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Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable Meeting
June 24-25, 2013
National Academy of Sciences Building 
2101 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20418

From our highways, railways, and waterways to our national broadband capacity, our electric grid, and our schools, America's infrastructure is deteriorating rapidly.  Despite pressing infrastructure needs, financial resource scarcity in a depressed economy and competing priorities for government and private funding have largely held back progressive investment in infrastructure repairs and new development.  At this GUIRR meeting, participants will explore the potential implications of underinvestment in infrastructure, as well as the role that public and private sector entities may play in succeeding or failing to provide optimal infrastructure for robust economic growth and achievement of America's science and technology research goals.     

Monday, June 24, 2013

Location:          National Academy of Sciences Building
5:30-6:30 PM         Cocktails
6:30-7:30 PM         Moderator: Dr. Uma Chowdhry, Chief Science and Technology Officer Emeritus, DuPont; GUIRR Co-Chair
                                 Making the Case for Strategic Investment in Infrastructure (view video recording; no slides available) 
                                 Governor Ed Rendell, Co-Chair, Building America's Future Educational Fund
7:30-8:30 PM         Dinner


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

National Academy of Sciences Building

7:30-8:00 AM         Continental Breakfast
8:00-8:15 AM         Welcome Remarks
                                 GUIRR Co-Chairs: Dr. Uma Chowdhry, Chief Science and Technology Officer Emeritus, DuPont and Dr. Jack Gansler, Roger 
                                 C. Lipitz Chair in Public Policy and Private Enterprise and Director of the Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise, 
                                 School of Public Policy, University of Maryland          
8:15-8:45 AM         Failure to Act: The Impact of Current Infrastructure Investment on America's Economic Future 
                                 Mr. Patrick Natale, Executive Director, Chief Staff Officer, and Secretary, American Society of Civil Engineers     

8:45-9:45 AM         The Economics of Infrastructure 
                                 - Practical Ways to Improve U.S. Infrastructure Economically
                                 Mr. Gabriel Roth, Civil Engineer and Transport Economist; Research Fellow, The Independent Institute
                                 - Canaries in the Coal Mine: Why the I-35W and the I-5 Bridge Collapses Are Prime Examples of What Happens When 
                                Infrastructure Goes Unfunded
                                 Mr. Barry LePatner, Founder, LePatner & Associates; Author of Too Big to Fall: America's Failing Infrastructure and the Way 

9:45-10:15 AM       Break
10:15-11:15 AM     Infrastructure Funding Mechanisms   
                                 - Mr. Chris Edwards, Director of Tax Policy Studies, Cato Institute     (no slides available)
                                 - Financing Water Infrastructure: Clean Water and Drinking Water Revolving Funds
                                 Dr. Michael H. Shapiro, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
11:15-11:45 AM     Infrastructure Productivity: How to Save $1 Trillion a Year
                                 Mr. Mike Kerlin, Associate Partner, Infrastructure Practice, McKinsey & Company
11:45-12:15 PM     Evaluating Infrastructure Investments: An Economic Regulatory Perspective       
                                  Dr. Janice A. Beecher, Professor and Director, Institute of Public Utilities, Michigan State University

12:15-                      Lunch
1:15 PM

1:15-                        Report Back from Lunch Discussions
1:45 PM
1:45-2:15 PM         Materials Genome Initiative     
                                 Dr. Cyrus Wadia, Assistant Director for Clean Energy & Materials R&D, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
2:15-2:45 PM         Updates and Discussion on Current GUIRR Projects

                                 Moderator:  Ms. Susan Sloan, Director, GUIRR
  • University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP)
  • Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP)
  • International Research Collaborations (“I-Group”)
  • GUIRR Webinars
2:45-3:00 PM        Proposal of New Topics and Projects for GUIRR + Other Member Announcements     ·        

3:00 PM                  Adjourn