UVA MAE a part of $140 million National Coalition to Promote Smart Manufacturing Technologies

Chris Xiaodong LiChris Li, MAE Associate Chair of Mechanical Engineering and Rolls-Royce Commonwealth Professor, to lead UVA Engineering as part of the National Coalition to Promote Smart Manufacturing Technologies. The $140 million coalition is a part of Barack Obama’s National Network for Manufacturing Innovation and is aimed at driving technological advances in American manufacturing.

UVA Engineering joins nearly 200 partners from more than 30 states to form the new Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute. The institute will be headquartered in California. UVA’s coalition partners span industry, non-profits and universities, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology and University of California at Berkeley. The U.S. Department of Energy is funding $70 million of the institute’s work, and the coalition collectively will invest $70 million.

See more: http://enews.seas.virginia.edu/technology-and-innovation/