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Manufacturing USA Revisited: Securing Advanced Manufacturing in the United States - A Workshop

Project Scope:

To inform the work of the Innovation Policy Forum, an ad hoc planning committee under the oversight of the Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy (STEP) will organize a workshop that explores how effective the Manufacturing USA institutes have been at creating partnerships among industry, academia, and government; facilitating collaboration and co-investment to nurture manufacturing innovation; accelerating commercialization; and fostering a skilled manufacturing workforce. Building on a May 2017 STEP event, this workshop will feature an in-depth discussion of a particular institute or institutes, with special attention given to processes and procedures developed by the institutes to foster workforce and economic development. Participants will compare and contrast policies to support advanced manufacturing in other countries; highlight best practices in setting up and running effective institutes; and discuss potential actions and policies to strengthen and improve the Manufacturing USA program and ensure its long-run financial viability. A workshop proceedings will be prepared by a designated rapporteur in accordance with institutional guidelines.

Status: Current


RSO: Cohen, Gail


Policy for Science and Technology

Geographic Focus:
North America

Committee Membership

David M. Hart - (Co-Chair)
David M. Hart is Professor and Director of the Center for Science and Technology Policy at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. Since April 2016, Professor Hart has served as co-chair of the STEP Board’s Innovation Policy Forum, helping to lead the Forum’s activities in organizing and moderating workshops and roundtables focused on regional innovation and innovation investment returns. He served as chair of the committee on “Manufacturing USA: Securing Advanced Manufacturing in the United States: A Workshop,” the committee that planned the 2017 workshop to which this project is a follow-up.

Dr. Hart received a Ph.D. in political science from M.I.T. in 1995.
Luis M. Proenza - (Co-Chair)
Luis M. Proenza was President of the University of Akron from 1999 to 2014. He has been involved in national science and technology policy matters since the 1970s. In 2001, President George W. Bush named Dr. Proenza to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, the nation's highest-level policy-advisory group for science and technology. In 2004, the Secretary of Energy appointed him chairman of the Science and Mathematics Education Task Force and, later, to the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board.

Dr. Proenza is a member of the National Academies’ Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy and served as co-chair of the Innovation Policy Forum. He served on the planning committee for the “Workshop on The Role of State Governments in Economic Development and R&D Competitiveness” and on the “Committee on 21st Century Manufacturing: The Role of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology,” among others.

Dr. Proenza received a Ph.D. in neurobiology/psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1971.
William B. Bonvillian
William B. Bonvillian is Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Science, Technology, and Society and Political Science departments and Senior Director for Special Projects at MIT's Office of Digital Learning. Mr. Bonvillian has been a member of the Innovation Policy Forum since September 2015, participating in Forum events and providing his expertise in science policy, advanced manufacturing, and innovation issues. Since 2006, Mr. Bonvillian has served on National Academies’ committees related to innovation, manufacturing, science policy, and education, including as a member of the Board on Science Education (2006 to 2012) and as a member of the committee on “Manufacturing USA: Securing Advanced Manufacturing in the United States: A Workshop,” the committee that planned the 2017 workshop to which this project is a follow-up.

Mr. Bonvillian received a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 1974; a M.A.R. from Yale University in 1972, and a B.A. from Columbia University in 1969. Further background information is available at:
Emily Stover DeRocco
The Honorable Emily Stover DeRocco is the Founder of E3, a Washington, DC-based consulting practice focused on linking education, workforce, and economic development assets, and is Education and Workforce Director of LIFT (Lightweight Innovations for Tommorrow), one of the Manufacturing USA Institutes.

She is the immediate past president of The Manufacturing Institute where she launched and implemented a strategic national agenda on education reform and workforce development, innovation support and services, and research on behalf of U.S. manufacturers. She served as Assistant Secretary of Labor under President George W. Bush and has represented the United States and led delegations in international forums including the G-8 Labor Ministerials, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Western Hemisphere Competitiveness Forum, U.S.-Canada Policy Forums, and U.S.-EU Dialogues. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Western Governors University and the Harrisburg University of Science and Technology as well as the Board of Advisors to the University of Mississippi’s Center for Manufacturing Excellence. Secretary DeRocco served on the National Academies’ “Committee on Emerging Workforce Trends in the U.S. Energy and Mining Industries.”

Secretary DeRocco received a Juris Doctorate from the Georgetown Law Center.
Nancy Diaz-Elsayed
Dr. Nancy Diaz-Elsayed is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida (USF) in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Prior to working at USF, she was the Sustainable Manufacturing Specialist at Autodesk. Her projects have spanned discrete and continuous processes, including the development of a building intelligence application that combined real-time data with Building Information Models to improve the performance of factories and commercial buildings, and the sustainable design of integrated water and wastewater treatment systems. Her research interests include the modeling of complex systems and processes, technology development for smart and sustainable manufacturing, and the role of industrial symbiosis in the design and growth of urban environments.

Dr. Diaz-Elsayed received a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 2013.
Susan Helper
Susan Helper is the Frank Tracy Carlton Professor of Economics at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. In 2012, Dr. Helper was appointed to the “Committee on Manufacturing, Design, and Innovation,” where she advised the NAE president regarding the planning and development of the NAE Program on Manufacturing. Dr. Helper was a member of the committee on “Manufacturing USA: Securing Advanced Manufacturing in the United States: A Workshop,” the committee that planned the 2017 workshop to which this project is a follow-up, and also served on an ad hoc committee that evaluated the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Dr. Helper received a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 1987.
Gail Cohen - (Staff Officer)



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Description :   

The Innovation Policy Forum is holding a workshop on November 14, 2018, to revisit the Manufacturing USA initiative which seeks to reinforce U.S.-based advanced manufacturing through partnerships among industry, academia, and government. The workshop will explore the roles that these institutes have played during the initial period of their cooperative agreements, and how those roles may change if federal matching funding is discontinued. The workshop will pay particular attention to workforce development, supply chain and small business development, and long-term, disruptive innovation.

If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  David Dierksheide
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Contact Phone:  (202) 276-4079

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