U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Announces Bipartisan “Manufacturing Universities” Legislation

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) | December 19, 2016

Troy, N.Y. — U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced bipartisan legislation to help universities in New York and throughout the country strengthen their engineering programs to meet the demands of the modern manufacturing industry. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a national leader in advanced manufacturing education and research, has endorsed the legislation. The Manufacturing Universities legislation authorizes the Department of Defense to support training at U.S. universities to help equip students with skills to compete in the 21st century manufacturing workforce. Universities would be selected through a competitive grant-based process and would tailor their educational curriculum to the needs of modern U.S. manufacturers. The provision passed the Senate as part of the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and now heads to the President for signature.

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