Third Innovation-based Manufacturing Workshop: A great success!

The third innovation-based manufacturing workshop was held on November 13, 2012 at Virginia Tech. Over 40 participants came to the workshop to learn from entreprenours and academics the critical aspects to consider when starting up a business. The workshop held also a student innovation competition where five finalists had the opportunity to present their ideas to a panel. The winner received an award of $5000 in funds to further develop his idea into a commercial product.

Dr. Henry Quesada welcomes participants and speakers.

Dr. Jaime Camelio provides an update of the Center for Innovation-based Manufacturing
Mr. Erin Sparks from the National Governors Association spoke about innovation initiatives and policy supporting advanced manufacturing


Dr. David Cochran from Indiana University-Purdue Univeristy, Forth Wayne explains the relationship between systems design and advanced manufacturing.
Mr. Matt Jackson from Local Motors talks about the company and the use of open innovation to design and manufacture automobiles.
Panelists get ready to discuss challenges and deliver advise to participants on entrepreneurship. Sitting on the table from left to right: Dr. Jaime Camelio (Virginia Tech), Matt Jackson (Local Motors), Michael Miller (Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties), David Lyerly (Techlab), and Michael Fleming (TORC).
The winner of the innovation competition, Stephen Epstein (Pure Air) is congratulated by Jim Flowers from VT Knowledge Works.