The SecureAmerica Institute (SAI) is partnering with America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute and part of the Manufacturing USA network, to increase Texas manufacturing resiliency by aligning capabilities and connecting manufacturing communities in the state to areas of need during crises.
America Makes established the Advanced Manufacturing Crisis Response Program (AMCPR) in 2020. As part of the program, SAI will combine forces with America Makes to demonstrate the power of advanced manufacturing as a national asset for rapid response.
As an America Makes Satellite Center, SecureAmerica will work across 12 Texas regions to identify key manufacturing organizations to join the AMCPR. The institute will also document quality and validation standards necessary to deliver additively (3D printed) manufactured products with high confidence.
“The SecureAmerica Institute is honored to be selected for the AMCPR initiative,” said Rob Gorham, SAI executive director. “We see this as an opportunity to leverage capabilities across multiple Texas A&M University System assets, including the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service and the Texas Division of Emergency Management.
“Our network-of-networks approach leverages regional success and replicates it across the state,” Gorham continued. “The demonstration of this approach within Texas is a huge win both locally and nationally for improving resiliency in our manufacturing supply chains to handle future threats and crises.”
About SecureAmerica: The SecureAmerica Institute is a private-public research collaborative powered by the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, convening industry, government entities and research organizations to drive advancements in industrial-base resilience. Our members provide world-class leadership through applied research, scaled education and workforce deployment, and market-driven technology transition.
About TEES: The Texas A&M University System Engineering Program (which is comprised of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), the Texas A&M University College of Engineering, the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute), has annual research expenditures of more than $330 million, making it the third largest of any engineering program in the country. TEES has annual research expenditures of $206 million and is closely affiliated with the College of Engineering, which has more than 700 world-renowned faculty, including 30 National Academy of Engineering members. As an engineering research agency of Texas, TEES performs quality research driven by world problems; strengthens and expands the state’s workforce through educational partnerships and training; and develops and transfers technology to industry. The College of Engineering is one of the largest engineering schools in the country, with more than 20,000 students and is consistently among the nation’s top public undergraduate and graduate engineering programs in U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings.
About America Makes: America Makes is the nation’s leading public-private partnership for additive manufacturing (AM) technology and education. America Makes members from industry, academia, government, workforce and economic development organizations work together to accelerate the adoption of AM and the nation’s global manufacturing competitiveness. Founded in 2012 as the Department of Defense’s national manufacturing innovation institute for AM and first of the Manufacturing USA network, America Makes is based in Youngstown, Ohio, and managed by the not-for-profit National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM). Visit americamakes.us to learn more.