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Northwestern is a world-class research institution, with state of the art fabrication facilities which provide a foundation for research in manufacturing. The investigation of new fabrication methods, at all size scales, as well as the teaching of manufacturing as a part of design and product development, are core focuses of various centers and research labs throughout Northwestern.

Get Involved

Exploring research opportunities in manufacturing is possible through a number of different avenues, foremost of which is directly contacting faculty and researchers at any of the departments or institutions listed above. Following direct contact, undergraduate and potential graduate students may utilize the following offices at Northwestern:


Design & Manufacturing Group - Mechanical Engineering

The following is a list of relevant projects:

Northwestern Initiative for Manufacturing Science and Innovation

The Northwestern Initiative for Manufacturing Science and Innovation (NIMSI) will undertake multi-disciplinary research and education initiatives associated with manufacturing across the broad spectrum that impact both mass-production manufacturing and emerging hyper-customized and personalized manufacturing.

Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute

Northwestern is a founding partner of the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute, a federally-funded research and development organization of UI LABS, which encourages factories across America to deploy digital manufacturing and design technologies in order to become more efficient and cost-competitive.

For more information, please contact Jian Cao.


Northwestern is a participant at mHUB, Chicago’s first innovation center focused on physical product development and manufacturing. By connecting the manufacturing sector with the vibrant technology entrepreneurial community, mHUB will ensure Chicago’s legacy remains that of a beacon to a region that builds products, as well as the future.

For more information, please contact Michael Beltran.

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