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Governor Wolf announces $2.3 million investment in 36 student research projects to advance manufacturing innovation in Pennsylvania

Governor Tom Wolf announced that $2.3 million in grants have been awarded through the PA Manufacturing Initiative to 36 student research projects that will help advance innovation across multiple manufacturing sectors, from 3D printing to waste sustainability, autonomous navigation and more.

“Pennsylvania’s manufacturing industry has seen continued growth and innovation, and I am amazed at the work these students and companies are doing,” Governor Wolf said. “My administration remains committed to providing funding for students involved in this important industry. I’m proud to fund these 36 projects and can’t wait to see what they will create.

Approved projects are part of the Manufacturing PA scholarship program. The program integrates the best and brightest graduate and undergraduate students from across the Commonwealth with local manufacturers. Once paired, students embark on research projects to develop new technologies and advance innovation across the state. 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 36 funded projects are involved in partnerships with local manufacturing companies and the following 17 colleges in Pennsylvania:

  • Bucknell University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Drexel University
  • Gannon University
  • Lehigh University
  • Millersville University of Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania State University – Behrend
  • Pennsylvania State University – Berks
  • Pennsylvania State University – Harrisburg
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Robert Morris University
  • Temple University
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Villanova University
  • Widener University
  • York College of Pennsylvania.

Neil Weaver, Acting Secretary of the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) will be joined by Rick Lucas, Chief Technology Officer of ExOne, and others to celebrate these grants today at 10:00 a.m. Sign up to watch the live stream.

The scholarship was developed through collaboration with seven Pennsylvania research institutes, manufacturers, and industrial resource centers (IRCs) across the Commonwealth and is administered by DCED and Carnegie Mellon University.

Since its inception in 2018, the scholarship has awarded $9.8 million to 409 students across the Commonwealth. 117 companies located across the Commonwealth have benefited from the partnerships this scholarship has provided.

Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative ensures that training leads not just to any job, but to careers that offer higher pay and opportunities for advancement. Working with DCED’s strategic partners, including Pennsylvania IRCs, colleges, universities, technical schools, and nonprofits, this initiative fosters collaboration and partnerships to accelerate technological advancement, encourage innovation and marketing and build a 21st century workforce.

For more information on the Wolf Administration’s commitment to manufacturing, visit the DCED website.