ATAMI research leads to 2nd Walmart research award in two years

Oregon State University is one of five universities that will collectively receive $2.84 million in grants from the fund to support research proposals that strive to create new manufacturing technologies and reduce the cost of producing goods in the U.S. with the ultimate goal of creating jobs that support America’s growing manufacturing base.

Award recipients are Chih-hung Chang and Rajiv Malhotra, both ATAMI researchers and professors of chemical and mechanical engineering, respectively, and Hsiou-Lien Chen (College of Business) and Sara Robinson (College of Forestry). OSU''s work focuses on biopigment-based printing of fabrics

The fund was formed to provide a total of $10 million in grants over the course of five years, focusing specifically on advancing the production or assembly of consumer products in the U.S. This is the second round of grants awarded by Walmart. This is the second round of grants awarded by Walmart and the Walmart Foundation. Oregon State University was also awarded in 2014 for their innovation in developing two novel alternative mold fabricating approaches and evaluating for functionality, precision and cost reduction potential.