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Manufacturing USA 2022 Network Meeting

Manufacturing USA 2022 Network Meeting Event Visual

The Manufacturing USA network meeting will be held on March 21-22, 2022 from 1:00 - 5:00 pm ET (virtually). The Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office is coordinating a meeting for the manufacturing innovation institutes and federal agencies in the Manufacturing USA® network. Participants will have an opportunity to network, share knowledge and information, explore challenges and opportunities, and exchange best practices related to advanced manufacturing and key institute operations.


Day 1: Monday, March 21, 2022 

(all times are Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-4) 

Time Topic
1:00 - 2:00 PM

Welcome & Opening Keynote

Agency Manufacturing-Related Priorities and Opportunities for the Manufacturing USA Network
Senior leaders: Departments of Commerce, Defense and Energy

Geraldine Richmond, PhD - Under Secretary for Science and Innovation, DOE
Mojdeh Bahar - Associate Director for Innovation and Industry Services), NIST
Barbara McQuiston - Deputy Under Secretary for Research and Engineering, DOD

2:00 - 2:55 PM

External Engagement and Collaboration


Cross Institute Collaboration Opportunities 

This panel discussion will explore examples of cross-institute/cross-agency collaboration: what they are, how they work, and how we can build out more incentives and systematic processes to encourage more interactions.

Josh Cramer (Education and Workforce Director, America Makes), Lisa Masciantonio (Chief Workforce Officer, ARM Institute)/Arnie Kravitz (Chief Innovation Officer, ARM Institute), Scott Miller (Director of Technology, NextFlex), Emily McGrath (Director of Workforce Development, NextFlex), Haresh Malkani (Chief Technology Officer, CESMII); Said Jahanmir, Christina Jones, John Schiel (NIST)


3:00 - 3:55 PM

Internal Engagement and Reporting




National Needs: How to Measure Impact to the Industry and Nation 

Institutes and sponsoring agencies to discuss key metrics that can be used to demonstrate how the network contributes to solving big challenges for the manufacturing industry and nation. 

Robert Rudnitsky, Clifton Ray (NIST)

4:00 - 4:15 PM

Identifying Shared Practices


EWD Connect Demo

Julianne Puckett and Lindsay Pack (Nexight Group), Zack Valdez (NIST)

4:15 - 5:30 PM Breakout Sessions 

Education and Workforce Development Breakout

The future of related programs and initiatives 

Lisa Fronczek, Zack Valdez (NIST)

Communications Breakout

Outreach and marketing collaboration opportunities 

Zahraha Brunner, Christina Jones (NIST)

 Day 2: Tuesday, March 22, 2022

(all times are Eastern Standard Time, UTC-4) 

Time Topic
12:45 - 2:00 PM Keynote Address
12:45 pm

Day 1 Recap 

Frank Gayle (NIST)

1:00 PM


1:30 PM

Administration Priorities and Manufacturing Initiatives

Elisabeth Reynolds, National Economic Council, Special Assistant to the President for Manufacturing and Economic Development

Leadership Roundtable Discussion: Opportunities for the Manufacturing USA network
Brainstorm possible follow-on Initiatives or activities to undertake in support of these national priorities

2:00 - 2:55 PM External Engagement and Collaboration

Industry Engagement Panel Q&A

Representative institute members (small manufacturer, large multi-institute manufacturer) to share their experience in working with the institutes, benefits and opportunities.

Kim Arnold (Brewer Science, NextFlex member) Glenn Cormack (Lubrizol, RAPID member), Jason Impson (Nutrition Bar Confectioners, CESMII member), David Heck (Boeing, LIFT member); Moderator: Don Ufford (NIST)

3:00 - 3:55 PM Breakout Sessions 

Network Input/Listening session

Participants will provide feedback on prospective grants, programs, awareness campaigns, and generally how can we add value to agency partners/institutes.

Kelley Rogers (NIST)

Triennial Manufacturing USA Strategic Plan

This session will provide and information gathering and input session on the development and updates to the 2019 Strategic Plan.

Robert Rudnitsky, Alaa Elwany (NIST)

4:00 - 4:55 PM Identifying Shared Practices 







International Benchmarking

Advanced Manufacturing Policy Fellows will provide an overview of their research on international programs. Participants will then discuss adoptable practices/key takeaways. 

Clifton Ray, Alaa Elwany, Christina M. Jones, Dave Seiler, Robert Rudnitsky, Don Ufford (NIST)

DEI breakout

In this session, participants will explore the business case for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, along with how to implement programming and identify engagement opportunities.

AJ Jorgenson (The Manufacturing Institute), Kartik Sheth (NASA), Moderator: Zack Valdez (NIST)

4:55 - 5:15 PM

Wrap Up/Next Steps

Mike Molnar (NIST)

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Created January 18, 2022, Updated March 16, 2022