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U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) Chief Scientist Tours NanoMech’s Factories and Laboratories
|By Business Wire
|August 1, 2014 04:05 PM EDT
Today, the Chief Scientist for the U.S. Government Accountability Office
(GAO) Dr. Timothy Persons visited Northwest Arkansas to meet with
NanoMech and tour their facilities in Springdale and Fayetteville. At
the request of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science,
Space, and Technology, Dr. Persons led a strategic forum on
nanomanufacturing to explore participants’ views concerning: 1) the
anticipated scope of future nanomanufacturing developments and related
effects; 2) U.S. investments and competitiveness in nanotechnology R&D
3) options for enhancing U.S. nanomanufacturing competitiveness; and 4)
issues in addressing the environmental, health, and safety implications
of nanomanufacturing. As a result of key input from expert forum
participants, which included NanoMech Chairman & CEO Jim Phillips, the
GAO published a 2014 report titled Nanomanufacturing: Emergence and
Implications for U.S. Competitiveness, the Environment, and Human Health
Dr. Persons also wrote an Op-Ed for Scientific American
titled Does the American Innovation System Need a Reboot? (A link
to the full report can be found here.)
Dr. Timothy Persons tours NanoMech's factory and labs accompanied by some of the company's scientists and executives. (Photo: Business Wire)
Dr. Persons visited NanoMech’s advanced nanomanufacturing plant and
laboratories, including a tour of the 25,000 sq. ft. expansion that is
underway and due for completion in September.
“The important innovation NanoMech is accomplishing in nano-engineered
and manufactured coatings and lubricants is truly breakthrough and
exemplifies American values for pushing technology progress for the
benefit of mankind,” said Dr. Persons. “NanoMech is a shining example of
the U.S. ecosystem fostering public-private partnerships, University
tech transfer and commercialization, and the determination to succeed on
an increasingly competitive global stage.”
“NanoMech is proud to host Dr. Persons, given his tremendous reputation
in the field of science, and his dedication to increasing American
competitiveness through finely tuned public-private partnerships that
encompass updated 21st-century global strategy and tactics,” Phillips
said. “U.S. based, leading edge technology manufacturers are intensely
driven to succeed based on wit, grit and time sensitive achievement, but
we have to increasingly compete against those that are State-run, who
bring unlimited capital, and scale into the competitive production arena
in pursuit of product advancements and bolstering knowledge based jobs.”
Deborah Wince-Smith, CEO of the Council on Competitiveness (www.compete.org)
and also a member of NanoMech’s Board of Directors, praises NanoMech for
their innovative work. “In a world of turbulence, transition and
transformation, nothing matters more to the competitiveness of companies
and countries than innovation and manufacturing prowess.
“The ability to develop and deploy the most cutting-edge tools and
products to bolster U.S. advanced manufacturing will deliver outsized
benefits to the U.S. industrial base. NanoMech and TuffTek®
are at the leading edge of a resurgent U.S. manufacturing capability -
one that is not dumb, dirty, dangerous and disappearing; but is smart,
safe, sustainable and surging.”
Hosted by Dr. Ajay P. Malshe, Founder and CTO of NanoMech and
Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Dr. Greg Salamo,
Distinguished Professor of Physics and Executive Director of the Nano
Materials Science and Engineering Institute at the University of
Arkansas, Dr. Persons toured the Institute including the ultra-high
resolution materials analytical facility. “The Nano Materials Science
and Engineering Institute is a major asset to the region as leading nano
engineering companies, like NanoMech can utilize the vast array of
scientific apparatuses including world-class electron microscopes to
help advance their technology and industry breakthrough products that
increase Arkansas’, and at large, America’s global
manufacturing competitiveness,” Malshe said. NanoMech is the largest
industrial user and rents the Institute’s materials analytical facility
including electron microscopes for ultra-high resolution cross-sectional
nanostructural and elemental analysis, X-ray diffraction for
crystallographic analysis, etc.
About U.S. Government Accountability Office
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is an independent,
nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. Often called the
“congressional watchdog,” GAO investigates how the federal government
spends taxpayer dollars. The head of GAO, the Comptroller General of the
United States, is appointed to a 15-year term by the President. Its
mission is to support the Congress in meeting its constitutional
responsibilities and to help improve the performance and ensure the
accountability of the federal government for the benefit of the American
people, providing Congress with timely information that is objective,
fact-based, nonpartisan, nonideological, fair, and balanced.
NanoMech Inc. was founded in 2002 and creates advanced engineering
materials through patent and patent-pending nano-engineered and
nano-manufactured product development. NanoMech is recognized as a
leader in innovation and technology. Their breakthroughs in
nano-materials and manufacturing include the first cubic boron nitride
coating for machine tools and advanced nano-engineered lubricants. The
company’s products have applications in very advanced machining and
manufacturing, lubrication and energy, sustainable protective
multi-functional coatings for textiles and other consumer products,
strategic military applications and biomedical implant coatings. In the
last year, NanoMech has been presented with the prestigious R&D 100
Award, the Edison Award, and most recently, the Tibbetts Award, making
it the only company in Arkansas’ history to sweep all three awards.
NanoMech is a member of President Obama’s Materials Genome Initiative,
the U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness Initiative (USMCI) and the U.S.
Technology Leadership and Strategy Initiative, both based in Washington,
DC. For more information please visit www.NanoMech.com.
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