Partner with us

Faculty researchers from Carnegie Mellon University’s seven colleges and multiple centers and institutes work on interdisciplinary teams to leverage new technology, solve distinct manufacturing challenges, and generate novel solutions for small, medium, and large industry partners as well as government agencies.

Together these collaborations accelerate translation of research into commercialization through industry sponsorship, startup generation, and technology licensing.

Members of the Manufacturing Futures Institute (MFI)’s dedicated leadership team also work to guide and inform important policy, contribute to workforce development efforts, promote and provide advanced manufacturing education, support regional economic development, and serve as a valued resource to the local community.

To learn more about how to partner with the Manufacturing Futures Institute, contact Sandra DeVincent Wolf

MFI fellowships and funding opportunities

MFI funds seed projects, supports cost share, and provides opportunities for postdoctoral fellows. Learn more about these and other fellowships and funding opportunities.

Meet our partners

Our culture of Advanced Collaboration® ensures that our scientists and engineers have access to resources and expertise throughout the Carnegie Mellon University community and with organizations that share our commitment to the advancement of manufacturing.

Key external partners

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The ARM Institute

The ARM Institute, headquartered at Mill 19 in Pittsburgh, accelerates the development and adoption of innovative robotic technologies that are the foundation of advanced manufacturing activity. The institute leverages a unique, robust, and diverse ecosystem of partners across industry, academia and government.

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Catalyst Connection

Catalyst Connection is a private not-for-profit organization headquartered at Mill 19 in Pittsburgh. They provide consulting and training services to small manufacturers in southwestern Pennsylvania, accelerating revenue growth and improving productivity. Through active collaboration with their clients and the manufacturing community, Catalyst Connection contributes to the growth, vibrancy, and ongoing robustness of manufacturing in our region.

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AIM Higher Consortium

The AIM Higher Consortium is a wide-ranging program funded by the Department of Defense – Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation (OLDCC) with the goal of strengthening the defense supply chain in the Southwest Pennsylvania and Northern West Virginia region. Their programs focus on the adoption of technologies including artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics and additive manufacturing.

Key internal partners

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Join the NextManufacturing Center Consortium

The NextManufacturing Center encourages additive manufacturing organizations from the industrial, government, nonprofit, and academic sectors to join in its mission to bring the additive manufacturing (AM) community together to work collaboratively to advance AM research and widespread adoption of AM technology, as well as accelerate qualification and certification of AM parts.

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The Robotics Institute

The Robotics Institute was established in 1979 to conduct basic and applied research in robotics technologies relevant to industrial and societal tasks. The institute facilities include approximately 100,000 square feet at the main Pittsburgh campus and 100,000 square feet at the National Robotics Engineering Center in Lawrenceville. While much of their research work focuses on core robotics technologies like manipulation, locomotion, and control, they also focus on related research areas, including machine learning, computer vision, and graphics.

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CyLab is Carnegie Mellon University’s security and privacy research institute. Housed in the 25,000+ sq. ft. Collaborative Innovation Center, Cylab brings together experts from all schools across the University, encompassing the fields of engineering, computer science, public policy, information systems, business, humanities, and social sciences. CyLab researchers are often called upon by government leaders to provide expertise on security and privacy issues. Their work in helping shape public policy related to security and privacy spans several decades.

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Center for Iron and Steelmaking Research

The Center for Iron and Steelmaking Research (CISR) is devoted to education and research related to ironmaking, steelmaking, and metals processing. It is housed within the Department of Materials Science at Carnegie Mellon University.