MIT to Play Lead Role in Country’s First Integrated Photonics Institute in Manufacturing Innovation

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)—a New England Council member–will lead the application of new photonics technology in the country’s first Integrated Photonics Institute in Manufacturing Innovation. The Photonics Institute is a national $600 million public-private partnership facilitated by the federally-backed National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) that is designed to create a research-to-manufacturing infrastructure within the United States.

Photonics is the science of light generation, detection, and manipulation that can be used across multiple industries and sectors, such as healthcare, defense, telecommunication, of the economy. Unique applications and broad-spectrum uses of photonics continue to emerge and thus represents an area ripe for research and investment by both private industry and government. MIT, along with other regional partners in the Institute, will ensure that New England will shape and benefit from the nationwide growth in advanced manufacturing.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker described the Institute saying, “This partnership is key to developing the revolutionary technologies that will underpin the next wave of advanced manufacturing in Massachusetts, and ensure the competitiveness of our manufacturing sector as a whole.” He adds, “We are harnessing education and innovation to build a platform for economic growth across Massachusetts. I look forward to seeing the continued great work from our Commonwealth’s innovation and education communities, and participating in this national center with our neighbors in New York.”

Photonics technology has a role to play in the innovations that will pave the path to better health outcomes, improved cybersecurity, and meeting other goals in myriad other sectors; it is just one part of the advanced manufacturing revolution that is happening in America today and shaping it for tomorrow. The New England Council congratulates MIT’s selection by the NNMI and will continue to be an advocate for advanced manufacturing in the region.

Visit the Advanced Manufacturing page of our website to learn more about the NEC’s work to support the advanced manufacturing sector in New England.

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