Academics and industry professionals will convene July 19-21 for the NSF Workshop on Advanced Manufacturing Research for the Aerospace Industry at the Hilton Arlington, 2401 E. Lamar Blvd. in Arlington.
The workshop will be hosted by the University of Texas at Arlington and Tarleton State University in Stephenville, as well as the Texas Center for Advanced Manufacturing.
It was made possible by a $75,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to Paul Componation, professor and chair of the Industrial, Manufacturing & Systems Engineering Department at UT Arlington, and $25,000 from UTA.
“The goal of the workshop is to help identify current and emerging tools and techniques in advanced manufacturing that are critical to the continued growth of the aerospace industry,” Componation told Dallas Innovates. “This information will be provided to companies, universities and funding agencies to help support both research and the development of academic initiatives in these areas.”
“The goal of the workshop is to help identify current and emerging tools and techniques in advanced manufacturing that are critical to the continued growth of the aerospace industry.”
He said that roughly 20 local and regional companies are expected to attend the workshop, along with 40 more attendees from academics, government, and nonprofits.
Organizers said the workshop is intended to examine and review cutting-edge research in manufacturing process technologies, automation methods and equipment, and systems-level research that is occurring in the industry.
They hope to assess future prospects for the growth in use and demand for advanced machinery and processes, and gather the aerospace industry’s perspective on short- and long-term research issues.
Also, workshop attendees will identify and formulate needs, challenges, and gaps in the aerospace industry, and formulate recommendations for research and education programs.
Keynote speakers at the workshop will include Mickey McCabe, executive director, UTARI (University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute); Don A. Kinard, senior fellow, F-35 production at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Fort Worth; Dale Thomas, eminent scholar in systems engineering at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and Erick Jones, program director, Division of Graduate Education at the National Science Foundation.