Chairman, General Paul Kern (retired)

Chairman, General Paul Kern (retired)

General Paul J. Kern has an extremely distinguished record of service to our nation, including two tours of duty in Vietnam and service with the 24th Infantry Division during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. General Kern was Commanding General of the Army Materiel Command, and Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology. He was also Commander of the 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized) and Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense and Deputy Secretary of Defense. At the conclusion of his military career, General Kern led the investigation into Abu Ghraib and continues to work with the Center for Victims of Torture.

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America Makes: The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute

America Makes focuses on helping the United States grow capabilities and strength in 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing.

America Makes facilitates collaboration among leaders from business, academia, nonprofit organizations and government agencies, focusing on areas that include design, materials, technology and workforce and help our nation’s three-dimensional (3D) printing industry become more globally competitive.

Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII)

The DMDII is the nation’s flagship research institute for applying cutting-edge digital technologies to reduce the time and cost of manufacturing, strengthen the capabilities of the U.S. supply chain and reduce acquisition costs for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).

DMDII develops and demonstrates digital manufacturing technologies, and deploys and commercializes these technologies across key manufacturing industries. The goal is to create product and manufacturing process definitions simultaneously. Design innovation is the ability to apply these technologies, tools and products to re-imagine the manufacturing process from end to end.

LIFT

LIFT is part of a national network of research institutions and industrial companies geared toward advancing America’s leadership in manufacturing technology.

LIFT will speed development of new lightweight metal manufacturing processes from laboratories to factories for products using lightweight metal, including aluminum, magnesium, titanium and advanced high-strength steel alloys. An equally important mission is to facilitate the training of the workers who will use these new processes in factories and maintenance facilitates around the country.

American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics)

The American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics), is an industry driven public-private partnership that focuses the nation’s premiere capabilities and expertise to capture critical global manufacturing leadership in a technology that is both essential to National security and positioned to provide a compelling return-on-investment to the U.S. economy.

AIM’s goal is to emulate the dramatic successes experienced by the electronics industry over the past 40 years and transition key lessons, processes, and approaches to the photonic integrated circuit (PIC) industry. AIM Photonics supports Small and Medium Enterprises, providing practical access and technology on-ramps for U.S. industry, government, and academic communities. We are creating a National PIC manufacturing infrastructure, widely accessible and inherently flexible to meet the challenges of the marketplace with practical, innovative solutions.

NextFlex, the Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute

NextFlex is focused on developing a new era in flexible hybrid electronics manufacturing by catalyzing the US flexible hybrid electronics ecosystem to commercialize technology through investments in FHE materials scale-up, thinned device processing, device/sensor integrated printing and packaging, system design tools, and reliability testing and modeling.

PowerAmerica

The mission of PowerAmerica is to develop advanced manufacturing processes that will enable large-scale production of wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductors, which allow electronic components to be smaller, faster and more efficient than semiconductors made from silicon.

WBG semiconductor technology has the potential to reshape the American energy economy by increasing efficiency in everything that uses a semiconductor, from industrial motors and household appliances to military satellites.

The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI)

Advanced composites are currently used for expensive applications like satellites and luxury cars. Researchers at IACMI will work to develop lower-cost, higher-speed, and more efficient manufacturing and recycling processes for them.

Bringing these materials down the cost curve can enable their use for a broader range of products including lightweight vehicles with record-breaking fuel economy; lighter and longer wind turbine blades; high pressure tanks for natural gas-fueled cars; and lighter, more efficient industrial equipment. The Institute will focus on lowering the overall manufacturing costs of advanced composites by 50 percent, reducing the energy used to make composites by 75 percent and increasing the recyclability of composites to over 95 percent within the next decade.

