For Immediate Release:

December 18, 2017




Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute Welcomed Members to Los Angeles


This month, as its first year comes to a close, the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) welcomed members, and supporters from industry, government and academia to its inaugural Member Meeting hosted by founding member UCLA on the campus. Approximately 130 attendees from around the country participated, either in person or via livestream, in a day-long session on CESMII operations and opportunities. Members gathered to review the Institute’s focus and progress to date; gain greater understanding of benefits and opportunities of membership and network with other Members across CESMII’s broad ecosystem.


CESMII CEO Jim Wetzel set the tone for the day highlighting not only CESMII expertise but new partnerships. Members can now benefit from the institutional knowledge of expert organizations, including MESA, a manufacturing focused group and LiveTiles, an innovative digital corporation. “CESMII membership offers an opportunity to gain knowledge or share expertise with a wide variety of companies or individuals with specific expertise. As a collective organization, we will solve not just specific problems but broad-scale challenges that impact the U.S. manufacturing sector as a whole,” added Wetzel.


Members enjoyed a full day of presentations with content across all aspects of CESMII programs and activities, highlighted by a demonstration of CESMII’s SM Platform and Marketplace. UCLA Vice-Provost/CTO and Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) co-founder Dr. Jim Davis reviewed key planning milestone events with the CESMII Roadmap; Intellectual Property issues were reviewed as well as the identification of planned activities for Workforce Development and Education. Representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy were also available to emphasize the potential impact of smart manufacturing deployment in energy intensive industries and facilities.


Other highlights included review of Smart Manufacturing projects from Arconic, General Mills and a collaborative project with United Technology Research Center/University of Connecticut/Connecticut Center for Advanced Technologies.  These projects demonstrated the implementation of Smart Manufacturing processes to reduce energy consumption while increasing productivity and tracking of key components.


CESMII broadly announced its first funding opportunity. Members attended a special session dedicated to CESMII’s first Request For Proposals (RFP).  The $10.5 million opportunity includes technical, business and workforce project outlines. Submissions are due January 31, 2018.


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The Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, brings over $140 million in public-private investment to enable Smart Manufacturing technologies and systems to become the driving, sustainable engine that delivers real-time business and energy improvements in U.S. manufacturing. CESMII’s mission is to radically accelerate the development and adoption of advanced sensors, controls, platforms, and models for U.S. manufacturing through integrated industry-led Smart Manufacturing (SM) technical, business and educational methodologies.