Manufacturing Initiatives

Ohio State plays a crucial role as a testbed for today’s and tomorrow’s advanced manufacturing. Offering translational applied research, education, and technologies that will transform the advanced manufacturing landscape, Ohio State leads the future of manufacturing through an IMR-led, overarching strategy for Ohio State’s manufacturing initiatives that include our partners, the Ohio Manufacturing Institute and the Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence.

Ohio Manufacturing Institute

The mission of the Ohio Manufacturing Institute (OMI) is to serve as an action-oriented public policy arm for manufacturing within the state and nation, reflecting a thoughtful and sustained response to industry-led and vetted issues. We also serve as a statewide facilitator that supports manufacturers, especially small to medium-size firms within the supply chain, by aligning industries, academic institutions, technology support organizations and government toward common technical and workforce solutions.

Center for Design and Manufacturing for Excellence

The mission of the Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence (CDME) is to utilize the technical assets and expertise of The Ohio State University’s world-class faculty, staff, students, and centers to be the foremost leader in commercialization through applied research by using business validation, process innovation, integrated design, and best of class manufacturing approaches. CDME was developed to meet the translational research needs of the university’s external partners. The center was funded initially via a $6.8M federal grant from the Department of Defense and by the College of Engineering to ensure that university innovation provides a more direct impact on the commercial manufacturing industry. In addition to its operation as an applied engineering research center, CDME is the home of the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Program (MEP) for Central and Southeastern Ohio (37 counties), the Experiential Entrepreneurship Education (E3) Program, and I-Corps@Ohio – the only statewide innovation training program sanctioned by the National Science Foundation.