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RIT named core academic partner of new robotics institute

Rochester Institute of Technology’s Golisano Institute of Sustainability has been named as a core academic partner of the Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Innovation Hub announced by the Department of Defense.

The partnership marks the seventh Manufacturing USA initiative, a network of regional technology institutes, of which RIT has been part, officials said.

The Defense Department on Friday awarded the 14th public-private Manufacturing USA institute—the Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Innovation Hub—to Pittsburgh-based American Robotics, a nonprofit venture led by Carnegie Mellon University. 

The institute will receive $80 million from the Defense Department and an additional $173 million from the partner organizations, officials said. The ARM Institute helps to organize fragmented domestic capabilities in manufacturing robotics technology and will help the U.S. be more competitive globally, officials said.

Its 10-year goals include increasing worker productivity by 30 percent and creating 510,000 new manufacturing jobs in the U.S.

“RIT is truly excited for this opportunity and we look forward to collaborating with the outstanding members of this consortium,” said Nabil Nasr, associate provost and director of the GIS team in a statement. “In addition to RIT’s longstanding heritage in robotics-related technologies, the leading technologies that we have developed in asset-health management and prognostics were extremely attractive to our partners.”

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