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RIT named partner in Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition

Rochester Institute of Technology’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability has been named the academic partner in a new manufacturing initiative announced Monday by President Barack Obama.

RIT is part of the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition selected by the president to lead the new Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute in partnership with the Department of Energy.

The new institute is one of three Energy Department-led institutes in the broader National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, a network of manufacturing hubs launched by Obama in 2012.

RIT is one of three universities in New York that will be part of the consortium of nearly 200 partners from across academia, industry and non-profits from more than 30 states. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy and SUNY at Buffalo also are part of the consortium.

“RIT has a long heritage of helping U.S. manufacturers remain competitive in a global marketplace,” said Nabil Nasr, associate provost and director of GIS.

“As a proud academic partner of the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition, we will enable transformational improvements in energy efficiency and U.S. manufacturing productivity, while also creating highly skilled jobs, supporting the current and future workforce and increasing the quality of life,” he said. “We look forward to making a critical impact on U.S. manufacturing.”

Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute, which will have its headquarters in Los Angeles, brings more than $140 million in public-private investment from universities and manufacturers to develop smart sensors for use in advanced manufacturing. RIT said it will commit $50,000 as a consortium member over the next five years.

This marks the fifth National Network for Manufacturing Innovation hub in which RIT has been named a significant partner. Those include American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics in Rochester.

(c) 2016 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email rbj@rbj.net.

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