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Indian American to lead US manufacturing think and do tank

Indian American to lead US manufacturing think and do tank
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An Indian-American engineering professor will lead a US consortium to identify emerging advanced manufacturing technologies to enhance the country-'s...

Sridhar Kota, Director, Institute for Manufacturing Leadership at University of Michigan seen with US President Barack Obama New York: An Indian-American engineering professor will lead a US consortium to identify emerging advanced manufacturing technologies to enhance the country's innovation ecosystem, manufacturing competitiveness and national security, the White House has announced.

Sridhar Kota, Director of the Institute for Manufacturing Leadership at University of Michigan, will lead MForesight: The Alliance for Manufacturing Foresight, the White House said.

"'Foresight' is the key word. In this 'think-and-do' tank, we will identify emerging technologies early on so the nation can invest public and private sector dollars in a way that builds the infrastructure, knowledge and workforce skills needed to anchor manufacturing technology in this country," Kota said.

"With collective access to over 30,000 subject matter experts across a wide range of industries, MForesight will serve as a continuous mechanism for research coordination across the public and private sectors," he added.

The group will examine a broad range of technologies. It could, for example, investigate how to cost-effectively improve quality control in drug-making in order to reduce shortages in certain cancer medications.

It could explore how best to manufacture emerging platform technologies such as flexible electronics, which have a wide variety of applications in places like consumer goods, defence and even health care.

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