NSF ATE Centers Convene to Explore Partnership Opportunities with the National Center for Manufacturing Innovation Institutes

Principal Investigators from twelve NSF ATE Centers gathered for a meeting at the American
Association of Engineering Education (ASEE) in New Orleans, LA, in late June to share current, or future partnerships with any of the national institutes. The NSF ATE lead program officer, Dr. Celeste Carter and representatives from ASEE also attended the meeting. After sharing a number of engaged partnership contract agreements, prospective interaction,  the group left the meeting with an assignment to update a developing matrix tool that itemizes the strengths of all the centers that will become a tool for identifying potential partnerships and interactions  The meeting was facilitated and sponsored by the Lift (Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow) Institute and ASEE.

FLATE presented its funded exploratory project with the PowerAmerica Institute and will attend
their summer community college workshop this month with two faculty from partnering ATE Centers. In the fall, FLATE and four partner centers will convene with the PowerAmerica workforce and education team to develop a partnership model for professional development.

Want to know more?  Come to HITEC, July 25-29 in Pittsburgh. PA!  There will be an early morning meeting Wednesday, July 27, with representatives from four of the institutes to which all interested centers and project personnel are invited. Later in the day, the conference offers two technical panel sessions on the technology and workforce aspects of the institutes. The four participating institutes are Lift, PowerAmerica, AIM Photonics and NextFlex.

Find out more about the NMIIs on their website: http://www.manufacturing.gov/nnmi, or contact P.I & Executive Director of FLATE, Dr. Marilyn Barger at barger@fl-ate.org.