Make available for domestic manufacturers the world’s largest cache of fiber device intellectual property

Make available for domestic manufacturers the world’s largest cache of fiber device intellectual property

Create the first-ever fiber and fabric technology capability and manufacturing roadmaps for the integrated fabric industry

Create the first-ever fiber and fabric technology capability and manufacturing roadmaps for the integrated fabric industry

Organize a Fabric Innovation Network, a collaborative National network of manufacturing nodes, to rapidly execute prototypes and pilot production of ‘integrated fabric products

Organize a Fabric Innovation Network, a collaborative National network of manufacturing nodes, to rapidly execute prototypes and pilot production of ‘integrated fabric products

Fund ‘infrastructure’ projects to realize the technology and manufacturing roadmaps

Fund ‘infrastructure’ projects to realize the technology and manufacturing roadmaps and establish an accessible fiber and textile knowledge and data repository

Product Strategy: Create a national network of “advanced fabric” startup incubators and connect them with market facing companies to enable exciting product ideas to emerge across the country

Product Strategy: Create a national network of “advanced fabric” startup incubators and connect them with market facing companies to enable exciting product ideas to emerge across the country

Address challenges that prevent the volume manufacturing of innovative fibers and textiles for domestic production

Address challenges that prevent the volume manufacturing of innovative fibers and textiles for domestic production

Enable companies to execute proprietary product projects for both consumer and defense applications

Enable companies to execute proprietary product projects for both consumer and defense applications

The Washington Post: Robots, swarming drones and ‘Iron Man’: Welcome to the new arms race

“At a recent conference put on by Defense One, a website that provides news and analysis on defense and national security, highlighted an effort to produce “revolutionary textiles that combine fibers with electronics to create fabrics that can sense, communicate, store energy, monitor health, change color, and much more.”
The Pentagon speaks of its “Third Offset Strategy,” a way to offset shrinking budgets and transient technological superiority. The first offset was the use of nuclear deterrence to keep the Soviets at bay starting in the 1950s. The second was the advent of new precision munitions and stealth to overwhelm robust air and ground forces of adversaries.”

The Washington Post: Robots, swarming drones and ‘Iron Man’: Welcome to the new arms race

Bloomberg.com Global Tech Issue Five Substances of the Future

“These fibers are to fabric what the neuron is to the brain, or the transistor is to the computer chip.” —MIT professor Yoel Fink, creator.
Fink’s institute, the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America, is working with 30 universities and 50 companies to create new textiles.

Bloomberg.com Global Tech Issue Five Substances of the Future

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TechTimes: Public Private Consortium Pours $317 Million For AFFOA: What The Project Is About

Consider this as the weave of the future. A U.S. public-private consortium receives $317 million of funding to develop advanced functional fibers – textiles and fabrics that can see, monitor a person’s health, and do so much more than protect one’s body from cold and heat.

TechTimes: Public Private Consortium Pours $317 Million For AFFOA: What The Project Is About

FedScoop: DOD-MIT partnership will invent the “Internet of Fabrics”

AFFOA is working to create the “the Internet of Fabrics,” MIT President Rafael Reif said. In the coming years, it will integrate nontraditional technology into fibers and yarns, to both improve manufacturing and allow clothes to use internet devices.

FedScoop: DOD-MIT partnership will invent the “Internet of Fabrics”

The Hill: Defense chief announces $317M hub to integrate tech into textiles

“As I often say, we in the Pentagon need to think outside of our five-sided box and formulate new ways to keep that enduring American technological edge,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a speech Friday at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Right here, right now, we’re taking another step forward.”

The Hill: Defense chief announces $317M hub to integrate tech into textiles

Reuters (PM story with video): Pentagon awards $75 million for advanced textiles institute

The initiative announced on Friday is one of a series of “Manufacturing Innovation Institutes” established by President Barack Obama. The others have focused on 3D printing, lightweight metals, integrated photonics, and other areas of technology.

Reuters: Pentagon awards $75 million for advanced textiles institute

Associated Press (PM story): Futuristic Textile Facility to Open in Massachusetts

Massachusetts has been chosen to host a $317 million futuristic textiles manufacturing center with a goal of developing cutting-edge fabrics with a range of unusual properties, from being incredibly lightweight and flame-resistant to exceptionally strong or containing electronic sensors.U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter joined Gov. Charlie Baker and other state leaders on Friday in announcing the first-in-the-nation Revolutionary Fiber and Textile Manufacturing Innovation Institute, based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge.

Associated Press: Futuristic Textile Facility to Open in Massachusetts

Washington Post: Time to change a diaper or car tire? Futuristic fabrics will let you know.

While the tech industry talks of “wearable” devices such as smartwatches, next-generation fabrics would literally create wearable computing devices that hang in our closets. What looks like a typical shirt might actually have some of the abilities of your smartphone or smartwatch

Washington Post: Time to change a diaper or car tire? Futuristic fabrics will let you know.

