2022 MIT Manufacturing Conference

Disruption as the New Normal

March 16, 2022
2022 MIT Manufacturing Conference
Conference


Location

MIT Media Lab (E14, 6th floor)
75 Amherst Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

Overview

Spring 2022 ILP's in-person conferences will be open to fully vaccinated individuals only, excepting those individuals who have a medical condition or religious exemption. ILP members will use a new application developed at MIT -- Tim Tickets -- to grant campus access or scan into an event.


Disruption. It’s one of the most overused words in technology and innovation, but whether we like it or not, it’s here, it’s persistent, and it’s necessary. With the pandemic as status quo for two years, its disruptions continue to reverberate, revealing weaknesses across the global supply chain and beyond. Climate change is also disrupting the world economy, and in response, the world increasingly shows a willingness to address these challenges by disrupting the way we do business now and in the future. Underneath all of this lies technology – a disruptive force in and of itself, but also a key part of the global reaction to these unavoidable disruptions.

Both historically and currently, MIT has played a key role in studying and responding to disruption. In manufacturing industries, we are helping to design resilient supply chains, flexible and automated plants and equipment, sustainable transportation alternatives for distribution, immersive technologies to enable global collaboration, and many other innovations well-suited to the present “new normal” in which change is the only certainty. 

In this focused one-day event, the MIT Industrial Liaison Program and MIT Startup Exchange, in partnership with our industrial members and the MIT innovation ecosystem, will examine the state of manufacturing today, what we have learned in the past two years (and more), and where things might go in the future. We’ll hear from MIT faculty and researchers, MIT-connected startups, and industry experts, all of us working together to seek a new normal. 


REGISTRATION FEE

  • ILP Member: Complimentary
  • General Public: $1,350 
  • Current MIT Faculty/Staff/Student: Complimentary

 * Startup Exchange Exhibitor: Complimentary Send email for code.
 * MIT Alum: 70% discount Send email for a discount code.
 * Sloan Exec Ed & Professional Education Member:  70% discount Send email for a discount code.


Visiting MIT: https://www.mit.edu/visitmit/

Where to Stay: https://institute-events.mit.edu/visit/where-to-stay

Registration Questions: ocrevents@mit.edu

  • Overview

    Spring 2022 ILP's in-person conferences will be open to fully vaccinated individuals only, excepting those individuals who have a medical condition or religious exemption. ILP members will use a new application developed at MIT -- Tim Tickets -- to grant campus access or scan into an event.


    Disruption. It’s one of the most overused words in technology and innovation, but whether we like it or not, it’s here, it’s persistent, and it’s necessary. With the pandemic as status quo for two years, its disruptions continue to reverberate, revealing weaknesses across the global supply chain and beyond. Climate change is also disrupting the world economy, and in response, the world increasingly shows a willingness to address these challenges by disrupting the way we do business now and in the future. Underneath all of this lies technology – a disruptive force in and of itself, but also a key part of the global reaction to these unavoidable disruptions.

    Both historically and currently, MIT has played a key role in studying and responding to disruption. In manufacturing industries, we are helping to design resilient supply chains, flexible and automated plants and equipment, sustainable transportation alternatives for distribution, immersive technologies to enable global collaboration, and many other innovations well-suited to the present “new normal” in which change is the only certainty. 

    In this focused one-day event, the MIT Industrial Liaison Program and MIT Startup Exchange, in partnership with our industrial members and the MIT innovation ecosystem, will examine the state of manufacturing today, what we have learned in the past two years (and more), and where things might go in the future. We’ll hear from MIT faculty and researchers, MIT-connected startups, and industry experts, all of us working together to seek a new normal. 


    REGISTRATION FEE

    • ILP Member: Complimentary
    • General Public: $1,350 
    • Current MIT Faculty/Staff/Student: Complimentary

     * Startup Exchange Exhibitor: Complimentary Send email for code.
     * MIT Alum: 70% discount Send email for a discount code.
     * Sloan Exec Ed & Professional Education Member:  70% discount Send email for a discount code.


