December 9, 2022
DMG MORI and Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech) announced their intention to establish a national center for advanced manufacturing, which aims to be one of the nation’s first joint university and industry academies to train, develop and empower the advanced manufacturing workforces of the future, according to the organizations.
This national center will directly help the Chicago region become a hub for developing and supporting a local and national workforce of manufacturing jobs. The national center will seek industry and higher education partners across Illinois and the region.
Located at Illinois Tech’s historic Bronzeville campus on the south side of Chicago, the national center’s academy will provide in-person and online curricula aligned with industry workforce needs and economic and national security priorities. The launch of the national center is timed to help Illinois capitalize on the new programs and investments in the CHIPS Act by using its industry and educational expertise to expand U.S. manufacturing.
“America’s advanced manufacturing industry needs one very important thing to keep growing: trained workers,” says James V. Nudo, chairman of DMG MORI Federal Services. “As a Chicago native, I am thrilled that DMG MORI will help meet this need through our National Center for Advanced Manufacturing with Illinois Tech. By combining DMG MORI’s industry expertise with Illinois Tech’s education and workforce programs, our national center will directly train workers for the high-paying, high-tech manufacturing jobs of the future and help Illinois become a hub for a revitalization in American manufacturing.”
“Chicago has long been an engine of technological opportunities for research, teaching, entrepreneurship, and engagement, and an attractive global destination for talent,” adds Raj Echambadi, president of Illinois Institute of Technology. “As Chicago’s only technology-focused university, our national center for advanced manufacturing builds upon our historic strengths of relevance-inspired research and quality teaching, helping us seize this vital moment to advance technology as an innovation and opportunity engine for the entire region.”
In establishing this national center, Illinois Tech and DMG MORI will pool their complementary capabilities to expand and modernize the manufacturing capabilities of the greater Chicago area and the Midwest in support of needs in the semiconductor, aerospace, defense, health care, and automotive industries.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.
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