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About the Center

The Manufacturing and Materials Joining Innovation Center (Ma2JIC) was approved by the National Science Foundation in September 2010 as an Industry and University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC).

As the second largest IUCRC in the nation, by income, Ma2JIC is driving materials joining innovation in industries ranging from energy generation and aerospace, to automotive and defense with $5.3M in annual research investment from 44 unique industry member companies. We boast 76 faculty and student researchers across our five university partners and have 29 current research projects. In recent years, research stemming from Ma2JIC has produced 74 publications, 1 patent and 2 more applications, and over 142 conference presentations. 


Technical needs related to materials joining in fossil energy, nuclear energy, alternative energy, energy efficiency, and energy storage applications can be grouped under six broad categories:

  • joining of existing materials
  • joining of new advanced materials
  • joining of dissimilar materials
  • additive manufacturing for hybrid materials
  • life extension of existing joints
  • rapid evaluation of life of weldments


The Center conducts critical industry research through projects that fall under the following thrust areas:

Laser Welding Bootcamp for Welding Technician Students and Instructors
Ohio State hosts laser welding bootcamp for welding technician students and instructors Posted: March 5, 2024 It's a novel training program that transports interns from a technical...
Ohio State engineers support space exploration through research and career choices
Ohio State engineers support space exploration through research and career choices John Horack knows space. His career in spaceflight stretches beyond 30 years - most of which were...
High school interns get hands-on research experience in welding engineering
Posted: June 9, 2023 The Manufacturing and Materials Joining Innovation Center (Ma2JIC) hosted another team of high school interns this academic year. The internship program was...

Thrust Areas

June 2024 Mid-Year Ma²JIC IAB Meeting
Meeting Location: Penn State University Steidle Building - Room 114 1 Pollock Rd State College, PA 16801 Venue Parking: Parking info at Penn State is available Note: the venue is...
February 2025 Annual Ma²JIC IAB Meeting
Location: The Ohio State University Tentative Date: Feb 10-13th
2025 Mid-Year Ma²JIC IAB Meeting
Location: The University of Tennessee Knoxville Tentative Date: June/July 2025