    Visiting MIT: https://www.mit.edu/visitmit/

    Where to Stay: https://institute-events.mit.edu/visit/where-to-stay

    Registration Questions: ocrevents@mit.edu

Register

Agenda

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Registration and Light Breakfast
8:45 AM - 9:00 AM

Welcome and Introduction: MIT Innovation Ecosystem
9:00 AM - 9:40 AM

Shocks and Shortages: Reconsidering the “Skills Gap” in U.S. Manufacturing
Interim Executive Director, MIT Industrial Performance Center
Ben Armstrong
Interim Executive Director

Ben Armstrong is the Interim Executive Director and a Research Scientist at MIT’s Industrial Performance Center. His research and teaching examine how workers, firms, and regions adapt to technological change. His current projects include a national plan for the U.S. manufacturing workforce in partnership with the Department of Defense, as well as a regional playbook developing lessons for struggling regional economies in the United States. In his work, Ben has collaborated with governments, non-profit organizations, and firms to understand how scholarship and education can be useful to practitioners and policymakers.

Previously, Ben was a Research Fellow and Postdoctoral Research Associate at Brown University, where he studied how workers, policymakers, and the public think about automation and taught courses on technology, public policy, and capitalism. He worked with the Provost to spearhead the Brown and the Innovation Economy initiative, which developed a strategy for the university to contribute to good job growth in the region, and a faculty colloquium on the future of work. In partnership with the State of Rhode Island and others, he studied the longest autonomous vehicle public transit route in the United States to date.

Ben completed his undergraduate degree at Northwestern University and his PhD at MIT, where he received the Lucian Pye Award for Outstanding Political Science PhD Dissertation. Before graduate school, he helped lead an open-source hardware non-profit and worked at Google Inc.

Job openings in U.S. manufacturing spiked during 2021, but workforce challenges are nothing new: factories have been struggling to recruit and retain workers for more than a decade. This presentation will examine the roots of the problem, as well as how some firms are adapting more successfully than others.

9:40 AM - 10:20 AM

Panel: Labor Force Disruption
Moderator:
Program Director, MIT Corporate Relations
J.J. Laukaitis
Program Director, MIT Corporate Relations

J.J. Laukaitis joined the Industrial Liaison Program in 2012 and is a strong believer in the amplifying power that comes from building enduring relationships between industry leaders and MIT researchers and innovators.

J.J. has over 25 years of experience in engineering, product management and commercial sales management across multiple industries including mechanical design and manufacturing, electronics, semiconductor equipment, health care IT and renewable energy.

In his work for PTC, Continuum, Teradyne, DFT Microsystems and GE, J.J. has managed programs to conceive, design and launch new products and services and has led major initiatives to transform customer information into insight for revenue growth.

Panelists:
Interim Executive Director, MIT Industrial Performance Center
Ben Armstrong
Interim Executive Director

Ben Armstrong is the Interim Executive Director and a Research Scientist at MIT’s Industrial Performance Center. His research and teaching examine how workers, firms, and regions adapt to technological change. His current projects include a national plan for the U.S. manufacturing workforce in partnership with the Department of Defense, as well as a regional playbook developing lessons for struggling regional economies in the United States. In his work, Ben has collaborated with governments, non-profit organizations, and firms to understand how scholarship and education can be useful to practitioners and policymakers.

Previously, Ben was a Research Fellow and Postdoctoral Research Associate at Brown University, where he studied how workers, policymakers, and the public think about automation and taught courses on technology, public policy, and capitalism. He worked with the Provost to spearhead the Brown and the Innovation Economy initiative, which developed a strategy for the university to contribute to good job growth in the region, and a faculty colloquium on the future of work. In partnership with the State of Rhode Island and others, he studied the longest autonomous vehicle public transit route in the United States to date.

Ben completed his undergraduate degree at Northwestern University and his PhD at MIT, where he received the Lucian Pye Award for Outstanding Political Science PhD Dissertation. Before graduate school, he helped lead an open-source hardware non-profit and worked at Google Inc.

George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management
Professor, Work and Organization Studies
Thomas Kochan
George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management
Professor, Work and Organization Studies

Thomas Kochan is the George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management, a professor of work and employment research, and the co-director of the MIT Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Kochan focuses on the need to update America’s work and employment policies, institutions, and practices to catch up with a changing workforce and economy. His recent work calls attention to the challenges facing working families in meeting their responsibilities at work, at home, and in their communities. Through empirical research, he demonstrates that fundamental changes in the quality of employee and labor-management relations are needed to address America’s critical problems in industries ranging from healthcare to airlines to manufacturing. His most recent book is Shaping the Future of Work (2016). Kochan holds a BBA in personnel management, as well as an MS and a PhD in industrial relations, from the University of Wisconsin.

