For 2014, each Mound Laser employee was challenged to give back 20 hours of community service. The Mound Laser Team members have risen to the challenge. In 2014, the team has contributed service hours to Dayton Children's Hospital, youth baseball, STEM students, and veterans. Upcoming events include a food drive for the Dayton Food Bank and team walk for the Alzheimer's Association.
MLPC participates with community organizations to grow the Dayton Region through partnership and collaboration including the Dayton Development Coalition (Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Task Force), Base Realignment and Closure (Task Force on Sensors and Aerospace Medicine), Montgomery County Workforce Investment Board, Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, Edison Materials Technology Center (Board of Governors), Dayton Tooling & Manufacturing Assocation (Marketing Committee), Ohio Aerospace Institute, and Dayton Area Defense Contractors Association (workforce development).
Education is a cornerstone of the MLPC business model, and the company has an active apprentice program that trains students (co-op, MS and PhD candidates) in laser materials processing and related disciplines. Students are given real world experience on commercial and/or government programs and play an active role in the development of programs and the company. Many of the students are hired into full time positions upon graduation. MLPC also has a policy of continuing education that pays for further development of employees that choose to return to school to expand their skill sets.
MLPC is committed to encouraging more students in K-12 to consider careers in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines to meet the growing workforce demands in the U.S. The company works with Advanced Technical Intelligence Center (Tradecraft Development Committee) and EDvention (Board).
MLPC forges strong collaborations with area universities and partners with them on R&D programs. The company serves on the external advisory board for the Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department at Wright State University and is an industrial partner on WSU's Center for Nano-scale Multifunctional Materials. MLPC actively supports the Wright Centers related to sensors, Institue for Development of Commercialization of Advanced Sensors Technology (IDCAST) (Dayton), and Wright Center for Sensors Systems Engineering (WCSSE)(Cleveland).
MLPC participates in many industry specific organizations such as the Laser Institute of America(LIA), orthopaedic industry organizitions, SPIE, business organizations, and many more.