Alfred Receives $7.75 Million State Grant for University Center for Advanced Ceramic Manufacturing and Education
Alfred University (AU) recently received a $7.75 million grant for the construction of a new Center for Advanced Ceramic Manufacturing and Education at the New York State College of Ceramics. The award is supported by the fourth round of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s NYSUNY (State University of New York) 2020 Challenge Grant Program.
“This [center] will allow us to establish new partners, to be more competitive for federal research grants, and to create and fill new jobs,” said Doreen D. Edwards Ph.D., dean of the Inamori School of Engineering. “This will increase the number of students completing degrees in engineering and art and design.”
Edwards noted the new Advanced Ceramic Manufacturing Center will strengthen AU’s ability to provide research and training opportunities that support the state’s ceramic and glass industry. The center’s emphasis on creating products from advanced materials will support economic development in the region. Specifically, the Center for Advanced Ceramic Manufacturing and Education will: leverage the expertise and facilities of the university’s School of Engineering to help ceramic companies, and companies that use ceramic components, bring new products to market; strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the rural area between the Western New York and Southern Tier regions of the State; help attract new companies to the region through START-UP NY; increase the school’s ability to attract industry and federal funding for research and training in advanced manufacturing; provide students and working professionals with education and training in the advanced manufacturing of ceramic materials; and increase the number of students pursuing and completing undergraduate and graduate degrees in ceramic engineering, glass, and materials science and engineering.
This new facility will serve as a key component of the economic development strategy for the rural area at the intersection of the Western New York and the Southern Tier regions by serving the state’s advanced materials companies, attracting new companies to the region, and facilitating entrepreneurship among students and faculty. In collaboration with partners that span industry, state agencies, and other academic institutions, the center’s primary mission will be to get products to market as quickly and as efficiently as possible. Leveraging faculty expertise in materials’ design, processing and characterization, the center will be well poised to provide a full range of services to new and established companies. The center will work hand-in-hand with the university’s Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology to expand services and grow its current client base, which now includes General Electric, Corning Inc., Lockheed Martin, TAM, World Kitchen, EnrG, Ceralink, Freeform Fiber, and Boston Valley Terra Cotta.
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