Government and industrial leaders are calling for new investments in advanced manufacturing research. These leaders expect these investments to diversify our economy, develop new high-wage jobs, and provide a greater ability of our companies to produce new and better products. In short, to improve our manufacturing competitiveness. A critical component of manufacturing competitiveness is the ability to develop new technologies and products. Brad Kramer leads the Advanced Manufacturing Institute in the pursuit of this goal as they work collaboratively with industry and university partners to span the valley of death between basic research, discovery, and invention that is the traditional home of universities and innovation and commercialization that is the main pursuit of business and industry.
ADVANCED MANUFACTURING RESEARCH FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF INNOVATIVE IDEAS
Responsible for acquiring and managing contracts valued at more than $24M. Kramer has been principal or co-principal investigator on more than $11M in competitive grants and the principal investigator on more than $13M in competitive state agency funding to operate the Advanced Manufacturing Institute and its programs.
RESEARCH OBJECTIVE - Develop collaborative university–industry projects that develop new products and technologies that enhance manufacturing competitiveness.
1. Develop better university innovation intermediary models and processes.
2. Leverage university resources to generate real regional economic impact.
ADDITIONAL RESEARCH INTERESTS
- Technology Development
- Early State Technology Development