Manufacturing, Design, and Innovation

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The NAE Workshop on Making Value: Integrating Manufacturing, Design, and Innovation to Thrive in the Changing Global Economy was held June 11-12, 2012 in Washington, D.C.

June 11, 2012
07:30 AM
Breakfast
07:30 AM – 08:00 AM
Registration
08:00 AM – 08:15 AM
Welcome and Opening Remarks
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Dr. Charles M. Vest, President Emeritus, National Academy of Engineering
08:15 AM
Opening Keynote
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Dr. Curtis R. Carlson, President & CEO, SRI International
09:00 AM
Capital Room
The Changing Nature of Manufacturing, Design, and Innovation
Cutting-edge technological developments and business models have the potential to revolutionize manufacturing, design, and innovation in the United States and globally. Innovations in nanotechnology, biotechnology, and robotics are enabling new production processes that can generate entirely novel types of products. Advances in information technology are facilitating a closer integration of the customer into business processes than ever before. What lies ahead at the intersection of manufacturing, design, and innovation? How is the increased focus on the entire customer experience influencing products, production, and business models? How will Americans be affected by these changes?
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Moderator: Louis Rassey, Principal, McKinsey & Company
Panelist: Jonathan J. Rubinstein, Former Executive Chairman and CEO, Palm, Inc.
Panelist: Dr. Jonathan Dordick, Director, Center for Biotechnology & Interdisciplinary Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
10:00 AM
Break
10:15 AM
Capital Room
The Future of Work
U.S. manufacturing employment has decreased from more than 19 million in 1980 to less than 14 million today. Although these numbers imply a decline of job opportunities in manufacturing, the reality of how work is transforming on and off the factory floor is far from simple. How are developments in technology and business models changing the nature of work in manufacturing, design, and innovation? What lies ahead in a world of increasing automation, intelligent products, agile production, and customer-experience-driven manufacturing? What types and scale of job opportunities are emerging? How can the workforce prepare for this future?
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Moderator: Dr. Laura Steinberg, Dean, Syracuse University
Panelist: Gary L. Cowger, Chairman and CEO, GLC Ventures LLC
Panelist: Dr. Erik Brynjolfsson, Director of the Center for Digital Business, Schussel Family Professor of Management and Professor of Information Technology, MIT
11:20 AM
Capital Room
Building the Ecosystem for the Future of Manufacturing, Design and Innovation
In recent years, the concept of a “manufacturing ecosystem” has emerged to describe the interconnected system of individual companies both drawing on and contributing to shared resources, including workforce talent, infrastructure, and networks of suppliers and partners. What is the state of the manufacturing, design, and innovation ecosystem? How is this ecosystem changing in response to increased global integration, emerging technologies, and transforming business models? What are the weakest links in the value-chains within this ecosystem? Where are the opportunities to improve the value that the nation receives from the global ecosystem of manufacturing, design, and innovation?
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Moderator: Dr. Willy C. Shih, Professor of Management Practice , Harvard Business School
Panelist: Dr. G.P. "Bud" Peterson, President, Georgia Institute of Technology
Panelist: Dr. Dawn White, Founder and President/CTO, Accio Energy
Panelist: Dr. Kaigham (Ken) J. Gabriel, Acting Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
12:30 PM
01:30 PM – 03:30 PM
Portrait Gallery Room
Group A: The Relationship of Making Things and Making Value
01:30 PM – 03:30 PM
Smithsonian Room
Group B: Productivity, Innovation, and Business Practices
What are exemplary business practices of companies that enable productivity and innovation? What technologies, tools, or programs could help? What is the impact of low-performing companies on the ability to advance the frontier of M/D/I and capture value in the United States? What are the barriers and opportunities to improve the productivity of low-performing companies?
01:30 PM – 03:30 PM
Capital Room
Group C: The Role of Geography in Creating and Capturing Value
How does the global distribution of M/D/I activities affect the ability to create and capture value? How important are clusters of production, design, and research facilities? How does this importance vary across different types of industries?
01:30 PM – 03:30 PM
Lincoln Memorial Room
Group D: Enabling the Workforce for the Future of M/D/I
What will be needed to transition the workforce for the future of M/D/I? What are major barriers and opportunities to enable the workforce with the knowledge and skills needed for this future? What tools or programs could facilitate this transition?
01:30 PM – 03:30 PM
Jefferson Monument Room
Group E: Building the Institutional Structure for M/D/I
What is the impact of IP rights, financing, permitting, and other aspects of the institutional structure on the ability to capture value in the United States? Where are the weakest links? To what extent do these aspects affect location decisions of production, design, and research facilities? What are other countries’ strategies and would they work in the United States?
01:30 PM – 03:30 PM
Washington Monument Room
Group F: Opportunities for Making Value
What types of value-creation opportunities are likely to be available in the future? Where are the greatest opportunities to improve customer experiences? What is the role of M/D/I in these opportunities? What are the implications for the national well-being (in terms of quality of life, employment, economic opportunity, sustainability, etc.)?
03:30 PM – 03:45 PM
Coffee Break
05:30 PM
Reception
June 12, 2012
07:30 AM
Breakfast
08:00 AM
Capital Room
Opening Remarks
Summarize discussions of first day, preview the focus of the second day.
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08:45 AM
Parallel Break-out Groups
High-value integrated innovation/design/manufacturing (I/D/M) is the only path forward for the nation. Is this statement true? Why or why not? What is preventing high-value integrated I/D/M? What can industry, academia, and government do on their own to enable it?
08:45 AM – 11:15 AM
Capital Room
Group A
08:45 AM – 11:15 AM
Smithsonian Room
Group B
08:45 AM – 11:15 AM
Jefferson Monument Room
Group C
11:15 AM
Break
11:30 AM
Group Reports and Closing Remarks
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Dr. Charles M. Vest, President Emeritus, National Academy of Engineering
12:30 PM
Luncheon
01:30 PM
Adjourn