America's Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Institute

The College of Engineering, along with 96 companies, 11 laboratories and non-profits, 43 universities and 15 state and regional organizations, is working with NextFlex Alliance to form the Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Flexible Hybrid Electronics, or FHE MII. FHE MII is part of a national manufacturing effort on harsh environment electronics as part of a U.S. Department of Defense led flexible hybrid electronics institute. Pradeep Lall, the John and Anne MacFarlane professor of mechanical engineering and director of Auburn's NSF Center for Advanced Vehicle and Extreme Environment Electronics, or CAVE3, has been chosen to lead this effort on behalf of Auburn, which was the only node selected in the state of Alabama. 


Auburn University and the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering have a rich history in harsh environment electronics research. In 1999 the National Science Foundation Center for Advanced Vehicle and Extreme Environment Electronics (CAVE3) was established at Auburn as a national center of excellence in harsh environment electronics. 

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Our Facilities

Auburn University provides extensive facilities for the manufacture of flexible electronics, design, material characterization, harsh environment survivability and accelerated testing. State-of-the-art laboratories and equipment are paired with experts in the area of harsh environment electronics.

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and Development 

Auburn University is home to the NextFlex Harsh Environment Node – a major node of the newly awarded Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Institute (FHEMII).  NextFlex is an institute for advancing the manufacturing of Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE). Auburn University has significant infrastructure for design and development of harsh environment electronics under CAVE3 Electronics Center established in 1999.  

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Economic Impact

This establishment will provide engineers with the integrated skills and theoretical background for the manufacture of flexible hybrid electronics for extreme environment applications. It will create intellectual property and expenditures on research, education and related activities, as well as catalyze development of technologies which can be manufactured in Alabama and in the nation.

Work With Us

We are always looking to partner with companies who are interested in furthering our research. We do this through multiple avenues, including, the development of a team that bids on project calls relating to the topic of flexible electronics, aligning our proposed project focus with next-generation product needs or using project teams to develop product technology demonstrators in pre-competitive format. By working with us, companies will realize the benefits of one to one cost-share provided by the federal grant.

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