SME Brings NASA Technologies to Detroit in February


Those who attend the SME Technology Interchange at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit next month will learn about 25 NASA technologies ready for co-development, collaboration, and commercialization with Detroit-area companies.

“Bringing NASA technologies to Detroit will enable engineers, innovators, designers, and entrepreneurs to discover how leading-edge science can help them make things better, stronger, or more efficient,” says Lauralyn McDaniel, innovation manager for SME, a Dearborn-based nonprofit that aims to advance manufacturing (formerly the Society of Manufacturing Engineers).

The daylong forum on Feb. 19 will showcase technologies that should be of particular interest to those in the advanced energy, automotive, and innovative manufacturing sectors. “There’s a lot of technologies that between weight reduction, more efficiency, and better energy that will lead to all sorts of improvements for increased auto fuel efficiency,” McDaniel says.

In addition to networking opportunities with supply chain partners and research companies, the event will also include a speaker from Lotus Engineering in Ann Arbor. “(They) will share some of their story of working with NASA to further develop technology and all of the improvements that it led to in their projects and services,” McDaniel says.

Sponsors include TechTown Detroit, TechShop in Dearborn, Automation Alley in Troy, in Detroit, Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center in Plymouth Township, and Michigan Aerospace Manufacturing Association in Warren.

For more information about the forum, click here. Admission is $35 per person.