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On May 6, MIT will discuss the trajectory of manufacturing – technology, workforce, policy, and entrepreneurship – and MIT’s potential impact.

Download Manufacturing @ MIT Symposium Agenda


The event agenda may be updated as additional speakers or talks are confirmed.

Over many decades, MIT faculty and researchers have made tremendous contributions to manufacturing technology in areas like CNC machining, 3D printing, and production of pharmaceuticals, as well as on the policy front, with path-breaking studies including Made in America and Production in the Innovation Economy.

By embracing new technologies and a new mindset, manufacturing can play a key role in strengthening our economy, reducing carbon emissions, and improving economic mobility and workforce diversity. Investments in digital production, robotics, photonics, and other advanced technologies will transform products and factory floors, improving performance and sustainability and creating new, well-paying jobs. Many manufacturers operate on paper-thin margins, and workers turn away from jobs they associate with America’s rust-belt decline. Therefore, we must chart a path toward a new, technologically driven, agile, and resilient advanced manufacturing future.

Moreover, with recent lessons about the fragility of our manufacturing supply chains, the federal government is more focused on America’s manufacturing future than it has been in decades. Several top universities have established manufacturing centers to be part of the solution. They are pulling in engineers along with political scientists, economists, and workforce experts, and building deep partnerships with industry and the public sector.

We are excited to invite you Friday May 6, to a symposium that brings together the many people across the institute who care deeply about manufacturing. We will ask what the future might be, and how MIT can make the strongest impact. Please spread the word to your colleagues, students, and research staff.

Please register no later than Friday, April 29, 2022. Lunch and refreshments will be served.


Parking and Accommodation

MIT on-site parking is not available for individuals who do not already have parking rights to lots and facilities on the MIT campus.

Public parking lots, garages, and metered street parking are available in relative proximity to the Walker Memorial building. A list of public parking options can be found here. For ease of transportation, public transportation or ride-sharing is recommended.

For any guests seeking accommodation, a list of area hotels are provided here. For MIT “Preferred Hotels,” a discounted rate may be available; please inquire with the hotel directly when making your reservation.

Download Manufacturing @ MIT Symposium Agenda


Download Manufacturing @ MIT Symposium Agenda