New Orleans, Louisiana
June 25, 2016
June 25, 2016
June 25, 2016
A consortium of eight universities and three US Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories was established in 2014. This consortium is implementing a model for industry, academia, and government partnerships focused in pipeline development of skilled workforce through advanced manufacturing. The guiding goals of the consortium are the following: • Building and maintaining a skilled STEM pipeline of students that will be capable of meeting future DOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) needs. • Establishing collaborative efforts between the universities and the national plants/laboratories to foster advanced research. • Establishing collaborative relationships between the universities and the plants/laboratories to enhance the education and training of individuals in advanced manufacturing and technology development. • Establishing collaborative relationships between the universities and the plants/laboratories to expand the STEM outreach opportunities with a focus on advanced manufacturing for K-20 students. The education components of the model are focused on introducing undergraduate students to the state-of-the-art research and trends in the field of additive manufacturing and include student hands-on training in the use of commercially available modeling and simulation software with the ultimate goal of retaining these students in the pipeline and boosting their interest in the field. Efforts are also focused on the development of advanced manufacturing curriculum content that will also aid in targeting these goals.
This paper will also report on the expansion of STEM outreach activities with a focus on advanced (additive) manufacturing for K-20 as well as the enhancement of education and training of individuals as implemented in one of the consortium member institutions. The outreach components involved the training of undergraduate students through summer exchange at universities as well as through summer internship placement at national laboratories. A local outreach to middle/high schools was established through the implementation of an advanced manufacturing skills development after-school program for middle school students. The paper will present the model curriculum for the outreach program and show the integration of undergraduate students and K-12 teachers working together.
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