State invests $64,000 in local manufacturing partnership

PITTSBURGH, June 21 – Today the state continued its investment into the workforce and economy of tomorrow with a series of grants that will strengthen partnerships between manufacturers and research institutions, announced state Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny.

The grants included $64,000 to support a research partnership between Carnegie Mellon University and Wabtec in Wilmerding, to develop advanced sensors for rail freight car components.

“These grants are an important investment in our economy by the state,” Markosek said. “By supporting partnerships between manufacturers and our research institutions, we are ensuring that our economy is well positioned for the future, and that our future workforce will have access to strong, high-paying jobs.”

The grants announced today are part of Manufacturing PA’s fellowship program. The program embeds the commonwealth’s best and brightest graduate and undergraduate students with local manufacturers. Once paired, the students embark on research projects to develop new technologies and advance innovation statewide. Universities that have partnered with a manufacturer can apply for and receive between $25,000 and $70,000 in funding for specific student research projects.

The fellowship was developed through collaboration with Pennsylvania’s seven research institutions, manufacturers and industrial resource centers across the commonwealth and is administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development. Additional details about many of the projects approved through the program can be found on the Manufacturing PA Innovation Program website.