Sridhar Kota, Indian-American engineering professor and director of the Institute for Manufacturing Leadership at University of Michigan, will lead a US consortium named— MForesight, on advanced manufacturing. Presently, MForesight comprises representatives from automotive, aerospace, pharmaceutical, chemical, consumer products and semiconductor companies.
The consortium will focus on identifying new and emerging fields of advanced manufacturing. The move is aimed at enhancing the US innovation ecosystem, manufacturing prowess and the national security; the consortium will study the requirements, challenges and opportunities in the US manufacturing industry and generating on-demand studies within a short period.
The US Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) are arranging funds worth $5.8 million for the consortium through cooperative deal for a period of three years.
Mr. Kota stated that the ‘think-and-do tank’ or the key word “foresight” will assist in identifying emerging technologies in advance to enable investment from public and private stakeholders in promoting development of the infrastructure, knowledge and workforce skills required to support manufacturing technologies in the US.
Sridhar Kota worked as assistant director for advanced manufacturing at the White House from 2009-2012. He was also instrumental in creating Obama's Advanced Manufacturing Partnership in 2011 and the Manufacturing Innovation Institutes in 2012.