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Penn State Berks receives $28,000 grant to advance manufacturing innovation

Penn State Berks has been awarded a $28,000 state grant to advance manufacturing innovation.

The Department of Community and Economic Development recently announced that 45 institutions of higher education across the state will receive a combined $3 million in grants through the Manufacturing PA Initiative to help advance innovation in several sectors of manufacturing.

The approved projects are part of a fellowship program, which embeds graduate and undergraduate students with local manufacturers. Once paired, the students embark on research projects to develop new technologies and advance innovation statewide. Universities that have partnered with a manufacturer can apply for and receive between $25,000 and $70,000 in funding for specific student research projects.

“The Shapiro Administration understands the importance of investing in cutting-edge research projects like these to generate continued economic growth and foster innovation in the commonwealth,” DCED Secretary Rick Siger said in a release. “Pennsylvania is home to some of the finest research institutions in the country, and I know the work of the students and projects funded here today will ensure we will remain a national leader in manufacturing and innovation.”

Terry Speicher, an associate professor of engineering at Penn State Berks, said the school has been approved to receive up to $28,000 to research implementation challenges related to the transition to smart manufacturing for small companies. Those challenges include a lack of instrumentation, automation, connectivity and data analytics practices.

Speicher said the research project proposes an implementation design and validation plan to integrate smart technology at Duryea Technologies. The smart technology will be developed by undergraduate engineering students who will develop models and analyze data to optimize the manufacturing process at the Bern Township business.

Source: Berkshire mont

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