ABOUT UAMMI

UAMMI is the connecting point for Utah’s Advanced Materials & Manufacturing Industry!

The Utah Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Initiative (UAMMI) brings together public, private, community, industry and education partners to assure growth and sustainability of Utah’s advanced material and manufacturing industry.

The mission of UAMMI is to ensure that Utah is the global leader in value-added advanced materials, manufacturing, technology development, and design by integrating industry, academic and government contributors in ways that enhance collaboration, promote business opportunities, share knowledge resulting from relevant research and engage a skilled and trained workforce.

Our guiding principles are to:

  • Innovate Advanced Material: Our focus is on expanding the innovation and use of all advanced materials with a primary emphasis on carbon composites, along with other materials including ceramics, biomaterials and materials yet to be developed.
  • Growth Through New Uses: We foster and encourage new uses of advanced materials in all applications, across all industries, and integral to all manufacturing.
  • Industry Solution:  We actively seek solutions to today’s industry-relevant problems and challenges.
  • Relevant Research: We encourage and support all relevant research conducted by academic, corporate and independent researchers that leads to the discovery of new advanced materials, new uses for these materials and the adoption of new manufacturing processes that produce measurable benefits.
  • Alignment: We leverage our resources with those from selected partners delivering services and programs complimentary to our own in order to increase our impact and benefit to the industry.
UAMMI Yearly Accomplishment Summaries
Utah’s History in Aerospace & Advanced Materials

Advanced manufacturing and materials began in Utah during the space race of the 1950’s when two Utah based explosives companies, Hercules and Thiokol, developed expertise to improve missiles with carbon fiber. Orbital ATK, which resulted from the merger of Hercules and Thiokol along with Hexcel continued the carbon fiber business. Today, many of the materials and processes used in advanced manufacturing around the world have been developed here in Utah.

This early beginning has expanded to include well over 100 Utah businesses ranging from startups to large companies developing advanced materials for a wide variety of aerospace components, medical devices, industrial products, recreational equipment and more.

In addition, Utah’s supply chain has significantly diversified to include manufacturing, material suppliers, and service-based companies performing sophisticated design and analysis.  Through all this, Utah has developed a worldwide reputation as a leader in advanced manufacturing.

UAMMI Partners

The UAMMI mission is accomplished by the work of key partners.  These include:

SAMPE - Society for Advanced Materials and Process Engineering

UAMMI works closely with and relies on SAMPE for technical expertise and worldwide contacts.

Dept of Workforce Services

The Department of Workforce Services is UAMMI’s partner for workforce development and economic data and analysis.

i5 Services

i5 Services is managing the rollout and technical support for the UAMMI Supply Chain tool.  i5’s mission is to create business solutions that change industries and cut costs.

GOED - Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development

GOED is UAMMI’s partner to help grow the advanced materials industry cluster in Utah.

EDCU - Economic Development Corporation of Utah

UAMMI assists EDCU in advanced manufacturing recruiting activities.

UMA - Utah Manufacturing Association

The Utah Manufacturing Association is a member of UAMMI that helps promote workforce development and supply chain expansion.

University of Utah - SCI Institute

The SCI Institute is leading the Supply Chain Mapping project and other initiatives in association with UAMMI.

IACMI - Institute for Advanced Composites Innovation

IACMI is UAMMI’s partner for energy related projects.

NAM - National Association of Manufacturing

UAMMI is part of NAM’s national supply chain mapping project.

IMCP – Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership

UAMMI and Utah are designated as one of 22 IMCP sites in the United States for Advanced Materials.

America Makes

As a member of America Makes, UAMMI receives access to additive manufacturing experts from within the industry as well as additive manufacturing technical and workforce data. Utah companies will have access to these resources through UAMMI.

UAMMI Team

Jeff Edwards

Jeff Edwards

Executive Director

Jeff Edwards has served as the Executive Director for UAMMI since January 2017. Jeff has an extensive background in technology and economic development and served as President & CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCUtah) for 15 years.

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During his tenure, EDCUtah helped to bring into the state more than 80,000 new jobs and nearly $3B in new capital investment. As part of that assignment, he worked closely with the aerospace and defense companies to promote Utah as a prime destination for the advanced materials industry.

