The University of Texas System's Initiative in Manufacturing, Logistics, and Sustainment is an ambitious effort to connect experts across our campuses with industrial partners in locations across Texas and beyond. This initiative will allow us to identify emerging opportunities in the design and use of innovative materials and processing technologies, as well as to create, develop, and deploy an infrastructure across Texas that will support distributed production, reduce the technology gaps between manufacturers and suppliers, and transform post-production logistics and sustainment. The resulting industrial ecosystem in Texas will continue to attract investment, incubate innovation, expand markets, and create jobs in Texas.
Each UT institution is contributing to this field in unique ways. Read more below about their specific activities.
UT Arlington’s (UTA) research in the area of advanced manufacturing technology plays a large part in their overall strategic plan. Different aspects of UTA’s advanced manufacturing-related research can be found in its centers, schools, and departments across campus.
UT Austin is the home of important research and discoveries related to manufacturing, sustainment, and logistics. It is the birthplace of selective laser sintering (SLS), an additive manufacturing (AM) process that is used in most manufacturing applications. Additionally, UT Austin developed the first SLS commercial, off-campus product line; first SLS metal parts; first SLS titanium parts, and first SLS superalloy parts. Ongoing research includes next generation process control for manufacturing and a new high temperature SLS machine.
The following research centers and their projects will give you a glimpse at the enormous amount of work happening at UT Austin in this area.
An important Partnership: The Nanomanufacturing Systems for mobile Computing and Energy Technologies (NASCENT) is a partnership between The University of Texas at Austin, The University of New Mexico, The University of California at Berkeley, Indian Institute of Science, and Seoul National University. NASCENT focuses on creating high throughput, reliable and versatile nanomanufacturing systems through transformative research, education, and industrial partnerships. While mobile devices will be used to set the goals and priorities of Center manufacturing systems, the resulting knowledge will have much broader impact in computing, electronics, energy, healthcare, and sensing.
UT Dallas has a rich history in working with industry for cutting edge development. This tradition continues with the UTD’s focus in advanced manufacturing and networked environments for industry. Areas of focus include:
UTEP is nationally recognized for its additive manufacturing research (also known as 3D Printing). The W.M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation is a unique multidisciplinary research facility focused on this research.
The Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering (GCSE) prepares engineers in the process framework to define, develop, implement and test complex systems of the 21st century. Graduates will be able to undertake the understanding of new applications of engineering models in a constantly changing environment.
UTSA’s research community is strengthened by faculty with recognized expertise in fields including Engineering, Bioscience, Environmental Science, Education, Sociology, Information Technology, Business, and others, and by first-class laboratories and research facilities. With research partnerships that include other universities, corporations, government, and the military, UTSA is poised to become a premier research university and to play a major role in the advancement of manufacturing and many other arenas that impact lives.
Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Lean Systems (CAMLS) is a source of expertise in:
Institute for Economic Development is dedicated to creating jobs, growing businesses, and fostering economic development. Its many centers and programs provide professional business advising, technical training, research, market analysis, and strategic planning for entrepreneurs, business owners and community leaders.
Open Cloud Institute is an initiative to develop degree programs in cloud computing and big data and to foster collaboration with industry, positioning UTSA and San Antonio as world leaders in open cloud technology. The Open Cloud Institute is administered out of the College of Engineering, with the intension to provide ample opportunities for engineering, business, and science faculty and students to work together.
The table below shows a snapshot of offerings and competencies at each UT institution in the areas of manufacturing, logistics, and sustainment. For more detail on these areas please see the entire Manufacturing, Logistics and Sustainment Catalog. The institution links will take you to the Influuent sites for these initiatives where you can find out more information about featured experts and their research.
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