WEST BETHESDA, Md. - Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock engineer, Johnnie DeLoach, was selected to manage the White House's manufacturing Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation Institute (LM3I) scheduled for an Apr. 9 kick-off.
The focus of the LM3I Institute will be on the integrated design and manufacturing of lightweight components and structures for commercial and defense applications, and the verification of those designs through pilot production and validation through experimental testing. DeLoach's overarching function is to develop, establish, and provide ongoing direct government oversight of the LM3I Institute.
"It's a tremendous honor and a significant responsibility to work on an initiative of this importance and visibility," said Johnnie DeLoach, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock materials division head.
DeLoach has more than 30 years of naval engineering service in a broad variety of materials-related engineering and research and development programs. His primary technical areas of concentration are high strength steels (including castings), filler metal development, friction stir welding, nondestructive evaluation, and weldability assessment and procedure development for ferrous and non ferrous metals used in U.S. Navy ships and submarines.
The LM3I Institute is a five-year, $70 million effort, which includes some of the world's foremost aluminum, titanium, and high strength steel manufacturers, leading materials providers, and critical end-users at universities on the cutting edge of technology development and research. In total, there are 34 companies, nine universities and labs, and 17 other organizations.
Advanced lightweight metals possess mechanical and electrical properties comparable to traditional materials while enabling much lighter components and products. A national institute will make the United States more competitive by scaling-up research to accelerate market expansion for products such as wind turbines, medical devices, engines, armored combat vehicles, and airframes, and lead to significant reductions in manufacturing and energy costs.
In last year's State of the Union address, the President proposed a series of three new manufacturing institutes designed to serve as a regional hub to bridge the gap between applied research and product development, bringing together companies, universities and other academic and training institutions and Federal agencies to co-invest in technology areas that encourage investment and production in the United States. This type of "teaching factory" provides a unique opportunity for the education and training of students and workers at all levels, while providing the shared assets to help companies, most importantly small manufacturers, access the cutting-edge capabilities and equipment to design, test, and pilot new products and manufacturing processes.