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Purdue IE & other faculty involved in new manufacturing robotics hub

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Assoc. Prof. Juan Wachs
Researchers from three Purdue University colleges have joined governments, universities and nonprofit organizations in establishing a new independent robotics institute for the U.S. Department of Defense’s Manufacturing USA.

IE Associate Professor Juan Wachs joins ten other Purdue faculty members as part of the ARM Institute, including two faculty members in the College of Engineering, seven from the Purdue Polytechnic Institute, and one from the College of Science.

The ARM Institute will conduct research and development, developing education and workforce training and providing access to shared capabilities through its regional collaborations. ARM focuses on key industrial sectors—aerospace, automotive, electronics, and textiles—defined by its partners.

ARM Institute, through American Robotics Inc., was founded by Carnegie Mellon University and is headquartered in Pittsburgh. Manufacturing USA, initially known as the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, was first started in 2012. Manufacturing USA features institutes that focus on a technology area considered critical to future competitiveness.

(Article condensed from Jan. 13 Purdue University News: “Several Purdue faculty involved in new manufacturing robotics hub”)