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December 5, 2016
Hamilton on the Hill!

On December 5, 1791, the first U.S. Secretary of Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, catapulted manufacturing to the forefront of American politics when he addressed congress on the significance of manufacturing through his Report on the Subject of Manufactures. In his report, Hamilton urged economic freedom by placing a great emphasize on the need to advance the manufacturing sector.

November 18, 2016
The main section of the Novomer system which includes a reactor, membrane separation, polymerizer, and controls needed to run the fully automated system which converts waste carbon dioxide into valuable chemicals.
AMO Success Story: Converting Waste to Valuable Materials and Chemicals

For chemical manufacturers, waste usually equates to a loss – loss of time, money, opportunity, or all of the above. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a byproduct of many manufacturing processes, and also contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. If manufacturers can find a way to convert waste CO2 into different valuable chemicals, they can save money and reduce harmful emissions into the environment.  

November 16, 2016
AMO Deputy Director Rob Ivester discusses the U.S. manufacturing sector’s energy footprint and the importance of helping manufacturers.
AMO Deputy Director Joins Industry and University Leaders to Discuss the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Innovation is a collaborative exercise that works best when industry, government, and research institutions put their heads together to identify and solve our nation’s biggest challenges. The Government University Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR), which provides a unique forum for dialogue among top government, university, and industry leaders of the national science and technology enterprise, recently held a meeting in Washington, DC on October 25-26.

November 2, 2016
AMO Director Mark Johnson joins a town hall-style discussion at the 2016 National Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership Summit in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on October 19.
AMO Director Mark Johnson Tackles Regional Innovation Opportunities

Before we can start tackling the nation’s pressing energy challenges, we first have to discuss what those challenges are and put together a strategy to address them. In the month of October, Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) Director Mark Johnson participated in two events that aimed to answer the question, “How can communities and the government work together to find solutions to challenges?” At both of these events, Dr. Johnson joined members of academia, local communities, and the government to focus on specific areas in which communities and the government can work together.

October 25, 2016
Better Plants Partners Celebrated for Reaching Ambitious Energy and Water Goals

2015 was a banner year for Better Plants, with two Challenge partners and eight program partners meeting their goals of reducing energy intensity by at least 25 percent within 10 years. Their leadership brings the total number of energy goal achievers, since the start of Better Plants, to 35. An additional two Challenge partners met their goals under a new Better Plants initiative to save water, an important complement to energy efficiency since energy is used to transport and treat water.

October 20, 2016
AMO Technology Manager Kelly Visconti discusses energy savings opportunities for carbon fiber-reinforced composites.
AMO’s Kelly Visconti Discusses Composites for Clean Energy at CAMX

On Tuesday, September 27, Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) Technology Manager Kelly Visconti joined composites industry leaders at the Composites and Materials Expo (CAMX), the largest, most comprehensive composites and advanced materials event for products, solutions, networking, and advanced industry thinking. Nearly 8,000 people attended the four-day event in Anaheim, California which featured 13 concurrent session tracks, 544 exhibiting companies, and 313 expert speakers, all focused on composites and advanced materials.

October 19, 2016
The Carbon Fiber Technology Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed new technology for manufacturing low-cost, high-volume carbon fiber for transportation, energy, and infrastructure industries.  (Photo courtesy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
AMO’s Carbon Fiber Technology Facility Celebrates New Licensing Agreement

Manufacturers rely on applied research and development to verify and validate new ideas, but another test that is just as important is commercialization. How do we take new innovations and bring them to the market so they can make a lasting impact in the way goods are made?

October 17, 2016
AMO Celebrates Manufacturing Day Across the Country

On October 7, 2016, manufacturers across the country opened their doors and hosted events in honor of Manufacturing Day.  Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. The day is an opportunity for manufacturers to offer open houses, tours, and demonstrations and to make announcements of new technologies or manufacturing goals.

October 7, 2016
Why Should Americans Care About Manufacturing Day?

Today we join communities across the nation in celebrating Manufacturing Day. Manufacturing has been a foundation for the nation since 1791 when Alexander Hamilton, our first Secretary of the Treasury, delivered the “Report on the Subject of Manufactures” to Congress.

October 4, 2016
AMO and Better Plants Plays Major Role at the World Energy Engineering Congress

From September 21 to 23, energy leaders came together in Washington, DC for the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC), the largest energy conference and technology expo specifically for business, industrial, and institutional energy users in the United States.

September 21, 2016
Highlights
Students Go Back to School, Prepare for Clean Energy Careers

The Energy Department’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) is investing in programs that ensure the future workforce can meet and exceed the needs of the booming clean energy sector. These educational opportunities set students up for success throughout their careers and help the U.S. remain a global leader in clean energy innovation

September 20, 2016
Innovation Crossroads Launches to Develop the Next Generation of Clean Energy Entrepreneurs

We need an energy revolution—a revolution that will mitigate the impact of climate change while providing affordable and reliable energy to everyone, and transition the United States and the world to a clean energy future.

September 16, 2016
The Better Plants booth at the 2015 World Energy Engineering Congress.
Better Plants to Lead Conference Track and Expo Booth at World Energy Engineering Congress

Next week, the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC), the largest energy conference and technology expo specifically for business, industrial, and institutional energy users in the United States, will be held in Washington, DC. From September 21 to 23, energy leaders will come together to hear presentations from top industry experts, attend training seminars, explore new technologies and services, and participate in workshops.

