LIFT: Advancing Lightweighting Tech
Next-generation manufacturing and talent development programs
A major mission of Detroit-based LIFT (Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow) is to prove the viability of good ideas about lightweighting and advanced manufacturing technology, says Kevin Kerrigan, the institute’s head of business development.
That’s not all. Kerrigan notes that LIFT also helps develop the talent to support next-generation production through scalable educational programs for hundreds of high school students.
Created in 2014, LIFT is one of several partnerships involving the U.S. Dept. of Defense, industry and academia. The enterprise operates under the auspices of the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute.
To learn more about LIFT’s technology work and its educational initiatives, visit www.LIFT.technology.
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