UB is among a select group of academic institutions, industry partners and nonprofits tapped by the White House to form an advanced manufacturing hub designed to sustain the nation’s manufacturing resurgence.
President Barack Obama announced in June that the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC)—a consortium of nearly 200 organizations, including UB, from more than 30 states—has formed a partnership with the Department of Energy to oversee the hub, which is called the Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (SMII).
Headquartered in Los Angeles, SMII includes five manufacturing centers that will focus on local technology transfer and workforce development.
UB will operate in the Northeast Regional Manufacturing Center led by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Industrial partners include: GLOBALFOUNDRIES, United Technologies, Corning Glass, Saint- Gobain, Praxair, Pfizer, EWI, MathWorks, Analog Devices and Eastman Business Park.
UB has long recognized the importance of advanced manufacturing to the local and national economies. Supporters of the new partnership include UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics, the Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced Robotic Technologies (SMART) Community of Excellence, and its recently launched Department of Materials Design and Innovation, a collaboration between the College of Arts of Sciences and SEAS.