July 11, 2016
AMP SoCal News and Events
  • AMP SoCal Bi-Annual Meeting Update
  • Managed Career Pipeline Pilot Program
  • Fac-a-thon for Aerospace Manufacturing
  • Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition Wins Manufacturing Hub Award
  • Startup Slam in Long Beach
  • AIAA September Conference in Long Beach
  • LA County Report on Manufacturing Workforce Needs
  • Advanced Manufacturing - Adapt or Perish!
  • Make It In LA Aerospace Event Recap
  • Technology Transfer Forum Recap
Bi-Annual Meeting - August 4th
Our first Bi-Annual meeting will be held August 4th at the California Science Center in Exposition Park, home to the Space Shuttle Endeavour. Our Bi-Annual meeting will include: the Assistant Secretary of Commerce; a Defense Panel; a facilitated AMP SoCal Townhall discussion to help guide our future work; an Innovation Panel highlighting best practices for manufacturers; and a much anticipated Supply Chain Procurement Panel with representatives from Northrop Grumman, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Parker Aerospace. Please remember that this event is targeted at AMP SoCal partners and owners and general managers of  small and medium companies only.  Space is limited so register now! 
AMP SoCal Managed Career Pipeline Pilot Program
We are proud to announce that our Managed Career Pipeline Pilot Program is currently underway at three regional colleges: Cerritos College, MiraCosta College and West Los Angeles College. The program will be piloting partnerships between regional community colleges and workforce investment boards for workforce development and advancement.  The goal is to create a steady stream of skilled workers to fill apprenticeships and job vacancies in manufacturing firms that have been adversely affected by reduced Department of Defense procurement and contracting. Community colleges in the four-county Southern California region of Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego and Ventura counties were eligible to apply. The different areas of focus include a pre-engineering apprenticeship program at WLAC, entry-level welding technician course at MiraCosta’s Technical Career Institute, and an employment pathway that offers three phases of advanced manufacturing training at Cerritos.    CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO
AMP SoCal's Fac-a-thon Links Faculty's Top Minds to
Manufacturing's Top Research Needs

Are you a researcher up to the challenge of solving some of the A&D manufacturing industry's most pressing research issues? The AMP SoCal led Fac-a-thon unites faculty researchers from colleges and universities across the region, pooling their collective brain-power to solve some of the aerospace and defense (A&D) manufacturing industry’s most pressing research issues, while also simultaneously advancing manufacturing development and technology across the nation.

Building off of the “hackathon” model, where programmers and developers across technology fields hold a focused collaborative session for the successful creation of a product, AMP SoCal has developed a similarly structured Fac-a-thon.

AMP SoCal is proud to be a part of the
Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC)

AMP SoCal is proud to be a part of the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) and its winning proposal for the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) manufacturing hub award. SMLC, a consortium of nearly 200 partners including AMP SoCal, is headquartered in Los Angeles and will lead the new Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute. The award brings over $140 million in public-private investments and will focus on advanced sensors, data analytics, and controls in manufacturing, and reduce costs and improve efficiency of advanced manufacturing in the U.S. There will be five additional regional manufacturing centers launched across the country, each focused on technology transfer and workforce development.     READ MORE

Startup Slam in Long Beach - July 14th

It's time for you to tell us how your startup "Broke the Sound Barrier" during open mic night! Fashioned after poetry slam events, each entrepreneur will have five minutes to tell a story.  

  • What was your breakthrough moment?
  • What was the lesson learned?
  • Share your passion about startups!

Presenting a pitch is all about telling a compelling tale. Here’s your opportunity to practice among friends and have fun. At the end of the evening, audience members vote and prizes will be awarded for the best stories.  

AIAA Space and Astronautics Forum and Exposition (SPACE 2016)
Sept. 13 - 16, Long Beach Convention Center
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Space and Astronautics Forum and Exposition (SPACE 2016) is coming to the Long Beach Convention Center.  SPACE 2016 combines the best aspects of technical conferences with insights from respected leaders, providing a single, integrated forum for navigating the key challenges and opportunities affecting the future direction of space.
Advanced Manufacturing - Adapt or Perish! 
Guest post by Has Patel, Founder & President, Infologic, Inc. and AMP SoCal Pillar Committee Member

Every day, we hear or read of new research and projections of disruptive technologies and emerging business models, such as Internet of Things, Industrial Internet, Industry 4.0, Smart Manufacturing and Digital Manufacturing, which will transform the manufacturing industry.

Larger manufacturing companies, such as GE, Boeing, and Siemens, are harnessing their enormous R&D and other corporate resources to adapt disruptive technologies and emerging business models to transform their enterprises. However, what are the choices for the Small and Medium manufacturing Enterprises (SMEs) which are facing tremendous pressures on a number of business issues, such as profitability, cash flow, workforce development and foreign competition?        CONTINUE READING
Make it in LA -  Aerospace Makers Social

MAKE IT IN LA partnered with Starburst Accelerator, along with Millennium Space Systems and Lightspeed Innovations to host an “Aerospace Makers Social” on June 21st, with industry leaders discussing the “Factory of the Future.” Karen Kerr (GE Ventures), Kim Salzer (Hyperloop One), Dave Barnhart  (Arkisys),   Professor Chris Beyer (CSU Long Beach) and local advanced manufacturing entrepreneurs sat down with Van Espahbodi (Starburst Accelerator) to share views on how advanced materials, robotics, IoT, deep learning and other trends are shaping the future of aerospace and high-­tech manufacturing.

MAKE IT IN LA is a new region-wide initiative to connect and celebrate the nation’s largest community of makers. A coalition of organizations whose mission is to support the manufacturing ecosystem and inspire entrepreneurs to turn their passions into real products.  Check out their website and manufacturing story maps on their website, www.MAKEITINLA.org.

Los Angeles County Manufacturing Careers Pathways Report

Goodwill Southern California in partnership with the Los Angeles County Community and Senior Services has committed to gather intelligence from across the region as it relates to employer needs and industry dynamics, training and education resources, and to assess the pipeline of potential workers to manufacturing jobs. As a result of their surveys, focus groups and one-on-one engagements with industry representatives, educators, public agencies and community organizations they have created a report which includes key findings, promising practices and strategic recommendations. 

Technology Transfer Forum Recap

On June 30, 2016, AMP SoCal hosted an Innovation Forum at UCI Applied Innovation, spotlighting technology transfers occurring through local universities and how to apply them to commercial use.  A panel of five regional universities and a national laboratory highlighted available technology transfers occurring through their technoloty transfer centers and different commercial applications.  Participating institutions included: Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, UCLA and USC, UC Irvine and Sandia National Laboratory.  The video, powerpoints and handout materials for this event will be posted to our website soon.
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