Baker-Polito Administration Announces $4 Million Grant for Worcester Integrated Photonics R&D Facility
Collaboration between WPI, Quinsigamond Community College will expand R&D access for Mass. companies, create new workforce training opportunities
WORCESTER, MA – January 11, 2018 – Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced a $4 million grant to support the launch of the AIM Photonics ‘Lab for Education & Application Prototypes’ (LEAP), a partnership between Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and Quinsigamond Community College (QCC). The Worcester-based R&D facility will support product development in the emerging field of integrated photonics, which have applications in the development of autonomous vehicles, data storage and telecommunications. The lab will support Massachusetts companies pursuing a transition into the integrated photonics supply chain, by expanding opportunities for research & development, entrepreneurship opportunities and creating new workforce development and educational programs.
Lt. Governor Karyn Polito made the announcement at Worcester Polytechnic Institute with leaders from WPI and QCC. The award is being made under the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2), which provides a vehicle for the Commonwealth to match federal investments made in the Manufacturing USA institutes, including AIM Photonics (American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics).
Read the full press release from the Governor on the Commonwealth’s investment into the future of integrated photonics.