Rensselaer to Host AMNPO Designing for Impact Workshop on Building the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation on April 25 at EMPAC

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

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

The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Credit: Copyright Peter Aaron/Esto, courtesy EMPACThis 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). 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.

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.

Participants will learn about the principles and concepts motivating this national initiative to address a strategic gap in the U.S. innovation system.  The envisioned network 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 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.

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.

Workshop Sponsor: Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO)

Location: RPI’s Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center in Troy, NY

Advance on-line registration is required. Begins about April 2 and ends April 20, 2012. Space is limited and registration will be on a first-come first-served basis.

For More Information: http://manufacturing.gov/amp/event_042512.html and http://www.nist.gov/public_affairs/tech-beat/tb20120403.cfm#nnmi