September 15, 2016
A simulation of pressure applied to felt used to absorb water in a paper drying process is one of the projects that received funding from the Department of Energy. | <em>Photo courtesy of David Trebotich/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory</em>
HPC4Mfg: Pairing Bright Minds with Powerful Resources to Address Critical Challenges in Manufacturing

The goal of our High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) program is to allow more entrepreneurs and innovators to tap into this technology. We have set out to partner innovative manufacturers from across the country with our world-class supercomputers and the Lab experts who know how to maximize their strength.

September 14, 2016
Cyclotron Road Innovator Recognized in MIT's "35 under 35"

Last month, Kendra Kuhl was highlighted as one of the MIT Technology Review’s “35 Innovators Under 35” for her work at Opus 12, a startup in the AMO-sponsored Cyclotron Road program. The award recognizes “disruptors and dreamers” who are “inquisitive and persistent, inspired and inspiring” and “are poised to be leaders in their fields.”

August 30, 2016
Official measurement of the 3D-printed trim tool printed at the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Photo courtesy of ORNL.
AMO’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility Helps Set Guinness World Record in 3D Printing

The Guinness Book of World Records is filled with strange, extraordinary, and awe-inspiring feats and accomplishments. This week, the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) snagged a spot in the record book with the world’s largest solid 3D printed object.

August 25, 2016
The Honorable Deborah L. Wince-Smith Discusses Breaking the Glass Ceiling in Manufacturing

DWS_preferred headshot.jpgWomen’s Equality Day (Aug. 26) is an annual celebration of the certification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. The Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) recently sat down with one of its collaborating partners, the Honorable Deborah L.

August 23, 2016
Atomically precise catalysts can have a rigid shape which mimics the best catalysts found in nature (enzymes) and create a selective “pocket” into which the chemical reactants fit.
Small Businesses Selected for Research Awards in New Topic Focused on Mimicking Nature’s Catalysts

In June 2016, five projects were selected for Phase I awards in the new Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) focus area of Atomically Precise Catalysts through the combined Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program.

August 22, 2016
Engineering Students and Alumni Recognized for Distinguished Achievement in Helping Businesses Save Energy and Money

Have you ever wondered how American small manufacturers stay competitive in today’s global economy? Maybe not, but since 1976 the US Department of Energy has been supporting teams of experts who each day develop the resources needed and provide engineering technical support to these businesses. These teams provide recommendations to help manufacturers operate at the highest level of energy efficiency and productivity. 

August 11, 2016
Distillation columns like this one are used in a variety of chemical manufacturing applications. Photo courtesy of Organic Chemistry (McMurray).
AMO Success Story: New Software Will Enable Chemical Manufacturers to Optimize Distillation Column Configuration and Save Energy

Designing manufacturing processes can be a lot like solving puzzles: you know the pieces you’re starting with and you know what the end result should be, but it’s your job to determine the best way to accomplish everything that happens in between. Chemical manufacturing processes that utilize distillation present an exciting and interesting challenge because the puzzle pieces can be put together in a number of different ways and still offer a solution.

August 2, 2016
From left to right: Col. James E. Davis, Commander of the U.S. Army Garrison Aberdeen Proving Ground; Wayne Harbaugh, Energy Efficiency Program Director from Baltimore Gas and Electric; Dr. Kathleen Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency; Major General Bruce T. Crawford, Commanding General CECOM and Senior Mission Commander at Aberdeen Proving Ground (Photo courtesy of The Baltimore Sun)
AMO Provides Technical Assistance to First Ever CHP Project at a U.S. Army Installation

On Tuesday, July 19, the U.S. Army debuted a new Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Aberdeen, Maryland. Dr. Kathleen Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, gave remarks and helped with the ceremonial cutting of the chains to open the plant. This new CHP plant is the first of its kind on an army installation, and represents an innovative public-private partnership between the U.S. Army Materiel Command, U.S.

July 29, 2016
(From Left to Right) Dan Hasler, President, Purdue Research Foundation; Ian Steff, Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, Indiana Economic Development Corporation; Craig Blue, CEO Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI); Leah Jamieson, John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering, Purdue University; Suresh Garimella, Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships at Purdue University; John Dennis, Mayor of West Lafayette; and Kelly Visconti, Technology Manager, Advanced Manufacturing Office, U.S. Department of Energy. In back is R. Byron Pipes, John Leighton Bray Distinguished Professor of Engineering at Purdue University, who emceed the event. (Photo courtesy of Purdue Research Foundation)
AMO’s Kelly Visconti Joins Ribbon Cutting of $50 million Indiana Manufacturing Institute

On Tuesday, July 26, more than 300 people and about 20 Indiana composites companies came together in West Lafayette, Indiana for a ribbon-cutting event for the new Indiana Manufacturing Institute. The $50 million facility will house the Center for Composites Manufacturing and Simulation, which is part of the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI). IACMI is a public-private consortium supported by the Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO).

July 28, 2016
AMO Director Dr. Mark Johnson (center) discusses manufacturing and workforce development at the White House Economic Development Forum in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on July 21.
AMO Director Discusses Workforce Development at White House Economic Development Forum

On Thursday, July 21, leading economic development professionals from around the country gathered at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC for the 2016 White House Economic Development Forum. Hosted by SelectUSA, the White House National Economic Council, and the International Economic Development Council, the day-long event included presentations and panel discussions designed to focus on topics critical to long-term U.S economic competitiveness.