Center for Aluminum Technology (CAT) at the University of Kentucky (UK) is playing a significant role in the launch of the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (#ALMMII). CAT will contribute to ALMMI by providing research, support, faculty participation & access to its high tech equipment.
President Obama announced the initiative last week. ALMMII will be headquartered near Detroit, but will retain close ties with the Bluegrass state through CAT and UK. The focus of the institute will be “developing and deploying advanced lightweight materials manufacturing technologies, and implementing education and training programs to prepare the workforce.” This focus is right in line with the growing aluminum industry and the importance of aluminum R&D and manufacturing within the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
John Walz, dean of the University of Kentucky’s College of Engineering and a Secat Board member, is very optimistic about the partnerships and collaborations that can grow from the ALMMII initiative.
He cites benefits for the Commonwealth, the college and the university.
You can see more of the story here…http://uknow.uky.edu/content/kentucky-helps-launch-light-materials-manufacturing-institute and at http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140222/BIZ/302220047/White-House-unveil-manufacturing-institute-headquartered-Canton