The Center for Laser Aided Manufacturing at SMU was created to develop a fundamental understanding of laser-aided intelligent manufacturing.
In August 2005, the National Science Foundation awarded SMU a grant to establish the Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) for Lasers and Plasmas for Advanced Manufacturing. SMU is the fourth university site in the multi-institutional I/UCRC for Lasers and Plasmas for Advanced Manufacturing together with the University of Michigan, the University of Virginia, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In August 2010, NSF granted SMU an extension of the I/UCRC for the next five years.
"The NSF’s I/UCRCs program is structured to develop long-term partnerships among industry, academe, and government. The centers are catalyzed by a small investment from the NSF and are primarily supported by industry center members, with NSF taking a supporting role in their development and evolution. Each center is established to conduct research that is of interest to both the industry and the center. An I/UCRC contributes to the Nation’s research infrastructure base and enhances the intellectual capacity of the engineering and science workforce through the integration of research and education." (www.nsf.gov)
"The I/UCRC Program initially offers five-year awards to centers. This five-year period allows for the development of a strong partnership between the academic researchers and their industrial and government members. After five years, Centers that continue to meet the I/UCRC Program requirements may apply for a second five-year award. These awards allow Centers to continue to grow and diversify their non-NSF membership. After ten years, the Centers are expected to be fully supported by industrial, other Federal agency, and state and local government partners." (www.nsf.gov)
Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers for Lasers and Plasmas for Advanced Manufacturing