October 18 – 19, 2017
TechTown Detroit
Detroit, MI USA
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The Partnering Forum on Advanced Manufacturing: Shaping & Joining Technologies was a unique opportunity bringing together industry and academic technology managers to network, partner, discover, and license technologies, as well as to find further opportunities for collaboration and sponsored research in the area of shaping and joining. MForesight hosted the forum in collaboration with the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM).

Key benefits of participating in this forum include:

AUTM attendees and keynote speaker
  • Discover emerging technologies for extrusion, molding, welding, adhering, tooling, and more
  • Inform key academic institutions of your current and emerging challenges and needs
  • Accelerate in/out-licensing and collaborations with ample opportunity for 1-on-1 meetings
  • Learn about the latest in academic-industry partnering

Advanced shaping and joining processes are essential to improving product performance and enhancing manufacturing competitiveness. The AUTM Advanced Manufacturing Partnering Forum was a unique opportunity to network with industry partners and take an in-depth look at the shaping, joining, and assembly technology sectors. This forum also aimed to provide industry representatives the opportunity to more effectively bring these technologies into their companies by developing more productive business relationships with university technology commercialization offices.

Technology transfer professionals and industry partners who specialize in advanced manufacturing technologies were in attendance.

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7:30 AM

Breakfast & Check-in

8:15 AM

Welcome Remarks
Welcoming remarks from MForesight: Alliance for Manufacturing Foresight, TechTown Detroit, and the Association of University Technology Manager (AUTM).

8:30 AM

Keynote: Alan Taub, Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT)

9:00 AM

Panel: Shaping & Joining Mega-trends

  • Faris Almatrahi, USPTO
  • Larry Brown, American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute
  • Chris Conrardy, EWI
  • Peter Friedman, Ford

Learn from leaders in the industry about the future of shaping and joining, and the impact it will have on academia-industry collaboration, technology needs, and research directions. Shaping and joining technologies, applications, and needs are rapidly changing; please join us in a discussion with the experts at the forefront of this change.

10:00 AM

Networking Break

10:15 AM

Industry Introductions
Technology managers from industry are invited to spend 4-5 minutes sharing:

  • Their company, and its strengths, interests, and expertise in shaping and joining
  • Challenges and needs their company is looking to overcome through partnering and/or licensing
  • Technologies and expertise they would like to bring into their organization
  • Technologies they have available for out-licensing
  • How technology managers from Universities and other organizations can best work with their company

11:00 AM

University Introductions & Technology Showcase
Technology managers from Universities are invited to spend 5-10 minutes sharing:

  • Their University, and its strengths, interests, and expertise in shaping and joining
  • Key facilities and programs at their University
  • How technology managers from Companies can best work with their University
  • A highlight of technologies they have available for licensing

12:00 PM


1:30 PM

Roundtable on Public-Private Partnerships
Join a roundtable discussion on the public-private partnership models, including discussions of best practices, special considerations for shaping and joining technologies, and the role of federal funding agencies.

2:30 PM

Networking Break

3:00 PM

Partnering Sessions

4:00 PM

Optional Tour of LIFT (offsite)

Partnering Forum attendees discussing public-private partnerships
Alan Taub, Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow
Keynote speaker Alan Taub at the Partnering Forum

Alan Taub is the Chief Technical Officer of the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute. He is also a Professor at the University of Michigan, in the Materials Science and Engineering Department. Taub retired from General Motors in April 2012. Prior to his retirement, he was vice president, Global Research & Development, leading GM’s advanced technical work activity, seven science laboratories around the world, and seven global science offices.

Before joining GM, Taub spent 15 years in research and development at General Electric, where he earned 26 patents and authored more than 60 papers. He also worked at Ford Motor Company for eight years. Taub received his bachelor’s degree in materials engineering from Brown University and master’s and Ph.D. degrees in applied physics from Harvard University. Taub was elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering in 2006. He is currently Chair for the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT) for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and is a member of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) Energy Materials Blue Ribbon Panel. He also serves on advisory boards for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, and the University of California, Berkeley.