Sandia National Labs Academic Alliance & UNM Collaboration Report 2020-2021


The Cybersecurity Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CyManII) was formally launched in November 2020. Funded by DOE, CyManII is focused on bolstering U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, energy efficiency, and innovation by addressing early-stage R&D to advance cybersecurity in energy-efficient manufacturing. The Institute brings together 59 member institutions in cybersecurity, smart and energy efficient manufacturing, and deep expertise in supply chains, factory automation, and workforce development. Led by The University of Texas at San Antonio, CyManII leverages the strongest DOE national labs in this area, with Sandia Labs leading in cybersecurity of supply chain management, Oak Ridge National Laboratory leading in advanced manufacturing, and Idaho National Laboratory leading in cybersecurity of industrial control systems and physical infrastructure.

According to Dahlon Chu, Sandia senior manager of Emerging Cyber Capabilities, “CyManII is about applying the nation’s premier capabilities and resources to further strengthen and defend our public and private infrastructure for manufacturing and power delivery.” David M. Nicol, CyManII Vice President for Securing Automation and the Herman M. Dieckamp

Endowed Chair in Engineering at the U of Illinois, agreed: “Modern manufacturing processes are automated and controlled by computers. It’s essential that we protect those computer systems in order to ensure the safe and energy-efficient operation of those processes.” The participation of Purdue, another SAA partner, will be directed by Dongyan Xu, director of the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) and the Samuel Conte Professor of Computer Science. Xu noted that understanding evolving technology threats will help secure


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