WPI has earned a coveted position as a member of nine of the 14 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.”

We’re grateful to WPI for its participation as a partner in eight (now nine) 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, President of Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Participation in these institutes will contribute to the growth in our research funding and lead to regional economic development.
Bogdan Vernescu, Vice Provost for Research at Worcester Polytechnic Institute


WPI is a participating member in eight (now nine) Manufacturing USA institutes. Each institute is slated to be awarded $70 million in federal funds, which must be matched with non-federal support. Learn more.


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

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.


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 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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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