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Seminar: Smart Manufacturing™ and the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute
March 22, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm CDT
Smart Manufacturing™ and the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute
Dean L. Schneider, Ph.D., P.E., Director of Operations for the Gulf Coast Regional Manufacturing Center within the Texas A&M Energy Institute at Texas A&M University, will be held on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. in in Rudder Tower 501. The topic will be “Smart Manufacturing™ and the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute”
Smart Manufacturing™ is the use of data in manufacturing to drive manufacturing efficiency at the enterprise level. Most companies have developed an “ecosystem of stuff” over time to help manage aspects of their business. These systems are usually built piecemeal and results in a non-flexible, transaction-based suite of applications that can limit company growth. The Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII), a recent addition to the federal Manufacturing USA Network, has been established to provide companies with an alternative solution to the burgeoning problem of overwhelming data requirements, data analytics, and supervisory platforms that leverages existing investments in these systems.
This seminar will introduce the concepts of Smart Manufacturing™ and the Smart Manufacturing™ Platform. It will also describe the organization of the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII), the Institute’s strategic planning and investment process, and the process by which researchers can participate in the Institute’s activities.
Dean L. Schneider, Ph.D., P.E. is the Director of Operations for the Gulf Coast Regional Manufacturing Center within the Texas A&M Energy Institute, a regional operation of the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute.
Previously, Schneider was Director of Manufacturing Operations and the Process Engineering Division at the Texas Center for Applied Technology (TCAT), an applied research center under the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES). The group provides support to industry and governmental agencies for process improvement, manufacturing technology, and testing and evaluation. He was also responsible for coordinating TEES’ participation in large-scale manufacturing initiatives and industry collaborations. During his time at TCAT, Schneider successfully developed and managed more than $3M in testing and evaluation projects and more than $7M in technology application and support projects, including the development and implementation of water and power distribution technologies to improve conditions in border communities along the Texas/Mexico border, as well as teaching high school students about engineering by helping them design and build 8 ft wind turbines.
A retired Air Force research and development engineer, his experience includes various human-centered management and test and evaluation positions, as well as a faculty appointment at the Air Force Institute of Technology. Schneider is a Senior Member of the IEEE and has been recognized as a TEES Center Fellow. He earned a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin specializing in robotics and reliability; he earned a master of science in electrical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University.