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Innovation Policy Forum
Securing Advanced Manufacturing in the United States:

The Role of Manufacturing USA 

May 23, 2017 
9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
National Academies Keck Center
Room 100
500 Fifth Street, NW

Washington, DC

View the webcasts and agenda

The May 23 symposium "Securing Advanced Manufacturing in the United States: The Role of Manufacturing USA" will examine external reviews of the Manufacturing USA Institutes, designed to create partnerships and foster collaboration among industry, academia, and government.  The symposium will help provide new information and insight into the role and performance of the institutes, address the contributions of the institutes to workforce, economic development, and enhancing domestic manufacturing and international competitiveness, describe how other nations are supporting advanced manufacturing, and discuss potential U.S. priorities and policies for action.

The event will be held from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM in Room 100 of the Keck Center of the National Academies, 500 5th St., NW, in Washington, DC.  For those unable to attend in person, a live webcast of the event will be available (see below).

Registration has closed for this event.

Getting to the Keck Center

By Metro - The Keck Center of the National Academies is located at 500 Fifth Street, NW, located between the Gallery Place and Judiciary Square Metro stations.

  • From the Gallery Place station (Red, Yellow, and Green lines), take the “Arena” exit to F Street. Walk two blocks east along F Street and turn right on 5th Street. The Keck Center will be on the right.  
  • From the Judiciary Square station (Red Line), take the “Building Museum” exit to F Street. Walk half block west along F Street and turn left on 5th Street. The Keck Center will be on the right.

By Car - Limited visitor parking is available in the Keck Center at no charge. The garage entrance is located on the east side of 6th Street between E and F Streets. (A guard tower is located next to the entrance.)  Commercial parking is available at E St. between 6th and 7th Sts., and 6th St. between D and E Sts.               

The symposium will take place in Room 100, immediately past the guard's desk in the lobby (check-in  is required).  
Agenda and Webcast

9:00 AM             Welcome: David Hart, George Mason University and Innovation Policy Forum co-chair 

9:05 AM            Opening Keynote:  Jeffrey Wilcox, Lockheed Martin  (view presentation)                      

9:35 AM            Panel I:  A Roundtable on the Manufacturing USA Institutes 
                           Moderator: Ravi Shanker, Dow Chemical  (view slides)

Lawrence Brown, LIFT

Yoel Fink, AFFOA  (view presentation)
Maj.-Gen Nicholas Justice, USA, Ret., PowerAmerica
Kelvin Lee, NIIMBL

 10:50 AM          Coffee Break 

 11:00 AM           Panel II:  Manufacturing USA and Regional Economic Development   

Moderator:  David Hart, George Mason University and Innovation Policy Forum co-chair

Workforce Development and the Institutes
              Brennan Grignon, Department of Defense  (view presentation)

State Perspective
              Katie Stebbins, Commonwealth of Massachusetts  (view presentation)  

Small and Medium Size Enterprises
               Jennifer Hagan-Dier, MEP Tennessee     (view presentation)

Economic Development: Lessons from New York
              Charles Wessner, Georgetown University   (view presentation)

12:30 PM          Lunch 

1:00 PM            Luncheon Keynote: Congressman Tom Reed, U.S. House of Representatives (R-NY)

1:30 PM             Panel III:  Assessing the Manufacturing USA Initiative 

Moderator:  Brett Lambert, Northrop Grumman 

The Role of the Federal Government in Strengthening American Manufacturing
              Susan Helper, Case Western Reserve University  (view presentation)

Bringing R&D Innovation to Manufacturing
Mark LaViolette, Deloitte    (view presentation)

Strengthening Collaboration
Christopher Murray, Government Accountability Office   (view presentation)

From Concept to Practice:  The Manufacturing USA Annual Report
Mike Molnar, National Institute of Standards and Technology      (view presentation)

3:00 PM              Coffee Break  

3:15 PM              Panel IV:  Advanced Manufacturing Strategies around the World 

Moderator: William Bonvillian, MIT 

Manufacturing Abroad and Innovation in the United States
              Erica Fuchs, Carnegie Mellon University   (view presentation)

Germany’s Industry 4.0 Initiative and Fraunhofer Institutes
              Patrick Bressler, Fraunhofer USA 

China's Specialization in Innovative Manufacturing  
               Jonas Nahm, Johns Hopkins University   (view presentation)

4:30 PM            Panel V:  Policy Roundtable

 Moderator: Michael Russo, GLOBALFOUNDRIES

                             André Gudger, Eccalon 
                             Sridhar Kota, University of Michigan and MForesight
                             Kirk McConnell, Senate Armed Services Committee
                             Arun Seraphin, Senate Armed Services Committee 

5:30 PM            Adjourn to Reception

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