Bill Bonvillian, a leading expert in US innovation policy with extensive experience on the Senate staff and at MIT, will discuss the future of US manufacturing and how innovation policies must evolve to reinvigorate this key sector of the economy. He will discuss key points from his new book, Advanced Manufacturing – The New American Innovation Policies, co-authored with Peter L. Singer. His talk will cover the context of the decline in American manufacturing and the social disruption it led to, including the difficulty of bringing innovation into a complex, established “legacy” economic sector like manufacturing.
William B. Bonvillian is currently a Lecturer at MIT and a research advisor at MIT’s Industrial Policy Center. From 2006 until 2017, he was director of MIT’s Washington office, after serving 15 years as a Senate staff member in technology issues.