Creating the Country's Leading Manufacturing Hub:
Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) seeks to launch the Manufacturing Futures Initiative (MFI) and the Advanced Robotics Manufacturing (ARM) Institute to serve as the underpinning for all university manufacturing research projects and build the initiative into the country’s leading manufacturing hub, driving job growth throughout greater Pittsburgh. As a manufacturing hub across industries, MFI will attract and collaborate with industry, as well as public, private, and academic partners, focusing on materials, product design, robotics, machine learning, workforce training, and education. To help revitalize American manufacturing by investing in research in new technology development, the Department of Defense awarded CMU a grant of $80 million as part of a $253 million project to establish the ARM Institute, whose goal is to help industry adopt new technologies that will lead to the creation of over 500,000 manufacturing and related service jobs across the United States by 2025. The ARM Institute is slated to serve as the anchor tenant in the RIDC Mill Building on the Almono site. A Foundation grant of $20 million over three years will support CMU’s launch of MRI, as well as locating and outfitting the ARM Institute’s facilities at Almono.