Building a new partnership – progress and opportunities with the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation
Michael F. Molnar SES PE CMfgE FSME FASME
Director, Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office
National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce
Friday, May 6th
9:30 am – 10:00 am
A key challenge to restoring U.S. leadership in advanced manufacturing is addressing the so-called “missing middle” – the technical and business barriers of scaling-up an innovative new material, process, or technology for robust production use. This talk explores the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation as a means to accelerate U.S. innovation. These Manufacturing Institutes are places where Industry and Academia partner on industry-relevant challenges. This Presidential initiative received Congressional authorization with the bipartisan Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act. The talk will review the NNMI design, which builds on extensive public input – and the progress in establishing institutes. To date, there are now nine manufacturing innovation institutes – the latest of which is the Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Institute hosted by MIT in Cambridge MA. Seven more institutes are in the pipeline for next year, with a goal of a network of 45 institutes in ten years.
Mike Molnar is the founding director of the interagency Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO), with a mission to foster industry-led partnerships and to form a “whole of government” approach to strengthen competitiveness and innovation in U.S. manufacturing. This interagency team is responsible for designing and establishing the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), a Presidential and Congressionally authorized initiative with now eight established institutes with seven more in the pipeline. For more information please see www.manufacturing.gov Mike also leads the NIST Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), which coordinates extramural programs for the National Institute of Standards and Technology, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The AMO has now launched the first “open topic” NNMI Institutes competition, where any topic may be proposed. For additional information see www.nist.gov/amo