Manufacturing Institutes

NCMEP is proud to partner with Manufacturing USA to provide resources for new programs, or enhancement resources for existing programs, in order to bolster their effectiveness in aiding profitable growth for smaller manufacturers.

Manufacturing USA consists of multiple linked Manufacturing Innovation Institutes. Each has a unique technological concentration, but is also designed to accelerate U.S. advanced manufacturing as a whole.

These NIST institutes are private-public partnerships that foster collaboration among industry, academia, nonprofits and government agencies.  Through the institutes, these stakeholders work to accelerate U.S. innovation and to increase U.S. competitiveness by investing in industrially relevant, cross-cutting advanced manufacturing products and resources.

NC State University is directly involved in seven of the 14 Manufacturing USA Institutes — the most of any university in the country. NC State Industry Expansion Solutions (IES), as administrator for the North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership, is directly involved in three: CESMI, NIMBL and Power America. Read the NC State College of Engineering article here.​

Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII)

NCMEP is a sub-recipient of a two-year grant from NIST in support of the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII). The award will allow NCMEP to dedicate resources within the Institute to engage the advanced manufacturing cluster.

Smart Manufacturing works to spur advances in smart sensors and digital process controls that can radically improve the efficiency of U.S. advanced manufacturing.

The MEP/CESMII Collaborative Pilot Project, led by the California Manufacturing Extension Partnership and joined by NCMEP, is designed to enhance and strengthen the interrelated activities between CESMII and the MEP Center network.

For more details about CESMII, including a free Smart Manufacturing Webinar, visit this page. For questions, contact Dr. Evelyn Brown, Director, Extension Research and Development, NC State Industry Expansion Solutions, 919-515-9559

Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute

National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL)

NCMEP is a sub-recipient of a two-year grant from NIST in support of the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL). The award will allow NCMEP to dedicate resources within the Institute to engage the NC biopharmaceutical manufacturing cluster.

NIIMBL’s mission is to accelerate biopharmaceutical manufacturing innovation, support the development of standards that enable more efficient and rapid manufacturing capabilities, and educate and train a world-leading biopharmaceutical manufacturing workforce to advance U.S. competitiveness in the industry.

The MEP/NIIMBL Collaborative Pilot Project, led by the Delaware Manufacturing Extension Partnership and joined by NCMEP and the MEP Center from Massachusetts, is designed to enhance and strengthen the interrelated activities between NIIMBL and the MEP Center network.

To learn more, please contact Dr. Evelyn Brown, Director, Extension Research and Development, NC State Industry Expansion Solutions, 919-515-9559

National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals

Embedding NCMEP into PowerAmerica

NCMEP is the recipient of a $1 million, two-year grant from NIST in support of the PowerAmerica. The award will allow NCMEP to dedicate resources within the Institute to engage the semiconductor manufacturing cluster.

PowerAmerica is accelerating the adoption of advanced semiconductor components made with silicon carbide and gallium nitride into a wide range of products and systems. The MEP/Power America collaboration, led by the North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership and joined by the MEP Center from Virginia, is designed to enhance and strengthen the interrelated activities between Power America and the MEP Center network.

To learn more, please contact Kevin Grayson, Assistant Director, Technology Management, NC State Industry Expansion Solutions, 704-751-9661

Power America