In 2011, the Obama administration announced a multi- agency initiative to combat that stagnancy, fuel advanced manufacturing, and strengthen the U.S. economy. The Materials Genome Initiative (MGI), it said, would “help business discover, develop, and deploy new materials twice as fast” and at a fraction of the cost. Two years after its announcement, the MGI is honing in on the best strategy through which to realize its goal

Northeastern University hosted the first in a series of five nation-wide workshops at the George J. Kostas Research Institute in October 2013. Other hosting institutions are University of Southern California, Rice University, Georgia Tech, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The workshops participants included key stakeholders from academia, industry, government, and national laboratories who addressed issues related to MGI:

  • models of collaboration
  • scientific progress
  • facilities and infrastructure
  • data sharing and education