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Aerial View of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The initial $5M federal investment will help create a collaborative defense manufacturing network in the southeastern US that will identify current machine tool challenges and develop and deploy technologies and training opportunities to address them while advancing a machine tool ecosystem that includes increased capacity, efficiency, and skilled workforces. Your organization may therefore benefit from SEAMTN through access to:

  • A collaborative regional network that can mature, prototype, demonstrate, and facilitate adoption of improved, cost effective machine tool processes and technologies;
  • An education/training regimen, designed for your machine tool workforce needs, that enables retraining, upskilling, or continuing education/certification;
  • Students and graduates, including military veterans, who are prepared with the necessary skills and knowledge to meet manufacturing job demands; and
  • Improved competitiveness for and awareness of DoD commercial and research opportunities.

Fill out an interest form to discuss joining the consortium.


The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

UT is Tennessee’s flagship land-grant university and educates more than 24,000 undergraduate and 6,000 graduate and professional students. The university offers more than 900 programs of study across 11 colleges, including a number of nationally ranked programs in business, engineering, law, and the arts. The university has an annual impact of $1.7 billion on the state’s economy. UT holds the highest Carnegie classification of Doctoral University, Very High Research Activity, and is committed to world-class creative inquiry and unparalleled collaboration in the pursuit of new ideas and sustainable solutions. The university’s decades-long partnership with nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory is at the forefront of transformative research addressing global energy and security issues.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

ORNL is the largest US Department of Energy (DoE) science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security. ORNL’s diverse capabilities span a broad range of scientific and engineering disciplines, enabling the laboratory to explore fundamental science challenges and to carry out the research needed to accelerate the delivery of solutions to the marketplace. ORNL supports DoE’s national missions of scientific discovery, clean energy, and security through leadership in four major science and technology areas including neutrons, computing, materials, and nuclear.

Current Members

Current Members not pictured above:

Lester Machine Company