OHIO MANUFACTURING INSTITUTE
The mission of the Ohio Manufacturing Institute (OMI) at The Ohio State University College of Engineering is to serve as an action-oriented public policy and advocacy center for manufacturing within the state and nation, reflecting a thoughtful and sustained response to industry-led and vetted issues.
STRATEGY TO SOLUTIONS OMI
OMI works with its industry, university, and government partners to find solutions to manufacturers’ greatest technical and workforce challenges. OMI develops industry-vetted policy recommendations to help the state and nation establish a best-practice competitive ecosystem for small- and mid-sized manufacturing enterprises (SMMEs). OMI also engages as a statewide facilitator that supports manufacturers—especially small to medium-size firms within the supply chain—by aligning industries, academic institutions, technology support organizations and government toward common technical and workforce solutions.
We have constructed roadmaps to determine industry needs by manufacturing processes, outlined a detailed decision analysis to evaluate existing entities on their ability to meet manufacturers’ innovation needs, and mapped a statewide advanced manufacturing technical network structure to increase access to resources and remove barriers between manufacturers and supporting organizations.
STUDENT SOLUTIONS OMI
Facilitates access to qualified students through a unique co-located internship program in which students work on an advanced manufacturing project for industries while maintaining full access to faculty expertise and academic resources. The LIFT OMIC program, which supports the federal Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow program and is funded by the Ohio Department of Higher Education, relies on partnerships with area community colleges and Ohio Technical Center resources.
HOW CAN OMI HELP YOU?
Develops industry-vetted policy recommendations that support the manufacturing supply chain
Removes barriers that help make technical resources more accessible to industry
Offers insights into product innovation and commercialization to adopt from large and small manufacturers as well as entrepreneurs
Supports access to best-practice workforce development resources, e.g., project-based student internships and predicts future skills that will be required
Promotes manufacturers’ innovation stories to policy makers and the public through Manufacturing Tomorrow podcast series