116th Congress Events
Oct 28 12-1:30 | 2044 RHOB | The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
Workforce Development and Manufacturing innovations to Enhance the Chemical Processing Industry
RSVP by October 25 to firstname.lastname@example.org
The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) has invited us to a Congressional Briefing on the RAPID Manufacturing Institute, or the Rapid Advancement in Chemical Process Intensification. RAPID is creating new technology to improve productivity and efficiency, cut operating costs, and reduce waste through modular chemical process intensification (MCPI) — such as combining multiple process steps such as mixing, reaction, and separation into single more complex and intensified processes. This briefing will have a focus on the work RAPID has done to build up the workforce to sustain the new technology.
Oct 22 | US Polysilicon Industry at Risk: Addressing the China Challenge
Polysilicon is a fundamental building block to the semiconductor and solar industries. It is a multi-crystalline, high purity silicon, used to make wafers/ingots for solar cells and integrated circuits. The industry represents over $10 billion in capital and employs thousands in the U.S. with high-skilled, high-wage jobs. Preserving U.S. production capacity is vital for maintaining U.S. competitive advantages in critical defense, energy, and innovation industries.
China’s actions, under its industrial plans and trade practices, threaten to wipe out U.S. polysilicon capacity and its high-paying manufacturing jobs, leaving the United States effectively reliant on China for this critical material.
Members of Congress (Invited)
- Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13), Caucus Co-Chair
- Congressman Tom Reed (NY-23), Caucus Co-Chair
- Congressman Scott DesJarlais (TN-4)
- Senator Marsha Blackburn (TN)
- Congressman Greg Gianforte (At Large-MT)
- Senator Steve Daines (MT)
- Senator Jon Tester (MT)
- Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-5)
- Congressman John Moolenaar (MI-4)
- Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI)
- Congressman Dan Newhouse (WA-4)
- Senator Patty Murray (WA)
- Phil Dembowski, Sr. Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Hemlock Semiconductor (HSC), MI
- Christian Westermeier, Vice President, Sales and Application Engineering, Wacker Chemie, Germany
- Mary Beth Hudson, Vice President, Wacker Polysilicon North America, TN
- Francine Sullivan, Vice President/Business Development, REC, MT and WA
Sept 25 | Task Force on American Innovation (TFAI)
Reaping the rewards of federal investments in Advanced Additive Manufacturing
FB Livestream of the event: https://www.facebook.com/TFOAI/videos/500502104120018/
Congressman Tim Ryan's interview on SIRIUS Radio: http://www.innovationtaskforce.org/representative-tim-ryan-d-ohio-3dprinting-interview-morning-briefings-tim-farley-on-sirius-xm-potus-radio/
One-page description: TFAI One-Pager Final Draft .pdf
The Task Force on American Innovation (TFAI), in conjunction with the House Manufacturing Caucus, invites you to a special briefing: How Federal Investments in Science Created a Revolution: The Story of 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing.
The event will showcase the basic and advanced scientific research behind 3D printing and frame how 3D printing technology is being used today. Speakers include:
- Randy Adams, VP of Engineering & GM of CNC Table Products, Cincinnati Incorporated
- Dr. Joseph Beaman, Professor, University of Texas at Austin, Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering; Keynote
- Dr. Allison Beese, Associate Professor, Penn State University, Materials Science and Engineering and Mechanical Engineering
- Dr. Craig Blue, Director, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Programs, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
- Mark Johnson, Professor of Materials Science at Clemson University and Thomas F. Hash Endowed Chair in Sustainable Development; Moderator
- Kathleen Kingscott, TFAI Co-Chair and Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, IBM Research
- John Wilczynski, Executive Director, America Makes
Sept 11 | Navigating a Threatening Cyber Landscape: Securing America’s Manufacturing Sector (*coordinated by Rep. Quigley and Stevens)
Sept 19 | ASME Manufacturing USA Briefing and Expo
Manufacturing USA institutes, with a vision of U.S. global leadership in advanced manufacturing, assist manufacturers with technology and workforce development. Federal support for these institutes creates a framework that allows industry, academia, and federal laboratories to work together to take the most promising new technologies and transform them into products to be manufactured here in America.
