October 4, 2016

UConn to launch CT Manufacturing Simulation Center

PHOTO | Josh Garvey
PHOTO | Josh Garvey
The site of UConn's future Connecticut Manufacturing Simulation Center in the Innovation Partnership Building on Discovery Drive in Storrs.

UConn, working with the U.S. Economic Development Administration and Connecticut Innovations, is creating a center to share computer modeling facilities and expertise with Connecticut manufacturers, creating as many as 700 jobs over the next five years.

The goal is to help companies using the facility create products faster and more efficiently.

A $2.1 million combined investment over five years will create the Connecticut Manufacturing Simulation Center, or CMSC, which will give small and medium-sized Connecticut companies access to resources for computational design, modeling and simulation, as well as high-performance computing hardware.

By using computer models to test and modify new product designs and manufacturing processes virtually before making a physical prototype, almost all manufacturing companies can lower their design and manufacturing costs, said UConn Engineering Dean Kazem Kazerounian.

The CMSC will work on a subscription model, giving businesses access to modeling technology for a fraction of the cost of installing a similar high-performance computing system. The CMSC will be housed within UConn's new Tech Park, with the first building scheduled for completion next year.

In addition to the modeling capabilities, the CMSC will create a workforce pipeline of students and professionals trained to use these resources. UConn will work with Connecticut's community colleges and the Advanced Manufacturing Centers to ensure there are enough trained and capable workers to meet the state's workforce needs.

Hadi Bozorgmanesh, director of the UConn Entrepreneurship and Innovation Consortium, emphasized the potential to create new jobs.

"Eighty percent of Connecticut manufacturers that could benefit from high-performance computing in their product development or manufacturing are not doing so," said Bozorgmanesh. "By providing a pipeline of trained employees and access to high-level modeling technology, we're hoping to create over 700 new jobs in the next five years."

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