The Naval Postgraduate School Foundation presented Xerox with the 2021 Corporate Partner of the Year Award during the annual America’s Heroes Charity Golf Tournament dinner, Oct. 18, 2021.
In its inaugural year, the award recognizes a corporate partner of the NPS Foundation that demonstrates continued innovation and support of education, research, and applied solutions that emerge from the Naval Postgraduate School and drive world-changing advancements for defense, industry, technology, climate and more — right now and into the future.
“Over the last year, Xerox partnered with the Naval Postgraduate School to transform logistics in the Navy and Marine Corps through its collaboration in additive manufacturing,” said Todd Lyons, NPS Foundation Vice President. “The partnership with Xerox highlighted future opportunities for the collaboration to prototype and deliver solutions for the Department of Navy in areas such as augmented reality for maintenance with CareAR and maritime domain awareness leveraging Xerox’s work in the Ocean of Things.”
In February 2021, Xerox and NPS announced a strategic collaboration focused on advancing additive manufacturing research, specifically 3D printing. As part of the agreement, NPS was the first to receive an installation of the Xerox ElemX™ Liquid Metal Printer on the university campus in December 2020.
“It’s an honor to receive the Corporate Partner of the Year Award from the Naval Postgraduate School Foundation,” said Xerox Chief Technology Officer Naresh Shanker. “Both NPS and the NPSF share our long term vision for how additive manufacturing can increase supply chain resiliency for the military and manufacturers. We’ve made great progress in advancing that vision through this collaboration so far and believe we will continue to make significant strides moving forward.”
The NPS Foundation supported bringing the ElemX™ Liquid Metal Printer to NPS to enable the school’s faculty and students to conduct thesis research and seek new ways to extend the Navy’s and Marine Corps’ capabilities. Investments of $50,000 from NPSF, $1 million from Xerox and the contributions of the unique military student-civilian faculty NPS team have resulted in the Commander of Surface Forces identifying the ElemX for at-sea trials onboard a deploying Navy ship in Fiscal Year 22. This deployment will provide invaluable data with the potential to transform the supply chain and how the DOD thinks operationally about supply.
To further demonstrate commitment to the partnership and additive manufacturing, the Corporate Partner of the Year Award was designed by an engineer at Xerox and printed using the ElemX™. Future awards for the next 10 years will also be printed using Xerox’s ElemX™ technology.
About Naval Postgraduate School Foundation & Alumni Association
The Naval Postgraduate School Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing support and advocacy to the Naval Postgraduate School, our Nation's premier defense education and research institution. NPSF is at the intersection of engagement with students, alumni, faculty, the broader DOD, and industry in addressing challenges and identifying opportunities that advance the capabilities of the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and our allies. By funding defense innovation research, student and alumni programs, and NPS initiatives, NPSF lays the foundation for NPS to develop the leaders, technologies, and ideas our Nation needs to keep our service members safer abroad and us all safer at home.
The Collaborative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) does not imply endorsement of Xerox or its products by the Naval Postgraduate School, the Department of the Navy, or the Department of Defense