Charting the Future of Production in a Time of Shifting Globalization
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Join us to discuss these pressing issues and look to the future.
May 23, 2023
8:30am – 5:00pm
Reception to follow
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8:30-8:45 am - Welcome & Introduction
John Hart, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Faculty Lead, Manufacturing@MIT Working Group, MIT
8:45 - 9:15 am - Innovation in a Time of Deglobalization
Suzanne Berger, Institute Professor of Political Science, MIT
As the world reconfigures its supply chains in response to global political instability and increasing barriers to free trade, we must ask how the global innovation economy will change.
9:15 - 10:00 am - Industrial Policy for Manufacturing: Lessons and Recommendations
10:00 - 10:30 am - A Perspective on the Labor Market for Manufacturing
David Autor, Ford Professor of Economics, MIT
U.S. manufacturing employment has lost tremendous ground over the last 25 years. But the landscape of trade, technology, and public policy have shifted seismically since 2016. We will discuss how we got to this point, what changes are now underway, and what this may portend for our manufacturing workforce.
10:45 - 11:30 am - Deploying Digital Production at Scale
11:30 - 12:00 pm - Regional Manufacturing Solutions
12:00 - 12:45 pm - Lunch
A selection of Cambridge’s finest individually boxed lunches. Dietary preferences and restrictions collected upon registration.
12:45 - 1:15 pm - China's Manufacturing Ecosystem
1:15 - 2:00 pm - The Next Generation of Semiconductor Technology
2:00 - 2:30 pm - The Promise of Biomanufacturing
2:45 - 3:15 pm - The Evolution of Supply Chains
3:15 - 3:45 pm - Rebuilding the Manufacturing Workforce
John Liu, Lecturer and PI, Learning Engineering and Practice Group, MIT
Tom Kurfess, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech, and Chief Manufacturing Officer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Maria Flynn, CEO, Jobs for the Future
As the US and other countries seek to strengthen their industrial bases, they need access to a ready workforce. In this session, we evaluate the state of the workforce, and look for high-impact programs from the US and abroad, as well as new solutions, to build a resilient manufacturing workforce.
3:45 - 4:30 pm - Investing in Industrial Transformation
Jason Rathje, Office of Strategic Capital, Department of Defense
Susan Schofer, Partner, SOSV/HAX
Anthony Manzo, EVP Corporate Development, Re:Build Manufacturing
Moderated by: Dayton Horvath, Director, Emerging Technology, The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT)
In the penultimate session of the day, we reflect on the importance of private capital to drive industrial transformation, and metrics for evaluating and sustaining long-term investment.
4:30 - 5:00 pm - The Future of Manufacturing
David Mindell, Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Dibner Professor of the History of Engineering and Manufacturing, MIT
In light of recent developments in global politics and economics, and advances in technology on the horizon, what is the future of manufacturing and what should we look toward as a preferred outcome?
5:10 - 6:30 pm - Reception
Reception (21+), featuring drinks and hors d’ouevres.
THE FORWARD-THINKING EVENT FOR MANUFACTURING LEADERSJOIN US ON MAY 23 $350 – General Admission No charge for MIT community members and members of other academic institutions.
PLANNING YOUR EVENT
The 2023 Symposium is held at Wong Auditorium, located in MIT Building E51 (“Tang Center”)
A map can be found here.
GETTING TO MIT
By Car: Limited parking is available close to the event venue. Public transportation or rideshare app are recommended. If you are traveling by car, a list of the closest parking garages can be found here.
By Train: The most direct option is taking the subway red line to the “Kendall/MIT” station and walking from there. The venue is a ~3 minute walk from the station. An MBTA Subway Map can be found here.
If coming via Boston Logan International Airport, take the blue line shuttle to “Airport” station, then take the blue line inbound (towards Bowdoin) to “State Street” station. From there, you can transfer to the orange line, traveling one stop (towards Forest Hills) to the “Downtown Crossing” station, from which you can take the red line direct to “Kendall/MIT” station. If more convenient, you can also walk directly from State Street Station to Downtown Crossing by exiting at State Street, skipping the orange line.
HOTELS AND LODGING
There are a large number of accommodations in the immediate area surrounding MIT. We recommend choosing from one of MIT’s Preferred Hotels, a complete list for which can be found here.
No special rates are available for attendees of this event, though “MIT rates” may be available upon phone inquiry to one of the Preferred Hotels in the list above.
MIT’s campus is accessible to those with physical disabilities, and all reasonable accommodation will be made for any attendee who requires it. If you require an accommodation, please do not hesitate to reach out to the event organizers using the contact email address (email@example.com) above.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
In the morning and afternoon, coffee, tea, and an assortment of pastries and other cold-served items will be available. During lunch, individually boxed lunches will be served. The meals for the event include vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options, and ingredients, including common allergens, will be clearly displayed. If you have a specific allergy or dietary preference, please do not hesitate to reach out to the event organizers and we will gladly accommodate you.