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Track 5: Manufacturing Education, Workforce Development and Outreach

The renaissance in US manufacturing cannot be undertaken and sustained unless it is supported by a skilled workforce at all levels of the manufacturing organization. The goal of this Track is to exchange ideas in order to improve manufacturing education to better meet current and future industry needs. Papers for this Track are welcome from not only the manufacturing community but also outside manufacturing community (such as primary and secondary education). Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • ·         Innovative manufacturing education and workforce development programs
  • ·         Innovative tools for manufacturing education
  • ·         Professional development in the manufacturing community
  • ·         Manufacturing and ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology)
  • ·         Workforce development through federal initiatives, e.g., National Network of Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) Institutes