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Advanced Manufacturing: The New American Innovation Policies
DC Chapter of the Technology Transfer Society
Jan 17 - Wednesday
12:00 PM
2:00 PM

Bill Bonvillian, a leading expert in US innovation policy with extensive experience serving on the Senate staff and at MIT, will discuss the future of US manufacturing and how innovation policies must evolve to reinvigorate this key sector of the economy. He will discuss key points from his new book, Advanced Manufacturing – The New American Innovation Policies, co-authored with Peter L. Singer. His talk will cover the context of the decline in American manufacturing and the social disruption it led to, including the difficulty of bringing innovation into a complex, established “legacy” economic sector like manufacturing.

In their book, Bonvillian and Singer explore how to rethink innovation and revitalize America’s declining manufacturing sector. They argue that advanced manufacturing, which employs such innovative technologies as 3-D printing, advanced materials, photonics, and robotics in the production process, is the key. They discuss transformative new production paradigms that could drive up efficiency and drive down costs, describe the new processes and business models that must accompany them, and explore alternative funding methods for startups that must manufacture.

William B. Bonvillian is a Lecturer at MIT and a research advisor at MIT’s Office of Digital Learning and its Industrial Policy Center. He is working on research projects on the role of states and regions in energy storage policy and on workforce education. From 2006 until 2017, he was director of MIT’s Washington office, supporting MIT’s historic role in science policy with federal R&D agencies. He teaches courses on innovation systems at MIT and on energy technology policy at Johns Hopkins SAIS, and he is coauthor of three books on innovation: Advanced Manufacturing – The New American Innovation Policies (MIT Press, 2017), Technological Innovation in Legacy Sectors (Oxford University Press, 2015), and Structuring an Energy Technology Revolution (MIT Press, 2009). Previously, he worked for over 15 years on innovation issues as a senior advisor in the U.S. Senate and earlier was a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Transportation.

Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities
1307 New York Avenue, NW - 1st Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005

Free, but registration is requested to aid planning.

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