image_sidebarThe U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced this past October that the University of Michigan will lead a consortium to identify new and emerging areas of advanced manufacturing that would benefit from shared public-private investment in research and development, education and training.

The consortium, called MForesight: the Alliance for Manufacturing Foresight, will help save government time and money by providing a channel for industrial, academic, and other private-sector input on manufacturing priorities. Its work will also align advanced manufacturing research with national priorities and challenges to ensure efficient use of federal funding for the greatest possible return on investment.

“This consortium will provide a continuous channel to draw on the perspectives, knowledge and insights of not only industry but also academia,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director, Willie E. May. “Having this access to private-sector viewpoints and studies on urgent questions related to manufacturing technology R&D will help us better coordinate and prioritize research and funding.”

Herrick Professor of Engineering, Sridhar Kota, will lead the University of Michigan’s work on the consortium, which has already partnered with 30 thought leaders from industry, non-governmental organizations, and academia. The consortium will commission teams of national subject matter experts to provide technology road maps and reports on selected emerging technologies that outline projections for development, application, and economic impacts.

For further information and to learn how to participate, visit www.mforesight.org.