10:20 AM - 10:25 AM

MIT Professional Education
10:25 AM - 10:55 AM

Networking Break
10:55 AM - 11:35 AM

Panel: The Corporate Sustainability Imperative: Disruption or Opportunity?
Panelists:
Deputy Director for Science and Technology, MIT Energy Initiative
Founding Director, MIT Tata Center
Robert Stoner
Deputy Director for Science and Technology, MIT Energy Initiative
Founding Director, MIT Tata Center

Robert J. Stoner is an inventor and technology entrepreneur who has worked extensively in academia and industry throughout his career, having built and managed successful technology firms in the semiconductor, IT and optics industries. From 2007 through 2009 he lived and worked in Africa and India while serving in a variety of senior roles within the Clinton Foundation. Stoner also serves as Director of the Tata Center for Technology and Design at MIT, and as the faculty co-director of the MITEI Electric Power Systems Center. His current research relates to energy technology and policy for developing countries. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in engineering physics from Queen’s University, and his Ph.D. from Brown University in condensed matter physics.

11:35 AM - 12:35 PM

MIT Startup Exchange Lightning Talks
12:35 PM - 1:50 PM

Lunch with Startup Exhibit
1:50 PM - 2:40 PM

AI in Manufacturing
Bruce Lawler
Managing Director

Bruce Lawler is a technology entrepreneur and executive leader with consecutive public and private exits, and early stage investing success with leading venture firms including Accel, CRV, KPCB, Redpoint, Sequoia, and Softbank. He is an industry thought leader and public speaker with development expertise in mobile applications, SaaS, artificial intelligence systems and video distribution networks; and an operations executive with experience ranging from consumer and industrial hardware/electronics manufacturing to wireless and video network operations (DevOps). Bruce is also President of ReBuild Digital where he is focused on rebuilding America’s manufacturing base and creating meaningful, sustainable jobs through the application of digital technologies.

In 1998 Bruce founded a company to deliver digital video over the internet and had a successful IPO 2 years later.  In 2001 he founded a venture capital firm focused on investing in mobile phone technology. He invested in other successful entrepreneurs like Andy Rubin, the creator of Android.  In 2003 he founded a company to write applications for mobile phones which he recently sold to Motorola. 

Bruce began his career in Artificial Intelligence as a COMMON LISP developer at ICAD where he helped to automate design and manufacturing for companies that included Boeing, Airbus, GM, GE, Northrop Grumman and Ford.  He also helped fast track the porting of ICADs core platform from LISP/Symbolics to C++/SUN.  At Kodiak, Bruce led the development of the Kodiak Business Intelligence, a data visualization and analytics platform now used by Motorola.

Bruce attended Purdue University where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering specializing in electro-mechanical control systems and was a President’s Honor Award recipient. In 1990 he was awarded the LGO Fellowship to attend MIT, where he obtained both a Master of Science in Engineering and an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School. 

2:40 PM - 3:20 PM

Supply chain issues... nearshoring, the death of just-in-time, how to manage inventories
Panelists:
Erez Agmoni
Erez Agmoni
SVP Innovation & Strategic Growth, WND – North America, Maersk
Erez Agmoni
SVP Innovation & Strategic Growth, WND – North America

Dr. Erez Agmoni is the Senior VP of Innovation & Strategic Growth for Maersk in North America and after many years in Asia and Latin America he is now based in New Jersey, USA.

In this current role, Erez is managing few departments including industrial real- estate, product development, engineering design and maintenance and the Maersk Innovation Center which contains 3 legs: R&D, Digital Transformation and Data Science.

Erez has a broad industry experience of more than 25 years in supply chain management, freight forwarding, logistics, engineering and digital innovation which he utilized to develop complex solutions that improve end to end supply chains.

Erez is holding a computer engineering bachelor’s degree, telecommunication science master’s degree and a PhD in organization development.

Erez is married with three children and enjoy traveling, hiking and mountain biking in his spare time

Erez enjoy meeting and learning new cultures and can speak Hebrew (native), English & Thai fluently and he is at a beginner level in Japanese.