This past year, institutes leveraged more than $183 million in federal funds, matched by over $304 million in state and private sector investments, to conduct 475 major research and workforce development projects of high priority to broad industry sectors. The participants and direct beneficiaries of these projects are the institutes’ 1,900+ member organizations in Congressional Districts across the nation. Members of the institutes consist of 63 percent manufacturing firms, of which 70 percent are small and medium sized companies – key manufacturing supply chain participants. Recognizing the need for education and workforce development in new technologies, the institutes also equipped more than 200,000 people with advanced manufacturing knowledge and skills.
PANEL 1: Leveraging Public-Private Partnerships to Develop an Advanced Manufacturing Workforce
Moderator: Professor Brian Paul, Oregon State University
- Matt Plummer, Director of Operations and Environmental, Health, & Safety, Sunnking
- Robert A. Smith, Technical Fellow, The Boeing Company
- Helena Fruscio Altsman, Assistant Secretary of Program and Performance Management, Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
PANEL 2: The Impact of Manufacturing USA Institutes in Technology Advancement
Moderator: Robin Parton Pate, COO, IACMI
- Jeff Wilcox, VP of Enterprise Transformation, Lockheed Martin
- Dean L. Bartles, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining
- Tom Drye, VP Emerging Markets and Innovation, Techmer PM
Please join us for a cocktail reception to celebrate the release of the new Manufacturing USA Annual Report. Come meet the Institute Directors and Members while they showcase what the instititues and their partners are doing together to secure America’s manufacturing future through some recent innovations!
Sept 10 | The SBA & the Future of American Manufacturing
The Small Business Administration & the Future of American Manufacturing American business dynamism is in troubling decline. New business formation has been falling for decades, replaced by large incumbents and “superstar” firms with the scale needed to compete globally. A boon for some, this slowing market churn has come at the cost of depressed innovation and productivity growth for many more, whether in the form of rural stagnation or rising urban inequality. Small and innovative manufacturers face an even bigger challenge, given large upfront capital costs and limited financing options. To address this problem, the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship has proposed the first overhaul of the Small Business Administration in nearly 20 years, with a serious, bipartisan focus on scaling small manufacturers to compete globally. From enhancements to Small Business Investment Companies and R&D-focused programs, to the creation of an all-new "Innovation Growth Loan" program, join us for an in-depth briefing on the most significant reforms in the pipeline, their motivations, and what it could mean for the future dynamism of the American manufacturing sector.
July 26 | China’s Rare Earth Monopoly--And Why It Has Not Been Solved
This briefing described a proposal to allow investors to form an international cooperative that is exempt from antitrust laws, in an attempt to shield it from government-backed competition from China and volatile markets that have made it virtually nonexistent in the U.S. The Secretary of Commerce would secure a charter for the business, though it would need to be privately funded and operated under the terms of the legislation. Rare earths are critical to making parts in high-tech applications including military equipment,
parts almost exclusively supplied by China. One American mine recently restarted production and Mr. Rubio’s legislation aims to help develop a U.S.-based industry for turning those raw materials into alloys, magnets and other products. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said the Chinese government has subsidized its industry, causing “a market failure” that has hurt rare-earth development in the U.S. and elsewhere. Marco Rubio introduced a Bill to Boost the U.S. Rare-Earth Industry - WSJ https://www.wsj.com/articles/marco-rubio-introduces-a-bill-to-boost-the-u-s-rare-earth-industry-11562837405.
July 11 | Artificial Intelligence in Manufacturing
June 6 | Metamorphic Manufacturing: A New Frontier for Digital Manufacturing
Imagine agile, robotic arms able to shape metals into highly precise parts, large and small, with almost no waste. Now, imagine that this methodology can also create new market opportunities and increased economic growth. Metamorphic Manufacturing, a new technology that forges metal objects to precise specifications, takes the skill and force of a human metalsmith and replicates it with a combination of robotic systems, intelligent machines, sensors, and integrated computational learning (i.e., artificial intelligence). The U.S. is in the lead in developing Metamorphic Manufacturing, and it is vital to ensure we remain the leaders in the field. Also called robotic blacksmithing, this has enormous potential to be a disruptive manufacturing technology, particularly for the production of highly specialized, complex, customized parts. It can be applied to a variety of metals, and has the ability to control properties with high precision and a low carbon dioxide footprint. Metamorphic Manufacturing will call for new types of training and education and will yield new types of jobs. The first industries most likely to benefit are aerospace, maritime, and automotive, while defense and medical sectors are expected to take great advantage of this technology.
