The University of Kentucky will be part of a $148 million light-materials manufacturing institute in Detroit, announced today by President Barack Obama.
The American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute will receive $70 million in Department of Defense funding, with $78 million in matching support from a public-private consortium, including more than $4 million from Kentucky.
The institute is charged with developing and deploying advanced lightweight materials-manufacturing technologies, and implementing education and training programs to prepare the work force. Kentucky, with its strong aluminum-manufacturing base, stands to benefit from programs developed by the institute, said John Walz, dean of the University of Kentucky College of Engineering.
"This is a great opportunity for the college and for the university, to be a significant partner in a project of this scale and of this importance," Walz said. "Our participation in ALMMII will produce dividends for the university, for the partnership and for the commonwealth."
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The institute is one of three to be created as part of the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation, a White House initiative founded to help U.S. manufacturers employ leading-edge technology to become more competitive.
The University of Louisville also announced Tuesday that it would be part of a $320 million Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute in Chicago.