Edison Welding Institute

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EWI, previously known as Edison Welding Institute, is a nonprofit engineering and technology organization dedicated to advanced materials joining and allied technologies, state-chartered in Ohio, USA. EWI staff provide materials joining assistance, contract research, consulting services and training to manufacturing companies in the aerospace, automotive, defense, energy, government, heavy manufacturing, medical and electronics industries. Approximately 150 employees staff the Institute. EWI holds numerous patents for various materials joining and manufacturing technologies.[1]

The organization was founded in 1984 in a research park adjacent to Ohio State University,[2] when then Ohio Governor Richard Celeste established the Thomas Edison Program, an initiative to establish the Edison Technology Excellence Centers within the state, including a center for welding research and development. Today EWI operates independently and is considered one of the leading engineering and technology innovator for advanced manufacturing in North America.[3] The EWI has collaborated with the Ohio Supercomputer Center under its "Blue Collar Computing Initiative" to develop supercomputer simulations of welding.[4][5][6]

EWI has offices and laboratories in Columbus, Ohio, Metro Detroit, Metro DC, and Buffalo, New York.

The organization's sales in 2005 were $30 million.[7] The organization receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public.[8] In 1997, EWI spent $8.8 million on research and development.[9]


  1. ^ U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  2. ^ Welding Engineers In Demand, New York Times, 10 Sept 1985
  3. ^ http://proquest.umi.com/pqdweb?did=1169584711&sid=1&Fmt=3&clientId=76566&RQT=309&VName=PQD ProQuest, by subscription. Retrieved August 28, 2007
  4. ^ Supercomputing Comes to the Rust Belt, Businessweek, 12 Apr 2007
  5. ^ Blue Collar Computing resources offered for welding simulations, Columbus Business First, 17 Nov 2006
  6. ^ Computers take on blue-collar tasks, The Columbus Dispatch, 12 Jan 2007
  7. ^ Business First of Columbus (2005-01-21). "Edison Welding Institute names interim CEO". American City Business Journals, Inc. Retrieved 2007-09-19. 
  8. ^ "Edison Welding Institute, Inc.". TaxExemptWorld.com. Retrieved 2007-09-19. 
  9. ^ "Research and Development Funding and Performance by Nonprofit". National Science Foundation. October 2001. Retrieved 2007-09-19. 

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