2018 MForesight National Summit


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  • Wednesday, June 13, 2018
    7:30 AM  -  8:15 AM
    Registration & Breakfast
    Morning Sessions I
    • 8:15 AM: Opening Remarks by The Honorable Tom Reed (NY-23)
    • 8:30 AM: Welcome
    • 8:45 AM: Policy Keynote: "Producing Prosperity: Advanced Manufacturing and the Innovation Ecosystem" by Willy Shih - Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Management Practice in Business Administration, Harvard Business School
      Abstract: We have heard many reasons why manufacturing is important, providing good jobs and capturing the value created by our pioneering innovations are usually at the top of the list. But supporting a country’s innovation system is equally important, because innovation = invention + commercialization. When we lose the ability to make things, we lose out on that early stage iteration between the lab and the production line where a great deal of knowledge and value is created. After two momentous decades of offshoring and globalization, a time during which we lost production know-how and supply chain resources in many key sectors, we need to think strategically about how and where to invest to grow our fundamental manufacturing capabilities in this country. Strengthening translational research capabilities and ensuring that start-ups have access to advanced manufacturing capabilities will be critical to the health of our innovation ecosystem.
    • 9:30 AM: "Grand Challenges in U.S. Manufacturing - Findings and Recommendations" by Sridhar Kota - Executive Director, MForesight
    10:15 AM  -  10:30 AM
    Morning Sessions II
    • 10:30 AM: Industrial Commons & Manufacturing Technologies Panel: Panelists will discuss the role of academia, industry, and government in restoring industrial commons, strengthening foundational capabilities, and building the industries of the future. This includes R&D investments in process technologies as well as creating demand through early adoption to incentivize private investment.
      • Rob Atkinson - President, ITIF
      • Sue Babinec - Senior Commercialization Advisor, ARPA-E, Department of Energy
      • William Bonvillian - Lecturer, MIT
      • André Gudger - CEO, Eccalon
      • Fred Keller - Founder and Chair, Cascade Engineering
    Morning Sessions III
    • 11:30 AM: Technical Keynote: "Impact of the Factory of the Future" by Blake Moret – CEO, Rockwell Automation
    12:15 PM  -  1:15 PM
    Afternoon Sessions I
    • 1:15 PM: Conversation with Ian Steff - Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing, U.S. Department of Commerce
    • 1:35 PM: Funding for Hardware Start-ups and Scale-ups Panel: Achieving a smart manufacturing future requires not only broad implementation of advanced manufacturing technologies, but also vibrant manufacturing ecosystems and the resources to support manufacturing start-ups and scale-ups. Panelists will discuss ways to ensure that sufficient patient capital, appropriate infrastructure, skills and effective policies are all in place to seize the emerging opportunities.
      • Joe Beaman - Professor & Earnest F. Gloyna Regents Chair in Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
      • Chris Conrardy - CTO & VP Strategic Initiatives, EWI
      • Jill Sorensen - Director, SCRA Entrepreneurial Programs, SC Launch
      • Charles Zukoski - Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, University at Buffalo
    2:35 PM  -  2:55 PM
    Afternoon Sessions II
    • 2:55 PM: American Inventions Made Onshore (AIM Onshore) Prize Competition Announcement by Daniel Simmons - Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy
    • 3:15 PM: Conversation with Eric Chewning - Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy
    • 3:35 PM: Open Discussion
    Afternoon Sessions III
    • 4:00 PM: "FIRST Robotics: Inspiring and Growing Innovators" by Dean Kamen - Founder, FIRST Robotics
    • 4:45 PM: Closing Remarks by Alexander B. Gray – Special Assistant to the President for the Defense Industrial Base, White House Office of Trade & Manufacturing Policy
    5:00 PM  -  7:00 PM
    Networking Reception