Designing for Impact III: Workshop on Building the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation
September 27, 2012
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering, Irvine, CA
This regional workshop, third in a series to be held across the nation, provides an opportunity for representatives from industry, academia, and government to share perspectives, pose questions, and propose ideas to design the proposed National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). Join other regional stakeholders and share your perspectives on how best to strengthen the U.S. innovation infrastructure to help manufacturers improve capabilities, develop new advanced products and processes, gain market share, and create new jobs.
The Designing for Impact workshop will acquaint U.S. manufacturing stakeholders with the principles and concepts motivating this public-private national initiative, as proposed in President Obama’s budget for Fiscal Year 2013, and will provide a forum for public discussion of this new initiative. Most of the workshop will be devoted to interactive sessions designed to solicit ideas on how to best structure the NNMI and its regional hubsâ€”Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation (IMIs).
The Designing for Impact workshop series is organized by the federal interagency Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO), in cooperation with stakeholders and local organizations. AMNPO partner agencies include the Department of Commerce and its National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, Department of Labor, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and National Science Foundation. Local hosts and co-organizers for this Designing for Impact III event include the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), the National Academiesâ€™ Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR) and University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP), the University of California (UC) Irvine, and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
Conceived to address strategic gaps in the U.S. innovation system, the NNMI will be a network of up to 15 regional hubs—Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation (IMIs)—that will connect research discoveries and ideas for new technologies and products with current U.S. manufacturers as well as with the start-up firms of tomorrow. Regional collaborations will bring together industry, universities and community colleges, federal agencies and states to accelerate innovation by investing in industrially relevant manufacturing technologies with broad applications and to support education and training of an advanced manufacturing workforce.
The President has requested $1 billion in one-time funding to build the NNMI. The federal investment would be matched by funding from the private sector and state and local government organizations. The interactive discussion sessions will focus on four topics key to the success of individual IMIs and the NNMI:
– Technologies with Broad Impact,
– Institute Structure and Governance,
– Strategies for Sustainable Institute Operations, and
– Education and Workforce Development.
Input gathered during this and other Designing for Impact workshops, and received in response to the Request for Information (RFI) that was published in the Federal Register on May 4, 2012, will help to shape the vision, goals, and organization of the IMIs and the entire network.
Who Should Attend
The NNMI is a collaborative effort to improve the U.S. manufacturing sector’s competitiveness and innovation performance. It requires participation by small, medium-sized, and large manufacturers, universities and community colleges, state and local governments, economic development organizations, and other stakeholders. Broad participation by these various sectors is essential to identifying the most important matters in shaping the Institutes and the network.
The workshop will be held at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering, located at 100 Academy, Irvine, CA 92617 (Tel: 949-721-2200).
Advance online registration is now open and will close at 11:59 PM Pacific time, September 18, 2012. After advance registration closes, registration will be permitted only on a first-come, first-served basis, either online or on-site on the day of the event, should space be available. Early registration is encouraged. For more information, contact Calit2 — University of California Irvine at (949) 824-9622, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Event Fee: A $50 event fee, payable at the time of registration, is required and includes a working lunch and two breaks. Attendees must pay this fee by 11:59 PM Pacific time, September 18, 2012.
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