Expanding UB’s core strengths in materials science and
informatics is a crucial part of New York State’s strategy to
help new and existing businesses become more competitive through
CMI aligns with the Western New York Regional Economic
Development Council’s strategies. In fact, UB leadership and
materials science experts were integral to the Buffalo Billion
Investment Development Plan recommendation to create the Buffalo
Niagara Institute for Advanced Manufacturing Competitiveness.
The center drives innovation and R&D to grow critical
industries such as advanced manufacturing, life sciences and
CMI is accelerating the emerging and high-impact field of materials informatics, which addresses a range of societal needs, from the depletion of natural resources to the quest for new technologies. Fostering private-sector collaboration across a range of industries, the center will give Western New York companies a competitive advantage, create high-technology jobs and attract new industries to the region.
The center enables UB to serve industry by convening public-private consortia that can compete effectively for large, federally-funded initiatives across a range of segments, including advanced manufacturing, critical materials, alternative energy, national security and health care.
CMI works with the private sector in different ways. UB scientists and engineers are taking successful research programs to the next level by working directly with faculty and industry partners to solve R&D problems, answer questions and discover new and different materials and methods.
Whether it is a start-up enterprise spun out of university research, a medium-sized company or a large, international corporation, the center works with business of all sizes to:
UB has a successful track record of industry collaboration. It
takes many forms, which include: