At the heart of MForesight was a group of seasoned experts and industry veterans with unique insights on the future of American manufacturing. The Leadership Council (LC) comprised leaders representing multiple industry sectors, nonprofit entities, and universities with significant strengths in research and education related to manufacturing. The LC specifically worked to:

  • Identify and prioritize emerging technologies for future research and investment

  • Provide MForesight stakeholders with access to key subject matter experts

  • Participate in semi-annual meetings to review organizational progress and priorities.

In short, the MForesight Leadership Council was more than an advisory committee. It was a source of inspiration, ideas, analysis, and connections to accomplish the work of technology foresight.

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The Executive Committee, a subset of the Leadership Council, provided strategic leadership support to MForesight in setting an agenda and establishing priorities. The Executive Committee members, nominated and elected by majority vote by the Leadership Council, participated in monthly teleconferences to review and approve strategic and operational plans, key performance indicators, and implementation. They reviewed MForesight’s reports and activities to ensure they reflected broad and appropriate input from the manufacturing community and met high quality standards. The Executive Committee consisted of:

  • Glenn Daehn, Ohio State University

  • Pramod Khargonekar, University of California, Irvine

  • Sridhar Kota, Executive Director of MForesight (Ex Officio)

  • Michael Russo, NiiCA


Industry Partners

Applied Materials Omkaram (Om) Nalamasu Senior Vice President & CTO
Boeing Leo Christodoulou Chief Technologist for Boeing Additive Manufacturing
Boston Scientific Randy Schiestl Vice President of Research & Development, Global Technology
Deere and Company Curt Cline Global Director of Enterprise Strategic Manufacturing
Dow Chemical David Parrillo Global Research & Development Director
Ford Motor Company Curt Cline Global Director of Enterprise Strategic Manufacturing
General Motors Jeff Abell Director & Chief Scientist, Manufacturing Systems Research
General Electric Christine Furstoss Global Technology Director, Manufacturing & Materials Technologies
Hydraulex Global Shirish Pareek Founder and Vice Chairman
Johnson & Johnson Mauricio Futran Vice President for Advanced Technology
Launch Forth Megan Brewster Vice President for Advanced Manufacturing
Lockheed Martin Jeffrey J. Wilcox Vice President for Engineering
Mac Arthur Corporation Christie Wong Barrett CEO
Microsoft Diego Tamburini Principal Industry Lead – Manufacturing
Rockwell Automation David Vasko Director of Advanced Technology
Siemens David Rapaport Head of Research and Collaboration

Nonprofit Partners

Alliance for American Manufacturing Scott Paul President
American Society of Mechanical Engineers Raj Manchanda Director of Business Development – Manufacturing & Robotics
Association for Manufacturing Technology Tim Shinbara Vice President for Manufacturing Technology
Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities (APLU) Sheila Martin Vice President of Economic Development and Community Engagement
Brookings Institute Mark Muro Senior Fellow, Director of Policy
Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) Robert Atkinson President
Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) Emily DeRocco Education & Workforce Director
National Association of Manufacturers Robyn Boerstling Vice President, Infrastructure, Innovation and Human Resources Policy
National Defense Industrial Association Wes Hallman Senior Vice President for Policy
Johnson & Johnson Mauricio Futran Vice President for Advanced Technology
National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining Dean Bartles President & CEO
SEMI Mike Russo Vice President, Public Policy and Talent Advocacy
SME Suzy Marzano Industry Manager

Academic Partners

Case Western Reserve University Susan Helper Professor of Economics
Indiana University Keith Belton Director of Manufacturing Policy Initiative
The Ohio State University Glenn Daehn Professor of Materials Science Engineering, Executive Director of the Ohio Manufacturing Institute
University of California, Irvine Pramod Khargonekar Vice Chancellor for Research
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Jim Davis Vice Provost for Information Technology & Chief Academic Technology Officer
University of Pittsburgh Michael Holland Vice Chancellor for Science Policy and Research Strategies

MForesight’s work was supported by the National Science Foundation from 2015 to 2020 under Grant No. 1552534 to the University of Michigan (Dr. Sridhar Kota).

Please note that any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed on this website do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation or the University of Michigan.

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