Georgia Tech Hosts Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Regional Meeting
Georgia Tech President G.P. "Bud" Peterson
The Georgia Institute of Technology is hosting a day-long event for leaders in the manufacturing industry from across the region. The event is part of the second phase of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, or AMP 2.0, announced by the White House this past fall.
The purpose of AMP 2.0 is to build on a renewed national focus on U.S. leadership in the emerging technologies that will fuel job creation and boost global competitiveness. Georgia Tech President G.P. “Bud” Peterson is serving on the steering committee for AMP 2.0 and the Institute is hosting the first regional meeting.
" We have more than 9,100 small or medium-sized enterprises here in Georgia, and tens of thousands in the Southeast,” said Peterson. “Because of their size, they typically don't have the resources to purchase and install the latest technological advances or invest in workforce development like larger corporations do. To facilitate their growth, however, Georgia Tech is working with them to ensure that the Southeast is at the forefront of the emerging U.S. manufacturing renaissance."
Approximately 200 participants are expected to attend and explore the challenges and identify possible solutions for supporting advanced manufacturing activities in SMEs. The goal is to gain input from thought leaders in industry, government and universities throughout the Southeast and to forge new partnerships between these stakeholders that will result in a stronger manufacturing industry. Keynote speakers include Eric Spiegel, president and CEO of Siemens USA, and Mike Molnar, director of the interagency Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office.
Thought leaders will discuss workforce challenges, leadership and culture within SMEs, SME involvement and access to collaborative technology and America Makes (the national additive manufacturing innovation institute), as well as technology adoption limitations for SMEs and more.
Additional information can be found at http://advancedmanufacturing.gatech.edu