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UT System Manufacturing, Logistics and Sustainment Initiative

 

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.

  • The UTA Research Institute (UTARI) bridges the gap between academic research and product development in the areas of advanced manufacturing, automation and intelligent systems, biomedical technologies, and the predictive performance of advanced materials. Researchers at UTARI are conducting translational research in the advanced manufacturing area with the vision to re-shore manufacturing back to the U.S.
  • UTARI also houses UTA’s Institute for Predictive Performance Methodologies (IPPM). The IPPM develops applied science and engineering that demonetizes the conception, development, and application of engineered materials and structures, and the risk of using them in society. Areas of interest include engineered materials design, manufacturing, characterization, and prognostication of strength and life of as-manufactured parts and in-service material and structural systems.
  • The mission of the Organized Research Center of Excellence (ORCE) on Sustainable and Resilient Civil Infrastructure is to explore and develop research solutions for better design and construction of sustainable and resilient civil infrastructure including highways and airfield runways, high speed and transit rail infrastructure, embankments, retaining walls, dams, levees and others.
 

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.

  • The Microelectronics Research Center (MRC) has a mission to perform education, research and development in materials and electronic devices. MRC is funded by the NSF through the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI).
  • The Center for Mechanics of Solids, Structures and Materials (CMSSM) promotes research addressing fundamental and applied issues in the field of mechanics of solids, structures and materials.
  • The Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) is an organized research unit to foster the development of interdisciplinary programs in computational sciences and engineering (CSE), mathematical modelling, applied mathematics, software engineering, and computational visualization.
  • Center for Electromechanics (CEM) is focused on state-of-the-art research, with facilities and equipment for staff engineers to design, build, and test first-of-a-kind prototypes. With a proven track record in technology transfer to both government and industry sponsors, CEM researchers are experienced in working on small and large projects with industry and understand commercial pressures and time-scales.
  • The Energy Institute fosters interdisciplinary interactions among colleges and schools across campus, while serving as a portal for external audiences interested in learning more about energy research carried out at UT Austin.
  • The Center for Transportation Research (CTR) is a multidisciplinary and multimodal research institute at UT Austin and is recognized as one of the leading university-based transportation research centers in the world.
  • Texas Materials Institute (TMI) Materials research spans a wide range of experimental and computational modeling activities involving metals and alloys, ceramics, polymers, and composites. Within these broad fields, over 100 faculty and their students are conducting research in the areas of materials synthesis and processing, advanced materials characterization, prototype device fabrication, property and performance evaluation, and computational modeling/simulation with state-of-the art facilities.

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:

  • Design and development of an Industrial Internet infrastructure to support digital (distributed) manufacturing as an innovative platform solution and a variety of “point” technical advances such as 3D, robotics control, cloud, etc. This concept is located at the intersection of research & instruction in focal areas in electrical engineering and mechanical engineering.
  • Application-oriented advanced development activity can be supported in our Applied Research Center (ARC).
  • UT Design facility for industry to sponsor and direct with faculty supervision student design projects.
 

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.

The Research Institute for Manufacturing Engineering Systems (RIMES) is dedicated to

  • Generating new knowledge in Systems Engineering through it research programs,
  • Disseminating new knowledge through its academic programs, publications, workforce development, and industry extension.
  • Disseminating best practices for our customers.
  • Promoting and encouraging multi-disciplinary research and collaboration in Engineering Systems
 

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:

  • Advanced Manufacturing Systems: effective and efficient integration and synthesis of automation technologies, human resources, and decision-making models for design, planning, scheduling, and control of production of goods and delivery of services
  • Lean Enterprise Systems: systematic elimination of waste (anything that does not add value) across the enterprise by using various lean and six-sigma tools and methodologies to continuously improve value creating processes in manufacturing and service sectors

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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