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Made to Order: Customization in Internet-Enabled Manufacturing

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Washington, DC  |  June 17, 2014

Capitol Visitor Center
Washington, DC

Manufacturing production is growing at its fastest rate in more than a decade, and a driving force is the Internet-based technologies that allow for customization — the ability to rapidly build what you want, when you want it. 

Large-scale customization is possible due to advances in manufacturing technology from 3-D printing to cyber-physical manufacturing systems. Today's and tomorrow's engineering research holds promise to continue making manufacturing more efficient, benefiting suppliers and customers along the way. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Discover Magazine and ASME, this lunch panel discussion will provide an overview of these emerging technologies from experts in the field.


Opening Remarks 

Kathi Kube, Managing Editor, Discover Magazine

Thomas Gardner, Chief Technology Officer, Scitor Corp Member, ASME Industry Advisory Board

Moderated By

Grace Wang, National Science Foundation


  • Steven Schmid, professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at Notre Dame University, co-author of 16 books, including the the world's most popular manufacturing textbook, "Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology." 
  • Neil Gershenfeld, director of MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms, author of numerous publications, patents and books, and has been named one of Scientific American's top 50 leaders in science and technology. 


Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a more than 130,000-member professional organization focused on technical, educational and research issues of the engineering and technology community.  Since 1992, the ASME Committee on Pre-college Education has been actively developing and supporting programs and materials that strengthen STEM education in the K-12 classroom through its own initiatives and in partnerships with many other organizations.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. Its FY 2012 budget was $7.0 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions.