Louisiana has been awarded a $20 million federal grant to create a national consortium supporting advanced manufacturing research, with researchers from LSU’s Colleges of Engineering and Science spearheading the effort.

The National Science Foundation funding will be used to create the Consortium for Innovation in Manufacturing and Materials. The consortium will draw on a network of university expertise, state resources and centers of excellence, including LSU’s National Center for Advanced Manufacturing, to further research, workforce development and grade-school education in support of advanced manufacturing technologies.

The project develops the underlying scientific and engineering knowledge to advance applications in 3-D metal printing and multi-scale metal forming.

““This is just one example of how important having a strong higher education system is to the state, with faculty generating federal research dollars and putting those into our economy through facility construction and research outputs,” said LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander.