UI Gets $1.6 Million in Federal Funds for Advanced Manufacturing Research Unit

Thursday, February 11, 2010

University of Iowa News Release

University of Iowa researchers recently announced the receipt of $1.6 million from the federal Next Generation Manufacturing Technology Initiative (NGMTI) to establish a partnership led by the UI College of Engineering's Center for Computer Aided Design (CCAD) that includes Rockwell Collins, Inc.

The partnership has already produced and demonstrated a three-dimensional Electromechanical Modeling and Simulation System that provides proof-of-concept of visualization and virtual test capabilities for the development of military equipment, electric power plants and other devices without the need to construct test models.

The project will complement efforts to establish a new unit called Advanced Manufacturing at CCAD and will supplement six existing CCAD research units.

CCAD recently held a briefing for Rep. Dave Loebsack, who, with bipartisan support from the Iowa congressional delegation, provided significant assistance in acquiring federal funding for the project.

Researchers hope the project will result in a tool useful to U.S. commercial interests and the defense industry, thereby helping to enhance global economic competitiveness of U.S.-based manufacturing.

NGMTI (http://www.ngmti.org/) is designed to accelerate the development and implementation of advanced breakthrough manufacturing technologies.