Before joining EDCUtah, he spent the majority of his career in the aerospace and computer industries in both technical and marketing roles. Jeff holds a BA degree from the University of Utah in Chemistry.

Brent Strong

Brent Strong

Chief Technology Officer

Brent Strong, Ph.D., is the Chief Technology Officer for UAMMI and is a critical piece of connecting Utah companies within the industry.  Brent is an emeritus professor of Manufacturing Engineering Technology (Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology) at Brigham Young University.

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Dr. Strong’s technical research interests are in composite and plastic materials and in processing of those materials. He was elected International President of the Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering (SAMPE), the leading society for composite materials engineering and was later named a SAMPE Fellow. He was the editor-in- chief of the Journal of Advanced Materials. He is the author, co-author or editor of 12 books, over 100 peer reviewed and invited papers, and is the inventor or co-inventor on 12 patents. Dr. Strong is the founding director of the Advanced Composite Manufacturing and Engineering (ACME) Center, the founding Director of the Manufacturing Leadership Forum and of the Rapid Product Realization Center, all at BYU. Prior to entering Brigham Young University, Dr. Strong had a successful career in industry. He was President of Hardie Irrigation Systems, a world-wide manufacturer of plastic equipment for the drip irrigation industry. He was also the vice president for market development for the Eyring Research Institute and a senior research chemist and manufacturing engineer for the DuPont Company. In addition to his full-time university work, Dr. Strong continues to be active in business – serving on boards of directors and consulting for a number of companies.
Dr. Angela Trego, PMP, PE, FHEA

Dr. Angela Trego, PMP, PE, FHEA

Director of Science & Engineering

Angela is the Director of Science & Engineering for UAMMI. She has held technical & senior leadership roles in major aerospace and industrial companies with special expertise in composite materials. She is involved in engineering education programs where she is part of global accreditation programs for engineering degree programs. 

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She also serves on several technical society boards and non-profit executive boards. Applying a strong technical background with leadership experiences across multiple industries gives Angela a unique perspective on project management, leadership and women in business. She holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Brigham Young University. For more information see www.angelatrego.wordpress.com
 

Grow Utah

Grow Utah

Marketing & Outreach

Grow Utah provides marketing, operational and event management services to UAMMI. As a non-profit organization, Grow Utah is dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship and the expansion of important economic clusters across the state. www.GrowUtah.com

Advanced CFO

Advanced CFO

Accounting

Advanced CFO provides financial management services to UAMMI. Advanced CFO manages the entire financial funnel – from basic bookkeeping, financial reporting, and assistance in raising multiple rounds of funding, to guiding financial decisions that support your long-term growth objectives. Advanced CFO handles all of the financial aspects of a business, including everything from accounting and tracking of finances, all the way up to making financial decisions for the future and providing funding for growth. www.AdvancedCFO.com

UAMMI Board Members

  • Perry Oaks – UAMMI Board Chair / Utah Sr. Manager of Government Affairs, Lockheed Martin.
  • Kori Ann Edwards – Sr. Vice President, Logistic Specialties, Inc.
  • Brent Strong – Global Executive Vice President, SAMPE
  • Darin Brush – President, Davis Technical College
  • Jerome Berg – Staff Engineer, Northrup Grumman
  • Matt Majewski – Vice President Aerospace Engineering, Kihomac
  • George Hansen – Founder/CTO, Conductive Composites
  • Scott Lindsay – CEO, TCR Composites
  • Lyndon Smith – Vice President, Hexcel
  • David Ferro – Dean College of Engineering, Applied Science and Technology, Weber State University;
  • Ginger Chinn – Managing Director, Governor’s Office of Economic Development
  • Terrence Bride – Division Manager, Ogden City Business Development
  • Marshall Hagen – Business Development Manager, Janicki Industries Utah
  • Sandra Hemmert – CTE Specialist, Granite School District
  • Laura Bogusch – General Manager, Boeing Salt Lake
  • Rick Bouillon – Salt Lake Community College

Ex-Officio Members:

  • David Hansen – Technical Director, OO-ALC/EN Ogden Air Logistics Complex
  • Andy Buffmire – Technology Ambassador, University of Utah