CATS Program Director for Industrial Automation, Ray Puffer, and CATS Sr. Research Scientist, Steve Rock — along with two Mechanical Engineering graduate students working in the CATS, Ph.D. student Casey Hoffman and M.S. student Jake Pyzza — have been invited to participate in a Manufacturing Fuel Cells Manhattan Project workshop to be held at Montana Tech October 4-15, 2010. The Manhattan Project is sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and is being conducted in cooperation with the American Competitiveness Institute and Montana Tech. The students along with fuel cell subject matter experts from industry, government, and academia have been tasked with identifying existing best manufacturing practices, developing a fuel cell technology roadmap to address manufacturing technology gaps, disseminating data through the B2PCOE (Benchmarking & Best Manufacturing Practices Center of Excellence), providing fuel cell manufacturers with technical and economical requirements for Navy fuel cell technology, and providing guidance for Navy investments. More information about the Manufacturing Fuel Cells Manhattan Project can be found here.