Pact between YSU, MAGNET, regional universities seeks to spur manufacturing

Youngstown State University and the Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network (MAGNET) today announced that they have signed a cooperative agreement that will enable small to mid-size manufacturers in the Mahoning Valley to gain easier access to the research capabilities, hard assets and knowledge and technological capabilities based at YSU and four other institutions of higher learning in Northeast Ohio.

The agreement commits YSU, Cleveland State University, Case Western Reserve University, Lorain County Community College and the University of Akron to further economic development in the region by helping manufacturers pursue innovative growth strategies through MAGNET’s Partnership for Regional Innovation Services to Manufacturers (PRISM) program.

“PRISM is designed to assist small to medium-size manufacturers grow and create jobs by helping them take full advantage of the many assets and resources in Northeast Ohio, such as the knowledge, assets and power of Youngstown State and the other four colleges who have signed on to partner with MAGNET’s PRISM program. We believe that by working together through PRISM, the Mahoning Valley and Northeast Ohio can become an internationally recognized leader in manufacturing education and innovation,” said MAGNET President and Chief Executive Officer Daniel E. Berry.

“This agreement is yet another step in Youngstown State University’s emergence as an urban research university,” YSU President Cynthia E. Anderson said. “It allows YSU to increase its regional footprint and to extend our reach beyond the Mahoning Valley area to more companies throughout all of Northeast Ohio.  We are excited about sharing our research and development facilities here on campus and providing the abilities and expertise of our faculty and students to assist and engage local companies.”

Anderson said the partnership could result in more internship/co-op opportunities for YSU students, earlier and more student exposure to companies, more industry-focused academic projects, and more YSU graduates employed in the region and more new products and markets for regional manufacturers.

YSU, with nearly 14,000 students and more than 135 undergraduate and graduate programs, is a major educational and economic development resources located in the heart of a technology belt between Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Among the academic and technical expertise that YSU brings to MAGNET are:

  •  the Center for Excellence in International Business
  •  the Center of Excellence in Materials Science and Engineering
  •  the Center for Transportation and Materials Engineering
  •  the Center for Applied Chemical Biology
  •  the Institute of Applied Topology
  •  and the Natural Gas and Water Resources Institute.

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