California State University – Northridge announced it will create a Center for Integrated Design and Advanced Manufacturing using a $1 million grant it received from Autodesk, a design software company based in San Rafael. The proposed center would be a space for teams of engineering, design and manufacturing students to create prototype products. The university hopes it will also be a boon to the region’s workforce and an incubator for fledgling business concepts. “We hope (the center) will be a model for not only a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to design and manufacturing related pedagogy, but also a catalyst for that sector’s need to diversify and expand its pool of available talent,” said CSUN President Dianne Harrison in a statement. “The center will, by design, create an environment where entrepreneurial, inventive thinking is encouraged and where leaders are born.” Autodesk Chief Executive Andrew Anagnost is a CSUN alumnus. “In supporting the academic development of students, we’re supporting the preparedness, agility and overall success of our future workforce across industries,” he said in a statement. The proposed site for the center is near the campus center next to the College of Engineering and Computer Science.