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‘LIFT Ohio Means Internships & Co-ops 2.5 Program’ Launches in Partnership with The Ohio State University


Columbus, OH (January 29, 2016) - Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) and The Ohio State University (OSU) announced today a co located internship program designed to train college students for in-demand lightweight manufacturing technologies of today and tomorrow. Dubbed: ‘LIFT Ohio Means Internships & Co-ops 2.5’ (LIFT OMIC), in collaboration with academic and industry partners, the initiative aims to advance the application of advanced

LIFT OMIC 2.5 Fact Sheet
LIFT OMIC 2.5 Fact Sheet
lightweight metal alloys, manufacturing technologies and design methods integral to advanced manufacturing for students. Initially set to host 80 interns and conduct 30 co-located internships throughout 2016, LIFT OMIC brings together students, faculty, and industry partners to develop the talent supply chain for manufacturers.

“Demand for manufacturing workers in Ohio is at a record high,” said Larry Brown, Executive Director, LIFT. “LIFT OMIC will focus on in-demand manufacturing career pathways to create well-trained professionals to fill the need for highly skilled jobs in the state’s largest economic sector.”

“LIFT and Ohio State have assembled a strong team to develop this novel approach to manufacturing education, involving real-world industry projects and close collaboration with academic faculty and students,” said Emily DeRocco, Education & Workforce Director, LIFT. “As technologies continue to rapidly impact this ever-evolving industry, it is vital to expand work and learn opportunities to stay ahead of the learning curve.”

LIFT OMIC will be lead by Ohio State. Academic, industry, and technology partners include: Columbus State Community College, Tolles Career and Technical Center, C-TEC Career & Technology Education Centers of Licking County, Tri-Rivers Career Center, Marion Technical College, Metro High School, Columbus School for Girls, Honda and Whirlpool, JobsOhio, Ohio Manufacturers’ Association, and Edison Welding Institute.

“This is an opportunity for students, faculty, and industry to come together and ensure Ohio’s manufacturing sector remains strong and thrives,” said Glenn Daehn, Executive Director, Ohio Manufacturing Institute and Fontana Professor of Metallurgical Engineering, Ohio State. “This academic consortium is leading the way in training the next generation of advanced manufacturing workers.”

Details on the LIFT OMIC program are at; a fact sheet is available by clicking here or the above image. For more information on LIFT education and workforce development initiatives, please visit or contact LIFT Education & Workforce Director Emily DeRocco at



Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow (LIFT) is a public-private partnership that will develop and deploy advanced lightweight materials manufacturing technologies and programs to prepare the workforce. The LIFT region includes 5 states: Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee. LIFT is operated by the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII) and was selected through a competitive process led by the U.S. Department of Defense under the Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation (LM3I) solicitation issued by the U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research. LIFT is one of the founding institutes in the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, a federal initiative to create regional hubs to accelerate the development and adoption of cutting-edge manufacturing technologies.

The Ohio State University’s main campus is America’s largest and most comprehensive, with more than 53,000 students, 17 colleges and 240 masters’, doctoral and professional degree programs and an annual operating budget of more than $4 billion. Ohio State’s depth and excellence is complemented by a top-five academic medical center and a premier cancer center. Ohio State consistently ranks as one of the nation’s top research institutions in the amount of industry-sponsored research it conducts. Ohio State has particular strength in areas such as global warming, cancer, infectious disease, advanced materials, and ag-bio products that feed and fuel the world.