Obama Taps Ga. Tech President for Manufacturing Steering Committee ‘2.0’
Posted September 27, 2013 | Atlanta, GA
Yesterday, President Barack Obama named Georgia Tech President G.P. “Bud” Peterson to the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee 2.0.
The new steering committee includes leaders in industry, academia and labor, and will build on progress made by the inaugural Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee, of which Peterson was a member.
“Serving on the first Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee with leaders from industry, academia and government was an honor,” Peterson said. “I’m looking forward to continuing the work to implement the initial Steering Committee’s recommendations, as well as identifying new strategies to help strengthen the U.S. manufacturing sector.”
The Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) was created by Obama in 2011 with the recognition that industry, academia and government must work in partnership to revitalize the country’s manufacturing sector. The original steering committee released a report last year calling for efforts to strengthen the U.S. advanced manufacturing sector.
Several of the committee’s recommendations have been addressed. For example, this fall three new manufacturing-innovation institutes will join the pilot institute created last year in Youngstown, Ohio, as a down payment on the formation of a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. Also, the administration has proposed an $8 billion fund to help community colleges work with industry on new workforce development and training collaborations.
The new steering committee will function as a working group of Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. It will work closely with the White House’s National Economic Council and Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Department of Commerce to fully implement the initial committee’s recommendations, scale manufacturing workforce innovations and partnerships, and identify new strategies for securing the nation’s competitive advantage in early-stage technologies.
The committee is chaired by Andrew Liveris, president, chairman and CEO of the Dow Chemical Company, and Rafael Reif, president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition to Peterson, other members include Mary Sue Coleman, president of the University of Michigan; Nicholas Dirks, chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley; and the Hon. Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
For more information about the AMP, click here.