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Strengthening American Manufacturing:

The Role of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership




Monday, 14 November 2011


500 5th Street, NW

The National Academies Keck Center, Room 100

Washington, DC 20001


9:00AM           Welcome

Charles Wessner, The National Academies


9:15AM           The National Academies Evaluation of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Philip Shapira, University of Manchester and Georgia Institute of Technology m


9:30AM           Revitalizing American Manufacturing

Sridhar Kota, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy


10:00AM         Panel I: Introduction to the Manufacturing Extension Partnership: System Development and Strategic Orientation

Moderator: Ginger Lew, Three Oaks Investmentsm


MEP’s Place in the Innovation Chain

Roger Kilmer, Manufacturing Extension Partnership


Repositioning the MEP System to Meet the Global Manufacturing Challenge

Mark Rice, Maritime Applied Physics Corporation and Chair, MEP Advisory Board


11:00AM         Coffee Break


11:15AM         Panel II: A Differentiated Program: New Center Initiatives

Moderator: Edward Breiner, Schramm Inc


                        Bob Kill, Enterprise Minnesota

PetraMitchell, Catalyst Connection

Beth Colbert, Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership

James Watson, California Manufacturing Technology Consulting


                        Discussant: Luis Proenza, University of Akronm


12:30PM         Lunch: 3rd Floor Cafeteria


1:30PM           Panel III: Small and Medium Businesses and High Value Manufacturing

Moderator: Jamieson Brown, House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology


                        The Manufacturing Imperative

                        Greg Tassey, National Institute of Standards and Technology


Small Manufacturers: Building Value in Supply Chains

Joseph Houldin, Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center (DVIRC)


Building Value Through Public-Private Partnerships

Susan Helper, Case Western Reserve Universitym


The Magnet Story: From Lean Manufacturing to Partnerships for Innovation

James Griffith, Timkenm


2:45PM           Coffee Break


3:00PM           Panel IV: Measuring Success – Assessment and the Demands of the New Strategy

Moderator: Deborah Nightingale, MITm


                        The MEP Assessment Mechanisms

Gary Yakimov, Manufacturing Extension Partnership


                        Issues and Challenges in Assessing MEP

                        Dan Luria, Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center


Discussant: Robin Gaster, The National Academies


4:00PM           The MEP Challenge: Group Discussion on the Industrial, Policy and

Operational Challenges facing the MEP

Chair: Philip Shapira, University of Manchester and Georgia Institute of Technology m


Rob James, National Research Council Canadam

                        James Griffith, Timken m

                        Phillip Singerman, National Institute of Standards and Technology

                        Luis Proenza, University of Akronm


5:00PM           Adjourn to Reception



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