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President Obama announces winner of new Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute and new manufacturing hub competitions

June 24, 2016

Contact: Hannah Diorio-Toth
Carnegie Mellon University
412.268.1208

Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of Chemical Engineering and the Center for Advanced Process Decision-making (CAPD) are pleased to announce their involvement in the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute.

On June 20, 2016, President Barack Obama announced a $70 million federal award for the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC), an industry-led national nonprofit, to create a nationwide Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute. The Institute, which will include Carnegie Mellon’s Department of Chemical Engineering through the CAPD, will fuel industry growth and innovation nationwide with more than $140 million in public-private investment geared toward developing advanced manufacturing technology and a supporting workforce and education pipeline. The announcement was made at the Select USA Summit in Washington, D.C.

The Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) will be an industry-led nonprofit organization headquartered in Los Angeles, California, with networked regional centers across California, Washington, New York, North Carolina, and Texas. The CAPD will access the network through the Gulf Coast Hub in Texas to leverage industry contacts in that region. The national network will work across business, workforce, and technical focus areas, leveraging each region’s unique industrial environments. It will be the ninth institute awarded under the National Network of Manufacturing Institutes initiative.

The SMLC brings together a strong collaboration of nearly 200 partners from academia, industry, and nonprofits across over thirty states. The CESMII will accelerate the development and adoption of advanced sensors, data analytics, and controls in manufacturing, while reducing the cost of these technologies by half and radically improving the efficiency of U.S. advanced manufacturing.

The Institute will enable small, medium, and large manufacturers new and unprecedented access to smart tools, innovation, and the ability to grow their businesses.

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