Advancing manufacturing innovation on campus and online

    The White House highlights MIT’s latest efforts as part of National Manufacturing Day.


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    U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and MIT President L. Rafael Reif discuss innovation and entrepreneurship at an event hosted by the MIT Innovation Initiative. Photo, Justin Knight

    MIT researchers and educators have been living up to the university motto of "mens et manus," mind and hand, with a rapidly expanding effort on advanced manufacturing innovation. Several of MIT’s latest efforts in manufacturing research, education, workforce training, and policy are highlighted as part of National Manufacturing Day, which this year is Friday, Oct. 7.

    The White House noted MIT’s new “maker training” for the Class of 2020, spearheaded by Martin Culpepper, professor of mechanical engineering and MIT’s “Maker Czar,” and providing 1,100 freshmen the opportunity to learn about and access advanced methods of fabrication and join 10 unique student maker communities.

    “Beyond these exciting new launches that were highlighted at the national level, MIT offers several other events and activities throughout the month of October, designated within the state of Massachusetts as Manufacturing Month, and the fall. All events are designed to provide the MIT community and the public at large with a greater understanding of the opportunities to not just ‘invent it here’ but also ‘make it here’ to speed innovation and training,” explains Krystyn Van Vliet, director of manufacturing innovation in MIT’s Innovation Initiative and professor of materials science and engineering and biological engineering. These events include the first International Symposium on Academic Makerspaces in November, as part of MIT Project Manus’ collaboration with other universities to integrate this precursor to manufacturing into undergraduate training.

    Additionally, MIT is part of Manufacturing USA, which includes several Manufacturing Innovation Institutes.

    Read more at the MIT News Office.

    MIT Innovation Initiative
    October 7, 2016