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Dr. Chad Kusko, ATLSS Administrative Director and Associate Director for RAMP and PITA, along with William Michalerya, Lehigh’s Associate Vice President, Government Relations and Economic Development and Gene Lucadamo, Industry Liaison Officer for Lehigh’s Center for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, represented Lehigh University at the announcement of the awarding of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation pilot, titled the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII).  The announcement was made at M-7 Technologies in Youngstown, Ohio, on August 16, 2012.  Funding of the program is through the Department of Defense, and as such, Frank Kendall III, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Acquisition, along with Dr. Rebecca Blank, Acting Secretary of Commerce and Deputy Secretary of Commerce, and Gene Sperling, Director of the National Economic Council and Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, made the announcement of the award in Ohio.


A competition for the pilot institute was launched through a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) in May 2012. Lehigh University is one of nine universities from Ohio and Pennsylvania that are members of the winning team, which is also comprised of small and large manufacturers, community colleges, economic development groups, and state agencies mostly from the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. The goal of the pilot program is to accelerate innovation by investing in industrially significant manufacturing technologies with a broad range of applications.  The specific manufacturing area of focus for the pilot program is additive manufacturing, also commonly known as 3D printing, which is an emerging and evolving manufacturing process that builds parts made of metal, plastic, ceramic and electronic parts using a layer-by-layer technique, precisely placing material as directed by a 3D digital file.


The pilot program will be managed by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM). This award between NCDMM and the Government will be operated as a cooperative agreement using $30M of federal funding and an additional $30M provided as cost share from team members and the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia.


Additional information on the program can be found at the following links:


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