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American Universities showing Industry 4.0 Projects at Hannover Messe

March 17, 2016 – At Hannover Messe, many of America’s top ranked universities and industrial technology institutes will take center stage in the United States Pavilion in the Research and Technology trade fair in Hall 2. All exhibiting institutions will showcase groundbreaking research, business startups and global partnerships that line up with HANNOVER MESSE 2016’s focus on Industry 4.0.

As part of the honor of the United States Partner Country at HANNOVER MESSE 2016, American academic and technology institutes will be awarded the global spotlight on their world-class faculty members, student talents, research programs, and educational opportunities. HANNOVER MESSE 2016 offers visitors the chance to connect with more than 20 U.S. institutions to discover exciting research and spinoffs and to network for potential partnerships and innovation projects.

“American universities are leading the way in research and innovation, and in partnering with industry to bring innovations to market,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Services Ted Dean. “HANNOVER MESSE presents a prime opportunity to show the world how U.S. research universities are creating global solutions that are revolutionizing how ideas become a reality.”

As part of the U.S. delegation to HANNOVER MESSE 2016, Virginia Tech will be showcasing its extraordinary faculty and students, as well as its groundbreaking research and the innovative partnerships it has formed with global business and industry. Specifically, Virginia Tech will showcase its Smart Infrastructure Laboratory, which examines the use of sensor information to improve the design, monitoring, and operation of civil and mechanical infrastructure to investigate how humans interact with built environments. Virginia Tech also is demonstrating the work of its Structural Systems and Lifecycle Reliability team. These researchers’ insights into the performance of concrete materials are producing safer, less costly construction methods and a longer life for bridges and other structures across the United States.

Virginia Tech also will highlight its partnership with the Technische Universität Darmstadt (TUD), including its unique dual bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. In this program, U.S. students complete their senior year at TUD and German students finish at Virginia Tech, earning degrees from both universities simultaneously.

“Virginia Tech has a long history of working with businesses throughout the world,” said Guru Ghosh, vice president for Outreach and International Affairs. “Thesepartnerships tap into practical applications of knowledge, allowing businesses to solve problems, create new products, recruit high-quality employees, and develop new markets. We look forward to sharing the best of Virginia Tech with the global audience at HANNOVER MESSE,” added Ghosh.

Arizona Technology Enterprises (AzTE), the exclusive IP management and technology transfer organization for Arizona State University (ASU), which this year was named the “most innovative school” in the United States by U.S. News & World Report college rankings, is bringing several startups to Germany. Joining the ASU delegation will be Fluidic Energy, an ASU spinout company that is partnering with Caterpillar Inc. and Indonesia's state-owned electricity company (PLN) on a project to provide power to 500 remote villages throughout the island nation. The program will deliver reliable, renewable power to 1.7 million people through solar panels paired with Fluidic’s metal-air batteries.

Also as part of AzTE’s attendance at HANNOVER MESSE 2016, Annette Kleiser, PhD, AzTE’s business development consultant, will present “Innovation and Impact: Facilitating Use-Inspired-Research Into The Marketplace.” Her presentation will focus on the research/entrepreneurship program at ASU.

“Arizona State University’s interdisciplinary approach to research and entrepreneurship delivers truly novel solutions to persistent societal and market challenges,” said Kleiser. “HANNOVER MESSE 2016 is an important global showcase for this work, and we’re very excited to be part of the USA Research & Technology Pavilion.”

As the largest recipient of U.S. Federal government research funding, The University of California (UC) is attending HANNOVER MESSE 2016 to showcase the depth of its research related to energy and climate solutions to attract the interest of industries in collaborating with its researchers to create innovations that will help address this global challenge.  UC will demonstrate the U.S. government’s commitment to leverage its resources and talents to create global solutions to the challenges of energy sustainability and climate change.

UC will showcase the breadth of its research and opportunities for graduate education. Additionally, the university is bringing two energy-related startups based on its research that epitomize the innovation that comes out of the University of California.

“The University of California is proud to be part of the U.S. participation in HANNOVER MESSE,” said William Tucker, interim vice president for Research and Graduate Studies.  “As the world’s largest public research university and a global leader in the search for solutions to the challenge of energy sustainability and climate stability, we want to share our commitment to this cause and use HANNOVER MESSE to seek out other government, academic and industrial partners to join us in this mission,” added Tucker.

As one of the United States’ leading institutes for research and commercialization, much of Georgia Tech’s research is in response to the needs of its business, industry and government partners. During HANNOVER MESSE, Georgia Tech will be highlighting its leadership in advanced manufacturing, robotics, and energy, as well as its basic and applied research in manufacturing, trade and logistics that is supported by its strengths in materials and management.

Georgia Tech continues to be a leader in establishing global innovation portals and partnerships, research and education hubs, and select branch campuses like Georgia Tech Lorraine in Metz, France. Through the use of distance learning and other technologies to deliver educational and research products to students, researchers, governments and businesses around the world, Georgia Tech will showcase its global impact.

“Georgia Tech is in the fortunate position of being one of a few global institutions continually called upon by universities, companies and governments from around the world to assist in their efforts to grow science, business, and technology in an increasingly innovation-centric economy,” said Georgia Tech President G.P. “Bud” Peterson. “We are proud to join the U.S. Department of Commerce’s SelectUSA initiative at HANNOVER MESSE to highlight the many advantages the United States offers as a location for business and investment.”

Also during HANNOVER MESSE 2016, Tech Parks Arizona, a unit of the University of Arizona, will be showcasing Global Advantage, a unique business development program designed to assist fast-growth international technology companies entering the North American market. The program offers assistance in market access, product development, testing and demonstration, business development, and advanced manufacturing. Global Advantage also connects companies to the University of Arizona, a premier research university, and to its research parks, the largest technology parks located along the U.S. – Mexico border.

Tech Parks of Arizona recruits small and mid-sized high growth technology companies to Southern Arizona in six industry sectors: advanced energy, mining technology, defense and security, bioscience, and arid lands agriculture and water. These specializations make Tech Parks Arizona a prime choice for companies in cross-cutting industry sectors, such as sustainability, optics and imaging, advanced manufacturing and informatics.

The complete list of U.S. academic, technology institutes and exhibitors is located at this.

HANNOVER MESSE runs from April 25 to 29, 2016 in Hannover, Germany. HANNOVER MESSE 2016 features five parallel trade fairs: Industrial Automation, Digital Factory, Energy, Industrial Supply, and Research & Technology. The core topics for 2016 are industrial automation and IT, energy and environmental engineering, innovative subcontracting solutions and lightweight design, and research and development. The United States of America is Partner Country of HANNOVER MESSE 2016.

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