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Nonprofit to catalyze commercialization of Ohio State-led NSF Engineering Research Center


Hybrid Autonomous Manufacturing Innovations, Inc., (HAMICo) launched today to incubate novel intellectual property from a National Science Foundation-funded Engineering Research Center (ERC) led by The Ohio State University. The Hybrid Autonomous Manufacturing – Moving from Evolution to Revolution (HAMMER) ERC includes Case Western Reserve University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Northwestern University and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as well as more than 70 industry, educational and technical organization collaborators.

Ayna.AI team and Professor Glenn Daehn Ohio State Department of Materials Science and Engineering HAMMER
(l to r) Ayna.AI CEO Gaurav Batra, Ayna.AI Chief Strategy Officer Siddarth Madhav, Ayna.AI Board Chairman Nick Santhanam and Prof. Glenn Daehn

Organized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity, HAMICo will align interests of industry, academics, federal agencies and other community stakeholders on projects, incubate intellectual property and standards, develop minimum viable products and produce prototypes. Ayna.AI will serve as HAMICo’s key partner in providing strategic and business development services to the organization’s portfolio investments and companies. 

As an intellectual property development platform, HAMICo will engage in a range of commercialization activities including direct licensing, launching and incubating startups, and performing prototyping and low-volume manufacturing using HAMMER technologies. HAMICo is a new alliance partner of the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) and is developing cooperative research and development agreements with federal labs. 

Mars G. Fontana Professor of Metallurgical Engineering Glenn Daehn is HAMMER’s lead principal investigator and HAMICo’s chief scientific officer.

“HAMMER promises to usher in a new era in industrial manufacturing in the United States,” he said. “Through basic, applied and translational research, HAMMER is uniquely situated in the innovation ecosystem to develop and deploy intelligent autonomous manufacturing systems. In launching HAMICo, we are embarking on the critical step to connect new discoveries with real-world applications.”

The nonprofit’s Board of Directors includes Ohio State College of Engineering Professor and Associate Dean for Research Andre Palmer and Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Professor and Vice Chair for Research and Administration Christopher Hadad, as well as representatives from the four other HAMMER universities.

“We are truly excited to partner with the HAMMER team to accelerate industrial innovation,” saidAyna.AI President & CEO Gaurav Batra. “Our mission to partner with industrial technology companies and support them in accelerating performance and health to create unrivaled “segment of one” leaders connects seamlessly with the HAMICo mandate.  We look forward to helping bring new technologies to market and fulfilling their business promise with Ayna.AI.”

About Ayna.AI
Ayna means mirror in Hindi – an objective reflection of the truth. Leveraging AI/ML-based analytical tools in conjunction with deep industry expertise, Ayna.AI aims to deploy software tools and managed services to bring granular transparency to customers and drive execution to deliver alpha returns.

Headquartered at The Ohio State University, HAMMER is a partnership with the National Science Foundation and a research consortium comprised of five universities, with $26 million of federal funding for five years, operating through an alliance of over 70 technical, educational, and industrial partners, with potential renewal for another five years.  The five core universities and their principal investigators are Ohio State (Prof. Glenn Daehn), Case Western Reserve University (Prof. John Lewandowski), North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University (Prof. Jag Sankar), Northwestern University (Prof. Jian Cao) and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Prof. Tony Schmitz). HAMMER’s mission is to be the hub for technical, commercial, educational and standard setting for hybrid autonomous manufacturing, providing effective programs for knowledge creation, deployment and commercial development.