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June 24, 2011--Today during remarks at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, President Obama announced the Advanced Manufacturing Partnerships, a new effort to bring together federal agencies, industry and universities to identify and invest in key emerging technologies—information technology, biotechnology, and nanotechnology—that will help U.S. manufacturers improve cost, quality, and speed of production in order to remain globally competitive.
MIT President Susan Hockfield is co-chairing a steering committee of industry leaders, federal agency heads, and university presidents. Other steering committee members are leaders from the University of California Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, Georgia Tech, University of Michigan, and Stanford University. It is hoped that other universities with expertise on manufacturing technologies and issues will join this effort and help shape the initiative.
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (A۰P۰L۰U) offers the following endorsement of this new initiative:
“Developing new products and processes are key to preserving America’s manufacturing sector. For nearly 150 years America’s land-grant universities have worked with industry and federal agencies to assist manufacturers. Through the Advanced Manufacturing Partnerships (AMP), university research and technology resources will be deployed to create jobs and drive the U.S. economy.”
Peter McPhersonPresident, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
"Strengthening our manufacturing sectors is an essential national priority to which America's research universities can make important contributions, especially through the technologies we create and the talent we develop. I am pleased that the Administration has invited the academic community to participate in this important activity and that our efforts will be led by President Hockfield and our colleagues at other leading universities."
Jack M. WilsonPresident, University of MassachusettsChair, A۰P۰L۰U Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness and Economic Prosperity
Universities are expected to be asked to assist on developing new research and education agendas related to advanced manufacturing, working in cooperation with industry and federal agencies.
More information is available from The White House website.
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