3:20 PM - 3:50 PM

Networking Break
3:50 PM - 4:30 PM

Panel: Supply Chain Disruption
4:30 PM - 5:10 PM

Disrupting Everything - A Complete Rethink of the Global Manufacturing Paradigm
Director, Center for Bits and Atoms
Neil Gershenfeld
Director, Center for Bits and Atoms

Prof. Neil Gershenfeld is the Director of MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms, where his unique laboratory is breaking down boundaries between the digital and physical worlds, from pioneering quantum computing to digital fabrication to the Internet of Things. Technology from his lab has been seen and used in settings including New York's Museum of Modern Art and rural Indian villages, the White House and the World Economic Forum, inner-city community centers and automobile safety systems, Las Vegas shows and Sami herds. He is the author of numerous technical publications, patents, and books including Designing RealityFabWhen Things Start To ThinkThe Nature of Mathematical Modeling, and The Physics of Information Technology, and has been featured in media such as The New York Times, The EconomistNPRCNN, and PBS. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Physical Society, has been named one of Scientific American's 50 leaders in science and technology, as one of 40 Modern-Day Leonardos by the Museum of Science and Industry, one of Popular Mechanic's 25 Makers, has been selected as a CNN/Time/Fortune Principal Voice, and by Prospect/Foreign Policy as one of the top 100 public intellectuals. He's been called the intellectual father of the maker movement, founding a growing global network of over two thousand fab labs in 125 countries that provide widespread access to prototype tools for personal fabrication, directing the Fab Academy for distributed research and education in the principles and practices of digital fabrication, and chairing the Fab Foundation. He is a co-founder of the Interspecies Internet and of the Science and Entertainment Exchange. Dr. Gershenfeld has a BA in Physics with High Honors from Swarthmore College, a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Cornell University, honorary doctorates from Swarthmore College, Strathclyde University and the University of Antwerp, was a Junior Fellow of the Harvard University Society of Fellows, and a member of the research staff at Bell Labs.

5:10 PM - 6:00 PM

Adjournment with Networking Reception
  • Agenda
    8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

    Registration and Light Breakfast
    8:45 AM - 9:00 AM

    Welcome and Introduction: MIT Innovation Ecosystem
    9:00 AM - 9:40 AM

    Shocks and Shortages: Reconsidering the “Skills Gap” in U.S. Manufacturing
    Interim Executive Director, MIT Industrial Performance Center
    Ben Armstrong
    Interim Executive Director

    Ben Armstrong is the Interim Executive Director and a Research Scientist at MIT’s Industrial Performance Center. His research and teaching examine how workers, firms, and regions adapt to technological change. His current projects include a national plan for the U.S. manufacturing workforce in partnership with the Department of Defense, as well as a regional playbook developing lessons for struggling regional economies in the United States. In his work, Ben has collaborated with governments, non-profit organizations, and firms to understand how scholarship and education can be useful to practitioners and policymakers.

    Previously, Ben was a Research Fellow and Postdoctoral Research Associate at Brown University, where he studied how workers, policymakers, and the public think about automation and taught courses on technology, public policy, and capitalism. He worked with the Provost to spearhead the Brown and the Innovation Economy initiative, which developed a strategy for the university to contribute to good job growth in the region, and a faculty colloquium on the future of work. In partnership with the State of Rhode Island and others, he studied the longest autonomous vehicle public transit route in the United States to date.

    Ben completed his undergraduate degree at Northwestern University and his PhD at MIT, where he received the Lucian Pye Award for Outstanding Political Science PhD Dissertation. Before graduate school, he helped lead an open-source hardware non-profit and worked at Google Inc.

    Job openings in U.S. manufacturing spiked during 2021, but workforce challenges are nothing new: factories have been struggling to recruit and retain workers for more than a decade. This presentation will examine the roots of the problem, as well as how some firms are adapting more successfully than others.

    9:40 AM - 10:20 AM

    Panel: Labor Force Disruption
    Moderator:
    Program Director, MIT Corporate Relations
    J.J. Laukaitis
    Program Director, MIT Corporate Relations

    J.J. Laukaitis joined the Industrial Liaison Program in 2012 and is a strong believer in the amplifying power that comes from building enduring relationships between industry leaders and MIT researchers and innovators.

