UM to host program on clean energy manufacturing in Michigan: The United States Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, the Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute, and the Michigan Economic Development Corp. will hold an in-depth exploration of Michigan’s emerging clean energy industry, “Revitalizing Innovation in Michigan for Clean Energy Manufacturing,” April 21 and 22 at The Michigan League, 911 N. University, Ann Arbor. Register at This gathering of energy researchers and students, as well as business and political leaders who will discuss ways to cultivate research and development for advanced manufacturing in the clean energy field;  create new strategies for the university community to accelerate commercialization of new discoveries in clean energy technology; build private sector funding streams to nurture innovative clean energy research and manufacturing; and nurture an entrepreneurial culture in clean energy technology. For more information, contact Bruno Vanzieleghem at or (734) 764-9981.

Michigan Robotics Day Set For April 12: The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences in partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corp.’s Defense Center and SoarTech will host a Michigan Robotics Day on Tuesday, April 12 at NCMS headquarters in Ann Arbor. The event will showcase innovations and demonstrations in robotics and the program will include presentations from robotics industry luminaries as well as the region’s brightest robotics students. This event will be a celebration of the advances made by robotics companies and the growth of Michigan’s robotics technology sector, along with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education in Michigan.  Jim Overholt, chief scientist for robotics with the United States Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) in Warren Michigan will present the keynote address. Overholt is a recognized leader in the field of unmanned systems and artificial intelligence, with over 25-years of experience in military robotics. Overholt earned his bachelor’s degree in physics from Lawrence Technological University and a master and doctorate in systems engineering from Oakland University. The program will feature a panel of prominent local roboticists representing the defense, transportation, industrial, entrepreneurial, medical, and agriculture sectors — highlighting Michigan industry and its growing role in robotics. Also on the agenda is demonstration of the award-winning Multi Autonomous Ground-Robotic International Challenge technology developed by Assistant Professor Ed Olsen and his team at the University of Michigan,, The demonstration will be webcast and followed with a panel discussion for the school robotics teams in attendance, highlighting the importance of STEM education and the next generation of robotics and roboticists. The event will conclude with a demonstration of high school robotics teams and an informal networking and feedback from the industry panel experts. Attendance is free and open to the public. The event takes place on April 12, starting at 9:00 a.m. Attendee registration, webcast information, agenda, and speaker bios for this event are available at:


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