Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation

Institute of Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation

Advanced composites are currently used for expensive applications like satellites and luxury cars. Researchers at IACMI will work to develop lower-cost, higher-speed, and more efficient manufacturing and recycling processes for them. Bringing these materials down the cost curve can enable their use for a broader range of products including lightweight vehicles with record-breaking fuel economy; lighter and longer wind turbine blades; high pressure tanks for natural gas-fueled cars; and lighter, more efficient industrial equipment. The Institute will focus on lowering the overall manufacturing costs of advanced composites by 50 percent, reducing the energy used to make composites by 75 percent and increasing the recyclability of composites to over 95 percent within the next decade.

American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics

The American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics), is an industry driven public-private partnership that focuses the nation’s premiere capabilities and expertise to capture critical global manufacturing leadership in a technology that is both essential to National security and positioned to provide a compelling return-on-investment to the U.S. Economy. The Institute’s goal is to emulate the dramatic successes experienced by the electronics industry over the past 40 years and transition key lessons, processes, and approaches to the photonic integrated circuit (PIC) industry. AIM photonics supports Small and Medium enterprises, providing practical access and technology on-ramps for U.S. industry, government, and academic communities. We are creating a National PIC manufacturing infrastructure, widely accessible and inherently flexible to meet the challenges of the marketplace with practical, innovative solutions. Visit the AIM Photonics Website

Headquarters: Rochester, NY

Senior Leadership: 

  • Michael Liehr: Chief Executive Officer
  • John Bowers: Deputy Chief Executive Officer
  • Michael Watts: Chief Technical Officer
  • Douglas Coolbaugh: Chief Operations Officer

America Makes: The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute

America Makes focuses on helping the United States grow capabilities and strength in 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing. America Makes facilitates collaboration among leaders from business, academia, nonprofit organizations and government agencies, focusing on areas that include design, materials, technology and workforce and help our nation’s three-dimensional (3D) printing industry become more globally competitive. Visit the America Makes website.

Headquarters: 236 West Boardman Street, Youngstown, OH 44503

Senior Leadership: 

  • Ralph Resnick: Founding Director and NCDMM President and Executive Director
  • Ed Morris: America Makes Director and NCDMM Vice President

Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute

The nation’s flagship research institute for applying cutting-edge digital technologies to reduce the time and cost of manufacturing, strengthen the capabilities of the U.S. supply chain and reduce acquisition costs for the U.S. Department of Defense. DMDII develops and demonstrates digital manufacturing technologies, and deploys and commercializes these technologies across key manufacturing industries. The goal is to create product and manufacturing process definitions simultaneously. Visit the DMDII Website

Headquarters: The UI Labs Innovation Center, 1415 N Cherry Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

Senior Leadership:

  • Thomas McDermott: Interim Executive Director of DMDII and Chief Program Officer for UI Labs
  • Brench Boden: Chief Technology Officer

Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow

Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) is part of a national network of research institutions and industrial companies geared toward advancing America’s leadership in manufacturing technology. The center will speed development of new lightweight metal manufacturing processes from laboratories to factories for products using lightweight metal, including aluminum, magnesium, titanium, and advanced high-strength steel alloys. An equally important mission is to facilitate the training of the workers who will use these new processes in factories and maintenance facilities around the country.  Visit LIFT’s Website

Headquarters: 1400 Rosa Parks Blvd, Detroit, MI 48216

Senior Leadership:

  • Lawrence E. Brown: Executive Director
  • Emily Stover Derocco: Education and Workforce Director
  • Alan Taub: Chief Technical Officer

Next Generation Power Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute

The mission of PowerAmerica is to develop advanced manufacturing processes that will enable large-scale production of wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductors, which allow electronic components to be smaller, faster and more efficient than semiconductors made from silicon. WBG semiconductor technology has the potential to reshape the American energy economy by increasing efficiency in everything that uses a semiconductor, from industrial motors and household appliances to military satellites. Visit the PowerAmerica Website

Headquarters: 930 Main Campus Drive, Suite 200, Raleigh, NC 27606

Senior Leadership:

  • Nick Justice: Executive Director
  • John Muth: Deputy Director
  • Victor Veliadis: Chief Technology Officer

NextFlex, the Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute

This Institute is focused on developing a new era in flexible hybrid electronics manufacturing by catalyzing the US flexible hybrid electronics ecosystem to commercialize technology through investments in FHE materials scale-up, thinned device processing, device/sensor integrated printing and packaging, system design tools, and reliability testing and modeling. Visit the NextFlex website. 

Headquarters: 2244 Blach Place, Suite 150, San Jose, CA 95131

Senior Leadership:

  • Malcolm Thompson: Executive Director
  • Jason Marsh: Director of Technology
  • Paul Semenza: Director of Commercialization

Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA)

Our clothes help define us, yet the fabrics we wear and use have remained virtually unchanged for thousands of years. Recent breakthroughs in fiber materials and manufacturing processes will soon allow us to design and produce fabrics that see, hear, sense, communicate, store, and convert energy, regulate temperature, monitor health and change color—the dawn of a “fabric revolution”. A national non-profit backed by industry, academia, government, and venture capital, AFFOA will accelerate widespread commercialization of highly functional fabrics. AFFOA is built on a simple premise: functional fabrics necessitate deep fiber innovation and predictive manufacturing. AFFOA has America’s leading IP cache in semiconductor fibers and assemblies. AFFOA is strategically positioned as a National Fabric Innovation Network poised to deliver revolutionary advances across the entire fabric supply chain, from multifunctional fibers to advanced nonwovens and yarn production to sophisticated weaving and knitting capabilities and end-product fabrication for first-to-market manufacturing opportunities. AFFOA will build the sustainable, high-tech ecosystem that captures this national opportunity. Visit the AFFOA website. 

Headquarters: Cambridge, Massachusetts (in proximity to the MIT campus)

Senior Leadership:

  • Dr. Yoel Fink: Chief Executive Officer
  • Carole Winterhalter: Chief Technology Officer


Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute

Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) will lead the new Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute, in partnership with the Department of Energy. The winning coalition, headquartered in Los Angeles, California brings together a consortium of nearly 200 partners from across academia, industry, and non-profits—hailing from more than thirty states—to spur advances in smart sensors and digital process controls that can radically improve the efficiency of U.S. advanced manufacturing. Visit the Smart Manufacturing Coalition website.

Headquarters: Los Angeles, CA

Senior Leadership:

  • Denise Swink: Chief Executive Officer

Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment (RAPID) Manufacturing Institute

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced that the Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment (RAPID) Manufacturing Institute of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) will be the newest, and tenth, member of the nation’s network of Manufacturing USA Institutes. Earlier this year, DOE called for the establishment of a Manufacturing Innovation Institute on Modular Chemical Process Intensification for Clean Energy Manufacturing. AIChE developed the RAPID Institute proposal in collaboration with the Savannah River National Laboratory and the Georgia Institute of Technology. To date, RAPID has enlisted 75 companies, 34 academic institutions, 7 national laboratories, 2 other government laboratories, and 7 non-governmental organizations from all regions of the country. These partners have committed to cost shares that leverage DOE’s $70 million contribution over 5 years, with total project spending exceeding $140 million. RAPID’s partners come from energy-intensive industries and range from small to large enterprises. Visit the RAPID website.

Senior Leadership:

  • Karen Fletcher: Chief Executive Officer
  • Kevin Chin, Chief Operating Officer