WPI & Manufacturing USA

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WPI has earned a coveted position as a member of 12 of the 16 Manufacturing USA institutes, with centers that cut across multiple disciplines.

The National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, now known as Manufacturing USA, “connects people, ideas, and technology to solve industry-relevant advanced manufacturing challenges. Its goals are to enhance industrial competitiveness, increase economic growth, and strengthen U.S. national security.”

Phone: 508-831-5000
We’re grateful to WPI for its participation as a partner in the manufacturing innovation institutes, which demonstrates both an impressive breadth of experience with advanced manufacturing research and a commitment to Manufacturing USA.
  • Mike Molnar, Director of the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office
WPI was founded more than 150 years ago to support education and workforce development during the industrial revolution, and we look forward to driving innovation, career development, and other techniques to support 21st century manufacturing initiatives.
  • Laurie Leshin, Former President of Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Guidelines for Handling Materials
  • Make certain that your hands are clean before handling materials. Oil on hands can attract dirt and pests that can further damage research materials.
  • Handle materials as gently as possible. Always keep materials flat on the table while working, and do not rest hands, arms, or any objects on materials. If material needs to be held flat, use only special weights provided at the reading room desk.
  • Keep fragile bound materials in the book cradles provided. Use only the special weights to gently hold open pages, not pencils or another book.
  • Use pencils only to take notes. And make certain that any notepaper is not resting on library materials as you write.
  • If you find tears or other damage as you work, please notify a staff member. The item can then be sent for conservation. A small problem is easier to repair than a large one.
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AFFOA transforms traditional fibers, yarns, and textiles into highly sophisticated integrated and networked devices and systems. WPI performs related research and education in component, system, and manufacturing process development in areas including but not limited to photonics, robotics, medical devices and printed electronics. This research enables and/or benefits from the integration of functionality into or onto fibers and textiles.


AIM Photonics 

In partnership with Quinsigamond Community College, WPI is advancing economic development in training and testbed locations through the Advanced Integrated Manufacturing in Photonics Institute. The LEAP @ WPI/QCC supports the integrated photonics manufacturing sector in central Massachusetts through an open-access facility and service center model.


America Makes

WPI partners with America Makes to advance additive manufacturing technology, education, and workforce development by leveraging expertise in materials processing, additive manufacturing, and feedstock research, covering both solid-state and fusion-based processes.



WPI is a participating member of the Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute. Through our Department of Robotics Engineering, WPI researchers are designing a new way to deploy robotics manufacturing.



 Biomedical Engineering is participating in the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute. WPI researchers are innovating in regenerative manufacturing.



The mission of BIOMADE is to scale production from engineered biological systems through research and workforce development. For years, the field of synthetic biology has expanded what is possible to make with biology, yet there is a gap between the proof-of-concept and marketable products. BIOMADE unites the academic and industrial synthetic biology community to fill this gap. As a leader in central Massachusetts biomanufacturing research and training, WPI is proud to align with these efforts. By partnering with BIOMADE, WPI will continue to realize the promise of the bioeconomy.



WPI is a participating member through the Center for Advanced Research in Drying. WPI researchers in the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute are innovating in clean energy and smart manufacturing.



WPI is a participating member in Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow. Through the Metal Processing Institute, WPI researchers are exploring lightweight and modern metals manufacturing. 



The National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing and Biopharmaceuticals finds WPI researchers innovating in biopharma manufacturing. Participating members are the Biomanufacturing Education and Training Center and Biomedical Engineering.



The university has expertise in a wide range of research areas and technologies relevant to flexible hybrid electronics, including flexible optoelectronic materials and devices. 



WPI researchers are participating in the Institute of Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment. In work under the Center for Advanced Research in Drying​, WPI advances modular process intensification.



WPI researchers are exploring sustainable manufacturing in the Reducing Embodied-energy and Decreasing Emissions Institute. Our membership is under the Center for Resource Recovery and Recycling.