Connecting Manufacturers to Georgia Tech, State, and National Resources
GaMEP is a program at Georgia Tech and is part of the MEP National Network. Through our connections with Georgia Tech, our partners and resources across the state, our relationships with national labs, and our network of MEP centers, we provide manufacturers across Georgia with connections to fuel their growth, advance U.S. manufacturing, and impact economic growth locally, regionally, and statewide.
The following is a sample of programs and partners that GaMEP works with closely. Contact your local region manager so we can match you with the best solution.
Every day, research faculty within the six colleges at Georgia Tech are working to solve real-world issues that manufacturers face at their plants. If you need assistance on a project that could change the trajectory of your plant, let GaMEP connect you to the faculty on campus.
Interdisciplinary Research Institutes
Georgia Tech is home to 11 Interdisciplinary Research Institutes (IRIs) responsible for bringing together a mix of researchers – spanning colleges, departments, and individual labs – around a single core research area. Contact GaMEP to connect with the IRI that best fits your need: Bioengineering and Bioscience, Data Engineering and Science, Electronics and Nanotechnology, Energy, Information Security and Privacy, Manufacturing, Materials, People and Technology, Bioproducts, Robotics and Intelligent Machines, and Sustainable Systems.
Georgia Tech Full-Time Co-Ops
For over 100 years, Georgia Tech students and employers from business, industry, and government have formed co-op partnerships to help develop the best-educated engineers, scientists, and managers. Co-op is the link between the classroom and the workplace. Knowledge is gained and transferred between students and employers in alternating semesters of school and work, typically with the same employer.
GaMEP Co-Op Assistance Program
GaMEP hires full-time Georgia Tech co-op students and sub-contracts these students to manufacturers around Metro Atlanta for 10-, 20-, and 30-day increments. The Co-Op Assistance Program is for small- to mid-sized manufacturers that are interested in hiring a co-op, but are concerned about the long-term commitment, cost, or not having enough work to keep them busy for full-time work. For assistance with longer-term or multiple short-term projects, contact your GaMEP region manager. Download the Co-Op Assistance Program Flyer for more information.
Manufacturers of all sizes have the opportunity to partner with Georgia Tech senior-year engineering students to find innovative and creative solutions to specific problems. This is a semester-long project, where companies interact with their student team throughout the program, culminating in the “Capstone Design Expo,” where student teams display their solutions in competition with other teams for cash prizes.
Safety, Health, and Environmental Group
GaMEP works closely with the Georgia Tech Safety and Health Group, which runs the OSHA 21D Consultation Program, providing free, confidential, on-site consultation services for small manufacturers (fewer than 500 employees) in Georgia that need assistance with occupational safety and health. For more information on how this program can help you, contact GaMEP.
Atlanta Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Advanced Manufacturing Center
The MBDA Advanced Manufacturing Center provides assistance to minority manufacturers to increase the number of “Made in America” products sold domestically and globally. The center helps identify, screen, promote, and refer minority business enterprises (MBEs) to specialized advanced manufacturing programs, and provides technical and business development services.
Procurement Assistance Center at Georgia Tech (GTPAC)
Through teaching, mentoring, and coaching, the GTPAC team helps manufacturers identify, compete for, and win government contracts. GTPAC also provides clients with a set of electronic tools to research and identify government contracting opportunities.
Southeastern Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (SETAAC)
SETAAC helps manufacturers headquartered in the Southeast region (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee) that have experienced a decline in sales and employment as a result of import competition to improve their competitive position. Eligible companies may apply for up to $75,000 of government assistance through the SETAAC program.
Centers of Innovation
The Georgia Centers of Innovation (COI), a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, help companies translate new ideas and technologies into commercially viable products and services to better compete in the global marketplace. GaMEP can connect you to the state resources within the six centers: Aerospace, Agribusiness, Energy Technology, Information Technology, Logistics, and Manufacturing.
Small Business Development Center
With 17 locations across the state of Georgia, the SBDC’s goal is to enhance the economic well-being of Georgians by providing a wide range of educational services for small-business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. Connect to your local SBDC through your GaMEP region manager.
NIST MEP National Network
The MEP National Network™ is a unique public-private partnership that delivers comprehensive, proven solutions to U.S. manufacturers, fueling growth and advancing U.S. manufacturing.
The MEP National Network has 51 MEP Centers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, and over 1,300 trusted advisors and experts at more than 400 MEP service locations, providing any U.S. manufacturer with access to the resources they need to succeed.
Last year, the National MEP Network worked with 26,313 manufacturers, leading to $12.6 billion in sales, $1.7 billion in cost savings, $3.5 billion in new client investments, and helping to create and retain more than 100,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs. If you have a plant outside of Georgia, contact GaMEP to connect with your local MEP.
The National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) is a network of research institutes in the U.S. that focuses on developing and commercializing manufacturing technologies through public-private partnerships among U.S. industry, universities, and federal government agencies. Contact GaMEP to connect with the NNMI that focuses on the technology area that most meets your need: 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing, Digital Manufacturing, Lightweight Materials, Wide-Bandgap Semiconductors, Composite Materials, Photonic Integrated Circuits, Flexible Electronics, Textiles, or Smart Manufacturing.