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Doing Business As Name:Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station
  • Satish T Bukkapatnam
  • (979) 458-2348
  • Eyad A Masad
Award Date:06/17/2021
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 298,255
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 298,255
  • FY 2021=$298,255
Start Date:07/01/2021
End Date:06/30/2024
Transaction Type:Grant
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.079
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:IRES Track I: Novel international student experiences in smart manufacturing and AI for industry 4.0
Federal Award ID Number:2107572
DUNS ID:847205572
Parent DUNS ID:042915991
Program:IRES Track I: IRES Sites (IS)
Program Officer:
  • Fahmida Chowdhury
  • (703) 292-4672

Awardee Location

Street:400 Harvey Mitchell Pkwy S
City:College Station
County:College Station
Awardee Cong. District:17

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:Texas A&M Engineering Exp Station
Street:3131 TAMU
City:College Station
County:College Station
Cong. District:17

Abstract at Time of Award

This project aims to establish an International Research Experience for Students Site focused on Smart Manufacturing and AI for Industry 4.0 at Aix en Provence, France. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Standards observes that Smart Manufacturing and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are among the chief knowledge gaps of the entering industrial workforce, and this skill gap can lead to $2.5 trillion economic output loss in the next decade. This gap may also impede key scientific discoveries and technological innovations necessary for realizing high-performance and sustainable industrial practice. This project contributes to addressing this critical gap to the nation’s economic sustainability by imparting diverse groups of US engineering students world-class research skills in smart manufacturing and AI through international cohort experiences. It would provide the entering knowledge workforce with hands-on skills in the state-of-the-art industry-scale machines and platforms. It would also instill the abilities to transcend cultural barriers and harness transatlantic resources to effectively deal with the emerging quality, sustainability, security, and productivity challenges of the industry. The project will also broaden professional networks, deepen relationships of a diverse student cohort with the industry, and introduce students to international practices in innovation and technology development. Taken together, the proposed research experiences will contribute to the development of a diverse, globally-engaged US workforce with world-class skills in the area of immense value to the nation’s economy. The project will be hosted at Arts et Métiers, the Grande Ecole of Technology at Aix en Provence, France. The project offers a seven weeks long research experience and internship program for a diverse cohort of students for three years, focusing on Smart Manufacturing and Artificial Intelligence (AI) for the emerging industrial era. The PI and the international host currently co-lead a transatlantic partnership between Texas A&M Engineering and Arts et Métiers, and have initiated research collaborations and a consortium with the industry in Europe focused on smart manufacturing and AI. As part of this partnership, a total of 75 study abroad students and one summer intern spent 8 weeks at Arts et Métiers as well as Henri Fabre Technocenter, a unique public-private partnership consortium established in the South France region. Leveraging these efforts, four broad project themes have been identified to provide world-class research internship experiences to students. Every project will require the student group to engage the industry partner (e.g., Airbus, Essilor, Sateco, Total) to advance the theory and methods of AI/data science to address a specific challenge in an emerging manufacturing platform (e.g., 3-D printing, rapid casting, sustainable machining). Besides providing hands-on experiences with unique industry-scale testbeds at the host location, the proposed project will feature a variety of innovative enrichment activities (e.g., Invent for the Planet) and interactions with the European industry. This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

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