Business Record: Iowa State a partner in new textile manufacturing institute

“Iowa State University is part of a new $317 million public-private partnership working to improve the design and function of protective clothing for military personnel, emergency responders and other professionals. The Department of Defense announced today it is dedicating $75 million over five years to the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America partnership to create the Revolutionary Fiber and Textile Manufacturing Innovation Institute, based at MIT. “

Business Record: Iowa State a partner in new textile manufacturing institute

The Gazette: Iowa State University tapped for $317 million protective apparel project

“A lab at Iowa State University has been tapped to participate in the “Advanced Functional Fabrics of America” partnership, charged with creating the “Revolutionary Fiber and Textile Manufacturing Innovation Institute” based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.”

The Gazette: Iowa State University tapped for $317 million protective apparel project

Spartanburg Herald Journal: $317M US textiles announcement expected today

“U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter is expected to announce a $317 million initiative for the U.S. textile industry today at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass. The plan seeks to transform textile manufacturing into a high-tech industry that can compete in the global marketplace.”

Spartanburg Herald Journal: $317M US textiles announcement expected today

GSA Business: Clemson, Milliken, Inman Mills team on textile project

“U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter has announced the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America plan today at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Carter said the efforts are expected to add more than 50,000 jobs in a wide range of U.S. industries by 2025, while advancing textile products that can see, hear, sense, communicate, monitor health, change color, and store and convert energy, the statement said. The independent nonprofit’s plan is intended to provide key services to industry, ranging from building prototypes to helping educate the employees who will work in textile plants of the future, the statement said.”

GSA Business: Clemson, Milliken, Inman Mills team on textile project

Independent Mail: Clemson to be part of $317M overhaul of textile industry

“Clemson University researchers will be part of a $317 million rethink of America’s textile industry announced Friday by U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.”

“Frady was on hand at Carter’s announcement Friday in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She also met with other members of The Advanced Functional Fabrics of America, the MIT consortium made up of manufacturers, universities and other groups across 28 states that will oversee the work.”

Independent Mail: Clemson to be part of $317M overhaul of textile industry

Upstate Business Journal: Clemson, MIT to build $317M project for US textiles overhaul

“The project will operate under the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America, a non-profit founded by MIT that will connect research to companies, companies to workers, and workers and students to education resources for the country’s technical textiles industry. Clemson University will spearhead the education component by developing virtual reality training and digital learning tools to equip employees for the world of tomorrow.”

“It turns out there is no company or university in the world that knows how to do all of this,” said MIT Research Laboratory of Electronics Director Professor Yoel Fink. “Instead of creating a single brick-and-mortar center, we set out to assemble and organize companies and universities that have manufacturing and ‘making’ capabilities into a network — a ‘distributed foundry’ capable of addressing the manufacturing challenges.”

Upstate Business Journal: Clemson, MIT to build $317M project for US textiles overhaul

Greenville Online: Clemson working with Defense Department on $317 million textile project

“The project, led by new group Advanced Functional Fabrics of America, will be announced by Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Friday. Advanced Functional Fabrics of America will work to create 50,000 textile jobs over the next nine years. Those jobs will help develop smart fabrics that can do things like store and convert energy, monitor a wearer’s health and change color.”

Greenville Online: Clemson working with Defense Department on $317 million textile project

Orlando Business Journal: 7 things to know today, plus UCF scientist part of $317M project to revolutionize textiles

“It is an honor to be working in partnership with MIT on a major project of importance to the Department of Defense and the economy of our region and nation,” said J. Soileau, vice president for research and commercialization at UCF. “Dr. Abouraddy is a world leader in this next-generation field, and his experience, combined with the research team at CREOL and development of the International Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing Research in Osceola County, position Florida as a competitor in these high-stakes initiatives.”

Orlando Business Journal: 7 things to know today, plus UCF scientist part of $317M project to revolutionize textiles

Orlando Sentinel: UCF partners with MIT in major federal high-tech research

“[University of Central Florida], in partnership with Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will research textiles that can measure light, temperature, sound and other conditions, according to an announcement from UCF’s Office of Research and Commercialization.”

