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Manufacturing Research Seminar: Grand Challenges in U.S. Manufacturing and Innovation Ecosystem

Sridhar Kota, Herrick Professor of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Executive Director, MForesight

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After decades of shifting production offshore to reduce labor costs, the United States has lost fundamental production skill and capabilities—the Industrial Commons—in many industries, with noticeable impacts on the ability to manufacture new advanced technology products, the national innovation system and growing adverse effects on the defense industrial base. Being the best in the world in science is important—but it’s not sufficient to create national wealth and security. We need a national strategy and investment to convert research results into successful products made in the U.S. and competitive industrial sectors. This talk will highlight the findings and recommendations made in the MForesight’s Manufacturing Prosperity report. The talk will also present a case for establishing a National Manufacturing Foundation for sustained new investment in translational R&D in engineering and manufacturing disciplines, pilot production, empowering small and medium sized manufacturers and growing the engineering talent.

MForesight: Alliance for Manufacturing Foresight, based at the University of Michigan, is a federally-funded national consortium (think-and-do tank) focused on accelerating technological innovation to enhance U.S. manufacturing competitiveness

Sridhar Kota is the Herrick Professor of Engineering, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. He is the founding Executive Director of MForesight since 2015. During 2009-2012, Prof. Kota served as the Assistant Director for Advanced Manufacturing at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) where he played an instrumental role in establishing National Manufacturing Innovation Institutes, and National Robotics Initiative. Kota authored over 200 technical papers, 30 patents and has received numerous awards including the ASME Machine Design Award, Leonardo da Vinci Award, Outstanding Educator Award and the University of Michigan Regents’ award for Distinguished Public Service and the Distinguished University Innovator Award. He is the founder of FlexSys Inc., that developed the world’s first modern aircraft with shape-changing wings.
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