Southern University, the historically Black educational institution in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has become the first HBCU to partner with America Makes, an initiative that is involved with additive manufacturing and 3D printing technology, research, and innovation. This public-private partnership is a multi-agency collaboration among industry, universities, and government partners, led by the Departments of Commerce, Energy, Defense, Education, NASA, and the National Science Foundation.
America Makes currently has more than 170 members representing small and large industry, academia, non-profits, and government. America Makes is managed and operated by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining.
America Makes has created an educational roadmap that details specific skills and trainings that they deem necessary for the workforce to incorporate into the university’s departmental curriculum. The university believes that the partnership will allow the educational institution to provide the training that will make its graduates attractive to major employers that are involved with additive manufacturing processes.