Contact: Ellen Sterner
SMU News & Media Relations
(214) 768-7650

 

May 13, 2002

SMU SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING’S RESEARCH CENTER FOR ADVANCED MANUFACTURING SIGNS FIRST CORPORATE MEMBER

DALLAS (SMU) -- Halliburton Energy Services of Carrollton has signed an agreement to become the first corporate member of the SMU School of Engineering’s Research Center for Advanced Manufacturing.

The center, located in Richardson, is developing advanced manufacturing techniques that will enable industries to make parts that currently are impossible to make any other way. Techniques being studied at the center also have the capability to help industries repair high-value parts quickly and inexpensively.

Companies that become members of the center can gain full access to the center’s unique facilities and expertise. Annual membership fees are based on company size. Membership fees can be applied to sponsor research projects that will benefit individual companies or groups of companies.

“With many companies cutting research and development funding, it is more important than ever for universities to work closely with industry to address key research and development issues in manufacturing technology,” said Radovan Kovacevic, director of the center.

Kovacevic said industry support will help the center attract additional government funding. The National Science Foundation, for example, has an Industry/University Cooperative Research Center Program that provides funds to centers that annually obtain at least $300,000 in membership fees from at least six members.

For more information on corporate membership in the center, call 214-768-4865.


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