UT Arlington, Texas A&M Partners to Advance Aerospace Manufacturing in Texas » Dallas Innovates


From Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Fort Worth to NASA in Houston to SpaceX’s first commercial launch site in South Texas, the Lone Star State is already a hotbed of aerospace activity. But now, UT Arlington and Texas A&M have signed an agreement to further advance the state’s aerospace defense manufacturing community.

The Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) and UT Arlington have signed an agreement to increase their collaboration to strengthen state leadership in the sector, the universities announced this week.

Developing an already flourishing sector

From left to right: Jeremy Forsberg, UTA Assistant Vice President for Research; Rodney Reddic, Acting Executive Director of TMAC; Rob Gorham, executive director of manufacturing initiatives, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) and executive director of the SecureAmerica Institute; Monica Cortez, COO of TMAC; Scott Terry, Director of Community and Small Business Initiatives, SecureAmerica Institute; and Kiley Wren, Executive Director of TEES’ Office of Strategic Business Development and Associate Executive Director of the SecureAmerica Institute.

According to the Texas Economic Development Corporation, there are already 138,515 people employed in Texas in aerospace, aviation and defense, working for 1,739 establishments and earning $3.3 billion in total salaries.

And UTA and Texas A&M have done their part.

UTA holds the cooperative agreement for Texas with the National Institution of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership, which provides funding for its local subsidiary, the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC). TMAC connects manufacturers with technology, contract opportunities and competitive solutions.

At Texas A&M, TEES powers a public-private research collaboration called the Secure America Institute, which connects industry, government and academia to ensure the resilience of American manufacturing, particularly in the nation’s defense industrial sector.

Application of advanced technology and manpower training

Scott Terry, director of community and small business initiatives at Texas A&M’s Secure America Institute, sees workforce training and smart tools as key factors in moving Texas forward in the industry.

“Working with our strategic partners at TMAC will enhance the development of the aerospace defense manufacturing community through the application of advanced technologies and the training of the workforce,” Terry said in a statement. “By infusing the industrial manufacturing base with smart manufacturing tools and processes, we can cement Texas’s leadership role in the global manufacturing economy.”

SAI and TMAC strive to develop Texas’ industrial manufacturing base by implementing advanced manufacturing technologies and promoting workforce training. Their goal: to improve quality and delivery times for Texas manufacturers to boost their profits and sustainability.

“Boots in the Field” Support for Industry Companies Across Texas

TMAC Acting Executive Director Rodney Reddic believes the new agreement will strengthen aerospace manufacturing throughout Texas.

“Partnering with TEES will allow TMAC to reach other manufacturers across the state through the many jointly sponsored workshops and seminars,” Reddic said in the release. “TMAC will provide support to field personnel in the field for the provision of advanced manufacturing technology services, cybersecurity services and workforce training.”

Partnering with schools to create the aerospace “workforce of the future”

In addition to their efforts to support manufacturers, SAI and TMAC will collaborate to work with K-12 schools, colleges, universities and industry partners to develop advanced workforce training. technological work of manufacture. The goal of this effort? Nothing less than “to help create the workforce of the aerospace industrial base of the future”.

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