MERC Attends 2016 Department of Defense Maintenance Symposium

Albuquerque, New Mexico (5-8 December 2016)  The DoD Maintenance Symposium is an Office of the Secretary of Defense sponsored conference focused solely on the maintenance of weapon systems and equipment.

The theme for this year’s symposium was Engaging Tomorrow’s Maintenance Enterprise Challenges, Today!

The symposium’s mission was to create an environment that enables every attendee to share relevant information, identify critical issues, discuss key topics, and increase DoD’s overall awareness of maintenance initiatives.

The keynote speaker was The Honorable Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics.  Mr Richard Frey, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Maintenance Policy & Programs hosted plenary sessions on the health of the industrial base, the changing battlefield landscape and subsequent maintenance/logistics challenges, and a senior logisticians roundtable.

Each plenary session included a panel discussion with senior DoD and industry panelists.  In addition to the plenary sessions, there were breakout sessions on additive manufacturing, workforce revitalization, energy management, CBM+, software sustainment, and corrosion control.


About Mercer Engineering Research Center

Mercer Engineering Research Center (MERC) is the research and applied engineering arm of Mercer University, a private university founded in 1833. For over 175 years the University has served Georgia as a highly-respected educational institution. In 1984, the School of Engineering was established at the Macon, Georgia campus, with the charter class beginning studies in 1985.

Two years later, in 1987, the Mercer Engineering Research Center was established under the School of Engineering to provide locally available engineering and scientific services and critical specialized technical skills. Today, MERC functions as a non-profit operating unit of the University, with the Executive Director, Dr. David Barwick, reporting directly to the University president, Mr. William D. Underwood.

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