10. CORNELL UNIVERSITY
Moving into the Top Ten this year (displacing Northwestern University, which ranked at # 7 a year ago but fell off the list this year), Cornell has a number of research programs aimed at advancing manufacturing, including the Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR) and the Cornell Nanoscale Science & Technology Facility. In September 2017 the school formally dedicated its new Cornell Tech campus, where student researchers will team up with industry to develop and prototype new products and technologies.
9. MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
MIT’s Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity (LMP) is an interdepartmental laboratory in the School of Engineering with three major goals: the development of the fundamental principles of manufacturing systems, processes, and machines; the application of those principles to the manufacturing enterprise; and the education of engineering leaders. Also, MIT participates in several of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) Institutes, which are public-private consortiums designed to foster innovation and accelerate advanced manufacturing in the U.S., such as the Advanced Functional Fibers of America (AFFOA) Institute, the AIM Photonics Academy, and NextFlex, for flexible hybrid electronics.
8. VIRGINIA TECH
At Virginia Tech’s Center for High Performance Manufacturing (CHPM), researchers work to discover new ways to help manufacturers with their operations challenges. The school’s Center for Innovation-based Manufacturing (CIbM) is a multi-disciplinary center formed to solve current manufacturing issues and help the university commercialize new technologies, while helping to define the future of manufacturing. And in the Manufacturing Processes Center (MPC), students learn the basics of several applications in the industrial world, such as assembly line production, machining and robotic welding.
7. PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY
Penn State is home of the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, which was founded in 1908. Students who focus on manufacturing in the industrial engineering program learn through classroom instruction and hands-on projects in digital design and manufacturing (including CAD/CAM, integrated product development and virtual reality environments for design and manufacturing); manufacturing processes (including 3-D printing and additive manufacturing, nanotechnology, robotics and automation; and manufacturing system informatics and control. Penn State’s Smart Design and Manufacturing Systems Lab focuses on accelerating product realization through intelligent strategies and tools that integrate, leverage and enable the processes, personnel, and data of design and manufacturing enterprises.
5. (TIE) UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
The University of Wisconsin’s Center for Quick Response Manufacturing is a university-industry partnership dedicated to improving manufacturing competitiveness through research and implementation of lead-time reduction principles. Researchers at the school’s Grainger Institute for Engineering focus on advanced manufacturing, materials discovery, biomanufacturing, smart and connected healthcare, energy and sustainability, and computational science.
5. (TIE) STANFORD UNIVERSITY
Stanford’s Product Realization Lab is a multi-site teaching facility where Stanford students discover the power to create the future. Established as the Student Shops when the university opened its doors, the PRL has been at the heart of Stanford’s results-driven curriculum for more than 125 years. Each year, under the mentorship of PRL faculty and course assistants, more than 1,000 Stanford undergraduate, graduate and professional school students develop products in such areas as medical, food production, transportation, communications, and consumer products.
4. PURDUE UNIVERSITY
Purdue’s IN-MaC (Indiana Next Generation Manufacturing Competitiveness Center), in partnership with Ivy Tech Community College and Vincennes University, is an integrated partnership among industry, academia, and government that addresses education, workforce, new technology adoption, and research for future competitiveness. Purdue’s Dauch Center for the Management of Manufacturing Enterprises promotes education, research and industrial engagement for those interested in operations management and manufacturing management. And the Purdue Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) advocates for Indiana’s thousands of manufacturers by leveraging resources in both the public and private sectors to help identify areas of improvement, streamline processes, and increase competitiveness.
3. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA—BERKELEY
The Laboratory for Manufacturing and Sustainability (LMAS) at UC-Berkeley conducts fundamental research that aims to promote sustainable manufacturing. Research projects include identifying the most appropriate manufacturing technologies for emerging economies, with the goal of determining how countries can achieve industrialization when faced with water and energy constraints; and developing energy metrics for smart manufacturing. Also, the school’s Green Design and Manufacturing Consortium on (CGDM) is a research group and an industry partnership focused on environmentally-conscious design and manufacturing.
2. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
Over 10,000 participants have received a University of Michigan Lean Manufacturing Certificate. Program alumni represent a variety of industry sectors including aerospace, automotive, computer, defense, government, logistics, plastics, semiconductors, shipbuilding, steel, and telecom. The program is part of the school’s Integrative Systems + Design (ISD). Also, the school’s Center for Laser-Aided Intelligent Manufacturing (CLAIM) is a university/corporate partnership dedicated to advancing the applications of laser technology with various materials processing and manufacturing applications.
1. GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
The Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute brings together industry leaders, government partners and researchers to collaborate and find solutions for some of the biggest challenges facing U.S. industry, such as creating jobs and talent development, helping manufacturers compete on a global scale, and advancing economic and environmental sustainability. Earlier this year, Georgia Tech opened its new Advanced Manufacturing Pilot Facility in partnership with Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines. The facility was designed to be an integrated physical and cyber manufacturing technology testbed as well as a demonstration and teaching facility.