Governor Wolf Announces Drexel University Will House New Statewide Resource for Manufacturing

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces Drexel University Will House New Statewide Resource for Manufacturing Innovation,  Press Release Philadelphia, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf joined leaders in the higher education and manufacturing communities to announce that Drexel University will establish the Pennsylvania Discovery Center, a new statewide resource to lower the barrier to commercialization for the advanced textile industry.“Last year, I got to travel to Massachusetts with the team from Drexel to celebrate the awarding of grant funding that the Department of Defense gave to a consortium of Pennsylvania institutions, and while I was there I took the opportunity to tout just how great of a match Pennsylvania is for manufacturing innovation,” said Governor Wolf. “Today, I couldn’t be happier to be a part of the next big announcement and celebrate the news that Pennsylvania will house the first Fabric Discovery Center outside of Massachusetts.”In collaboration with the U.S. Department of Defense-funded Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) Institute, the Pennsylvania Discover Center will help companies and entrepreneurs take their advanced-textile concepts from prototype to product. As part of the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America strategy, Fabric Discovery Centers will open across the country to stimulate economic growth in the functional fabrics sector.The Pennsylvania Discover Center will work closely with industry partners and regional organizations that support innovation and economic growth such as the Department of Community and Economic Development, the Ben Franklin Technology Partners, and the Industrial Resource Centers, to support the development of new products and manufacturing processes by established companies, start-ups, and entrepreneurs in the functional fabric space.“Advanced textile manufacturing is undergoing a supply chain renaissance,” said Drexel University President John Fry. “Industry verticals, like ICT, digital health, and transportation that were never previously textile-related now have the opportunity to connect in new and meaningful ways. Pennsylvania can become a leader in this next generation cluster by ensuring the adoption of targeted initiatives that will enhance regional competitiveness.”Slated to open in 2018, the Center will utilize research and expertise from AFFOA-partner universities across the state, including Carnegie Mellon, Penn State University, and Jefferson University, and will be housed at Drexel’s research-driven economic development venture with Brandywine Realty Trust, Schuylkill Yards.Earlier this year, Governor Wolf announced his Manufacturing PA initiative, which is made up of three new programs, including:The Pennsylvania Manufacturing Training-to-Career Grant program will help companies identify and train a skilled workforce while creating a workplace culture that enables the workforce to advance and the company to grow. Grants will be provided to Pennsylvania manufacturers who partner with technical and trade schools, Pennsylvania’s community colleges, and those non-profit organizations that demonstrate both experience and expertise in the development and deployment of workforce development programs.The Pennsylvania Manufacturing Innovation Program will leverage the internationally acclaimed science and engineering talent and discovery capacity of Pennsylvania’s institutions of higher education to help ensure that the commonwealth remains an international leader in manufacturing. This will include a Manufacturing Fellows program, designed to support designated undergraduate and graduate student Fellows in both long- and short-term engagements with industry.Pennsylvania’s Industrial Resource Centers will expand their outreach to include small and medium-sized businesses, and will continue to provide technical, strategic, and market-based assistance to Pennsylvania’s manufacturing sector. November 14, 2017center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Fast Reaction: Syracuse defense falters in 45-24 loss at South Florida

first_img Published on October 10, 2015 at 7:12 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ TAMPA, Fla. — An aggressive Syracuse (3-2, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) was cut short by the South Florida (2-3, 0-1 American Athletic), which ran all over the Orange in a 45-24 win at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday.Here are three quick thoughts on the game.1. Out of their hands The SU offense led a comeback effort in the second half, but the Orange defense — outside of a Chris Slayton sack-fumble that set up an Eric Dungey touchdown run — never showed up.Syracuse scored three second-half touchdowns by the first play of the fourth quarter, but USF countered with five second-half touchdowns that provided the ultimate punch. With SU down a touchdown in the fourth quarter, a South Florida first down was called back by a holding penalty to set up third-and-long. Bulls quarterback Quinton Flowers then floated a pass out of bounds on the right sideline, but freshman safety Kielan Whitner bumped the intended receiver after the play and was called for a late hit.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe penalty moved South Florida up 15 yards and the Bulls scored two plays later to push their lead to 38-24. To that point, USF stiff-armed the Orange’s best comeback effort with an offensive onslaught that included too many big plays and 179 yards from running back Marlon Mack.SU’s freshman quarterback Dungey threw the first interception of his college career to Jamie Byrd later in the fourth, and it looked like the play that did the Orange in. But USF marched up and down the field at will, and that’s what ultimately broke Syracuse’s back.2. You got screenedSyracuse’s inability to defend South Florida’s screens bolstered the Bulls’ attack throughout the game and kept the chains moving in the fourth quarter. The biggest culprits were the Orange’s defensive backs and outside linebackers who, when they weren’t caught in perimeter blocks, were spotty in their open-field tackling.On the last play of the first quarter, Flowers hit Tyre McCants with a wide receiver screen on second-and-15. SU cornerback Julian Whigham was sealed by a block and McCants sprinted 56 yards to the Syracuse 2-yard line. USF then scored on the second play of the second quarter to grab a 7-0 lead.With the Orange down 31-24 in the fourth, the same mistakes let the Bulls use screens to set up their back-breaking score. Flowers threw a screen to Ryeshene Bronson on third-and-14, and Bronson broke a Parris Bennett tackle before running 18 yards for the first down. Four plays later USF picked up another first down on a screen.And after those screens pushed USF into Syracuse territory, Whitner’s penalty extended the biggest drive of the game and sealed the Orange’s fate.3. Getting tricky Already up 17-3 in the third quarter, South Florida called a nifty play to push Syracuse into an even deeper hole.Flowers handed off a jet sweep going left, then the ball carrier flipped a reverse to a crossing wide receiver and then the ball was tossed back to Flowers who was hanging by the left sideline. The Orange defense bit on the reverse and that left Bronson alone in the end zone. Flowers lofted a pass that SU cornerback Corey Winfield couldn’t catch up to and an electric celebration ensued in front of the Bulls bench.SU had mixed luck with trick plays — a reverse to walk-on running back Jacob Hill set the Orange back 7 yards in the red zone in the first half, while another fake-field-goal run by Riley Dixon extended its last scoring drive — but USF’s trickery came at the perfect time and was the early exclamation point on an dynamic offensive performance. Commentslast_img read more