“The federal initiative for smart fiber technology stresses both military and commercial applications. The team that includes MIT and UCF will now be called Advanced Functional Fabrics of America. It’s goal, according to MIT, is to “disrupt one of the world’s oldest industries and keep nearly 50,000 jobs in the U.S. over the next 10 years.”

Orlando Sentinel: UCF partners with MIT in major federal high-tech research

Al Dia News: Drexel brings Advanced Functional Fabrics to Philadelphia

“Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter recognized AFFOA as a part of the White House’s National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) in a ceremony at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology earlier today.”

“Fibers and fabrics are among the earliest forms of human expression, yet have changed very little over the course of history,” Yoel Fink, PhD, director of MIT’s Research Laboratory of Electronics, who led the AFFOA proposal, said in a press release. “All this is about to change as functional fiber and yarn technologies meet traditional textile production and yield new products by design.”

Al Dia News: Drexel brings Advanced Functional Fabrics to Philadelphia

Philly Voice: Drexel leads textile manufacturing innovation in $317M DoD initiative

“The research initiative will be headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., while Drexel will lead a local group comprised of researchers from Temple University, Philadelphia University, Penn State and Carnegie Mellon, as well as local associates ranging from DuPont and Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania to the City of Philadelphia Office of Manufacturing and Industry.”

Philly Voice: Drexel leads textile manufacturing innovation in $317M DoD initiative

NECN Tonight: Futuristic textile facility to open in Massachusetts

This story features a number of clips from the event at MIT, with voiceover by the anchor.
Regional (Not including MA)

A number of partner institutions worked with their local media markets to encourage reporting, with especially strong pickup in Pennsylvania and Florida. A sampling of partner-generated coverage follows.

NECN Tonight: Futuristic textile facility to open in Massachusetts

CBS Radio (audio): Kim Tunnicliffe reports on the new high-tech fabrics institute

WBZ’s Kim Tunnicliffe tells us the “The president of MIT calls it the dawn of a fabric revolution.”

WWLP-TV (video): The feds are partnering with MIT to develop revolutionary clothing

WWLP’s Tiffany Chan filed this report from MIT. She tells viewers the federal government is partnering with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to develop cutting edge clothing and includes footage from the prepared remarks and an interview with MIT Materials Science Professor Yoel Fink. Continue reading “WWLP-TV (video): The feds are partnering with MIT to develop revolutionary clothing”

WWLP-TV: The feds are partnering with MIT to develop revolutionary clothing

Springfield Republican: US Defense Secretary to announce $317m MIT-based textile research center

US. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter will visit the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Friday to announce that Massachusetts will be the center of a new $317 million public-private research partnership related to textile manufacturing. “This manufacturing innovation institute will be the national leader in developing and commercializing textiles with extraordinary properties,” Gov. Charlie Baker said in a statement.

Worcester Telegram: Massachusetts to be “smart” fabrics hub with Worcester links

  • “Our institute, with the help of significant support from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and with key participation by the Natick Soldier Research Development & Engineering Center, will become the focal point of innovation in manufacturing and product, realizing the vision of advanced functional fabrics for the benefit of consumers, as well as our men and women in uniform,” Fink said.

Worcester Telegram: Massachusetts to be “smart” fabrics hub with Worcester links

WBUR News: Mass. Chosen To Lead National Textile Manufacturing Innovation Hub

Imagine wearing a T-shirt that’s connected to the Internet or allows you to charge your phone, or even monitors your health and tells you when you might need to see a doctor. Yeah, it seems pretty out there, but that’s exactly what a new Massachusetts institute aims to do.

WBUR News: Mass. Chosen To Lead National Textile Manufacturing Innovation Hub

State House News Service: Defense Department funding high-tech fabrics institute in Cambridge

“Our institute will go everywhere a fiber and fabric goes,” said a statement from Yoel Fink, director of MIT’s Research Laboratory of Electronics, who led the proposal. The Baker administration has committed $40 million in matching capital funds at the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America Institute, according to a Baker administration official. Described as a public-private partnership, the institute will be located nearby MIT, according to the university, which said the funding, including $75 million from the federal government, will cover five years.

Post-Announcement Press

 

Throughout the morning after announcements were allowed at 6 a.m., and especially following the 11 a.m. event at MIT, stories began appearing regionally and nationally.

