The MIT Forum for Supply Chain Innovation has announced that Cyrus Wadia, the assistant director for clean energy and materials R&D at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, will deliver the keynote at its June 24 conference, "Technology and the Industrial Internet.” This one-day executive conference, in partnership with the Accenture and MIT Alliance in Business Analytics, will discuss the impact, challenges, and opportunities of advanced technologies and the Industrial Internet.
Wadia’s keynote, “The Materials Genome Initiative — Scaling Clean Energy Production,” will discuss the Obama administration’s efforts to spur innovation in advanced materials. The keynote will also introduce and describe the design and launch of the Materials Genome Initiative, an effort launched by President Barack Obama in 2011 that has already mobilized more than $300 million and 60 institutions across the country to address the long timeframes for incorporating advanced materials into practice.
General Electric's chief economist, Marco Annunziata, will also present at the conference and discuss how technology is transforming the industrial sector. Additional speakers will be from Accenture, Cisco, P&G, and C3 Energy.
David Simchi-Levi, an MIT professor of civil and environmental engineering and of engineering systems who is the founder of the MIT Forum for Supply Chain Innovation, says, “We are very pleased to have the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Dr. Wadia speak at this event."
Narendra Mulani, senior managing director of Accenture Analytics and co-chair of the Accenture and MIT Alliance in Business Analytics, says, “In today’s increasingly digital world, where data is abundant and becoming even more connected, the 'industrial Internet' is paving the way for increased innovation that will create real-time tangible benefits for both businesses and consumers. We are looking forward to sharing our views on the industrial Internet with Dr. Wadia, and other senior government and business leaders, at the conference.”
To register for the June 24 conference, to be held at MIT's Endicott House, visit the website of the MIT Forum for Supply Chain Innovation.