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09-24-2013

Alcoa Partnering with Clarkson University for Research in Smart Manufacturing

Clarkson University received multi-year funding of $140,000 from longstanding corporate partner Alcoa Inc. to support research in the area of smart manufacturing. The “Alcoa Fellowship in Smart Manufacturing” is a two-year program that runs through to the end of the 2013-2014 school year.

 Front row: (left to right) Phil Morrissette, CIO, Alcoa Global Primary Products, and Cory Schutz, Alcoa Fellow in Smart Manufacturing. Back row: Daqing Hou, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, Clarkson University; Sue Kramer, IT Manager, Alcoa Massena Operations; and Lance Fountaine, manager, Alcoa Global Primary Products Manufacturing Solutions. Smart manufacturing is an integrated data platform that helps enable collective innovation, improved decision-making and better results. It utilizes information technology to enable data sharing throughout the entire manufacturing process and across an entire facility, unlike in the past where specific stages or operations of a manufacturing process were managed in isolation.

“Smart manufacturing is going to be key in driving future economic growth of the U.S. economy,” said Clarkson University President Tony Collins. “Clarkson University is excited to partner with Alcoa in pushing the knowledge and application of this field further.”

“Smart manufacturing allows companies to better understand the performance of their production processes, as well as the impact of business drivers on production results,” said Lance Fountaine, Alcoa’s manager of Global Primary Products Manufacturing Solutions. “This leads to a higher level of manufacturing intelligence and better business decisions. The end result is a safer work environment with improved corporate sustainability.”

Smart manufacturing is a platform that can help retain jobs in the United States by keeping manufacturers competitive in the global marketplace.

Alcoa recently received a surprise honor for its smart manufacturing project in the form of the competitive Manufacturing Leadership High Achiever Award.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Clarkson University received multi-year funding of $140,000 from longstanding corporate partner Alcoa Inc. to support research in the area of smart manufacturing. Front row: (left to right) Phil Morrissette, CIO, Alcoa Global Primary Products, and Cory Schutz, Alcoa Fellow in Smart Manufacturing. Back row: Daqing Hou, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, Clarkson University; Sue Kramer, IT Manager, Alcoa Massena Operations; and Lance Fountaine, manager, Alcoa Global Primary Products Manufacturing Solutions.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/alcoa-smart-manufacturing.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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