NCDMM to Host Elite Students from the National Defense University’s Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security & Resource Strategy for Week-long Program Focused on Additive Manufacturing (AM)

  • Eisenhower School Students to Visit America Makes and Its Membership Community


Blairsville, Pa. — March 27, 2018. The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) proudly announces that for the 13th consecutive year, it will host the Manufacturing Industry Study Group from the National Defense University’s Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, formerly known as the Industrial College for the Armed Forces (ICAF), on April 2 – 6, 2018.

The Study Group will visit the Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania regions for a week-long, additive manufacturing (AM) focused, field-study trip designed to complement their current in-class studies. NCDMM has arranged for the Study Group to visit its AM facility, America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, and several local America Makes members to gain first-hand knowledge of how AM is impacting the manufacturing industry.

Based in Washington, D.C., the Eisenhower School is a U.S. military educational institution tasked with preparing senior military officers, government civilians, and selected representatives from the private sector, and international officers for the national security challenges of the 21st century, including the resource component of national power. The curriculum focuses on industry studies with emphasis on advanced manufacturing, material acquisition, and joint logistics, and how these critical areas integrate into national security strategy.

“We are honored to continue our long-standing partnership with the National Defense University’s prestigious Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy and its students who are studying to become our national security leaders of tomorrow,” said Ralph Resnick, NCDMM President and Executive Director and America Makes Founding Director. “NCDMM is recognized as a leader with extensive knowledge and expertise in both commercial and defense manufacturing areas, as well as game-changing technologies like additive manufacturing. We are proud to play a strategic role in these students’ education and prepare them for their duties in shaping economic and defense policies and managing the resources vital to our national security.”

The week’s activities will kick-off on Mon., April 2, with an afternoon tour of the Arconic Technology Center (formerly ALCOA) in New Kensington, Pa., before continuing on to Youngstown, Ohio. On Tues. April 3, students will first visit M-7 Technologies with representatives from Center Street Technologies in attendance and then spend the remainder of the day at America Makes.

“For all of us at America Makes, we are excited to welcome another class of Eisenhower School students to our facility in Youngstown,” said Rob Gorham, America Makes Executive Director. “America Makes is committed to being a catalyst for additive manufacturing innovation and adoption within a highly collaborative infrastructure that promotes the open exchange of information and research. As a public-private partnership with member organizations from industry, academia, government, non-government agencies, and workforce and economic development resources, America Makes serves as a unique and invaluable resource for the Eisenhower School Study Group. During their visit to America Makes and our members, the goal is to have mutually beneficial and productive discussions that expand everyone’s understanding of how advanced manufacturing technologies, specifically additive, impact and relate to today’s strategic resource management and national security policy needs.”

While at America Makes, students will tour the facility, as well as the Youngstown Business Incubator’s (YBI’s) Tech Building 5, and participate in a panel discussion with local AM experts from the America Makes membership community, including Brett Conner, Director of Advanced Manufacturing Research Center, Youngstown State University; Dave Siddle, Sr. Program Manager, NCDMM; Barb Ewing, Chief Executive Officer, YBI; Ashley Martof, Additive Manufacturing Project Manager, YBI; and Cameron Rogers, Research & Development Engineer, rp+m; with America Makes Executive Director Rob Gorham serving as moderator. In the evening, a reception will be held for the Study Group to meet and network with AM industry leaders.

On Wed., April 4 through Fri., April 6, Eisenhower School students will continue to meet with America Makes members and tour their facilities throughout Western Pennsylvania, including:

  • General Electric CATA in Imperial
  • ANSYS Inc. in Canonsburg
  • Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) with the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute in Pittsburgh
  • Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (ATI) in Natrona Heights, Brackenridge, and Oakdale
  • The ExOne Company in Irwin

The week’s activities will conclude with a visit to the Flight 93 National Memorial in Stonycreek Township, Pa., which commemorates the 40 passengers and crew of the hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 that crashed in the September 11th, 2001 attacks, before returning to Washington, D.C.

NCDMM delivers innovative and collaborative manufacturing solutions that enhance our nation’s workforce and economic competitiveness. NCDMM has extensive knowledge and depth in manufacturing areas—both commercial and defense—continually innovate, improve, and advance manufacturing technologies and methodologies. Our experienced team specializes in identifying the needs, the players, the technologies, and processes to attain optimal solutions for our customers. We connect the dots. That’s the NCDMM methodology. NCDMM also manages the national accelerator for additive manufacturing (AM) and 3DP printing (3DP), America Makes—the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. For additional information, visit the NCDMM at

About America Makes
America Makes is the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. As the national accelerator for additive manufacturing (AM), America Makes is the nation’s leading and collaborative partner in AM and 3DP technology research, discovery, creation, and innovation. Structured as a public-private partnership with member organizations from industry, academia, government, non-government agencies, and workforce and economic development resources, we are working together to innovate and accelerate AM to increase our nation’s global manufacturing competitiveness. Based in Youngstown, Ohio, America Makes is the first Institute within the Manufacturing USA infrastructure and is driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM). For more information about America Makes, visit

Source: NCDMM

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