At the invitation of Barack Obama, MIT President Susan Hockfield will co-chair the administration’s new Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), the White House announced today.
A national effort to bring together industry, universities and the federal government to identify and invest in key emerging technologies, AMP is intended to spur a “renaissance in American manufacturing,” Obama said this morning at an announcement of the partnership at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. AMP, which Hockfield will co-chair with Dow Chemical Co. CEO Andrew Liveris, will help U.S. manufacturers improve the cost, quality and speed of production in order to remain globally competitive, the president said.
“Since World War II, America’s research universities have played a key role in the nation’s innovation economy,” Hockfield says. “The longstanding relationships that make this innovation model run — between universities and government, and universities and corporations — remain tremendously productive and important.
“But as the economy tells us every day, ‘business as usual’ is not enough anymore,” she adds. “America’s remarkably effective model of innovation-based economic growth is now being copied and aggressively invested in by nations around the globe.”
AMP is a public-private partnership of industry leaders, federal agency heads and university presidents from MIT, Carnegie Mellon, the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University, the University of Michigan and the Georgia Institute of Technology.
In launching the partnership, Obama highlighted the need to “reinvigorate” American manufacturing, once “the ticket to a middle-class life,” as well as to stimulate the domestic economy and ensure that the U.S. is not left behind in an age of increasing globalization. “We have not run out of stuff to make,” he said — quite the contrary. Obama cited robotics, solar energy and automobiles as just a few examples of fields where new technology may prove revolutionary. Inventing and commercializing this technology will create jobs and export opportunities for the United States, he said.
“I’m enthusiastic about the spirit and content of our joint work,” Hockfield says. “And I’m also very eager to build new connections with our colleagues in industry and government … with a commitment to advancing the manufacturing frontier together.”