    J.J. has over 25 years of experience in engineering, product management and commercial sales management across multiple industries including mechanical design and manufacturing, electronics, semiconductor equipment, health care IT and renewable energy.

    In his work for PTC, Continuum, Teradyne, DFT Microsystems and GE, J.J. has managed programs to conceive, design and launch new products and services and has led major initiatives to transform customer information into insight for revenue growth.

    Panelists:
    Interim Executive Director, MIT Industrial Performance Center
    Ben Armstrong
    Interim Executive Director

    Ben Armstrong is the Interim Executive Director and a Research Scientist at MIT’s Industrial Performance Center. His research and teaching examine how workers, firms, and regions adapt to technological change. His current projects include a national plan for the U.S. manufacturing workforce in partnership with the Department of Defense, as well as a regional playbook developing lessons for struggling regional economies in the United States. In his work, Ben has collaborated with governments, non-profit organizations, and firms to understand how scholarship and education can be useful to practitioners and policymakers.

    Previously, Ben was a Research Fellow and Postdoctoral Research Associate at Brown University, where he studied how workers, policymakers, and the public think about automation and taught courses on technology, public policy, and capitalism. He worked with the Provost to spearhead the Brown and the Innovation Economy initiative, which developed a strategy for the university to contribute to good job growth in the region, and a faculty colloquium on the future of work. In partnership with the State of Rhode Island and others, he studied the longest autonomous vehicle public transit route in the United States to date.

    Ben completed his undergraduate degree at Northwestern University and his PhD at MIT, where he received the Lucian Pye Award for Outstanding Political Science PhD Dissertation. Before graduate school, he helped lead an open-source hardware non-profit and worked at Google Inc.

    George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management
    Professor, Work and Organization Studies
    Thomas Kochan
    George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management
    Professor, Work and Organization Studies

    Thomas Kochan is the George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management, a professor of work and employment research, and the co-director of the MIT Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Kochan focuses on the need to update America’s work and employment policies, institutions, and practices to catch up with a changing workforce and economy. His recent work calls attention to the challenges facing working families in meeting their responsibilities at work, at home, and in their communities. Through empirical research, he demonstrates that fundamental changes in the quality of employee and labor-management relations are needed to address America’s critical problems in industries ranging from healthcare to airlines to manufacturing. His most recent book is Shaping the Future of Work (2016). Kochan holds a BBA in personnel management, as well as an MS and a PhD in industrial relations, from the University of Wisconsin.

    10:20 AM - 10:25 AM

    MIT Professional Education
    10:25 AM - 10:55 AM

    Networking Break
    10:55 AM - 11:35 AM

    Panel: The Corporate Sustainability Imperative: Disruption or Opportunity?
    Panelists:
    Deputy Director for Science and Technology, MIT Energy Initiative
    Founding Director, MIT Tata Center
    Robert Stoner
    Deputy Director for Science and Technology, MIT Energy Initiative
    Founding Director, MIT Tata Center

    Robert J. Stoner is an inventor and technology entrepreneur who has worked extensively in academia and industry throughout his career, having built and managed successful technology firms in the semiconductor, IT and optics industries. From 2007 through 2009 he lived and worked in Africa and India while serving in a variety of senior roles within the Clinton Foundation. Stoner also serves as Director of the Tata Center for Technology and Design at MIT, and as the faculty co-director of the MITEI Electric Power Systems Center. His current research relates to energy technology and policy for developing countries. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in engineering physics from Queen’s University, and his Ph.D. from Brown University in condensed matter physics.

    11:35 AM - 12:35 PM

    MIT Startup Exchange Lightning Talks
    12:35 PM - 1:50 PM

    Lunch with Startup Exhibit
    1:50 PM - 2:40 PM

    AI in Manufacturing
    Bruce Lawler
    Managing Director

    Bruce Lawler is a technology entrepreneur and executive leader with consecutive public and private exits, and early stage investing success with leading venture firms including Accel, CRV, KPCB, Redpoint, Sequoia, and Softbank. He is an industry thought leader and public speaker with development expertise in mobile applications, SaaS, artificial intelligence systems and video distribution networks; and an operations executive with experience ranging from consumer and industrial hardware/electronics manufacturing to wireless and video network operations (DevOps). Bruce is also President of ReBuild Digital where he is focused on rebuilding America’s manufacturing base and creating meaningful, sustainable jobs through the application of digital technologies.

