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Pitt to participate in new National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (August 17, 2012) ... Yesterday, August 16 in Youngstown, Ohio the Obama administration announced a new advanced manufacturing initiative that will impact public-private interests throughout the Tri-State region of Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

The $70 million National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII) will be headquartered in Youngstown while research and product development will occur at corporations and universities in the region, including the University of Pittsburgh and the Swanson School of Engineering. The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) in Latrobe, Pa. will manage the project. 

"As a key participant in the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, the University of Pittsburgh will enhance its additive manufacturing capabilities in application areas as diverse as microfluidics and patient-tailored scaffolds for regenerative medicine," explained Howard A. Kuhn, PhD, PE, adjunct professor of Industrial Engineering at the Swanson School. "The Institute will also establish this region as the national hub for additive manufacturing material and process development by augmenting our already substantial university and industrial collaboration on development of the technology. For the nation, the Institute will provide a much-needed boost to global competitiveness in advanced manufacturing technologies."

Ralph Resnick, President and CEO of NCDMM, will serve as Director of NAMII. Dr. Kuhn will serve as Acting Deputy Director for Advanced Manufacturing Enterprise. Other Swanson School faculty involved in the project included Bopaya Bidanda, PhD, Ernest E. Roth Professor and Chair of Industrial Engineering; Minking Chyu, PhD, Leighton and Mary Orr Professor and Chair of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science; and Ravi Shankar, Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering and Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science.

NAMII is one of up to 15 manufacturing institutes the Obama administration announced in March 2012 as part of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). Institutes such as NAMII are designed to link federal and state governments, industry, and higher education to invest in new manufacturing technologies with broad applications, creating regional innovation hubs. 

For more information visit the following sites:

Industry Week
National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining
National Network for Manufacturing Innovation
Pittsburgh Business Times
Youngstown Business Incubator


Contact: Paul Kovach