Manufacturing, Design, and Innovation

Areas of Interest:

Competitiveness

Project Type:

NAE Program

Latest Update: November 7, 2014
The National Academy of Engineering has started a new initiative to understand the role of manufacturing, design, and innovation in making value for America’s future. Launched by the October 2011 NAE Annual Meeting Forum entitled Making Things: 21st Century Manufacturing and Design, this initiative will consist of a multi-year portfolio of activities—including workshops, symposia, and consensus studies.
Primary Contact: Katie Whitefoot
202.334.1643

Transformational changes are occurring in US-based manufacturing, design, and innovation. US manufacturing employment has significantly changed due to increasing globalization, industry restructuring, and automation of the factory floor. At the same time, innovations in technologies and business models—such as additive manufacturing, robotics, biotechnology, and “servitization”—present important opportunities for new value creation in the United States. In 2011 NAE launched the Manufacturing, Design, and Innovation Initiative to understand the effects of these changes on US prosperity and employment and their implications for business practices, research, education, and public policy.

Project Status
In Progress
MVA National Conference
  • Manufacturing is in a period of dramatic transformation. But in the United States, public and political dialogue is simplistically focused almost entirely on the movement of certain manufacturing jobs overseas to low-wage countries.