DearColleague.us

Letter

From: The Honorable Elizabeth H. Esty
Sent By: allison.smith@mail.house.gov
Bill: H.R. 1441
Date: 10/5/2015

Cosponsor the Bipartisan Manufacturing Universities Act of 2015, H.R. 1441

Support Engineering Students in the United States

Endorsed by the Association of American Universities, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, the University of Connecticut, the University of Delaware, Delaware State University, the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Drexel University, the University of Missouri System, the University of Illinois, the University of California-Davis, the State University of New York (SUNY) System, Clemson University, University of South Carolina, the University of Rochester, the Rochester Institute of Technology, Kent State University, Wayne State University, the University of Wisconsin, the Dow Company, the DuPont Company, the Siemens Company

Cosponsors (21): Bustos (D-IL), Collins (R-NY), Davis (R-IL), DeLauro (D-CT), Dingell (D-MI), Foster (D-IL), Hanna (R-NY), Higgins (D-NY), Katko (R-NY), Keating (D-MA), King (R-NY), Kuster (D-NH), Larsen (D-WA), Meehan (R-PA), Holmes Norton (D-DC), Ribble (R-WI), Rice (D-NY), Ryan (D-OH), Thompson (D-CA), Tonko (D-NY), Torres (D-CA)

Dear Colleague,

Advanced engineering skills are critical for students to meet our nation’s evolving manufacturing demands. Between 2000 and 2009, the United States lost 6 million manufacturing jobs. Since January 2010 there have been 500,000 new manufacturing jobs, but more work needs to be done. In order to address the training needs of workers and manufacturers, we need a sustained focus on preparing our students for careers in innovation and manufacturing.

The Manufacturing Universities Act of 2015 establishes a program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to designate up to 25 Manufacturing Universities that will focus on improving engineering programs to emphasize manufacturing. NIST, in conjunction with other federal agencies, will select the 25 universities based on their existing engineering programs and their plans to expand their manufacturing focus. These Manufacturing Universities would be eligible for a $5 million annual grant to achieve these goals and prepare their students for manufacturing careers.

As members who represent districts with strong manufacturing sectors, we know firsthand the critical need for a highly-qualified workforce with 21st century job skills. This bicameral, bipartisan legislation will help prepare engineering students for these jobs and the careers of the future.

Please join us in supporting our students and manufacturing sector by cosponsoring the Manufacturing Universities Act of 2015, H.R. 1441. Please contact Allison Smith (Allison.Smith@mail.house.gov) or Jeff Freeland (Jeff.Freeland@mail.house.gov) with any questions or to be added as a cosponsor.

Sincerely,

Elizabeth H. Esty                                                        Chris Collins

Member of Congress                                                   Member of Congress