The Forum will be held October 22-23 at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. Dr. Wessner will be participating in the session “Innovation in Production” or “Policies, Challenges, and Opportunities in Next-Generation of Manufacturing,” which will take place on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.
Dr. Wessner is a National Academy Scholar and Director of the Program on Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship. He is recognized nationally and internationally for his expertise on innovation policy, including public-private partnerships, entrepreneurship, early-stage financing for new firms, and the special needs and benefits of high-technology industry.
Dr. Wessner’s work addresses the linkages between science-based economic growth, entrepreneurship, new technology development, university-industry clusters, regional development, small firm finance and public-private partnerships. Currently, he directs a series of studies centered on government measures to encourage entrepreneurship and support the development of new technologies and the cooperation between industry, universities, laboratories, and government to capitalize on a nation’s investment in research. Foremost among these is a congressionally mandated study of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program, reviewing the operation and achievements of this $2.3 billion award program for small companies and start-ups.
This year, with the theme of “The Way Forward to Global Prosperity through Intelligent Manufacturing Collaboration,” the Forum will focus on cooperation needed to create a global environment for sustainable economic success through sharing resources, creating and supporting common platforms for standards and interoperability for emerging technologies, solving storage and knowledge-mining challenges for ever-increasing amounts of data, and finding innovative ways to leverage applied R&D investments. The event will also discuss the key innovation differentiators of technology and skills, and the role of educational institutions and companies in training the next-generation of workers in the highly technical field of manufacturing.
The Forum will bring together high-level industrialists, policy makers, and key societal stakeholders across the globe for a cross-exchange of ideas on major macroeconomic trends and manufacturing innovation. The Forum is sponsored by the international Intelligent Manufacturing Systems program and its member countries and is open to international sponsorship from government, industry, and institutions.