LINCOLN -- The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a partner in a $320 million advanced manufacturing collaboration that President Barack Obama announced Tuesday at the White House.
Through the new Digital Lab for Manufacturing, UNL researchers will have opportunities to work with colleagues at 22 other universities as well as with industry, government, state and community partners in Nebraska and 16 other states.
The digital lab is funded by $70 million from the Department of Defense and $250 million in commitments from its partners to form the $320 million innovation hub. It was one of two major innovation hubs announced Tuesday afternoon at the White House as part of Obama's investment in U.S. manufacturing.
Led by UI Labs, a University of Illinois-affiliated research and commercialization collaborative, the digital lab will be headquartered in Chicago and linked to a network of manufacturing research sites nationwide.
Initially, more than a dozen UNL engineering faculty may be involved with the consortium but other faculty could also participate.