New Centers to Aid Agriculture, Improve Manufacturing

Case Western Reserve researchers are collaborating with colleagues from across the country on two National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centers to accelerate American manufacturing and agricultural research. Each project is receiving an initial $26 million grant over five years with renewal possible at roughly the same amount—for a potential total of about $100 million.

One project team, headed by The Ohio State University, aims to hasten the move of advanced autonomous manufacturing technologies to industry; John Lewandowski, PhD, Distinguished University Professor and the Arthur P. Armington Professor of Engineering II in materials science and engineering, leads the CWRU team.

The second national team seeks to develop new technologies to create effective and efficient fertilizers that pose significantly less harm to the environment than fertilizers now widely used. It is headed by Texas Tech, with the CWRU team led by Roger French, PhD, the Kyocera Professor in materials science and engineering.