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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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  • Wayne Davis, dean of the College of Engineering, has been elected as a fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)—one of the highest honors an engineering educator can receive—in recognition of his contributions as a researcher, teacher, and leader.

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UT will lead the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, or IACMI, a $259 million public-private partnership. The Institute reflects a $70 million commitment from the US Department of Energy (DOE) and $189 million from IACMI’s partners.

Supported by the Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, IACMI is one of five institutes backed by the Obama administration in a recent push to accelerate advanced manufacturing.

The selected team, a 122-member consortium, connects the world’s leading manufacturers across the supply chain with universities and national laboratories pioneering advanced composites technology development and research.

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