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Defense Cybersecurity Assurance Program

DCAP is a program that aids defense contractors at any tier of the supply chain by offering expert cybersecurity consulting services and matching funds to qualifying companies that need assistance in becoming compliant with Department of Defense (DoD) NIST SP 800-170 regulations. NIST SP 800-171 is a guideline made to protect unclassified information in non-federal information systems. The DoD wants contractors to organize and address security requirements including access control, incident response, security assessment, etc. Ohio State will engage 20 Ohio firms in Defense Cybersecurity Assurance Program (DCAP) services. The initial assessment will identify firms’ knowledge of the cybersecurity guidelines (NIST SP 800-171) and level of assistance required to comply with the needs of the defense industry. Following compliance, the university will connect the firms with expert support to identify cybersecurity gaps and implement a customized plan.

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Ohio Advanced Manufacturing Technical Resource Network Roadmaps 

Under a $500K multi-part Ohio Development Services Agency grant, OMI worked with Ohio MEPs and Edison Centers on statewide roadmaps to determine industry-vetted manufacturing needs and technical solutions by manufacturing process (machining, molding, joining/forming, additive manufacturing). During the roadmaps conducted, the largest overall challenge to SMMs were workforce and training, especially in hiring engineers and technologists with in-demand skills. Other areas of general concern included:

  • Advanced materials – challenges in incorporating new materials and technologies on the factory floor
  • Smart manufacturing – SMMs are not ready to adopt production strategies incorporating Internet of Things (IoT), modeling and simulation, and Industry 4.0 concepts
  • Innovation and commercialization – increasing speed of product development, prototyping and commercialization (and developing networks to exploit new opportunities)

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Ohio Means Internships & Co-ops Program

OMI and Ohio State staff served as program managers for the Central Ohio OMIC 2.5, 3 and 4 programs. OMIC 2.5 supported Ohio State and its academic and industry partners in efforts to train and hire a workforce proficient in the application of advanced lightweight metal alloys, manufacturing technologies and design methods important to advanced manufacturing. The co-located internship program involved a partnership approach to education to connect industry, academic faculty, and students. OMIC 3 has adopted a hub approach to allow the respective institutions to further develop strengths in manufacturing education and leverage existing industry and academic partnerships in advanced manufacturing.

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US EDA Engineering Technology Skills Assessment

OMI was subcontracted by the Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence to develop recommendations on multi-industry engineering technology curricula based on needs identified by area defense and commercial manufacturers and O*Net skills data. We conducted five regional industry focus groups that identified industry-driven skills gaps and opportunities in educational institution programs; we are now working with North Central State College and Columbus State Community College to develop in-demand engineering technology curricula to fulfill SMMs’ challenge of finding workers with technical skills requiring more than high school and less than a four-year degree.

US EDA Product Development and Commercialization

OMI was subcontracted by the Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence to develop recommendations regarding how to best leverage and optimize manufacturing and commercial growth in the state during defense spending reductions. The Central and North Central Ohio region economic drivers and its defense-commercial industry interactions were evaluated compared to other regional and national innovation models on product development and commercialization. OMI is developing a framework for connecting OEMs and SMMs from the local defense, automotive, aerospace, goods and other markets with manufacturing expertise that already exists in the state. 

Lorain Community College Innovation Fund Validation Study

Under the direction of Ned Hill, PhD, and Kathryn Kelley, a multi-part industry-focused study has been established to analyze advanced manufacturing and tech-based innovation systems (from start-ups to larger, established firms), and the set of best practices that drive those innovation processes.  A key piece of this research will examine Innovation Fund Northeast Ohio (IF-NEO), and its role in the development of start-up/very early-stage tech-focused enterprises. We are mapping the innovation processes using Ohio Third Frontier Program and historic GLIDE data to make a quantitative argument on program growth to other educational institutions. As part of this process, we are interviewing company clients and community partners to develop an agreed-upon innovation and intervention model for continued regional impact and investment.