I-DREAM4D, a DoD Consortium for Innovation Driven Research/Education Ecosystem for Advanced Manufacturing for the Defense, is created by DoD to support the talent needs for US military and US defense manufacturing operations. The focus of the consortium is through a collaborative effort, to conduct impactful research for defense innovations and to prepare engineers and scientists who lead the US defense manufacturing innovation.
The consortium is composed of five higher education institutions (UTRGV, UT Austin, UTSA, Virginia Tech, VSU), national research centers, national labs, defense manufacturers, local high school districts, and community colleges. The goal is to promote advanced additive manufacturing (AM) and smart manufacturing (SM) and to support innovations for the defense industries.
National Manufacturing Expo 2023
We would like to express our sincere thanks and gratitude for your attendance and support at National Manufacturing Expo 2023.
It was an incredible success, and we could not have done it without your contribution and encouragement. Your support means a lot to us, and it will go a long way in helping us achieve our goals and vision.
We hope that you left the event feeling inspired, energized, and motivated to make a positive difference in the world.
Once again, thank you for attending and supporting our National Manufacturing Expo 2023.
What We Offer
Events / Conferences
Are you ready for a taste of college life and a snapshot of fascinating innovation projects guided by experts, scientist, engineers and graduate students? I-DREAM4D is call your attention to this two week innovation camp, full of fun and events, plus opportunities to interact with scientist from national laboratories. Come join us and you have the chance to work on 3D printing, robots, drone, unmanned vehicles and more! Contact us for more informationRead More
The consortium organizes regional career expo conferences each year. The location of the conferences will be rotated in the five regions the consortium serves (South Texas, Texas capital, Texas Alamo, Gulf Coast, Commonwealth of Virginia, and DC). The activities of each of the expos will include:
Innovation demos, videos, and special talks about defense manufacturing provided by students and faculty teams, engineers, and scientists from industry partners and defense labs.
Exhibits and Booths
Networking with R&D experts from industry and universities
The U.S. Department of Defense under secretary for research and engineering, on Feb. 16 launched the 2023 National Manufacturing Expo being hosted on the UTRGV Edinburg Campus.
As part of her visit, the under secretary met with UTRGV leaders, community partners and representatives from a range of manufacturing organizations to discuss key topics that included UTRGV's research and development (R&D) portfolio, engineering programs, student success and workforce, and economic development.
UTRGV has a new partnership with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory to share research resources to benefit both groups. Two engineering students were able to participate this summer, as interns at the ARL Aberdeen Proving Ground from the beginning of June to mid-August.
Lindsey Salazar, a Manufacturing Engineering graduate student from Reynosa, and Madelyne Martinez, a senior Mechanical Engineering major from McAllen, participated in the 10-week internship program, supported by the new agreement.
Area high school students this summer had a chance to participate in hands-on learning at UTRGV’s newly expanded I-DREAM4D virtual summer camp.Read More