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GUIRR held a webinar on the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) and the concept of a network for accelerating discovery and development of materials. Launched in June 2011, the goal of MGI is simple: to cut in half the time and cost of bringing new materials from discovery in the laboratory to products in the marketplace. At the recent 2-year anniversary of MGI, a consortium of universities including the Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and University of Michigan announced their intent to initiate a multi-stakeholder dialogue on the formation of a national-scale materials innovation accelerator network. One envisioned element of this network is connectivity of the nascent materials data infrastructures at universities, national labs, and other potential partners. The first step in creating this network is a forum for dialogue on developing a roadmap, facilitated by a workshop in spring 2014 that will include leaders in materials science and engineering from government labs, academia, and industry. The webinar was presented by Dr. David L. McDowell, a Regents' Professor and the Carter N. Paden, Jr. Distinguished Chair in Metals Processing at Georgia Tech, and Dr. Cyrus Wadia, the Assistant Director for Clean Energy & Materials R&D with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. This webinar is particularly relevant for federal, academic, and industrial researchers in materials science and engineering; product designers; small- and medium-sized businesses with expertise in materials science, computational modeling, and data sciences; and manufacturers.
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