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In This Issue... National Summit... Project/Report Updates...
Outreach Events... Leadership Council... Organizational Updates

On July 25, 2017 MForesight hosted its second annual National Summit, which focused on the rise of Factories of the Future: Digital, Distributed, Democratized Manufacturing. Nearly 150 attendees enjoyed a day filled with great speakers, networking, and learning. Read more about the event and the keynote talk by Gary Pisano.  

Visit the 2017 Summit Presentations & Handouts webpage for select presentations, handouts, and results of the interactive activities.

Project/Report Updates
New Report: Next-Generation Supply Chains
A new report from MForesight: Alliance for Manufacturing Foresight, Ensuring American Manufacturing Leadership Through Next-Generation Supply Chains, investigates a growing multi-sector focus on Supply Chain Optimization (SCO) — tools and techniques for integrated design, engineering and production, enhanced information sharing, and more collaborative decision-making between Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and their suppliers. Read more...

To celebrate the release of the report, on July 18th, MForesight held a panel discussion on Capitol Hill. Special thanks to the House Manufacturing Caucus for hosting the event. Read more...
New Report: America's Next Manufacturing Workforce
The MForesight Education and Workforce Development Working Group (EWD)  — led by Emily DeRocco and comprising leading experts from the public-private workforce investment system, technical education systems, universities and community colleges, and other key institutions — recently completed a report, America’s Next Manufacturing Workforce: Promising Practices for Education and Skills Buildingoutlining a wide range of successful educational initiatives, policy interventions, and pilot programs to strengthen manufacturing careers.  Read more…
Cybersecurity for Manufacturers
Our upcoming report, in collaboration with Computing Community Consortium (CCC), brings together voices from manufacturers, government agencies, cybersecurity firms, and leading academic computer science departments to address the looming cybersecurity challenges for manufacturers. Look for the report later this month. Learn more... 

Please join us at the report launch event in Washington, DC on September 22, 2017 from 2:00pm - 4:00pm at the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2020. RSVP to the launch event or request to receive the report once it is released.

Cost-Effective Low-Volume Manufacturing

On June 5th, MForesight hosted a workshop on Gamechanging Ideas for Cost-Effective Low-Volume Manufacturing at the ASME-MSEC Conference held at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. Low-volume manufacturing of innovative and specialized products at economical pricing is needed in nearly every industry, yet mature manufacturing technologies capable of economically producing such products are limited. This interactive workshop brought together over 75 manufacturing experts to share ideas and build partnerships to broaden technical capabilities and access to low-volume manufacturing.  Read more...

Metamaterials Manufacturing
MForesight partnered with Dr. Chris Spadaccini from Lawrence Livermore National Labs to lead a workshop exploring the challenges and opportunities for metamaterials manufacturing in the United States. Approximately 40 experts from industry, academia, federal labs, and government gathered in Washington, DC on June 20th to develop recommendations for public and private stakeholders in the areas of research and development priorities, technology implementation challenges, and related policies. Read more...

Please send suggestions and requests for report briefing events to 

Metamaterials Manufacturing Workshop on June 20th in Washington, DC.
Outreach Events

MForesight has been working to build our network and share our vision with the manufacturing community and beyond.

On July 13th, Associate Director Tom Mahoney, went to the Cybersecurity for Manufacturing Workshop at the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute in Chicago to share MForesight’s preliminary findings and recommendations on manufacturing supply chain cybersecurity, and to learn more about DMDII’s plans to create a cybersecurity testbed at their facility. The workshop provided an opportunity to network with cybersecurity experts from major corporations such as Boeing and Siemens, private service providers such as Cyberpoint International, and government representatives from NIST and DoD.  The workshop built upon select recommendations from discussions at MForesight's Cyber Security for Manufacturers Workshop.

Principal Researcher, Josh Bishop-Moser, attended the International Design Engineering Technical Conference from August 6-9th in Cleveland, OH to continue gathering gamechanger ideas and connecting with experts in various fields.

Upcoming Projects

  • Scalable Processing of High Entropy Alloys (HEAs): Differing from traditional alloys, HEAs offer extraordinary mechanical properties and combinations of properties, including hardness, strength, and/or ductility not previously possible. The near infinite combinations of alloying metals offers metallurgists the ability to design targeted alloys with specifically desired combinations of properties and ultra-high performance. In a very limited number of cases, HEAs can be manufactured using traditional liquid phase processing (i.e. casting), but for most HEA combinations, large-scale commercial melting processes are not currently viable.

  • High-Speed Viscous Ink Deposition: Viscous ink deposition is the process of applying and patterning materials that have a high viscosity, often due to complex chemistry and/or nano-structured components. Example applications include directly patterning batteries, silicone prosthetics, electrodes, 2D and 3D electronics, highly viscous adhesives, cell cultures, bio-absorbable polymers, nano-structured materials, metamaterials, and more. While the applications and materials are broad and constantly expanding, the manufacturing challenges are consistent and restrictive.

Please contact us at if you would like to engage with us on either of these topics. Also, if you have a topic or technology that you think MForesight should bring the community together to explore, submit it as a gamechanger.
Upcoming Events

  • SSTI Annual Conference (September 13-15th): MForesight leadership will be attending SSTI to lead a discussion-based session, “Maximizing Innovation in Manufacturing: A Look Ahead,” which will explore recommendations around enhancing performance across the supply chain, improving cybersecurity for manufacturers, and developing an advanced manufacturing workforce.

