Shaping and Joining Technologies: Connecting Universities and Industry

Event Recap

Keynote talk, given by Alan Taub

Shaping and joining technologies — new innovations in extrusion, molding, welding, adhering, tooling, and other fields — are essential foundations for the future of manufacturing.

On October 19, MForesight — in collaboration with the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) — hosted a special Partnering Forum at TechTown Detroit focused on these areas of innovation. The event brought together industry and academic technology managers to network, discover, and license technologies, as well as to explore opportunities for future collaboration and sponsored research. Industry professionals shared their technology development needs while university officials shared their respective institutions’ recent innovations.

While there were diverse stakeholders present at the forum, everyone shared a common goal: to accelerate the implementation of next-generation technologies.

“Shaping & joining is still an important and relevant area.” -Chris Conrardy

The day began with keynote speaker Alan Taub (CTO, Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow — LIFT) reviewing the history and current state of lightweighting and how public-private partnerships can further the development of next-generation manufacturing processes. An expert panel of Chris Conrardy (EWI), Peter Friedman (Ford), Larry Brown (LIFT), and Faris Almatrahi (USPTO) continued the discussion. They answered questions about the future of shaping and joining technologies, the state of university research in the field, and other topics.

Participants sharing about public-private partnerships

To close the forum, the academic and industry experts came together for a round table on public-private partnerships — sharing the challenges they face in tech transfer at the intersection of academia, industry, and government. They concluded by contributing best practices they’ve encountered for accelerating technology transfer.

Effective innovation requires a diversity of perspectives. The MForesight-AUTM Partnering Forum helped lay the groundwork for important new activities to advance U.S. manufacturing.

Thank you to all the attendees for helping to make this event a success!