BRIDGEWATER — Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced two new grants totaling over $5.2 million from the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2) to support the development of new advanced manufacturing technologies across the state. Lt. Governor Karyn Polito announced the new funding at an event hosted at the Dana Mohler-Faria Science and Mathematics Center at Bridgewater State University, which, along with partner Stonehill College, will host some of the new M2I2 program-funded infrastructure. The Lt. Governor also announced a grant to Human Systems Integration, Inc., of Walpole, to support its collaboration with UMass Lowell to evolve its garment-embedded physiological monitoring platform.
- “Southeastern Massachusetts Lab for Education and Application Prototypes” (SEMA LEAP) - $3,807,731 – Bridgewater State University and Stonehill College
This award will create a regional integrated photonics hub centered at both Stonehill College and Bridgewater State University (BSU). The project will combine the complementary strengths, resources, and know-how of each institution to further technology, innovation, workforce training, and manufacturing in Massachusetts in Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs). SEMA LEAP will train and educate photonics industry technician-level and engineering workforce to support new economic growth and development in areas such as telecommunication and data-communication, precision measurements, biomedical sensing and imaging, optic and laser development, and auto-driving.
- “Garment-Embedded Physiological Monitoring Platform” - $1,449,632– Human System Integration, Inc. (HSI) – Walpole, Mass.
Human Systems Integration will work with its university partner, UMass Lowell, to evolve its garment-embedded physiological monitoring platform. The goal of the project is for HSI to adapt and enhance this platform and make it configurable for the integration of a broad suite of physiological and environmental sensors. These sensors will objectively measure, non-invasively monitor, and report medical-grade physiological and performance status of the wearer. This award will help HSI, and emerging Massachusetts industry partners, to establish a garment-embedded electronics supply chain for multiple products, applications and markets. The project at hand, focused on a physiological monitoring solution for Air Force pilots, offers a stepping stone towards the development and deployment of a chronic monitoring solution for sick and at-risk patients.
“We deeply appreciate the Baker-Polito Administration’s investment in our photonics engineering program,” said Bridgewater State University President Frederick W. Clark Jr., Esq. “This investment will create new and exciting opportunities for our students to gain skills in an emerging field that is making cutting edge changes in areas such as telecommunications, data communications, laser-based radar, and sensing. As most of our students work in Massachusetts after graduation, BSU will meet the current and growing workforce needs of photonics and optics companies in our state.”
“This award stems from the initiative and vision of our science faculty, who have worked tirelessly in partnership with colleagues around the Commonwealth and private industry to develop this innovative and timely area of expertise for the region. Stonehill is deeply committed to a liberal arts education that is reimagined for the 21st century. With this award, we are able to provide our students with yet another distinctive and rigorous program that prepares them to make an impact on the future of southeastern Massachusetts and beyond,” said Rev. John Denning, C.S.C., president of Stonehill College.
“Human Systems Integration is humbled and honored by the investment and faith that the M2I2 and the State of Massachusetts has placed in us,” said Brian Farrell, President of HSI, Inc. “This award helps us continue to develop and manufacture wearable electronics solutions that protect and save lives. It also enables us to expand our supply chain, technology and clinical partnerships in Massachusetts. Garment-based physiological monitoring expands the level and quality of information that can be extracted from the human body. It enables the development and manufacturing of innovative products and solutions for remote patient monitoring, and HSI is proud to be at the forefront of this industry for Massachusetts.”
“I am delighted to welcome the Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Housing & Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy to Bridgewater,” said Michael Dutton, Bridgewater Town Manager. “This announcement of grant money for the AIM Stonehill/BSU SEMA LEAP regional hub is great news for the entire southeast region of Massachusetts. It will leverage the area’s great educational institutions, workforce potential, and location just south of Boston. It is exactly these types of investments which reap exponential long-term benefits to all our communities, and the Baker-Polito administration has recognized the importance of these economic development initiatives as a means to true community development.”
“I am extremely pleased that the integrated photonics laboratory at Bridgewater State University and Stonehill College has been selected to receive this $3.8 million Advanced Manufacturing Grant,” said Senator Marc R. Pacheco. “Intercollegiate collaboration is a powerful tool that enables our higher education institutions to combine resources and continue offering their students cutting-edge facilities. With this Advanced Manufacturing Grant, scientific programs at Bridgewater State will remain at the forefront of technological innovation and I look forward to continuing my support for similar opportunities as they arise in the future.”
“Thank you to Governor Baker, Lt. Governor Polito and Secretary Kennealy for providing an Advanced Manufacturing award to Stonehill College and Bridgewater State University giving them the opportunity to combine complementary strengths, workforce training, and manufacturing in our region,” said State Senator Michael D. Brady.
“I am extremely excited that both Stonehill College and Bridgewater State University will now be participating in the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative,” stated Senator Walter F. Timilty. “Advanced manufacturing skills and knowledge are crucial in today’s workforce. This $3.8 million grant will allow these institutions of higher learning to further their students’ roles in this field.”
“The $3.8 million grant awarded to the regional integrated photonics hub at Stonehill College and Bridgewater State University will boost photonics research and training in our community,” said Representative Claire Cronin.
“For three centuries, manufacturing along the Neponset River in East Walpole has been on the cutting edge of innovation. This state funding continues to incentivize technological and economic growth in our region while forging commercial partnerships with our state universities and armed forces,” said Representative John H. Rogers.
Launched by the Baker-Polito Administration in 2016, the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2) aims to help Massachusetts manufacturers adopt innovative new technologies and guides the state’s investment in the Manufacturing USA program. The Administration has committed $100 million-plus in funding to support M2I2 projects across the Commonwealth; the investments are managed by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. Through the creation of sector-specific Manufacturing USA Centers, M2I2 will advance innovations and job growth within the state through cross-collaboration among companies, universities, national labs, government, incubators, accelerators, and other academic and training institutions.