Kettering University researchers and entrepreneurs will soon be building
futuristic tools and connecting them to a hyper-fast Web network thanks
to a new public-private national partnership called US Ignite.
Flint, Mich., is one of the first 25 cities and Kettering University is
among the 60 nationally respected universities singled out in the first
round of this national partnership that will serve as a workshop for
next-generation internet users.
Kettering President Robert K. McMahan said US Ignite will bring the
fastest broadband research network in the world to Flint and the region.
“This is a community asset,” he explained. “We’ll be one of only 25
cities with this technological capability. We’ll be one of the few
places in the country with this next-generation technology. It will give
Flint a tremendous lead to be in the first wave.”
Read more on Kettering University and US Ignite at http://www.kettering.edu/us-ignite
Flint’s Charles Stewart Mott Foundation provided US Ignite with a
planning grant to help kick-start US Ignite’s non-profit partnership and
has helped engage other national and local partners to bring the
technology benefits to Flint. Mott believes US Ignite has the potential
to help people improve their lives and their communities and enhance the
work of Flint partners, including Kettering University, in the areas of
clean energy, advanced manufacturing, and education, as well as the
development of local workforce training activities that can help people
overcome barriers to the labor market. Ultimately, the foundation seeks
to leverage its investment in Ignite, along with the passion and
energy of local partners, to help open new doors to opportunity in Flint
Merit Network, Inc., joined the US Ignite Initiative and the GENI
project to help create a platform that will drive next-generation
innovation. Merit has a strong history of providing innovative
technologies to its membership, including currently developing a Cyber
Security Range that is based on Open Flow and GENI technologies.
Merit’s participation in US Ignite will play an important role in this
critical undertaking, and has the potential to benefit all of its
membership, from higher education and libraries to K-12 schools,
healthcare providers, and more. Formed in 1966, Merit Network is
leveraging its experience managing the precursor to the modern Internet,
the NSFNET, and its participation in US Ignite will add to a lineage of
innovation as Merit continues to support leading-edge network technology
in Michigan and beyond.
The US Ignite Partnership will create a new wave of services that take
advantage of state-of-the-art, programmable broadband networks running
up to 100 times faster than today’s Internet. By bringing software
developers and engineers from government and industry together with
representatives from communities, schools, hospitals, and other
institutions that will benefit from faster and more agile broadband
options, the partnership aims to speed up and increase the development
of applications for advanced manufacturing, medical monitoring,
emergency preparedness, and a host of other services. These applications
will improve services to Americans and drive job creation, promote
innovation, and create new markets for American businesses.
About Kettering University
Kettering University is a nationally-ranked STEM (Science, Technology,
Engineering and Mathematics) and Business university and a national
leader in combining a rigorous academic environment with rich
opportunities for experiential learning and cooperative education.
Kettering's focus is on the learning experience of the individual
student. Kettering’s nearly 2,000 undergraduates and 1,000 graduate
students choose from 14 undergraduate and 14 master’s degrees, plus more
than 50 minors, specialties, concentrations and courses of study. Some
of Kettering’s fastest growing academic majors are Bioinformatics,
Chemical Engineering and BioChemistry. For more information, visit www.kettering.edu.
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