The Future of Manufacturing in the U.S.
May 8-9, 2012

Prestigious thought leaders from industry, academia, labor and government–including U.S. Secretary of Commerce John Bryson–shared their views on U.S. manufacturing at an MIT conference co-sponsored by the MIT Leaders for Global Operations program (LGO).

Keynote speakers and panelists addressed challenges in global operations, current and future manufacturing workforce development issues, opportunities for new government policies, and the impact of new technologies and innovations in manufacturing.

Other speakers and panelists included:

Manufacturing has been a major focus of government and MIT attention in recent months. At the conference, Bryson listed several initiatives proposed by President Obama to aid U.S. manufacturing. MIT Professor Olivier de Weck also discussed research by MIT’s Production in the Innovation Economy commission, of which he is executive director.

The conference was co-sponsored by the MIT Industrial Liaison Program and the MIT Forum for Supply Chain Innovation.