  • TMS (October 12th): MForesight, with Leadership Council member Glenn Daehn taking the lead, is partnering with TMS to run a gamechanger workshop, "Materials Innovations to Support Next-Generation Manufacturing."

  • FABTECH (November 6-9th): MForesight will be conducting a survey of participants, aiming to learn from SMEs about their technology challenges and opportunities, and how they think government and academia can help lower barriers and prepare the workforce. Additionally, Executive Director Sridhar Kota will be moderating a panel on November 6th: “Advanced Manufacturing for the Next Industrial Evolution.”

Do you have suggestions of events where MForesight can engage the manufacturing community? Send your suggestions to

"Tech Forecast"
Our new Tech Forecast series explores the likelihood that further investment in a particular technology opportunity or challenge will enhance U.S. manufacturing competitiveness. View our first Tech Forecast: Manufacturing Advanced Aerogels.

To contribute to the conversation on a current Tech Forecast topic, email us at
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Publication Highlight: Op-Ed by Mike Russo
MForesight’s Executive Committee Chair, Mike Russo, wrote a guest blog post for the Alliance for American Manufacturing Blog at the end of June called “Why America Needs a Manufacturing Strategy” in which he argues “...we can't cut our way to growth and competitiveness. We need to sustain investments that will help us save existing manufacturing jobs and create new ones.” Read the full post…
Leadership Council
July 26 Meeting
The Leadership Council met on Wednesday, July 26th to reflect on the 2017 Summit, review MForesight’s activities and achievements from the past year, and provide input on MForesight’s future goals, activities, and strategies for reaching the national manufacturing community. It was a meeting filled with valuable contributions from members.  We are looking forward to continuing to improve operations and outreach.

New Members
MForesight is excited to welcome three new members to the Leadership Council.

Curt Cline joined the Leadership Council earlier this summer upon the retirement of Glenn Baker from Deere and Company. Curt is the Global Director for Enterprise Strategic Manufacturing at John Deere. In this position, he directs the enterprise functions of manufacturing engineering, facilities engineering, factory automation, business process management, global real estate, and advanced manufacturing technology.

Curt joined the company in January 2000 and has held assignments in Quality, Operations, Project management and Factory management. Before joining John Deere, Curt held engineering and process improvement roles at General Electric, Texas Instruments, and Eaton Corporation.

Curt holds a BS degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Tennessee, an MS degree in engineering from Purdue University, and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC.
David A. Vasko is Director of Advanced Technology at Rockwell Automation. He is responsible for applied R&D and Global Product Standards and Regulations within Rockwell, and for developing and managing technology to enable the future generation of Rockwell Automation’s industrial automation products.

David is a member of the NIST VCAT (Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology). He is on the boards of the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) and the Milwaukee Institute, he is a member of the Wisconsin Technical Council, the US National Committee and serves on Technical Advisory Groups in the US National Committee for industrial control and communications. He serves in leadership positions within the IEC and is a member of the IEC Strategic Evaluation Group (SEG7) focused on Smart Manufacturing and Industrie 4.0, the Industrial Internet of Things.

He has authored 20 papers, contributed to 3 books, and holds 50 US patents in industrial communications, distributed control, agent technology and functional safety. He was recognized as Rockwell Automation’s Engineer of the Year in 2005 for his contribution to the development of a CIP Safety communication protocol and reforming our tax code.
Shirish Pareek is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Hydraulex Global. Formed in August 2010, Hydraulex Global is a $90 million corporation in worldwide remanufacturing and distributing of major brand hydraulic pumps, motors, valves, servos, and cylinders. He is also owner and Board Member of MinnPar, a heavy-equipment parts supply business.

Earlier in his career Shirish worked as an Engagement Manager at the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, and at Halliburton on the oil and gas exploration and production rigs in India and Indonesia. Shirish served on the U.S. Manufacturing Council, a private sector advisory committee to the Secretary of Commerce on the United States manufacturing sector, from 2012 - 2016.

Shirish earned a B.S. with University Honors in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India and an MBA with specialization in Operations and Strategy from Carnegie Mellon University.
Organizational Updates
Reverse Site Visit
This August, the MForesight leadership team met with NSF, NIST, and a review panel at the National Science Foundation in Washington, DC. The purpose of this meeting was to review MForesight’s plans and processes to identify how MForesight can continue to improve its ability to deliver valued impact to the manufacturing community. The meeting was very productive and we thank the review team for their insightful thoughts and feedback.

New Staff Member
Dr. Mario Urdaneta will join the MForesight team as a technology and policy specialist in Washington, DC starting at the beginning of September. Dr. Urdaneta is an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the Advanced Manufacturing Office, Department of Energy. There, he worked with federal manufacturing R&D programs across government agencies and National Labs, including Manufacturing USA Institutes and the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, taking roles in program management, strategic planning, and technoeconomic analysis. Prior to that, Dr. Urdaneta spent 7 years in medical device startups. Dr. Urdaneta is a mechanical engineer with a broad range of technical experience, holds 12 patents, and has authored 30 publications. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Urdaneta to MForesight!

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