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First U.S. Integrated Photonics Institute Awarded to Massachusetts

Friday, August 14, 2015

 

The Baker-Polito Administration has announced that Massachusetts will be a partner in the country's first Integrated Photonics Institute in Manufacturing Innovation.

“This partnership is key to developing the revolutionary technologies that will underpin the next wave of advanced manufacturing in Massachusetts, and ensure the competitiveness of our manufacturing sector as a whole. We are harnessing education and innovation to build a platform for economic growth across Massachusetts. I look forward to seeing the continued great work from our Commonwealth’s innovation and education communities, and participating in this national center with our neighbors in New York," said Governor Charlie Baker.

The photonics institute is a national $600 million public-private partnership awarded through the federal National Network for Manufacturing Innovation competition.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Quinsigamond Community College will be partners in the photonics innovation institute. MIT will lead the application of new photonics technology to leading edge clusters like health care technology, robotics, cyber security, and advanced manufacturing.

Quinsigamond Community College will be a a partner in the workforce development aspect of this partnership. The college is the center's national community college lead for a curriculum to train workers in photonics based technologies.

“Quinsigamond Community College is thrilled to be a national partner and lead the Community College Network. The Network, led by Dr. Dale Allen, QCC Vice President for Community Engagement, will support the creation of industry recognized modules for accelerated, stackable certificates in pathways to 1-, 2-, 4-, or 6-year certificates or degrees. We will lead this national network to provide training and technical assistance related to the project, as well as share the curricula nationally. Our work will revitalize local economies and help restore the advanced manufacturing bases of our local communities, and our country, to prosperity," said Dr. Gail Carberry, President of QCC.

The five-year award is part of the Baker-Polito administration's ongoing commitment to advancing manufacturing in Massachusetts. The administration's fiscal year 2016 capital budget makes up $15 million available for NNMI matching funds.

 

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