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UMass Amherst Will Lead Major Federal Initiative in New England to Boost Innovation in Advanced Manufacturing

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) today named the University of Massachusetts Amherst as the lead institution in New England for its national Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE) Manufacturing Innovation Institute, a $75 million federal initiative to create a competitive, effective and sustainable research-to-manufacturing collaboration between U.S. industry and academia to solve problems in advanced manufacturing.The UMass Amherst efforts will be led by Professor James Watkins. The institute’s hub, or headquarters, will be in Silicon Valley, California, home of the Flex Tech Alliance, the nation’s leading flexible electronics industry trade group and UMass Amherst’s partner in bidding for the DOD award.

DoD Press Release

UMass News Office

Gazette.net

August 28, 2015