Defense Department funding high-tech fabrics institute in Cambridge

CNN: Radiation-detecting clothing may be thing of the present

The innovation hub will be organized by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and bring together 89 universities, manufacturers and nonprofits, according to a Defense Department statement. Advanced Functional Fabrics of America Alliance, a consortium built across sectors, won the bid to lead the effort.

Radiation-detecting clothing may be thing of the present

FOX25 Morning News (video): Textiles hub coming to MIT

  • A multi-million dollar manufacturing hub is coming to Cambridge… Carter will make the announcement today with Governor Charlie Baker and Congressman Joseph Kennedy.

FOX25 Morning News: Textiles hub coming to MIT

Associated Press (AM): Defense secretary to announce futuristic textiles hub at MIT

  • Defense Secretary Ash Carter is visiting Cambridge to announce the creation of a $317 million futuristic textiles manufacturing hub based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Politico: Carter to announce new tech manufacturing hub

  • The new manufacturing initiative is the latest effort in Carter’s push to marry the tech sectors in Silicon Valley and elsewhere with the military and defense industry. It comes after he spent Thursday in Austin, Texas, visiting university labs and getting pitched by local tech startups. His stops in both Austin and Boston this week are an eastward extension of his Silicon Valley outreach, as those cities are considered top tech hotspots after Silicon Valley.

Politico: Carter to announce new tech manufacturing hub

Military Times: SECDEF unveils $317 million deal for high-tech textiles at MIT

Carter has prioritized technology and innovation initiatives since taking over the Pentagon‘s top job last year. He’s says he’s looking for new ways for the Defense Department to bring in top talent that might not typically be drawn to traditional national security jobs.

Military Times: SECDEF unveils $317 million deal for high-tech textiles at MIT

Boston Business Journal: Mass will play central role in $317M textile innovation effort

“The textile industry is hugely responsible for making Massachusetts into what it looks like today,” said Paul McMorrow, director of policy and communications for the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. “What we’re trying to do with these public-private research partnerships … is to make investments in emerging technology that unlock new economic development.”

Boston Business Journal: Mass will play central role in $317M textile innovation effort

Boston Herald: MIT sews up smart fabrics center

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Forget the Internet of Things, it’s time for the Internet of Threads. A new nonprofit founded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and backed by more than 
$300 million from the U.S. Department of Defense, apparel giants including Nike, and the state of Massachusetts aims to develop smart threads and fibers that can do anything from charge a cellphone to monitor how wounds heal. “The center and the institute is going to go anywhere fiber and fabric goes,” said Yoel Fink, an MIT professor who will lead the newly created Advanced Functional Fibers of America.

Boston Herald: MIT sews up smart fabrics center

Boston Globe: U.S. backs MIT-led research into wearable devices

This story appears on the front page of the Business section with the headline “MIT-led bid knits fabrics, technology.”

  • “Here is a bold vision that’s not just manufacturing stuff that we know about but also enabling a whole new interpretation of the fabric industry,” said Yoel Fink, director of the MIT Research Laboratory of Electronics, who will lead the effort.
  • “This is big news for Boston and Cambridge,” [Secretary Jay] Ash said. “But it’s also big news for Worcester, Springfield, and Lowell because they’re all going to be beneficiaries of the research that’s going to be done.”

Boston Globe: U.S. backs MIT-led research into wearable devices

New York Times: U.S. Textile Industry Turns to Tech as Gateway to Revival

The advanced fabrics project, which is being announced on Friday, represents a new frontier for the Internet of Things. The term describes putting sensors and computing in all manner of physical objects — jet engines, power generators, cars, farm equipment and thermostats, among others — to measure and monitor everything from machines in need of repair to traffic patterns. Venture capitalists, start-ups and big corporations like General Electric and IBM are rushing to Internet of Things technology.

New York Times: U.S. Textile Industry Turns to Tech as Gateway to Revival

Maria Zuber

Maria Zuber

Maria Zuber is the E. A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics and Vice President for Research at MIT, where she is responsible for research administration and policy. She oversees MIT Lincoln Laboratory and more than a dozen interdisciplinary research laboratories and centers, including the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, the MIT Energy and Environmental Solutions Initiatives, the Plasma Science and Fusion Center, the Research Laboratory of Electronics, the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies, and Haystack Observatory. Vice President Zuber is also responsible for intellectual property and research integrity and compliance, as well as research relationships with the federal government.

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