The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and partner organizations of the federal interagency Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO) are sponsoring the second in a series of regional public workshops to gather ideas and suggestions on the design of the proposed National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). The workshop will be held on July 9, 2012, at the Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland.
"Designing for Impact II: Workshop on Building the NNMI" is a partnership between AMNPO and local Cleveland organizations that include NASA's Glenn Research Center, Cuyahoga Community College and Case Western Reserve University. Confirmed workshop speakers include Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver and Patrick Gallagher, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Invited speakers include congressional, state and local leaders.
AMNPO is charged with coordinating federal resources and programs to enhance technology transfer to U.S. manufacturers. The office is hosted by NIST. Core partner agencies also include the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, NASA and the National Science Foundation.
Conceived to address strategic gaps in U.S. manufacturing innovation, the NNMI is envisioned as a network of up to 15 regional hubs—Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation—that will connect research discoveries and budding ideas for tomorrow's technologies and products with current U.S. manufacturers, as well as with the start-up firms of tomorrow. The network is proposed as a public-private collaboration in the President's FY 2013 budget.
It is envisioned that each institute will serve as a regional hub of manufacturing excellence. These 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.
Workshop participants will learn about the principles and concepts behind the NNMI and participate in interactive sessions designed to solicit ideas on how to best structure the network and the institutes.
Facilitated interactive discussions will focus on four areas key to the success of the institutes:
- Technologies with Broad Impact,
- Institute Structure and Governance,
- Strategies for Sustainable Institute Operations, and
- Education and Workforce Development.
This event builds upon the first AMNPO regional workshop on designing and building the innovation network, held in Troy, N.Y., on April 25, 2012. In addition, the Ohio workshop will explore manufacturing-related interests and needs specific to the region.
The July 9 workshop will be held at Corporate College East, which is part of Cuyahoga Community College. For more details on the workshop and to sign up for the event, visit http://manufacturing.gov/amp/event_070912.html.
Advance sign-up is required. The deadline is July 2. A fee is charged to cover food and beverage expenses. Space is limited, and event sign-up will be on a first-come, first-served basis with no more than four representatives from the same organization.
For more information on the NNMI, visit http://manufacturing.gov/amp/nnmi.html
For more information about NASA's programs, visit www.nasa.gov.