August 23, 2016

EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut – The Research Center hosted members of the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) during a recent Department of Energy (DOE) site visit.

DOE is in the process of visiting all of the five regional smart manufacturing centers that are part of the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII). New England was the first of the five regional centers visited.

UTRC is a member of this national coalition, which spurs advancements in smart sensors and digital process controls that can radically improve the efficiency of U.S. advanced manufacturing.

One of the northeast testbeds is located at the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technologies (CCAT), which leases offices and labs at UTRC's East Hartford facility.

Speakers during the visit included David Parekh, corporate vice president, research, and director, UTRC; Rob Ivester, Deputy Director, Advanced Manufacturing office, Department of Energy; and Denise Swink, Chief Executive Officer, SMLC.

Members of CCAT, the University of Connecticut, and Department of Economic & Community Development were integral members in the day's discussions.

"The event was a remarkable coordination between the Department of Energy, Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition, and the northeast region including Connecticut, New Jersey and Massachusetts," said Alison Gotkin, manager, strategic business development, UTRC. "It showed that the region and in particular, Connecticut is committed to advanced manufacturing and the clean energy space."

Contact: Laura Stevens, (860) 610-1653

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