From Transit Hubs to Combat Zones: Serving the Government Customer with Lightweight Materials

Tuesday, June 05, 2012
From Transit Hubs to Combat Zones: Serving the Government Customer with Lightweight Materials
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Georgia Tech Global Learning Center
84 5th St NW
Atlanta, 30308-1031
United States

Map and Directions
Manufacturing Research Center at Georgia Tech
Keynote Speakers
Hon. Sharon E. Burke
The Honorable
Sharon E. Burke

Assistant Secretary of
Defense for Operational
Energy Plans & Programs
2012 Georgia Tech Interactive Workshop on:
From Transit Hubs to Combat Zones: Serving the Government Customer with Lightweight Materials

About The Workshop

The Georgia Institute of Technology is organizing a one-day workshop on the development of a sustainable domestic industrial base for lightweight, energy-efficient systems. The workshop will bring together acquisition leaders from the U.S. Government, academia, and industry that have common interests in supply chain analysis and advancing the availability of domestic sources for lightweight material solutions for Government systems.

Additionally, senior leadership and staff representing the interagency Defense Production Act Committee (DPAC) have been invited to participate. The DPAC is a Congressionally established body comprised of 17 Department and Agency heads who advise the President on ensuring the U.S. industrial base can meet essential government needs.  Proceedings of the workshop will help advance the analysis of a new DPAC effort dedicated to lightweight materials.

The availability of advanced lightweight materials is a cross-cutting requirement that is crucial to improving the performance of many systems in areas such as energy-efficiency and performance. This technology has applications to current systems, such as automotive and aircraft light-weighting, while also acting as an enabler for innovative platforms, such as alternative energy sources. However, some of the resources for stronger, lighter, and more energy efficient materials, originate outside of the U.S. The long-term robustness of those resources currently produced in the U.S. have not been systematically examined across the entire spectrum of the Federal programs. Should any of these suppliers fail to deliver key goods, the U.S. becomes strategically vulnerable.

The workshop’s primary goal is to ensure closer alignment and coordination among all stakeholders – Federal agencies, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s), suppliers, trade associations, technical societies, and academia – to achieve a robust industrial base for lightweight, energy-efficient materials. The following topics will be discussed:

     1. The current limitations of conventional materials and the need for
         lightweight systems;
     2. Define the supply chain requirements for meeting lightweight, 
         high-performance, energy-efficient targets within Federal programs;
     3. Identify underdeveloped industrial bases and examine why these
         gaps/deficiencies exist; and
     4. Advise DPAC on a way forward for the development of domestic

The conference will commence with keynote and guest speakers, followed by a panel comprised of representatives from academia, Government, and industry who will discuss the need for domestic sources of lightweight materials. Two breakout discussion sessions (in the morning and the afternoon) will occur:

Morning Sessions:
1.) Technology Development & Transition
2.) Workforce Development
3.) Supply Chain Vulnerabilities
4.) Policy Gaps

Afternoon Sessions:
1.) Composites
2.) Ceramics
3.) Metals
4.) Emerging Materials

The workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, June 5, from 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. in Georgia Tech’s Global Learning Center. A networking lunch will be served at 12:15 p.m. Poster sessions will also be held throughout the day.

Fees and Registration
Registration is $80.00 per person – Registration deadline: Thursday, May 31, 2012

The registration fee includes all workshop materials, conference presentations, refreshments, and the Luncheon on June 5. Workshop seating is limited to 125 participants, so please register early!

For more information, visit:
Mr. Neal Orringer
Mr. Neal Orringer
Director of Manufacturing, Department of Defense


Dr. Brent Segal

Dr. Brent Segal

Director of Research Science,
Lockheed Martin Corp. &
Chief Technologist for
Lockheed Martin Nanosystems 


Dr. Douglas Muzyka

Dr. Douglas Muzyka

Senior Vice President and Chief Science & Technology Officer, DuPont 

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