DoD and MIT Release an Educational Platform for Manufacturing Engineers

IBL News | New York

The Department of Defense (DoD) and MIT launched this month an innovative platform to educate engineering students, professionals, and technicians on advanced manufacturing technologies.

The platform called displays to date six on-demand, self-paced photonics courses, developed in partnership with AIM Photonics:

Integrated Photonics Test: Passive Devices
Photonic Integrated Circuits: Sensors
• Photodetectors and Modulators for Silicon Photonics
• Understanding Cost and Environmental Impacts of Photonics
• Integrated Photonics Test: Active Devices
• Design of Microring Resonators and Filters: from Theory to Implementation

Each course features top instructors, including MIT professors, Naval Research Laboratory scientists, and private-sector engineers.

Five additional integrated photonics courses will be added this Summer.

Resources on flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) will be added to the platform in the future.

“The platform is a tangible example of the Department’s commitment to educating the next generation of U.S. science and technology leaders,” said Ms. Barbara McQuiston, performing the duties of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research & Engineering.

“I am extremely grateful that DoD is partnering with MIT for this venture. Our MIT colleagues understand the value of public-private partnerships to foster technological talent and to ensure the continued dominance of the U.S. research and engineering enterprise.”

“This new platform provides an excellent career-building resource for students and professionals in advanced manufacturing technologies,” said Robert Gold, Director of OUSD(R&E)’s Technology and Manufacturing Industrial Base Office.

“A critical component of the institutes’ work is promoting student education and workforce development, which is key to maintaining a strong U.S. industrial base that can design and manufacture the cutting-edge technology our Warfighters need,” said Robert Gold.

Built on the IBL Platform with Open edX technology, the platform has been developed by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)), in partnership with MIT’s Initiative for Knowledge and Innovation in Manufacturing (IKIM).

[Disclosure: IBL Education, the parent of this news service, powers the platform and provides filming and development services for the courses.]