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Composites consist of two distinct materials, which together improve product performance and/or lower production costs. Composite materials typically include plated, clad, or coated metals. Composites manufacturing has evolved to mean a material containing a matrix, or base substance, and a reinforcement material.
The interdisciplinary Advanced Manufacturing Sciences (AMS) Composites Manufacturing IDP program mirrors the Manufacturing USA® Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, combining the fields of advanced manufacturing, computer science, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering. With hands-on laboratory classes and sound theoretical coursework, this four-year professional undergraduate program will prepare you for an innovative career in advanced manufacturing.
In December 2014, Congress passed the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act (RAMI Act) into law, which gave Congressional authorization to establish a network of manufacturing innovation institutes with technology emphasis of highest importance to the nation. Today, these breakthrough technologies are leading us into a Fourth Industrial Revolution that is fusing the physical and digital worlds.
Manufacturing USA® is the national network created by 16 manufacturing innovation institutes (sponsored by either the U.S. Department of Commerce, Defense, or Energy) which bring together member organizations from manufacturers of all sizes, academia and government to work on major research and development projects relevant to industry and train people on advanced manufacturing skills.
This large-scale approach to manufacturing innovation is paving the way for the adoption of advanced manufacturing technologies and processes across the U.S. industrial base, giving rise to new industries and creating exciting, well-paid manufacturing jobs.