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Designing for Impact I - Workshop on Building the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation

POSTED 04/02/2012

rong>April 25, 2012
Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC)
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y

This inaugural workshop, first in a series to be held across the nation, provides an opportunity for representatives from industry, academia, and government to share perspectives, pose questions, and propose ideas to design the proposed National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI).

Organized by the federal interagency Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO), in cooperation with stakeholders and local organizations, the opening session will acquaint U.S. manufacturing stakeholders with the principles and concepts motivating this public-private national initiative, as proposed in the President's budget for Fiscal Year 2013.

As envisioned by the Administration, the NNMI will connect research discoveries and budding ideas for tomorrow's technologies and products with the U.S. manufacturers of today, as well as with the start-ups sprouting on the technology horizon.

Most of the workshop will be devoted to interactive sessions designed to solicit ideas on how to best structure the NNMI and its regional hubs—Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation (IMIs). The President's FY 2013 budget requests $1 billion to create up to 15 IMIs that will bring together industry, universities and community colleges, federal agencies, and states to accelerate innovation by investing in industrially-relevant manufacturing technologies with broad applications.

Interactive discussion cafés will focus on four topic key to the success of the NNMI:

- Technologies with Broad Impact,
- Institute Structure and Governance,
- Strategies for Sustainable Institute Operations, and
- Education and Workforce Development.

Input gathered during this and other and other Designing for Impact workshops will help to shape the vision, goals, and organization of the IMIs and the entire network.

Who Should Attend

The NNMI is a collaborative effort to improve the U.S. manufacturing sector's competitiveness and innovation performance. It requires participation by small, medium-sized, and large manufacturers, universities and community colleges, state and local governments, economic development organizations, and other stakeholders. Broad participation by these various sectors is essential to identifying the most important areas of focus in shaping the Institutes.

The Location

Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC)
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York

Registration Information

Advance Registration Only: Online registration will open for this on or about April 2, 2012 and continue until 5:00 PM EDST, April 20, 2012.

There will be no onsite registration for this event.

Fee: $50.00 and early registration is encouraged. The fee includes the plenary session, café breakouts, continental breakfast, lunch, and two breaks.

Limited Capacity: Space is limited and registration will be on a first-come first-served basis with no more than four representatives from the same organization.

Workshop organizers also reserve the right to adjust participation on a case by case basis should it be needed to accomplish a broad representation of stakeholders at the event.

Two Ways to Register:

NOTE: Registration will not begin until about April 2, when the registration form will be posted.

1. Register online (preferred method) or
2. Fax completed registration forms with credit card payment to Energetics at (410) 423–2193.

Registration Policy: Advance payment is required. If you register and do not attend or cancel, no refund will be given, however substitutions are accepted.

Admittance: Pick up badges and workshop materials at the information desk, located in the lobby of the upper level Entrance Hall.

Questions or Comments: If you have any questions or comments regarding workshop registration, please contact Joan L. Pellegrino, Energetics (Tel: 410.953.6202; Email: [email protected]).

Hotel Accommodations: Workshop participants may select from a number of local hotels. Click on this link for a listing of area hotels: http://admissions.rpi.edu/undergraduate/visit/lodging.html. A special rate has not been negotiated with area hotels.

Transportation: Transportation to the campus is not provided by the workshop organizers. Commercial taxicabs to campus are available from area hotels, the train station and airport.

Capitaland Taxi: 518.272.8248
Black & White Taxi: 518.272.8248