MEAM/GRASP/PRECISE Seminar: Gary Fedder, Carnegie Mellon University, "Advanced Manufacturing Institutes – A $2B National Experiment In Government-Industry-University Private-Public Partnerships"

Presenter: Gary K. Fedder (Homepage)

Event Dates:
  Friday March 22, 2013 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm

* Alternate Location: Berger Auditorium, Skirkanich Hall*

While the United States is a leading manufacturer in the world, our nation has been losing manufacturing jobs to overseas operations for the last three decades. This trend accelerated after 2000. Revitalizing our manufacturing sector is important for three compelling reasons: manufacturing provides high paying jobs that spawn service-sector jobs, product innovation is facilitated by co-location of design and production processes, and domestic manufacturing capability is vital to national security*. To address these concerns, in March 2012, President Obama announced a national initiative to create up to 15 institutes for advanced manufacturing as part of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). Through a swift competition and selection process, a pilot institute for NNMI, called the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, was awarded in August 2012 with the winning team centered in the Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia region. Competitions for three more NNMI institutes are forecast for this year. The NAMII and the NNMI institutes are instances of unique government-industry-university private-public partnerships that amount to an interesting national experiment to address the gap in R&D activities between applied research and productization. I will walk through the events leading to these national manufacturing initiatives, draw on some lessons already learned, and point to future opportunities for advanced manufacturing R&D. I will also describe a unique program, called Research for Advanced Manufacturing in Pennsylvania (RAMP) and led by Carnegie Mellon and Lehigh University, which seeds university R&D projects that are driven by industry needs.

* Report the President on Ensuring American Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing, President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

Presenter's Biography:

Gary K. Fedder is the Director of the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems (ICES), the Howard M. Wilkoff Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Professor of The Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. He also holds courtesy appointments in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon.

Dr. Fedder earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in EECS from MIT in 1982 and 1984, respectively, and obtained the Ph.D. degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1994. His personal research interests include microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) modeling and fabrication, integration of MEMS and CMOS, physical sensor design, nonlinear dynamics of MEMS, RF MEMS, gas chemical microsensors and implantable biosensors. He is an IEEE Fellow and has contributed to over 200 research publications and holds several patents in the MEMS area.

As Director of ICES, Professor Fedder leads the institute’s mission to act as a catalyst to identify, seed and grow new areas of multidisciplinary research in complex engineered materials, devices, processes and systems. Professor Fedder is co-director in collaboration with Lehigh University on two R&D programs funded through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development. The RAMP (Research on Advanced Manufacturing in Pennsylvania) program provides incentive to academic researchers to collaborate with PA industry partners in translational R&D in advanced manufacturing. The PITA (Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance) program provides funding for early-stage R&D for products and processes of interest to PA companies.

From 2011 to 2012, Professor Fedder served as a technical co-lead in the policy subcommittee of the U.S. Advanced Manufacturing Partnership setup by President Obama. He worked with colleagues from industry and academia to generate recommendations that motivated the spring 2012 announcement of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). Professor Fedder helped lead a team from the Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia “Tech Belt” region to win the pilot institute for the NNMI called the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII).