There is no more heated rivalry in the country than that between Ohio State and Michigan and no matter what the sport is, to say that the Buckeyes and Wolverines, and their fans, do not like each other would be an understatement. While the hatred for the other school extends far beyond the playing surface for many fans, for the universities the rivalry is put aside when it comes to academics and research.
All members of the Big Ten conference, plus the University of Chicago, are members of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) – a consortium designed to improve the academic and research missions of it’s member schools through sharing of expertise and resources and fostering collaborations.
As members of the CIC, Ohio State and Michigan have worked together on numerous projects over the years, along with other members of the Big Ten. Now the two universities are teaming up again to found a new public-private consortium that will generate thousands of jobs and revolutionize manufacturing.
Ohio State and the University of Michigan, along with EWI (a Columbus-based nonprofit with expertise in manufacturing technology), are co-founders of the new American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII); I can’t wait to see that on business cards. ALMMII is the newest node in the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). The NNMI was proposed by President Obama as a series of regional centers tasked with accelerating the development and adoption of cutting-edge manufacturing technologies and to use these technologies for making new products which can compete globally.