4th Innovation-based Manufacturing Workshop and Student Innovation Competition

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The purpose of this workshop is to inspire and motivate students, research faculty, and local entreprenours into developing their ideas into successful commercial products.

Key Values of Workshop:

  •  Updates on new opportunities to support the development of new businesses and innovations into successful commercial products
  • Case study presentations by national-recognized innovators on how they developed their business ideas into commercial products.
  • Update on current research and academic topics on innovation-based manufacturing.
  • Virginia Tech students will present selected business ideas as part of the student innovation competition.


November 7, 2013. 8:30 am-2:00 pm.

Tentative agenda:

  • 8:00 am-8:15 am. Welcome and overview.
  • 8:15 am-9:00 am. Current research in innovation-based manufacturing topics. Dr. Elisabeth Reynolds, MIT Industrial Performance Center.
  • 9:00 am-9:45 am. State support programs for innovation-based manufacturing. Mr. Robert BrookeSBIR/STTR
  • 9:45 am-10:00 am. Break
  • 10:00 am-10:45 am. Case study 1: Chad Schlaepfer. AMP Americas.
  • 10:45 am-11:30 am. Case study 2. Robert Sturges. Arc Ablation, Virginia Tech.
  • 11:30 am-12:00 pm. Round panel discussion, all speakers.
  • 12:00-1:00 pm. Lunch
  • 1:00 pm-2:00 pm. Student Innovation Competition. See guidelines here.
  • 2:00 pm- 2:10 pm. Closing comments and adjourn

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