Manufacturing, Design, and Innovation

Program Status
July 08, 2020
  • May42015
    Forum on Making Value for America
    Manufacturing Renaissance, the Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance Council, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago will hold a forum on the National Academy of Engineering study: Making Value for America: Embracing the Future of Manufacturing, Technology, and Work
    Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
    Chicago, Illinois
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MVA National Conference
  • Globalization, developments in technology, and new business models are transforming the way products and services are conceived, designed, made, and distributed. In response, the Manufacturing, Design, and Innovation Initiative was launched to examine the challenges and opportunities presented by these shifts and highlight the transformation in manufacturing from making things to making value. The Initiative consist of a multi-year portfolio of activities—including workshops, symposia, and consensus studies.

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.

Recent Projects
  • Completed
    Concerned about the challenges facing US manufacturing--and excited about the prospect of dramatic change in this sector--the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) undertook a study to identify best practices along the manufacturing value chain and to recommend public- and private-sector actions to make the United States an effective environment for value creation. The NAE was joined in supporting this study by Gordon E. Moore, Robert A. Pritzker and the Robert Pritzker Family Foundation, Jonathan J. Rubinstein, Edward Horton, and by a number of US companies--Boeing, Cummins, IBM, Qualcomm, Rockwell Collins, and Xerox.

    Latest UpdateDecember 15, 2020

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