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Designing for Impact III: Workshop on Building the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation

September 27, 2012
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering, Irvine, CA


This regional workshop, third in a series to be held across the nation, provides an opportunity for representatives from industry, academia, and government to share perspectives, pose questions, and propose ideas to design the proposed National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). Join other regional stakeholders and share your perspectives on how best to strengthen the U.S. innovation infrastructure to help manufacturers improve capabilities, develop new advanced products and processes, gain market share, and create new jobs.

The Designing for Impact workshop will acquaint U.S. manufacturing stakeholders with the principles and concepts motivating this public-private national initiative, as proposed in President Obama's budget for Fiscal Year 2013, and will provide a forum for public discussion of this new initiative. Most of the workshop will be devoted to interactive sessions designed to solicit ideas on how to best structure the NNMI and its regional hubs—Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation (IMIs).

The Designing for Impact workshop series is organized by the federal interagency Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO), in cooperation with stakeholders and local organizations. AMNPO partner agencies include the Department of Commerce and its National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy's Advanced Manufacturing Office, Department of Labor, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and National Science Foundation. Local hosts and co-organizers for this Designing for Impact III event include the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), the National Academies’ Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR) and University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP), the University of California (UC) Irvine, and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

Conceived to address strategic gaps in the U.S. innovation system, the NNMI will be a network of up to 15 regional hubs—Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation (IMIs)—that will connect research discoveries and ideas for new technologies and products with current U.S. manufacturers as well as with the start-up firms of tomorrow. Regional collaborations will bring together industry, universities and community colleges, federal agencies and states to accelerate innovation by investing in industrially relevant manufacturing technologies with broad applications and to support education and training of an advanced manufacturing workforce.

The President has requested $1 billion in one-time funding to build the NNMI. The federal investment would be matched by funding from the private sector and state and local government organizations. The interactive discussion sessions will focus on four topics key to the success of individual IMIs and the NNMI:

- Technologies with Broad Impact,
- Institute Structure and Governance,
- Strategies for Sustainable Institute Operations, and
- Education and Workforce Development.

exterior of Beckman CenterInput gathered during this and other Designing for Impact workshops, and received in response to the Request for Information (RFI) that was published in the Federal Register on May 4, 2012, will help to shape the vision, goals, and organization of the IMIs and the entire network.

Who Should Attend

The NNMI is a collaborative effort to improve the U.S. manufacturing sector's competitiveness and innovation performance. It requires participation by small, medium-sized, and large manufacturers, universities and community colleges, state and local governments, economic development organizations, and other stakeholders. Broad participation by these various sectors is essential to identifying the most important matters in shaping the Institutes and the network.


The workshop will be held at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering, located at 100 Academy, Irvine, CA 92617 (Tel: 949-721-2200).

Registration Information

Advance online registration is now closed. Registration may be permitted only on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the event, should space be available. For more information, contact Calit2 — University of California Irvine at (949) 824-9622.

Workshop Admittance and Schedule

Event sign-in and light refreshments will begin at 9:00 AM Pacific time on September 27, 2012. Attendees must first sign-in upon their arrival at the information desk located in the lobby of the Beckman Center. Attendees will receive badges and workshop materials. The workshop will begin at 10:00 AM Pacific time and conclude by 5:00 PM Pacific time. A preliminary agenda will be posted below prior to the event.

Hotel Accommodations

A special rate has been negotiated with the Radisson Hotel Newport Beach, 4545 MacArthur Boulevard, Newport Beach CA 92660. Please make your reservation by September 10th to take advantage of this special rate (refer to the code “NNMI”). A number of other hotels in the immediate vicinity are also available.


Shuttle service will be provided from the Radisson Hotel to the Beckman Center. Please allow sufficient time to arrive at the Beckman Center the morning of the event as service may be limited. Taxi service is also available from the following providers:

Super Taxis: 949-653-8294
Star Taxi Company: 949-653-9449
VIP Taxis: 949-256-2222

Directions to the Event

The Beckman Center is conveniently located at 100 Academy, Irvine, CA, near the University Drive exit from CA-73. Adjacent to the University of California, Irvine, and less than three miles from the John Wayne Orange County Airport, the Beckman Center is easily reached from several local freeways. Parking is available on-site at no charge. A detailed map and directions for arriving at the Beckman Center can be found here. The center is identified at the lower portion of the map.

Other Information of Interest

A separate evening reception is being offered by UC Irvine on Thursday, September 27, 2012, beginning at 6:00 PM Pacific time. The reception is not part of the workshop and will be on the UC Irvine campus at 4100 Calit2 Building, Irvine, CA 92617. Shuttle service will be provided by UC Irvine from the Beckman Center to Calit2, and Calit2 back to the Radison, for workshop attendees wishing to participate. Contact Calit2 at 949-824-6900 for further information.

Questions or Comments

If you have any questions or comments regarding the workshop event, please contact one of the following government representatives:

Michael Schen, (301) 975-6741,; or
Steven Schmid, (301) 975-8652,; or
LaNetra Tate, (301) 975-8723,

Resource Links

Event Materials
- Workshop Summary Report
- Advance Information
- Agenda
- Attendees
- Welcoming Addresses (verbal remarks only, no slides presented)
- for the National Academy of Engineering - Donald A. Norman, Cofounder of the Nielsen Norman
- for GUIRR and UIDP - Wayne Johnson, Assistant Vice President for Institute Corporate
Relations, California Institute of Technology
- for the University of California (UC), Irvine - Michael V. Drake, Chancellor
- for NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Lew Soloway, Deputy Division Manager, Mechanical Systems Engineering, Fabrication and Test
- Keynote Addresses
- Jason Miller, Advanced Manufacturing and Federal Perspective (verbal remarks only)
- Michael Molnar, Framing the Challenge
- Perry Wong, Why Manufacturing Matters to California
- Michael Molnar, Concluding Remarks and Colorado Workshop Announcement
- Informational Handouts
- Welcome to the Workshop
- Breakout Sessions Map
- Dialogue Backgrounders (summary of comments from prior workshops)
- Technology with Broad Impact
- Institute Structure and Governance
- Strategies for Sustainable Institute Operations
- Education and Workforce Development
- Backgrounder: About the NNMI
- Backgrounder: Pilot Institute on Additive Manufacturing
- Backgrounder: About the AMNPO
- Dialogue Worksheets
- Dialogue 1: Technologies with Broad Impact
- Dialogue 2: Institute Structure and Governance
- Dialogue 3: Strategies for Sustainable Institute Operations
- Dialogue 4: Education and Workforce Development
- Dialogue Report-outs (summary of participant comments for all dialogues)
- Feedback Form

Pre-Event Materials
- Preliminary Agenda
- Directions and Parking
- Event News Release
- Event Federal Register Notice
- About the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO)
- About the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI)
- NNMI Request for Information (RFI)

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