FLATE Supporting ARMI: Education & Workforce Development Summit Pathways 2018

The University of Florida (UF), the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI), and the Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE) hosted the 2018 ARMI Education & Workshop Development Summit Pathways on June 18th and 19th in Tampa, Florida.

Approximately 50 participants from all over the country meet at the SOFWERX building during two days to identify and analyze gaps in the development pathways towards a workforce in Regenerative Manufacturing, make recommendations for ways to meet these needs, and organize a path forward for the ARMI Education & Workforce Development community. 
The discussions and sessions were focus on topics including: (1) K-12 opportunities, (2) small business needs, (3) undergraduate education, (4) graduate education, (5) community college education, (6) programs aimed at training veterans.

Assessing the resources already available, as well as identifying the gaps, will enable a clear pathway for academia and industry to develop the skilled workforce necessary to complete common goals and objectives. Developing pre-collegiate programs within the CC community will enable a broader scope, to reach many more students and will aide in the identification of curriculum content needed to obtain a skilled, competent workforce.

As veterans already possess several of the competencies needed for this field, such as ability to work under pressure, organization, team mindedness, troubleshooting etc., they are highly coveted within the workforce. In partnership with Vets Helping Vets, the Pathways Summit also strives to implement ways to connect, educate and guide veterans on the path to become part of and further develop the field of bio-engineering.

Participant Panelists:
·         K-12 Education: Jen Mansfield, Mary Stewart, Nancy Ruzycki-Panel chair
·         Community College: Deb Audino, Tamara Mandell, Danielly Orozco, Mori Toosi, Thomas Tubon, Leslie Barber. 
·         Undergraduate Education: Lori Thrun, Don Wojchowski, Roland Kaunas, Angela Panoskaltsis-Mortari.
·         Graduate Education: Tommy Angelini, Rick Cote, Sangya Varma. 
·         Small Business: Daniel Barousse, Jon Dobson, Susan Ingersoll, Ezequiel Zylerberg.
·         Veterans: Kevin Jones, Alex McGhee, Eric McGhee, Margaret O’Donnell, Daniel Sorby, Sandra Torres-Pintos.

About ARMI
The Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI), a non-profit organization located in Manchester, New Hampshire.  ARMI's mission is to make practical the large-scale manufacturing of engineered tissues and tissue-related technologies, to benefit existing industries and grow new ones.  To that end, the technical scope for BioFabUSA work includes innovations across five thrust areas: (1) Cell Selection, Culture and Scale-up, (2) Biomaterial Selection and Scale-up; (3) Tissue Process Automation and Monitoring; (4) Tissue Maturing Technologies and (5) Tissue Preservation and Transport.

Its important for manufacturing educators to take a look to the future to see where their educational programs might be going and this ARMI summit was a great opportunity to do just that for Florida Educators. FLATE was proud to co-host this ManufacturingUSA effort by one of the newest of the ManufacturingUSA institutes. We look forward to the white paper of the findings of this event and the opportunity to continue our relationship with the ARMI Institute. For more information about the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI), please visit https://www.armiusa.org. For more information on FLATE please visit our webpage  http://fl-ate.org/ or contact Dr. Marilyn Barger at barger@fl-ate.org.

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