University of Pittsburgh
October 12, 2006

Pitt's Manufacturing Assistance Center Receives $200,000 Grant From Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Pa. State Rep. Frank Dermody will present grant at Oct. 19 awards luncheon
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PITTSBURGH-The University of Pittsburgh's Manufacturing Assistance Center (MAC), part of the Department of Industrial Engineering in Pitt's School of Engineering, will receive a $200,000 grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to pay for training programs, technical expertise, and equipment. Pennsylvania state representative Frank Dermody (D-33) will present the grant at an awards luncheon at noon Oct. 19, at the MAC, 210 William Pitt Way, Harmarville.

"The Manufacturing Assistance Center has been providing technical assistance and resources to businesses and researchers in Western Pennsylvania for 12 years," said Gerald Holder, U.S. Steel Dean of Engineering at Pitt. "We are always pleased that the Commonwealth also supports this important economic endeavor."

The MAC is a technology transfer center with skilled staff and state-of-the-art equipment. It offers technical assistance and research and development and educational resources to the academic and industrial community of Western Pennsylvania. It also offers training to displaced workers and other members of the community.

Since its inception in 1994, the MAC has completed numerous technical assistance projects involving new product development, material and machine process testing, cellular manufacturing, automation simulation, and starting a business. The MAC also has been instrumental in retaining and increasing employment in the Western Pennsylvania manufacturing sector.

A center for technology transfer and manufacturing innovation, the MAC offers computer-aided design and manufacturing software tools linked to computer numerical control machine tools. Working in partnership with private industry, the MAC is part of the development of the regional RoboCorridor, which promotes automation and agile robots.

For more information on the MAC, visit