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Minority students in advanced manufacturing collaborate and innovate at Kansas City National Security Campus

July 6, 2018

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Participants at the 2018 MSIPP workshop on Advanced Manufacturing at the Kansas City National Security Campus (KCNSC).
Participants at the 2018 MSIPP workshop on Advanced Manufacturing at the Kansas City National Security Campus.

A diverse group of more than 35 university students and professors visited the Kansas City National Security Campus (KCNSC) this spring for the 2018 Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Program (MSIPP) workshop on Advanced Manufacturing, which is funded by NNSA. 

“We understand that a diverse workforce keeps companies competitive while they push production to a potential new age. This is why the KCNSC continues to support the NNSA on mentoring and supporting the MSIPP goals,” said Francisco J Garcia-Moreno, Metals Additive Manufacturing Process Engineer for KCNSC.

During the workshop, partnership university professors and students teamed with KCNSC subject matter experts to share their individual expertise and to increase their knowledge of technology development with a focus on materials analysis and characterization for 3D-printed products.

Select students also got the chance to present their research. Some of the topics included: additive manufacturing of glass-to-metal seals, depositing nickel and diamond-like coatings on post-processed additive manufacturing steel component, and titanium carbide infiltrated with aluminum.

MSIPP establishes a sustainable pipeline for minority students pursuing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics degrees to achieve their career goals. The program also strengthens the relationship between NNSA and historically black colleges and universities in STEM disciplines.

KCNSC has partnered with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Y-12 National Security Campus since 2012 to support the MSIPP Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing.