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Industry Perspective


University of Texas at Dallas

July 27, 2012

Missiles and Fire Control

Ernest Levert

Production Engineering

Senior Staff Manufacturing Engineer



  • Introduction

  • Overview

  • Board Members and Universities

  • Strategic Focus

  • Summary

Overview - Historical Prospective

  • Jan. 2002 NSF-supported planning workshop

  • May 2002 Startup of NSF I/UCRC

  • Nov. 2004 University of Michigan joins LAM

  • April 2005 Southern Methodist University joins LAM

  • May 2009 University of Illinois joins LAM

  • November 2010 Presentations by UT-Dallas and NC State

  • May 2011 Presentation by Drexel University

  • September 2011 NC State and UT Dallas received planning grant

  • September 2011 Drexel Univ. invited to submit planning grant

  • proposal

  • This is 22nd meeting of the Board. Total Board members are 20.

  • Many of the founding members are still with us.

  • Perhaps total of only 6 companies over nine years could not renew their membership due to business conditions.


U of Illinois SMU U of Michigan U of Virginia



Lockheed Martin

Trinity Industries

Coherent Lasers

National Oilwell Varco

F.W. Gartner

  • Kurt J. Lesker

  • Starfire industries

  • PSM America

  • Heuttinger Elect.

  • Dexter Magnetics

    • (Assoc. member)

  • GE

    Focus Hope






    Corning Inc.

    Currently about 20 members

    Additional members from NCSU and UT Dallas

    Drexel members?

    Industrial Advisory Board Members


    AREVA Corp.




    -GENERAL Motors

    -LOCKHEED Martin

    -TRINITY Ind.

    -ARMY Res.

    -LEE Laser


    -FRUTH Innovation

    -COHERENT Laser

    -FOCUS Hope

    -GE Global Res.



    -KURT J. Lesker




    Total members = 20

    University Members

    • Universities

    • University of Virginia

    • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

    • Southern Methodist University

    • University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign

    • NC State (NSF planning grant workshop)

    • UT Dallas (NSF planning grant workshop)

      • Drexel University (NSF planning grant proposal)

    Positioning for Success


    Laser Applications

    • Laser welding

    • Laser cladding

    • Laser brazing

    • Laser imaging

    • Laser sintering

    • Laser texturing

    • Plasma Applications

      • Study of High-Power Pulsed Magnetron Discharge

      • Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Processing

      • In-Situ Diagnostics for Advanced Plasma Solar Cells



    Center Membership Benefits

    • Access to over 1 million dollar research carried out by seven universities

    • Selection of industry project

    • Minimum Overhead ( Univ. contributes)

    • Recruitment of students

    • Networking and new ideas

    • Royalty free non exclusive IP rights on all center projects

    Recent Technology Transfers

    • Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control is in process of developing a project on hybrid laser-arc welding based on our preliminary studies.

    • Investigating IRAD Project opportunity with the University of Illinois.

    Center Website click on login

    (2) username and password are as follows      username: NSFgroup      password: NSFcenter(3) click on presentations

    Board Members have access to center research of over $1M

    with an investment of $35k in membership.