A National Symposium and
National Academy of Engineering Regional Meeting:
Engineering to Improve the Operations of Manufacturing Enterprises
May 13, 2010
The University of Michigan
Stamps Auditorium, North Campus
Ann Arbor, MI
Supported by the National Academy of Engineering
and the National Science Foundation
Why Attend: Leaders from government, industry and academic organizations will describe how Operations Engineering -- the creation and use of models and principles from operations research and human systems integration disciplines -- can help U.S. manufacturers succeed in the highly competitive global economy.
The Symposium will be of interest to a wide range of engineers, business leaders and other striving to ensure that manufacturing operations meet consumer needs, are profitable and sustainable, and remain an integral part of the US economy and the US contribution to the global economy.
The Issue: The U.S. continues to be the largest manufacturer of products in the world. Although manufacturing remains its single largest employment sector, its contribution to the GDP has declined over 50% in the last 35 years. For this reason, manufacturing enterprises must have, and must use, operations engineering tools to assess and specify new manufacturing processes and technologies to assure that they:
- add real value to the customer
- minimize environmental impacts
- provide safe work conditions, and
- allow fast reconfiguration to meet market and supply chain uncertainties.
Keynote Speakers include:
Charles Vest, President of the National Academy of Engineering
Larry Burns, General Motors VP for R & D and Strategic Planning (retired)
Sharon Nunes, VP for Big Green Innovations, IBM
General David Maddox (retired)
Additional expert panelists will discuss how modeling and simulation methods can be used to improve the operations of U.S. manufacturing enterprises.