The Obama administration has identified advanced manufacturing as a national priority, establishing the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership and the Materials Genome Initiative to spur discovery and development through research.
The President’s National Science and Technology Council issued a National Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing in February 2012, which says:
Advanced manufacturing is a matter of fundamental importance to
the economic strength and national security of the United
A key component of the federal government’s investments in
advanced manufacturing research and development (R&D) is
UB is uniquely positioned to play a leadership role in materials
informatics on the national and international stages. The
university currently has 50 faculty members engaged in materials
science research who have extensive funding from federal agencies
and private industry.
NYSUNY 2020 is enabling UB to hire approximately 25 new faculty members who specialize in materials science research. They will be recruited across disciplines vital to advancing innovation in this field including engineering, physics, chemistry, medicine and computer science.