    In 1998 Bruce founded a company to deliver digital video over the internet and had a successful IPO 2 years later.  In 2001 he founded a venture capital firm focused on investing in mobile phone technology. He invested in other successful entrepreneurs like Andy Rubin, the creator of Android.  In 2003 he founded a company to write applications for mobile phones which he recently sold to Motorola. 

    Bruce began his career in Artificial Intelligence as a COMMON LISP developer at ICAD where he helped to automate design and manufacturing for companies that included Boeing, Airbus, GM, GE, Northrop Grumman and Ford.  He also helped fast track the porting of ICADs core platform from LISP/Symbolics to C++/SUN.  At Kodiak, Bruce led the development of the Kodiak Business Intelligence, a data visualization and analytics platform now used by Motorola.

    Bruce attended Purdue University where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering specializing in electro-mechanical control systems and was a President’s Honor Award recipient. In 1990 he was awarded the LGO Fellowship to attend MIT, where he obtained both a Master of Science in Engineering and an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School. 

    2:40 PM - 3:20 PM

    Supply chain issues... nearshoring, the death of just-in-time, how to manage inventories
    Panelists:
    Erez Agmoni
    Erez Agmoni
    SVP Innovation & Strategic Growth, WND – North America, Maersk
    Erez Agmoni
    SVP Innovation & Strategic Growth, WND – North America

    Dr. Erez Agmoni is the Senior VP of Innovation & Strategic Growth for Maersk in North America and after many years in Asia and Latin America he is now based in New Jersey, USA.

    In this current role, Erez is managing few departments including industrial real- estate, product development, engineering design and maintenance and the Maersk Innovation Center which contains 3 legs: R&D, Digital Transformation and Data Science.

    Erez has a broad industry experience of more than 25 years in supply chain management, freight forwarding, logistics, engineering and digital innovation which he utilized to develop complex solutions that improve end to end supply chains.

    Erez is holding a computer engineering bachelor’s degree, telecommunication science master’s degree and a PhD in organization development.

    Erez is married with three children and enjoy traveling, hiking and mountain biking in his spare time

    Erez enjoy meeting and learning new cultures and can speak Hebrew (native), English & Thai fluently and he is at a beginner level in Japanese.

    3:20 PM - 3:50 PM

    Networking Break
    3:50 PM - 4:30 PM

    Panel: Supply Chain Disruption
    4:30 PM - 5:10 PM

    Disrupting Everything - A Complete Rethink of the Global Manufacturing Paradigm
    Director, Center for Bits and Atoms
    Neil Gershenfeld
    Director, Center for Bits and Atoms

    Prof. Neil Gershenfeld is the Director of MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms, where his unique laboratory is breaking down boundaries between the digital and physical worlds, from pioneering quantum computing to digital fabrication to the Internet of Things. Technology from his lab has been seen and used in settings including New York's Museum of Modern Art and rural Indian villages, the White House and the World Economic Forum, inner-city community centers and automobile safety systems, Las Vegas shows and Sami herds. He is the author of numerous technical publications, patents, and books including Designing RealityFabWhen Things Start To ThinkThe Nature of Mathematical Modeling, and The Physics of Information Technology, and has been featured in media such as The New York Times, The EconomistNPRCNN, and PBS. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Physical Society, has been named one of Scientific American's 50 leaders in science and technology, as one of 40 Modern-Day Leonardos by the Museum of Science and Industry, one of Popular Mechanic's 25 Makers, has been selected as a CNN/Time/Fortune Principal Voice, and by Prospect/Foreign Policy as one of the top 100 public intellectuals. He's been called the intellectual father of the maker movement, founding a growing global network of over two thousand fab labs in 125 countries that provide widespread access to prototype tools for personal fabrication, directing the Fab Academy for distributed research and education in the principles and practices of digital fabrication, and chairing the Fab Foundation. He is a co-founder of the Interspecies Internet and of the Science and Entertainment Exchange. Dr. Gershenfeld has a BA in Physics with High Honors from Swarthmore College, a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Cornell University, honorary doctorates from Swarthmore College, Strathclyde University and the University of Antwerp, was a Junior Fellow of the Harvard University Society of Fellows, and a member of the research staff at Bell Labs.

    5:10 PM - 6:00 PM

    Adjournment with Networking Reception