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The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation— IACMI-The Composites Institute, announced a change in leadership today. Robin Parton Pate has been named chief operating officer, replacing Renee Speck who served in that role for three years as a loaned executive for the institute. Erin Brophy will serve as as program director, a newly created role with oversight responsibility for the program, including comprehensive institute-wide reporting and project management. Both appointments are effective as of April 2018.

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Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering in UT’s Tickle College of Engineering, will join the newly created Expert Educator Team to help spread the growth of advanced manufacturing education through colleges.

“Our role will be to work with researchers and partners to identify areas of need in advanced manufacturing, particularly with lightweight materials,” said Duty. “We will then create a knowledge base and curricula surrounding those areas so that we can better prepare students for careers.”

The three groups working together to back the idea—Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences—selected Duty and five other leading experts for the task.
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Curbed magazine highlights the growth of advanced manufacturing in East Tennessee.

As part of that feature, Curbed discusses the University of Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and  IACMI—The Composites Institute.
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named Bryan Dods as the organization’s new CEO, effective November 1.

Dods comes to IACMI from GE Power, where he served as Chief Engineer of Manufacturing. He replaces Craig Blue, who will return to Oak Ridge National Laboratory in a new role as Director of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Programs.
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