Media Advisory: National conference to create roadmap for U.S. manufacturing

ATTENTION: Reporters and editors covering higher education, technology, business, federal policy

WHAT: A meeting of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), a working group of President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. It will bring together UC Berkeley and Stanford University researchers, representatives from five federal agencies, and industry executives for panel discussions and to develop a policy for increasing U.S. manufacturing capabilities.

The meeting is open to the public. Registration details are available at the AMP website. The morning session will be webcast.

WHEN: 8:30 a.m. to 2p.m. Monday, Dec. 5

WHERE: Bechtel Engineering Center, College of Engineering, UC Berkeley (see map)

WHO: Participants will include:

  • Robert Birgeneau, UC Berkeley chancellor
  • Shankar Sastry, UC Berkeley dean of engineering
  • Friedrich Prinz, chair of mechanical engineering department, Stanford
  • Patrick Gallagher, director, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Tom Kalil, deputy director for policy, U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Arati Prabhakar, chair, Efficiency and Renewables Advisory Committee, U.S. Dept. of Energy
  • Krishna Mikkilineni, senior vice president, Honeywell
  • Omkaram Nalamasu, chief technology officer, Applied Materials
  • Darlene Solomon, chief technology officer, Agilent Technologies

BACKGROUND: The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) has called for an advanced manufacturing initiative to create high-quality U.S. jobs and sustain U.S. competitiveness. At the PCAST’s recommendation, Obama launched the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership in June 2011. The AMP’s mission is to amplify U.S. manufacturing by identifying opportunities for investments in research, pre-competitive collaboration and shared infrastructure.

The AMP is led by a steering committee that includes Chancellor Birgeneau and Stanford president John Hennessey, as well as the CEOs of Dow, Ford, Intel, Procter & Gamble and other firms. It is conducting a series of open meetings across the country to gather public insights and suggestions for advancing U.S. manufacturing. This meeting at UC Berkeley, co-hosted by the campus and Stanford, will examine the potential of such manufacturing sectors as clean energy, medical devices, sustainable manufacturing and synthetic biology.

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