Colorado State University to Co-Host National Manufacturing Innovation Workshop on Oct. 18 in Boulder

Colorado State University has teamed with NIST’s Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office and other local hosts to offer a public workshop for the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation on Oct. 18 in Boulder.

The workshop is designed to enhance competitiveness and innovation in the U.S. manufacturing sector, focusing on enhancing R&D activities in the deployment of technological innovations in the production of U.S. goods. There is a recognized need for advances in manufacturing capabilities and the ability to scale up new technologies to increase U.S. innovation capacity.

Industry executives, state and local leaders, and administration officials are scheduled to speak on such issues as advancement in technologies and their impact on modern manufacturing, structures and governance of institutions, strategies for sustainable institutional operations, and education and workforce development.

“Colorado State University plays a key role to increase Colorado’s high tech and manufacturing sector competitiveness,” said Bill Farland, vice president for Research at Colorado State. “This benefits every Coloradoan through maintaining a strong economy and employment across the state.”

The event will be at Millennium Harvest House in Boulder. Space is limited so participation is limited to four people per organization. To register, go to

The National Network for Manufacturing Innovation promotes extensive public-private partnerships including collaboration with industry, academia, local government, economic development leaders and other manufacturing stakeholders.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s website, “the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation is an interagency initiative to enhance manufacturing innovation across the country. Institutes (up to 15) will be established around the country as hubs of manufacturing excellence that encourage investment in a regional innovation infrastructure and make U.S. manufacturing facilities and enterprises more competitive.”