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The Defense Materials, Manufacturing and Infrastructure Standing Committee

Within the scope of the National Academies, the general purpose of the Materials, Manufacturing and Infrastructure Standing Committee shall be the advancement of materials science and engineering, manufacturing and infrastructure issues in the national interest.

Many of the issues that the Department of Defense will need to address within the next several years are systems based complex problems. Of these problems, those that are being addressed by this committee includes significant issues regarding materials, manufacturing, and infrastructural activities, related to a military focus on personnel, platforms, facilities and the manufacturing / industrial base, with transfer of relevant technologies to the commercial sector as appropriate. These issues will be affected by understanding the interactive role of materials, manufacturing and infrastructure which include, but are not limited to: maintaining technological superiority; creating energy efficient, high performance and sustainable platforms; assuring a safe, healthy, and energy efficient infrastructure; securing the safety of facilities and ports and assessing the critical availability and timeliness of the processes that provide our defense materials, parts, and products. Informed approaches to addressing these issues, although assessed from a defense focus, will enable the nation to more effectively sustain technological leadership, as well as to maintain safety of people within the national and private facilities, enhance infrastructural well-being and improve the health of manufacturing.






Exploiting Advanced Manufacturing Capabilities: Topology Optimization in Design


New advances in modeling and additive manufacturing can help tailor the geometry and composition of a component to improve its performance, but there is still much to be learned before the manufacturing of these optimized structures is possible. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine invite you to attend a workshop on exploiting advanced manufacturing capabilities and topology optimization on November 19-20, 2019 in Washington, D.C. This workshop will examine how topology optimization can be effectively implemented and extended to meet next generation needs in defense manufacturing. Topics will include optimizing manufacturability alongside material design, methods for optimizing multiple different properties of a single material, and how these principles can be applied to flexible electronics and biomaterials.




Download Preliminary Agenda


November 19, 2019: 8:30am-5pm
November 20, 2019: 8:30am-2:30pm



National Academy of Sciences Building, Room 125
2101 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C 20418   







The future DMMI workshop schedule is as follows:


  • July 16-17, 2019 in Washington, D.C.
  • November 19-20, 2019 in Washington, D.C.
  • March 17-18, 2020, Location TBD
  • July 14-15, 2020, Location TBD
  • November 17-18, 2020, Location TBD

Workshop topics (not in chronological order) will include:

  • Domestic manufacturing capabilities: Emerging Needs in Quantum-enabled systems 
  • What does quantum computing bring to new materials design?
  • Topology Optimization in Design: Exploiting Advanced Manufacturing Capabilities 
  • Data analytics and what it means to the Materials Community 
  • What's next after CMOS?