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Department of Commerce appoints UT Arlington vice president for research to advisory board

Friday, May 23, 2014

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Carolyn Cason, vice president for research at The University of Texas at Arlington, has been appointed to the Advisory Board of The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a program of the Department of Commerce. Cason will serve a three-year term, effective immediately.


The MEP works to increase the competitiveness of American manufacturers through services grounded in business strategy development, advanced marketing techniques, new product development, integration of supply chains and development of a skilled workforce. MEP partners federal support with state and local organizations to address the critical and often unique needs of area manufacturers.

The program’s efforts resulted in the creation or retention of 62,703 jobs, $8.4 billion in new or retained sales, $2.5 billion in client investments and $1.2 billion in cost savings during fiscal year 2013.

The Advisory Board, which consists of 10 leaders from across the country, will “provide input into the MEP program, including strategic plans and future direction,” according to an official letter from Peter Gallagher, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology.

Cason said she looks forward to helping small and mid-sized American manufacturers create and retain jobs, increase profits, and save time and money.

“The Manufacturing Extension Partnership plays a vital role in driving innovation and achievement among small American manufacturers,” said Cason, who joined UT Arlington as a nursing professor in 1997. “I am honored to join MEP’s Advisory Board to support the partnership’s effort to drive innovation, economic growth, job creation and productivity within the U.S. manufacturing industry.”

The appointment will help strengthen the relationship that UT Arlington has long held with the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

TMAC, formerly the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center, is the Texas affiliate of the MEP. It works with small and mid-size companies to help improve their global competitiveness and adopt new technologies. TMAC has worked collaboratively with UT Arlington for nearly 20 years.

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution and the second largest institution in The University of Texas System. The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked UT Arlington as the seventh fastest-growing public research university in 2013. U.S. News & World Report ranks UT Arlington fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. Visit to learn more. Follow #UTAdna on Twitter.


The University of Texas at Arlington is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.