Washington, DC, -  Today, President Obama announced that a multi-partner team led by UI LABS has been selected to receive a $70 million award from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) for the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation (DMDI) Institute. Jennifer McNelly, president of The Manufacturing Institute, will serve on the board of the DMDI as an advocate for the integration of workforce and education activities.

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDI) will be the nation’s flagship research institute for Digital Manufacturing – a world-class, first-of-its-kind manufacturing hub with the capabilities, innovation, and collaboration necessary to transform American manufacturing. The Digital Lab will be housed in Chicago with a network of manufacturing partner and research sites across the U.S., bringing together additional 500+ supporting companies and organizations.

The Manufacturing Institute will engage manufacturers and community and technical colleges related to the education and workforce development activities of DMDI. The Institute will also identify schools interested in piloting digital manufacturing and design innovation principles in their manufacturing education programs, as well as represent the Skills Certifications System to support the development of standards and certifications in digital manufacturing.

Through it’s initiatives, The Manufacturing Institute will also expose students and veterans to the importance and application of digital manufacturing through Dream It. Do It. and Get Skills to Work.

For more information, please visit: http://digitallab.uilabs.org.

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