Preview of the MIT Production in the Innovation Economy Report

Researchers will discuss their findings and recommendations on U.S. innovation and manufacturing during a briefing at the National Academy of Sciences

February 14, 2013

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Members of the MIT Taskforce on Innovation and Production will present a preview of the MIT Production in the Innovation Economy (PIE) Report in a public briefing at the National Academy of Sciences, 2100 C Street NW, Washington, DC, on Friday, Feb. 22 at 9:00 a.m.

In this two-year, multi-disciplinary study, 20 faculty members and a dozen students from MIT analyze how innovations flow from ideas through production into the economy. Upon forming in 2010, the research group set out to answer the question, "what kinds of production do we need – and where does that manufacturing need to be located – to sustain an innovative economy in the U.S.?"

At the briefing, researchers will explain the findings and recommendations that resulted from this inquiry. They will highlight their conclusions related to jobs and skills, linkages between an innovation and the broad range of production processes that bring it to market, and advanced manufacturing technologies. They will also call for rebuilding the U.S. industrial ecosystem with new capabilities that firms of all kinds can draw on when they try to transform new ideas into products on the market.

Next Friday's preview is a glimpse into the PIE Commission's larger reports, which will be published in two forthcoming books from MIT Press in Fall 2013: Making in America: From Innovation to Market and Production in the Innovation Economy. The preview report will be published on the MIT website following the event and an embargoed copy is available beforehand for interested reporters.


  • L. Rafael Reif, President, MIT
  • Martin Arnold Schmidt, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Associate Provost
  • Suzanne Berger, Professor of Political Science and PIE Commission Co-Chair

Study co-chair, joined by other members of the research team and the MIT president, will present a preview of the commission's key findings and recommendations and will then take questions from the press and other members of the audience.

Friday, Feb. 22, 2013
9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Continental breakfast served at 8:30 a.m. MIT presentations are from 9 a.m. to 11:10 a.m. followed by Q&A, then three commentators will discuss the report (Patrick Gallagher, Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology; Arati Prabhakar, Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency; and Brian Toohey, President, Semiconductor Industry Association).

Lecture Room
National Academy of Sciences
2100 C Street NW, Washington, DC

Press will need to register to get into the National Academy of Sciences building. Reporters interested in attending should RSVP to Kimberly Allen at


The Production in the Innovation Economy (PIE) project brings together leading MIT faculty from a variety of disciplines – economics, engineering, political science, management, biology, and others – to look at U.S. industry from different perspectives: national, sectoral, and global. The study's overarching goal is to shed light on how America's great strengths in innovation can be scaled up into new productive capabilities. The goal is to develop recommendations for transforming America's production capabilities in an era of increased global competition.

The decision to create the PIE initiative reflects previous experience at MIT that helped to inform national policy debates on key economic issues facing the nation. From the MIT Commission on Industrial Productivity in the late-1980s that wrote the influential Made in America report to the task forces in recent years that produced studies of critical national energy issues, MIT has learned to bring faculty from across the disciplines together to conduct rigorous, nonpartisan research that shapes national policy.

Topics: Production in the Innovation Economy (PIE)