University-Led Consortium to Support NIST, NSF Manufacturing Efforts; Willie May Comments

Willie May
Willie May

The University of Michigan will head a consortium to provide private-sector support for the National Institute of Standards and Technology and National Science Foundation‘s education, training, research and development efforts in manufacturing.

NIST said Friday the MForesight consortium will collaborate with subject-matter experts and working groups from industry and academia to provide tools and insight to the government on potential manufacturing priorities for public-private investment.

“Having this access to private-sector viewpoints and studies on urgent questions related to manufacturing technology R&D will help us better coordinate and prioritize research and funding,” said NIST Director Willie May.

The agency added that the consortium award is part of administration initiatives in response to a recommendation by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology in 2014.

Sridhar Kota, a professor of engineering, will be the lead on the University of Michigan team.

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