May 2020 Newsletter
CESMII Releases Requests for Proposals
– RFP-2, Waves 3 & 4

CESMII recently announced two (2) Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for institute roadmap projects. These RFPs are the final two waves of CESMII’s second round of project requests (RFP2) launched in mid-2019.
A total of $3.5 in Federal funding is being made available through these RFPs. Wave 3 is making approximately $1 million available for approximately 8 new projects, and Wave 4 is making $2.5 million available for up to 25 projects. The areas of interest for these RFP waves will focus on:
  • improving the core capabilities and addressing gaps in the CESMII Smart Manufacturing Innovation Platform (Wave 3); and,
  • launching a new category of projects, called Innovation Projects, to create solutions to manufacturing problems through the use of CESMII technologies (Wave 4).
The submission deadline for
RFP2 – Wave 4 proposals has been extended to June 22, 2020
by 11:59pm PDT.
This extension pertains to RFP2 – Wave 4 submissions ONLY. RFP2 – Wave 3 project timelines are unchanged.
See the
CESMII website
for all RFP2 – Wave 3 and Wave 4 information and documentation.
Annual Meeting 2020
 Annual Meeting is off and running, with more sessions being planned and scheduled regularly. Register for upcoming events or watch recorded sessions – just don’t miss out!
Check out the highlights below or visit our website for more information. 

  • ExxonMobil’s Objectives for Improved IT/OT Architecture – June 4, 2020
  • Ecosystem & Workforce Development Keynote – June 11, 2020 
  • CEO Keynote – May 7, 2020 
  • A Project Journey – May 12, 2020 
  • CESMII SM Innovation Platform Overview with Q&A – May 21, 2020
  • Manufacturers’ Panel: Innovation through Roadmap Projects – May 27, 2020 
  • COO Keynote on Network & Growth Strategy – May 28, 2020 
ExxonMobil’s Objectives for Improved IT/OT Architecture – virtual Annual Meeting Keynote – New Event!
In this Keynote session of our virtual Annual Meeting 2020, Erin Percell, ExxonMobil’s Research & Engineering Department Head, shares his company’s perspectives on:
  • industry initiatives for improved IT/OT platforms,  
  • incorporating modern data science techniques into automation and manufacturing support, and
  • aspirations for the CESMII SM Innovation Platform.
  • Erin Percell, Department Head, Advanced Applications, ExxonMobil Research & Engineering
  • Introduction by CESMII CEO, John Dyck
Event details:
  • Date: Thursday, June 4, 2020
  • Time: 4:00pm Eastern / 1:00pm Pacific
  • Duration: 60 minutes
Registration is required.
CESMII Director of EWD, Conrad Leiva, explains our Smart Manufacturing education plans and progress.

  • Event details:
  • Date: June 11, 2020
  • Time: 4:00pm Eastern / 1:00pm Pacific
  • Duration: 60 minutes

IoB Meets…Haresh Malkani, CTO at CESMII
CTO Haresh Malkani joins
Internet of Business
for their IoB 8×8 Series, sharing why he believes subject matter expertise is one of the most under-valued aspects in Smart Manufacturing today, how analytics vendors and tools are not silver bullets alone, and his advice on how to steer through the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s a must-read – check it out
Our webcast series continues with 2 new episodes in June.

“Engineering Programs for Cross-Discipline Manufacturing Innovation”
– Ragu Athinarayanan, PhD., Professor, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Event Details:
  • June 10, 2020
  • 11:30am Eastern / 8:30am Pacific
Registration is required.
“The Smart Manufacturing
Truth Table”
– Conrad Leiva, CESMII EWD Director &
Mike Yost, CESMII Outreach Advisor
Event Details:
  • June 24, 2020
  • 11:30am Eastern / 8:30am Pacific
Registration is required.
Did you know that CESMII has over 20 recorded sessions of our webcast available online? They include discussions with industry and thought leaders on topics ranging from the definition and value of Smart Manufacturing to practical insights on Machine Learning and Advanced Analytics.
Visit our ‘6 Degrees of Smart Manufacturing’
to watch recordings of all our webcasts – plus get new “Bonus Reel” footage for more content! 
CESMII Designates Atollogy as a Smart Manufacturing Innovation Center (SMIC) Satellite
 recently introduced 
Atollogy, Inc
as a Satellite to the UCLA SMIC in CESMII’s national Smart Manufacturing Innovation Center (SMIC) program. Atollogy leverages their Industrial Vision Platform to create digital twins in a wide variety of industrial and manufacturing environments and provide their customers with real-time and trend analytics to improve operational efficiency, safety and speed for smarter, more efficient manufacturing operations.

CESMII ecosystem partner,
Premier System Integrators
, offers this “
Executive’s Guide to the Need for a Smart Manufacturing Platform
” to help business leaders understand the value of leveraging modern IT/OT technologies to address the changing global marketplace. Enjoy!

Do you have information you’d like to share with us or the broader CESMII ecosystem? If so, please get in touch with us!
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Acknowledgement: This material is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) under the Advanced Manufacturing Office Award Number DE-EE0007613.
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