Baker-Polito Administration Awards $2.5 Million for New Advanced Manufacturing Center and WNE Engineering Lab

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President Robert E. Johnson attends the announcement event with Dr. Neeraj Magotra, chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, along with Convergent Photonics representatives and legislators.

The Baker-Polito Administration recently announced a new grant from the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative supporting the development of a new advanced manufacturing center at Convergent Photonics in Chicopee, which is partnering with Western New England University on the new facility.

Called LEAP, a Lab for Education and Application Prototyping, the lab will focus on product development, training, and research in the field of integrated photonics. As part of the partnership, a $1.1 million training facility will be located on the Western New England University campus in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and will be the fourth lab of its kind in the state.