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About AMIIC

Empowering Technological
Acceleration for National Security.

The Advanced Manufacturing Innovation and Integration Center (AMIIC), established by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) in 2021, is a not-for-profit organization located in Huntsville, AL.

We are dedicated to advancing technology by championing the widespread adoption of state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques and building North Alabama’s talent pipeline for defense, aerospace, and industrial trades. By embracing digital engineering technologies, we strive to transform U.S. defense manufacturing, ensuring rapid, efficient, and cost-effective weapon system development. 

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Our commitment is to maintain competitiveness, protect national interests, and cultivate a highly skilled workforce adept in these transformative technologies.

AMIIC is the first not-for-profit to be granted a mentorship role in the Department of Defense’s Mentor-Protégé Program.

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Our Story

Established in 2021 by the National Center of Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), AMIIC began as a private-public partnership with the Aviation Missile Center’s Manufacturing Science Technology Group. Created to address Alabama’s workforce shortage of 500,000 people, our purpose is to fulfill the urgent demand for manufacturing technology and workforce development, especially in aerospace and defense.

Who Does AMIIC Serve?

We serve as a local point of contact for NCDMM’s core mission – to drive unbiased innovation in the defense manufacturing industry through collaboration efforts with government, industry, and academia. Our network supports warfighters with the best possible technology. Specifically focused on North Alabama and the surrounding areas, we not only seek to build Huntsville as a defense tech hub, but we also serve the community by ensuring that it has the resources necessary to maintain its preeminence in aerospace and defense.

What AMIIC Offers

We bring a wealth of national expertise to our local community. We offer tailored solutions to boost the technological landscape and elevate industries in North Alabama. Our specialized services encompass:

  • Advanced Manufacturing Solutions:
    We provide cutting-edge manufacturing solutions designed to enhance efficiency and elevate the capabilities of local industries.
  • Strategic Collaboration:
    By fostering collaborations among industry leaders, businesses, and researchers, we create an ecosystem that accelerates the development and adoption of advanced technologies.
  • Technology Integration:
    Our proficiency in seamlessly integrating advanced manufacturing technologies ensures a smooth transition to more efficient and productive workflows.
  • Workforce Development:
    We are committed to advancing the skills of the local workforce, ensuring North Alabama’s talent pool is equipped for success in the evolving manufacturing landscape.
  • Industry Partnership:
    Our expertise extends to fostering meaningful partnerships within the local industry, addressing unique needs, and driving growth and competitiveness.
  • Innovation Hub:
    We serve as a local innovation hub, encouraging creativity and collaboration to propel the region into a future of manufacturing excellence.

Leadership

Mike Docherty

Director of Manufacturing Technology

Brian Schmidt

Program Manager

John Schmitt

Executive Director

Jamie White

Director of Program Development

The Team

James Faw

Deputy Director of Laboratory Operations

Melissa Jackson, CSEP

Senior Project Engineer

Karen Ray

EWD Project Engineer

Jordan Towe

Project Engineer

William Varnell

Project Engineer

Adrain Woods

Executive Assistant

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