the views of all workshop participants, the planning committee, or the National Academies.

To further address the Statement of Task, the Committee has commissioned research, reviewed program data, and visited MEP Centers to document the program's current achievements and challenges. In addition, the Committee has reviewed a number of leading national programs to support applied research and manufacturing in order to learn more about foreign practices, funding levels, and accomplishments. This information will contribute to the Committee’s final report. The Committee’s goal is to inform a wide array of stakeholders, from federal and state policymakers and NIST and other federal agencies to small and large manufacturers, academic researchers, and others concerned about the manufacturing challenge and the role of MEP.


On behalf of the National Academies, we express our appreciation and recognition for the insights, experiences, and perspectives made available by the participants of this meeting. We are indebted to Alan Anderson for summarizing the proceedings of the meeting. We are also indebted to Dr. Sujai Shivakumar for his important contributions to the quality of the report and the review process. We also wish to acknowledge McAlister Clabaugh and David Dawson for their contributions to the organization of the symposium.


This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the National Academies’ Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for quality and objectivity. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the process.

We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this report: Yoram Koren, University of Michigan; Diane Palmintera, Innovation Associates; Jan Youtie, Georgia Institute of Technology; and Jose Zayas-Castro, University of South Florida.

Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the content of the report, nor did they see the final draft before its release. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the rapporteur and the institution.

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