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NASA Technology is Headed to Detroit, Thanks to Grant from New Economy Initiative

SME forum will promote transfer of NASA technology to manufacturing purposes



DEARBORN, Mich., January 14, 2014 – SME, a nonprofit organization that advances manufacturing, has received a $40,000 grant from the New Economy Initiative of Southeast Michigan (NEI) to share NASA technologies with regional businesses.

The SME Technology Interchange, featuring NASA Technologies, will be held on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit.  The forum will bring together a broad community of stakeholders from industry, academia, and the U.S. government to engage in strategy development, partnership building and implementation of ways to foster technology collaboration and innovation.

SME Technology Interchange with NASA Technologies

“It is exciting to have NASA in the Detroit Region working with area entrepreneurs to commercialize NASA intellectual property. This will bring about new business opportunities that will support regional economic development,” said David O. Egner, NEI executive director.
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The 25 NASA technologies to be shared are ready for co-development, collaboration and commercialization with Detroit-area companies. These technologies should be of particular interest to the market segments of advanced energy, automotive and innovative manufacturing.

“SME is pleased that the New Economy Initiative wants to support this technology showcase,” said Lauralyn McDaniel, innovation manager for SME.  “Bringing NASA technologies to Detroit will enable engineers, innovators, designers, and entreprueners to discover how leading-edge science can help them make things better, stronger or more efficiently.”

More information on the event is available at

About SME

SMESME connects all those who are passionate about making things that improve our world. As a nonprofit organization, SME has served practitioners, companies, educators, government and communities across the manufacturing spectrum for more than 80 years. Through its strategic areas of events, media, membership, training and development, and the SME Education Foundation, SME is uniquely dedicated to advancing manufacturing by addressing both knowledge and skill needs for industry. At SME, we are making the future. Together.

About The New Economy Initiative

The New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan (NEI) is an innovative philanthropic effort to accelerate the transition of metro Detroit to an innovation-based economy that expands opportunity for all. Ten national, regional and local foundations have committed $100 million to this unprecedented initiative, including the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan (Detroit), the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation (Southfield, Michigan), the Ford Foundation (New York), the Hudson-Webber Foundation (Detroit), the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (Battle Creek, Michigan), the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation (Miami), The Kresge Foundation (Troy, Michigan), the McGregor Fund (Detroit), the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation (Flint, Michigan), and the Skillman Foundation (Detroit). The participating foundations are leading the implementation and governance of the Initiative. The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, which initiated the collaborative, is serving as its administrative home. For more information, please visit

Published Date : 1/14/2014

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