2024 Manufacturing@MIT Annual Symposium

Bringing New Manufacturing to Scale

“New manufacturing” is a vision for the next era of production that involves scaling of new technologies and companies, prioritizes sustainability and resilience, and creates high-quality jobs, strengthening the US and world economy. On May 1 we will discuss these themes and envision a path forward.

May 1, 2024

9:00am – 4:30pm
Reception to follow

Wong Auditorium

Bldg. E51, 70 Memorial Dr.
Cambridge, MA, 02139

A special thanks to our sponsors:

9:05-9:15 am - Welcome & Introduction

John Hart, Professor and Head, MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering; Co-Director, Manufacturing@MIT Working Group

9:15 - 10:00 am - Defining "New Manufacturing"

Suzanne Berger, Institute Professor of Political Science, MIT

Followed by a discussion with:

Colin Cutts, VP, G&T Manufacturing
Mike Daly,
EVP, Hypertherm
Christian Thoenes, Former Chairman, DMG MORI and deep tech investor

10:00 - 10:30 am - Triple Zero Framework in Manufacturing

Charly Mwangi, General Partner, Eclipse Ventures

10:30 - 10:45 am - Break
10:45 - 11:15 am - Supply Chain Resiliency and the Need for Stress Tests

David Simchi Levi, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT

11:15 - 11:45 am - Where are the Good Manufacturing Jobs?

Ben Armstrong, Executive Director, Industrial Performance Center, MIT
Nathan Wilmers, Associate Professor, Work and Organization Studies, MIT Sloan School of Management

11:45 am - 12:45 pm - Lunch
12:45 - 1:15 pm - Innovation Addiction? The Case of New Batteries

Dan Steingart, Professor of Chemical Metallurgy, Department of Earth and Environmental Engineer and Professor of Chemical Engineering, Columbia University

1:15 - 2:00 pm - Next-gen AI for Design and Manufacturing

Faez Ahmed, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, MIT
Jeff Kinder, EVP Product Development and Manufacturing Solutions, Autodesk
Julie Shah, Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT

Moderated by: David Rotman, Editor at Large, MIT Technology Review

2:00 - 2:30 pm - The Federal Role in Semiconductor Leadership: A CHIPS for America Update

Richard-Duane Chambers, Director, Policy and Integration, NIST CHIPS R&D Office, US Department of Commerce

2:30 - 2:45 pm - Break
2:45 - 3:15 pm - Global Trade and Logistics in an Evolving Policy Environment

Willy Shih, Professor of Management Practice in Business Administration, Harvard Business School

3:15 - 3:45 pm - Sustainable Supply Chains


3:45 - 4:25 pm - Perspectives on Scaling New Manufacturing Companies

Kyle Clark, Founder and CEO, Beta Technologies
David Lakatos, Chief Product Officer, Formlabs
Shreya Dave, CEO and co-founder, Via Separations

Moderated by: David Mindell, Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Dibner Professor of the History of Engineering and Manufacturing, MIT

4:25 - 4:30 pm - Wrap-up

John Hart, Professor and Head, MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering; Co-Director, Manufacturing@MIT Working Group

4:30 - 5:30 pm - Reception

Reception (21+), featuring drinks and hors d’ouevres



$250 – General Admission

No charge for current MIT students/staff/faculty

Questions? Get in touch.

We also invite you to the 2024 “AI: Accelerate Impact” Symposium Tuesday, April 30, hosted by the MIT Machine Intelligence for Manufacturing and Operations (MIMO) initiative.

See the agenda and videos from the 2023 Manufacturing@MIT Symposium, “Charting the Future of Production in a Time of Shifting Globalization,” here

Hosted by the Manufacturing@MIT Working Group,
in collaboration with our partners:




The 2024 Symposium is held at Wong Auditorium, located in MIT Building E51 (“Tang Center”)

A map can be found here.



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.


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 (mfgsymposium@mit.edu) above.


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.