ASME recently sponsored a Congressional Briefing entitled, “Advanced Manufacturing: Gaining the Advantage in a Fiercely Competitive Global Economy.” The briefing was convened in conjunction with the House Manufacturing Caucus and was cosponsored by the following organizations:
- Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS)
- SME (founded as the Society of Manufacturing Engineers)
- North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SME (NAMRI-SME)
- Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)
- National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS)
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
- Georgia Institute of Technology (GA Tech)
- Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers-USA (IEEE-USA)
- University of Alabama
- University of Notre Dame
- American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
- American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
- Oregon State University
- American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME)
The event was widely attended by Congressional Staff and industry with nearly 200 attendees. Speakers at the briefing included:
- Honorable Tim Ryan, Member of Congress, House Manufacturing Caucus Co-Chair, D-OH
- Dr. Thomas Gardner, P.E., Chief Technology Officer, Jacobs Mission Solutions and Chair of ASME’s Inter Sector Committee on Federal R&D
- Michael F. Molnar, Director, Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office, National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce
- Adele Ratcliff, Director, Manufacturing Technology, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy, U.S. Department of Defense
- Dr. Mark Johnson, Director, Advanced Manufacturing Office, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
- Dr. Pramod P. Khargonekar, Assistant Director, Directorate of Engineering, National Science Foundation
The event began with a packed room as Dr. Thomas Gardner introduced Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH). Congressman Ryan spoke to the important role advanced manufacturing plays in strengthening the U.S. economy and to Congress’s role of ensuring proper investment.
Following the welcome, Michael F. Molnar gave an overview of NIST’s National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) and MForesight program. Molnar highlighted the forward momentum of the NNMI program and affirmed that proposals for future NIST NNMI institutes will be accepted on any topic not already covered by existing NNMI institutes, making for “open topic” competitions. Additionally, Molnar mentioned that the first annual NNMI report, as well as the program’s first strategic plan, is underway. He also reaffirmed NIST’s commitment to advanced manufacturing and discussed the launch of a MForesight White Paper Competition paired with a workshop in Washington, DC this April.
Next, Dr. Mark Johnson’ presentation focused on EERE’s mission to develop and implement technologies for energy efficiency in manufacturing. Dr. Johnson spoke to the importance of the dissemination of knowledge in ensuring energy technologies translate from scientific discovery to competitive domestic manufacturing and jobs through programs and projects such as DOE’s NNMI institutes, innovation consortia, and individual R&D projects.
Director Adele Ratcliff then provided insight into the Defense Department’s commitment to building strong interagency partnerships to address prominent issues in manufacturing today. Ratcliff highlighted the established DOD-led NNMIs and touched on two future institutes that DOD would be pursuing this year in efforts to reach the goal of 15 institutes before President Obama leaves office. Ratcliff spoke to the importance of investing in advanced manufacturing, so that the U.S. is able and ready to increase production of vital military supplies so our service members have the most advanced technologies available.
Dr. Pramod P. Khargonekar highlighted NSF’s commitment to investing in basic research, the manufacturing workforce, and public and private collaboration to advance manufacturing in the U.S. Dr. Khargonekar communicated that the NSF is focusing much of its efforts on biomanufacturing, nanomanufacturing, and cyber-enabled manufacturing, which is mirrored in the President’s FY2017 budget request where the NSF Engineering Directorate is the only directorate to get a boost via discretionary spending.
For a more detailed overview of the presentations, please reference the presenters’ slides and briefing video footage below.
Honorable Tim Ryan, Member of Congress, House Manufacturing Caucus Co-Chair, D-OH
Dr. Thomas Gardner, P.E., Chief Technology Officer, Jacobs Mission Solutions and Chair of ASME’s Inter Sector Committee on Federal R&D
Michael F. Molnar, Director, Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office, National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce
Adele Ratcliff, Director, Manufacturing Technology, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy, U.S. Department of Defense
Dr. Mark Johnson, Director, Advanced Manufacturing Office, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
Dr. Pramod P. Khargonekar, Assistant Director, Directorate of Engineering, National Science Foundation
Please find the presenters’ slides and additional documents below: