The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a UI LABS collaboration, has announced the availability of up to $500,000 in project funding to solicit proposals for the creation of a Digital Manufacturing and Design “Specialization” via a suite of online courses that lead to a certificate of a Digital Manufacturing and Design (DM&D) Specialization upon completion. DMDII is issuing a project call for courses that will be offered on Coursera, the largest provider of open online courses with over 16.6 million learners worldwide.

The certification will require little or no fee and, although its aim is for a large audience, the target is strongly focused on students and existing engineers who are influenced by the rise in digital manufacturing. The Specialization will include 20 to 40 hours of lecture as well as quizzes and tests to monitor progress. Course topics may include “Introduction to Digital Manufacturing & Design,” “Introduction to the Digital Thread,” and an emphasis on DMDII’s three strong areas of focus: Advanced Analysis (AA), Intelligent Machining (IM), and Advanced Manufacturing Enterprise (AME).

A project call workshop will be available on January 14, 2016 to address project applicant questions and to influence the creation of strong project teams. Once applications are submitted, selections will be reviewed and subject to approval, with courses scheduled to be made available by late 2016 or early 2017. The project call is open to all applicants, however, membership in both DMDII and Coursera is a requirement upon being selected.

Further information about the call for proposals, submission guidelines, and workshops can be found here.

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