AMP SoCal regularly hosts free webinars featuring a variety of expert speakers who provide valuable information for aerospace and defense manufacturers. The online productions are accessible as a live webinar, and are recorded and housed on the AMP SoCal website as part of its growing online library of business-friendly content.
Wichita, Kansas has been a national advanced manufacturing and aerospace industry hub for nearly a century. The region also became a federally designated manufacturing community at the same time as Southern California, when AMP SoCal was formed, and we’ve been able to see examples of the great work being done for the aerospace industry in Southern Kansas.
Wichita State University is home to one of the oldest aerospace engineering programs in the country. The WSU labs and research play an active role in reducing time to market for new product development while also supporting workforce development for new design technologies/ advanced materials. In the last few years, the University was able to secure funding and land to build the Wichita State Innovation Campus, Advanced Manufacturing Demonstration Facility/3D Experience Center at WSU Experiential Engineering Building. This state of the art facility is a shining example of industry/university collaboration and a resource for industry across the globe.
Debra Franklin, M.B.A.
Director of Strategic University Initiatives, Wichita State University
Debbie coordinates, prioritizes, and pursues resources for the regional advanced manufacturing strategic plan initiatives, collaborates with partner institutions to provide technical assistance to existing businesses and startup firms for technology transfer and transition/migration, and develops university-level proposals for government grants and contracts. She is committed to advancing an innovation ecosystem with industry that promotes technology-based economic development.