WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — As the U.S. experiences a resurgence of manufacturing and operations, Purdue University is providing a big lead. The university’s efforts in such areas as semiconductors, aerospace, defense, biomanufacturing for agriculture and transportation figure prominently in bringing jobs and needed technology back to America and in defining the future through excellence in manufacturing and operations. The Purdue College of Engineering and its campus partners are drawing on a long history of excellence in manufacturing and operations research, education and innovation in announcing the eXcellence in Manufacturing and Operations (XMO) Purdue Engineering Initiative (PEI). “In making decisions at Purdue, we like to ask how they will maximize our positive impact on society through education, research and advancing our state and nation,” said Arvind Raman, the John A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering and Robert V. Adams Professor in Mechanical Engineering. “This initiative provides another important arena in which we can help deliver tremendous benefits to the American people, our economy and our society. Reshoring and reimagining manufacturing for the 21st century is crucial to our future as a country, and we are proud to do our part in the revitalization of American manufacturing might.” The initiative will build a community of faculty, students and industries at the intersection of physical, digital and sustainable manufacturing. Manufacturing talent and workforce creation will be one of the strong components of the PEI, enhancing training of the new workforce and empowering existing workers through retraining in the ecosystem of small, midsize and large companies that constitute Purdue’s industrial base.