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.
Founded in 2014, and initially funded by the state of Utah, UAMMI seeks to maintain Utah’s leadership in this key global industry by:
- Promoting the use of advanced materials and manufacturing processes in Utah
- Convening industry, academia, government, education
- Providing current and relevant industry information and facilitating connections
- Accessing both academic and industrial research to solve problems industry has in common
- Advocating for workforce issues that impact the advanced materials industry
- Assisting Utah economic development efforts to expand the industry
- Working with innovation centers to address advanced materials issues
- Supporting the Composites Working Group
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.
The UAMMI mission is accomplished by the work of key partners. These include:
Jeff has an extensive background in technology and economic development. He served as President & CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCUtah) for 15 years.
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.
Chief Technology Officer
Brent Strong, Ph.D., is an emeritus professor of Manufacturing Engineering Technology (Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology) at Brigham Young University. 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.
Angie L. Tymofichuk
Military Liason - LSI
Angie Tymofichuk is Vice President for Science, Technology and Research for Logistic Specialties, Inc. (LSI). She consultants industry and academia in technology-based economic development, specializing in sponsored research/grants with specific interest in dual use technologies.
Angie began her career in 1990 as a Palace Acquire intern at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, where she worked as a physicist in the Nonlinear Optics Laboratory. She later moved to Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., where she teamed with NASA and other Air Force laboratories to develop leading edge optical coating technologies. While at Kirtland AFB she became a test manager for the Airborne Laser Program and oversaw the development of that program’s integrated test plan, and its test and evaluation master plan. She also served as a crew member on a Congressionally-mandated deployment to the Middle East to determine the potential atmospheric effects on laser characteristics and propagation. In 2001, Ms. Tymofichuk returned to Wright-Patterson AFB to serve as the transition manager responsible for organizing and establishing a new program office for the Loitering Electronic Warfare Killer Advanced Concept Technology Demonstrator.
While at Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command she served as the command’s program element manager for more than $1 billion of developmental test infrastructure. She later served in OSD as the lead analyst for 15 test and evaluation program elements across the Department of Defense valued at more than $3.3 billion. Upon returning to the Air Force, Ms. Tymofichuk was assigned as Chief of the Engineering and Technical Management Office, 309th Maintenance Wing, and later promoted to Director of Engineering for the Ogden Air Logistics Center, Hill AFB, Utah, where she served as the commander’s principal adviser on all technical information and policy for all science and engineering activities and technical data compliance at the site.
Angie is a past member of the Senior Executive Service and Director of Engineering and Technical Management, Air Force Sustainment Center (AFSC), Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. There she was responsible for the development, implementation, and oversight of the Center’s technical policies, processes, databases, and goals/standards as well as the overall scientific and engineering expertise for the AFSC. She served as the Center’s senior engineering manager and provides executive leadership and technical direction to a technical workforce of more than 4,500 science and engineering professionals supporting the center’s mission at three locations (Robins Air Force Base, Ga., Hill Air Force Base, Utah, and Tinker AFB, Okla.) and encompassing depot maintenance, repair, and overhaul activities; supply chain management; and a world class software maintenance and development enterprise.
Ross E. Marshall
Director Supply Chain Tool – LSI
Ross Marshall is Vice President of Strategy for Logistic Specialties, Inc. (LSI), a leading business and economic development consulting firm serving national and international clients in both the government and commercial sectors. He provides strategic guidance to LSI executives and corporate clients regarding business development services and assists defense related companies with capture and proposal development, strategy and market intelligence, and program execution.
Marshall brings more than three decades of leadership, strategy and hands-on experience to LSI, with expertise in maintenance, repair, and overhaul programs, program management and acquisition, financial management, supply chain management and policy formulation. He joined LSI in 2014 following a highly distinguished career as a member of the Senior Executive Service with the United States Air Force.
During his tenure with the federal government, Marshall provided direction and policy for a broad range of programs impacting national security strategy, resource allocations and force employment. He most recently served as Executive Director of the Air Force Sustainment Center, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. In this capacity, he helped plan and execute supply chain management and depot maintenance for a wide range of aircraft, engines, missiles and components. He assisted with oversight operations spanning three air logistics complexes, three air base wings, two supply chain management wings, and remote locations encompassing more than 32,000 personnel.
Notable prior positions include Executive Director of the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center, Deputy Director of Logistics and Sustainment for HQ Air Force Materiel Command, and Deputy Chief of Maintenance, U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon. He has also managed all facets of the F-4 weapon system as Deputy System Program Director, and served as program manager for the F/A-18 Modification program. He has been honored with numerous awards, including the Presidential Rank Award in recognition of sustained extraordinary accomplishment.
Marshall earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Utah. He holds an additional master’s in stategic studies from the Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, and is a graduate of the Senior Executive Program at Columbia University. He is acquisition certified in program management and life cycle management, and holds a current top secret clearance.
Marketing & Events Partner
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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.
- Darin Brush – Vice President External Engagement & Economic Development, Davis Tech
- Deborah Lux – Vice President Technology (Acting), Orbital ATK
- Matt Majewski – Vice President Aerospace Engineering, Kihomac
- George Hansen – Founder/CTO, Conductive Composites
- Scott Lindsay – CEO, TCR Composites
- Sarah Lehman – CEO, ENVE Composites
- Val Hale – Executive Director, Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development
- David Ferro – Dean College of Engineering, Applied Science and Technology, Weber State University;
- Jim Taggart – President, Ogden-Weber Tech College
- Ginger Chinn – Managing Director, Governor’s Office of Economic Development
- Terrence Bride – Division Manager, Ogden City Business Development
- Clint Devitt – Vice President and General Manager, Janicki Industries Utah
- Sandra Hemmert – CTE Specialist, Granite School District
- Brent Strong – Global Executive Vice President, SAMPE
- David Hansen – Technical Director, OO-ALC/EN Ogden Air Logistics Complex