University expands global business executive education to include 3D printing supply chain simulations

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National American University becomes first university to expand executive education courses to include 3D printing technology with a focus on production and operations and global supply chain manager simulations

Margaretta B. Mathis

Margaretta B. Mathis, Senior Vice President, Roueche Graduate Center, National American University

There is no doubt that 3D printing technology will significantly impact global supply chains in the next five years.

The Roueche Graduate Center at National American University in Austin, Texas announced plans to become the first university in the world to launch graduate-level courses that incorporate how 3D printing and additive manufacturing technologies can impact off-shoring, reshoring, and global sourcing of parts, labor, and products.

The Executive Education courses are intended for an eager and growing audience of business leaders and professionals that are considering and exploring the possible use of using 3D printing technology to grow their companies and streamline supply chains, but are unsure of the impact additive manufacturing can have. To resolve concerns, the expanded course offerings will include a live supply chain simulation case study to analyze the impact of activity to create a hands-on demonstration of common 3D printing scenarios on global competition for US companies.

Sample 3D supply chain case simulations will include current key topics and recent 3D printing industry trends that could such as a restructuring of corporate supply chains to shift sourcing efforts locally or utilizing additive manufacturing as a secondary sourcing options for risk management planning. Information regarding the courses can be found at

There is no doubt that 3D printing technology will significantly impact supply chains in the next five years,” said Margaretta B Mathis, Senior Vice President, Roueche Graduate Center at National American University. “We want our new Executive Education to capture concerns, considerations, and solutions that business leaders, executives and professionals should consider when re-evaluating their global competitiveness supply chain by taking part in a hands-on, real-world sensitivity analysis using actual scenarios that their company could face.”

Although business leaders and executives are encouraged to take these courses, many may also want to expand their company’s workforce development efforts to include employees interested in applying 3D printing technology to their production and operations and managing growing their supply chain network strategy.

James Vinson, founder of the supply chain software startup in Austin, V-Chain Solutions, stated that over 1.5 million supply chain jobs are currently unfilled and, according to a report released by PwC US in conjunction with The Manufacturing Institute, 3-D printing and the new shape of industrial manufacturing, 30 percent of manufacturers believe that for some industries and products, the concept of “on-demand” manufacturing could radically change business models and supply chains. Combined with growth in the 3D printing and additive manufacturing technologies, workforce and professional development efforts similar to those now offered by the Roueche Graduate Center of National American University can help bridge the gap in keeping employee skills on the cutting edge of rapidly changing technology.

For more information about the 3D printing technology certificationsupply chain courses or to request live 3D simulations for your company, visit or contact NAU at (512) 813-2330.

About Roueche Graduate Center at National American University
The Roueche Graduate Center at National American University in Austin, Texas provides a range of graduate business programs, a Doctor of Education in Community College Leadership and executive education programs for innovative and high-growth industries. Other 3D printing executive leadership courses include the upcoming “Leading Innovation and Change with 3D Printing Technology” certificate program, which starts January 20, 2015. Registration opens on October 1, 2014 at

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