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20th September 2016, Knoxville, TN

Creating a new generation composites workforce

The US based Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) has announced that its Summer Internship Program received several hundred applications from more than 116 colleges and universities across the country—with only 15 participants selected and awarded a paid 10-week internship at one of five IACMI partner locations.

The programme, now completed, provided undergraduate and graduate students with national exposure, hands-on access to state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment and academic interactions with high-level scientists and engineers in advanced composites and manufacturing fields.

IACMI's Summer Interns presented research at Dallara Composites Museum during the IACMI Members Meeting. © IACMI

Summer interns were introduced in Indiana during the IACMI Members Meeting with national laboratories, IACMI partner universities and industry partners, such as Volkswagen, Dassault Systèmes and Lockheed Martin.

New generation of composites workforce

By exposing students to cutting-edge composites technology research, the internship programme aims to provide participants with the opportunity to become engaged in and contribute to activities relevant to the composites industry. According to the Composites Institute, this helps aid the creation of a new generation of the composites workforce and expand the composites industry for future career growth.

"The successful integration of innovative technologies depends on a number of critical factors including the availability of a skilled workforce with hands-on training in advanced materials," said Craig Blue, IACMI-The Composites Institute CEO.

"The IACMI Internship Program helps educate and develop the human talent needed to support composites technologies in a broad range of sectors including automotive, wind, compressed gas, aerospace, energy, defence, and other industrial applications."

Research projects

IACMI interns conduct research at one of five partner sites across the US – Colorado, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee – that align with the Composites Institute's five shared research, development, and demonstration facilities; Composite Materials and Process, Compressed Gas Storage, Design, Modelling, and Simulation, Vehicles, and Wind Turbines.

IACMI interns partnered with mentors on a variety of projects ranging from designing and producing a composite Hyperloop shell prototype to developing polystyrene microcapsules around a paraffin wax core to be used in the creation of wind turbine blades, all responding to the need for faster and more cost, material and energy efficient composite manufacturing.

The Composites Institute

The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), managed by the Collaborative Composite Solutions Corporation (CCS), is a partnership of industry, universities, national laboratories, and federal, state and local governments working together to benefit the US nation's energy and economic security by sharing existing resources and co-investing to accelerate development and commercial deployment of advanced composites.

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