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The Alabama Initiative on Manufacturing Development and Education (Alabama IMaDE) establishes the modernization of manufacturing technology, techniques, and workforce education as a new focal point at The University of Alabama.
Central to this initiative, a new facility supporting these objectives and housing state of the art advanced manufacturing technology,educational and research laboratories, classrooms, and services is currently under construction and on track for launch in late 2020.
The mission of Alabama IMaDE is to address the future of industrial problems through education, research, and service with a systems integration and industry mindset approach. The initiative will produce broadly educated students with a wide range of career opportunities centered on the future of manufacturing and will cultivate an American workforce to lead the global manufacturing sector through the fourth industrial evolution and beyond.
Directly adjoined to the primary manufacturing facility, a new educational facility enables combined classroom and hands on project based learning in manufacturing systems taught on real world industrial robotic manipulators and software as well as programming, operating, and implementing automation systems such as programmable logic controllers.
This space supports the developing manufacturing systems engineering program at The University of Alabama, provides a location for technical and educational research, and enables on campus workforce development training in cooperation with industrial partners.
Reconfigurable, modular, and state of the art manufacturing research facilities such as the Advanced and Intelligent Manufacturing Systems Lab are capable of producing theoretical and applied research addressing the needs and challenges of the increasingly advanced, intelligent, and robot based manufacturing industry.
Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary application domains of interest include automated manufacturing; health monitoring through identification; safe, efficient collaborative and robot based manufacturing; agile and reconfigurable robotics; and applications of integrated virtual, augmented, and mixed reality in manufacturing.
The world is on the edge of another industrial revolution, and Alabama’s manufacturing economy is on the rise. There are more than 265,000 manufacturing jobs across the state which account for almost 20% of all jobs in the West Alabama.
Through Alabama IMaDE’s focus on advanced manufacturing and industry 4.0, The University of Alabama will provide unmatched workforce development opportunities for Alabama’s current and future industry through industrial partnerships, industry guided training modules, and the coordinated transition of innovative research products to our educational curricula.
Alabama IMaDE will provide unmatched integration of educational, research, and career pathways in cutting-edge industry-relevant manufacturing principles, technologies, and management techniques to
As part of Alabama IMaDE, UA is currently developing a selection of modular courses that will provide targeted training in various Advanced Manufacturing skillsets to university students and industry professionals alike. Each of these courses, designed as 5-week curricula, will review critical topics in today’s advanced manufacturing environment and utilize real-world equipment for project-based learning at levels that span fundamental, intermediate, and advanced materials.
Alabama IMaDE will foster a new innovation centric culture and infrastructure that leverages and supports the region’s vital manufacturing sector. Programs under this initiative will cultivate novel application driven intellectual property and manufacturing centric startups while establishing unique communication and networking channels between industry, academia, and innovators. Alabama IMaDE will enhance the academic experience at The University of Alabama with project based learning, real world regional case studies, and opportunities for internships, cooperative education, and employment at the frontier of the emerging manufacturing sector through and beyond industry 4.0.
Steam, Hydraulics, and Mechanical Power Transmission
Electrical Power, Mass Production, and Assembly Lines
Computer Aided Manufacturing, Automation, and Robotics
Cloud Computing, Connected Factories, and Autonomy
Pragmatically, the development of this culture and infrastructure will grow the regional manufacturing economy by introducing new start-up businesses, increasing employment opportunities in the manufacturing sector, generation new manufacturing-centric IP, and attracting entrepreneurial and manufacturing talent and investment to the region.
Researchers at The University of Alabama are developing, demonstrating, and applying innovative computational modeling methods and design concepts for cost-effective, accurate, and safe manufacturing and repair methodologies for transfer to public and private stake-holders for implementation.
Through the development of a new innovation and entrepreneurship incubator, The University of Alabama will create an agile, collaborative, and innovative environment for the maturation and demonstration of advanced manufacturing technologies, education, and local industry needs.
Consistent with the educational and outreach activities through Alabama IMaDE, The University of Alabama is working to grow existing and initiate new collaborations between government, industry, and academia through public – private partnerships, while promoting STEM and workforce development.
Through Alabama IMaDE, students and researchers at The University of Alabama will lead the way in the integration of multiple, cutting edge technologies and processes, demonstrating significant improvement in manufacturing producibility, affordability, and repeatability.
For future partnerships or additional information on Alabama IMaDE, please contact the director of the initiative:
Nader Jalili, Ph.D.
Professor and Head
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Director of the Alabama Initiative on Manufacturing Development and Education
College of Engineering
The University of Alabama
3037 H.M. Comer Hall