize employment — especially among a Midwest workforce hit so hard by manufacturing declines over the last half century.”