ATLANTA, Nov. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To support a new industry-friendly research strategy, the Georgia Institute of Technology announces the launch of an interdisciplinary research institute to promote a technologically advanced and globally competitive manufacturing base in the United States. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121120/DC16786) The Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute (GTMI) creates a campus-wide community of investigators and thought leaders capable of using innovation in manufacturing to create more high-value jobs in the U.S., ensure the nation's global competitiveness and advance economic and environmental sustainability. "Manufacturing is important to the development of a variety of products, from medical devices to alternative energy solutions to cars, on the large and nano scale," said Ben Wang, Georgia Tech's chief manufacturing officer and executive director of the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute. "It's critical to the economic viability and competitiveness of our nation to efficiently move leading-edge research from the lab to the real world." Since Georgia Tech was founded in 1888, manufacturing has been ingrained in the curriculum. Also for the last 20 years, the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Research Center has been focusing on developing next-generation technologies. Under this new initiative, the Manufacturing Research Center has been renamed the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute and has expanded to engage researchers from all of Georgia Tech's colleges, the Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI²) and the Georgia Tech Research Institute. The researchers have joined forces with industry and government experts to help define and solve some of the greatest challenges facing the manufacturing industry today, such as the importance of translational research. "We aspire to be known globally as the collaborative hub for manufacturing technologies and as the recognized leader in crossing the 'valley of death,'" Wang said. "By that, we mean to transform the research results by faculty and students into competitive products and services to be made in the U.S. Our success is defined by how fast we can translate these discoveries and innovations into products for our stakeholders, accelerating our readiness and providing translational leadership."