Technical Workshop
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
7:30 AM – 7:00 PM
OverviewAgendaKeynote Speaker & Steering CommitteeOutcomes
Cube of metallic material sitting on a hand

The products we design and the performance they are capable of is limited by the materials we have available. Metamaterials are able to greatly expand the performance and combinations of properties that materials are capable of possessing, opening up a wealth of new opportunities. These advanced materials utilize an engineered micro-structure, rather than relying on chemistry alone, to provide properties and performance not found in bulk materials. The micro-structure is an arranged repeating pattern that is designed at the micro- to nano-scale. Metamaterials can exhibit extraordinary mechanical, acoustic, optical, radio, and surface properties. These materials have the potential to greatly benefit aerospace, defense, medical instrumentation, biomedical, optics, sensing, telecommunication, robotics, and an array of other industry sectors.

Lab technician examining a silicon wafer in a clean room.The understanding of metamaterials has rapidly advanced, with modeling, simulation, design tools, and basic science providing the underlying technology to develop a wealth of designs with an array of interesting and useful properties. The technical appeal of metamaterials is unquestioned; the challenge is in creating a way of mass producing these advanced materials quickly and affordably. The U.S. has a global lead in metamaterial startups, and the federal government has invested in this technology through academia, the military, and federal labs. Many lab-scale prototypes have been created that are small, and use a slow and expensive process; scalable manufacturing is what is missing.

MForesight is partnering with Dr. Chris Spadaccini from Lawrence Livermore National Labs to lead a workshop exploring the challenges and opportunities for metamaterials manufacturing methods across the full range of metamaterials. MForesight workshops bring together experts from industry, academia, and government to develop recommendations for public and private stakeholders in the areas of research and development priorities, technology implementation challenges, and related policies. A report outlining the workshop findings and recommendations will be prepared in collaboration with the expert participants from the manufacturing community and disseminated with the goal of advancing U.S. competitiveness in metamaterials manufacturing.

Monday, June 19
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Welcome Reception
Tuesday, June 20
7:30 AM – 8:00 AM Breakfast / Check-In
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Welcome and Introductions
8:30 AM – 8:45 AM Meeting Focus and Scope
8:45 AM – 9:15 AM Keynote Speaker: Dr. Bill Carter, HRL Laboratories
9:15 AM – 9:30 AM Break
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Breakout Session: Identify Key Challenges to Scalable Metamaterials Manufacturing by Function
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM Break
10:45 AM – 11:45 AM Breakout Session: Identify Key Challenges to Scalable Metamaterials Manufacturing by Manufacturing Method
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM – 1:45 PM Report Outs and Group Discussion
1:45 PM – 2:00 PM Overview of Actionable Recommendations
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Breakout Sessions: Solutions and Recommendations
4:00 PM – 4:15 PM Break
4:15 PM – 5:00 PM Group Discussion of Key Actionable Items
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Networking Reception
Keynote Speaker

Photo of Bill CarterDr. Bill Carter
Director, Sensors and Materials Laboratory
HRL Laboratories, LLC

Bill Carter is Director of the Sensors and Materials Laboratory at HRL Laboratories, LLC. He received his B.A. in Physics from the University of Colorado (1990) and Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Harvard University (1997). He is author or co-author of over 40 refereed publications and 80 issued patents covering new materials and devices for automotive and aerospace applications.

His laboratory hosts a diverse R&D portfolio across new materials and structures for light-weight vehicles, specialty polymers and nanoscale coatings, physics-based battery diagnostics, MEMS-based position navigation and timing, and IR sensing technologies.

Steering Committee

Photo of Chris SpadacciniDr. Chris Spadaccini (Chair), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Photo of Bernard CasseDr. Bernard Casse, PARC, a Xerox company

Photo of Clara Rivero-BaleineDr. Clara Rivero-Baleine, Lockheed Martin

Photo of S.V. SreenivasanDr. S.V. Sreenivasan, University of Texas-Austin

Photo of John StetsonMr. John Stetson, Lockheed Martin

Photo of Jim WatkinsDr. Jim Watkins, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

The real value of the event will come through the dissemination of a report outlining key recommendations identified at the workshop. The report will be shared with public and private sector stakeholders in the position to take action towards advancing U.S. competitiveness in metamaterials manufacturing. Stay tuned for more information about the outcomes of this workshop.