Following is a brief description of each of the organizations involved in Project SM. In all cases, all of the work associated with Project SM will be conducted in the U.S.
American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) is the world’s leading organization for chemical engineering professionals, with over 40,000 members from over 90 countries. AIChE has the breadth of resources and expertise you need whether you are in core process industries or emerging areas, such as nano-biotechnology.
Emerson Process Management
Emerson Process Management, an Emerson business, is a leader in helping businesses automate their production, processing and distribution in the chemical, oil and gas, refining, pulp and paper, power, water and wastewater treatment, metals and mining, food and beverage, life sciences, and other industries. The Company combines superior products and technology with industry-specific engineering, consulting, project management and maintenance services.
General Dynamics is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and mission-critical information systems and technology.
National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS)
National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) is a nonprofit, member-based consortium. The organization’s objective is to drive the global competitiveness of North American Manufacturers through collaboration, innovation, and advanced technologies.
Nimbis Services acts as a nationwide brokerage and clearinghouse for a broad spectrum of Digital Analysis Computing (DAC) Services. Nimbis pre-negotiates volume priced contracts with DAC vendors to provide easy, affordable, reliable “pay-as-you-go” access to compute cycles, third-party software, and expertise.
Praxair is the largest industrial gases company in North and South America, and one of the largest worldwide, with 2010 sales of $10 billion. The Company produces, sells and distributes atmospheric and process gases, and high-performance surface coatings. Praxair products, services and technologies bring productivity and environmental benefits to a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, chemicals, food and beverage, electronics, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, metals and others.
Schneider Electric (Previously Invensys) develops and Applies advanced technologies that enable the world’s manufacturing and energy generating facilities, mainline and mass transit rail networks, and Appliances to operate safely and in an energy efficient manner. The Company works with nearly all of the major petroleum and chemical companies.
The Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC)
The Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) provides overall project guidance to ensure an industry-driven and comprehensive approach to manufacturing. The SMLC is a non-profit organization comprised of 40+ institutions across industry, academia, manufacturing consortia, national labs and government.
UCLA – The Institute for Digital Research and Education (IDRE)
UCLA – The Institute for Digital Research and Education (IDRE) advances the existing body of computing knowledge and expertise, and is involved with many world class research groups involved in scientific computing, data analysis, energy management, sensor networks, dynamics, and control technologies. IDRE in conjunction with the Offices of Information Technology and Research designs and operates UCLA’s high performance research cyber infrastructure facilities, and supports software application development for a wide range of research and development interests. The Department of Chemical and Bio-molecular Engineering is a top department with nationally recognized expertise in systems, dynamics, modeling, and control, and strong interactions with industry.
UT-Austin – The Departments of Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering
UT-Austin – The Departments of Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering are top ten departments with strong interactions with industry. Both have nationally recognized expertise in dynamics and controls, instrumentation and sensors, metals processing, and fluid flow and heat transfer modeling. Top U.S. graduate students are recruited by both departments.