May 9 | Manufacturing Communities
How can we best rebuild American manufacturing? One place to start is the Defense Manufacturing Communities Support Program, a dynamic new model aimed at mobilizing communities to address the urgent manufacturing needs key to our national security. The program builds on a successful Commerce Department pilot program that organized 24 communities to implement coordinated plans to bolster their local manufacturing economies. These new designated manufacturing communities are poised to modernize the defense industrial base—improving its readiness, its supply chains, and its skilled workforce. This briefing featured local leaders and national experts who explore how this model has spurred lasting public-private and collaboration in manufacturing communities, and is set to expand into new communities and serve as a cornerstone for federal manufacturing policy.
April 10 | Organs on Demand: What’s Stopping Us from Made-to-Order Tissues and Organs
But engineered tissue innovations are currently manufactured on a small scale in laboratory settings at high costs. While federal funding is available through an array of grants, this funding is not sufficient. To facilitate commercial success of these therapies and by reducing cost, new strategies and technical advances must be adopted.
Come join us and hear from our speakers on some of the ways that these emerging technologies will positively impact the cures promised by engineered tissues and the broader range of regenerative medicine therapies.
- Dean Kamen, Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute
- David Vasko, Rockwell Automation
- Jon Rowley, RoosterBio Inc.
- Claudia Zylberberg, Akron Biotech
March 27, 2019 | Producing Parts with 3D Printing: How Innovations in Additive Manufacturing are Being Deployed Across the U.S.
3D printing, once an emerging technology, is now being used in manufacturing environments across the United States and around the globe. 3D printing—also known as “additive manufacturing”—allows manufactures to create products by adding material rather than subtracting it. This enhanced capability directly enables U.S. manufactures to rapidly develop and produce a wide variety of next generation products with geometries and materials that would not have been viable using only traditional subtractive technicians. Deploying this technology across our domestic supply chain has greatly enhanced U.S. manufacturing capabilities and is allowing the U.S. to better compete on a global stage.
3D printing has not only prompted further innovations in product design, but is also allowing for continued innovations in advanced manufacturing technologies. This briefing will present the opportunities being afforded to manufacturing enterprises to improving their manufacturing capability with innovations in 3D printing. Join us to discover how 3D printing is yielding new opportunities for U.S. manufacturers and how the workforce is developing new skills needed to fully leverage these capabilities and maintain a competitive advantage in advanced manufacturing.
Sponsored by ASME and the United Engineering Foundation:
- American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
- American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (AIME)
- American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
- American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
- Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
- Thomas Kurfess, Chief Manufacturing Officer, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
- Michael Raphael, CEO and President, Direct Dimensions, Inc.
- Rob Gorham, Executive Director, America Makes
March 7, 2019 | Smart Factories: Issues of Data Governance for Manufacturers (3-7-19)
The future of manufacturing lies in smart manufacturing— defined as the integration of sensors, controls, and software platforms to optimize performance at the production unit, plant, and supply chain levels. Such digital integration, facilitated by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), allows for real-time decision-making via data analytics, including the use of artificial intelligence (AI) techniques such as machine learning.
Smart manufacturing won’t be achieved easily. It will require significant investment in capital, labor, and technology. Hear about the future of manufacturing and why policies for data governance are needed to deploy AI and other technologies in these environments.
- Keith Belton, Director, Manufacturing Policy Initiative, Indiana University Belton Project Overview Belton: Different Countries Different Approaches
- David Crandall, Associate Professor, Indiana UniversitySlides
- Scott Shackelford, Associate Professor, Indiana UniversitySmart Factories, Dumb Policy?
|ASME Congressional Briefing & EXPO Highlighting Manufacturing USA.pdf|