Technology Adoption and Transfer Education and Workforce Development Research for Future Competitiveness

Indiana Manufacturing
Competitiveness Center

IN-MaC creates a stronger, more competitive manufacturing ecosystem for Indiana and the nation. IN-MaC does so by mobilizing its resources, expertise and network to strengthen the relationship between workforce education, technology adoption, and manufacturing research to elevate Indiana as the manufacturing destination of choice.

Manufacturing is an economic engine that drives innovation and prosperity while improving our quality of life with a wide range of useful products. The United States enjoyed a lead in manufacturing for over 100 years – a lead that has since eroded as others have taken advantage of lower-wage labor markets plus other factors to draw industry away from the heartland. It is imperative that Indiana reassert its leadership in manufacturing by leveraging our talents to leap-frog to the top of global competitiveness by mainstreaming new technologies and modern practices while cultivating a more competitive and capable workforce. Hosted by Purdue University and delivered in partnership with Ivy Tech Community College and Vincennes University, the Indiana Manufacturing Competitiveness Center (IN-MaC) aims to catalyze growth and reinvigorate the American dream for future generations. We do so by addressing challenges such as: shortage of trained workers capable of filling open positions; integration of modern technologies and practices throughout the value chain; and smart investments in research with near-term applications to strengthen our manufacturing ecosystem.

Areas of concentration include Education & Workforce Development (E&WD), Technology Adoption and Transfer (TA), and Research for Future Competitiveness (RFC).

Key Impacts:

  • Trained 58 high school educators in an advanced manufacturing program who have touched more than
    3,000 students.
  • Serviced 58 manufacturing sites across Indiana with a cumulative benefit of $21,250,000 from an investment
    of $1.76M (12x benefit) and 98 jobs added or retained.
  • Connected 67 students with manufacturers across Indiana through a new work-based learning intern and apprenticeship program.
  • Supported membership in four Manufacturing USA Institutes resulting in 12 awards totaling $11,210,000
    from a $2M investment (5.6x benefit).
  • Invested in five industry consortia with 26 paying industry members that have received $750,000 in
    gifts (5.1x benefit).

IN-MaC has launched a Digital Manufacturing Testbed that will:

  • Conduct research to address digital connectivity barriers and overcome chronic challenges related to Industry 4.0
  • Be a demonstration space for the “art of the possible” in a more interconnected enterprise, especially for small and medium sized companies
  • Host next generation manufacturing seminars and courses to develop the manufacturing workforce
  • Provide technical expertise and production capacity for Indiana startups to scale products locally

IN-MaC Manufacturing Micro-Grants

IN-MAC is accepting Requests for Funding Manufacturing Day Events Across Indiana

For the first time ever, IN-MaC is launching a Manufacturing Micro-Grant Program, opening up $150,000 to foster the growth of youth manufacturing initiatives around the state of Indiana.

The IN-MaC micro-grant program aims to provide grant funding to organizations who implement creative projects that enhance youth’s experiences and exposure to manufacturing in collaboration with manufacturing day initiatives.

Ranging from $500 - $2,000, the micro-grants are designed to support innovation and encourage organizations to dedicate funds towards development and program implementation that impact manufacturing. Funds will be distributed by participation and regional impact.

Learn More about the IN-MaC Manufacturing Micro-Grant Program.

Questions, please contact the following:

Sascha Harrell

IN-MaC Director of Workforce and Education

smharrel@purdue.edu

(765) 494-2278

Lisa Deck

IN-MaC Program Manager of Workforce and Education

adeck@purdue.edu

(812) 593-4288

IN-MaC will help your Indiana based operation adopt a new digital technology.

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