The region known as Florida's First Coast
is one of the fastest growing in the nation and has received recent
acclaim as a top location for new and emerging businesses and industries
to relocate or expand. One way to help the local growing industry is to
develop a shared resource support facility in the area of engineering
design and manufacturing. A National Science Foundation (NSF)
research grant has been awarded to the University of North Florida (UNF)
College of Engineering, Computing, and Construction to establish a Manufacturing
Innovation Partnership (MIP) Program with two primary objectives:
- To develop a shared design and
manufacturing center providing resources for the local manufacturing
and design companies to aid in the economic and technical development
of the Northeast Florida Region.
- To improve the technical education and
preparation of the future workforce in the region.
The Florida's First Coast Manufacturing
Innovation Partnership (MIP) Program serves as a catalyst for the high
technology growth sector of the region while also enhancing the
development of scientifically and technologically literate engineering
- To stimulate transformation of knowledge
in design and manufacturing occurring in the academic domain to the
applied research and development in the industrial field through
project-centered innovations developed using a shared design and
manufacturing resource for technology transfer.
- To develop partnerships with the local
public academic institutions with the common goal of producing
students whose education satisfies the needs of the regional workforce
with a more scientifically and technologically literate workforce
trained with relevance to industry including mentorship to attract and
retain engineering students for the future.
- To implement Florida's First Coast
Manufacturing Innovation Partnership Program for long-term
sustainability of technology transfer and creation of high-technology
jobs in the engineering manufacturing and design professions.