The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center-Atlanta invites you to The State of Manufacturing & Innovation featuring Dr. Ben Wang of the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute (GTMI) and Alejandra Y. Castillo, National Director of the MBDA.
Join a community of manufacturers, MBDA Business Centers, strategic partners, researchers and innovators at the Georgia Institute of Technology for the national launch of the Center’s advanced manufacturing initiative, Connecting Advanced Manufacturing Program (CAMP). This interactive webinar will include an introduction by Castillo, who will discuss MBDA’s focus and commitment to Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) manufacturers and President Obama’s commitment to manufacturing and exporting. Additionally, Dr. Wang will present a dynamic synopsis on trends in manufacturing and the progression of innovation in the U.S.
Join us at Georgia Tech
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST.
Hodges Room, Suite 335
Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute
75 Fifth Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30308
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Dr. Ben Wang is Chief Manufacturing Officer of Georgia Institute of Technology, and Executive Director of Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute. He holds the Gwaltney Chair in Manufacturing Systems in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering and is a professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering.
Dr. Wang serves on the National Materials and Manufacturing Board of the National Academies’ National Research Council. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering.
As Chief Manufacturing Officer of Georgia Tech, Dr. Wang is responsible for the development of an integrated, campus-wide manufacturing innovation strategy and the execution of that strategy. Working closely with a team of professionals in business incubation, economic development, intellectual properties, technology transfer and various engineering and science disciplines, he is in the process of creating an innovation eco-system for advanced manufacturing.
In June 2011, President Obama announced the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) with the express intent to reinvigorate U.S.’s global competitiveness. A Steering Committee was established by the White House, consisting of the presidents of six universities (GT, MIT, Carnegie Mellon, Michigan, Stanford and UC-Berkeley) and 12 U.S. manufacturing companies. As GT’s CMO, Dr. Wang assists GT President and Executive Vice President, and represents GT at various high-level AMP meetings and discussions in the White House, Departments of Commerce and Defense, and National Institute of Standard and Technology. Dr. Wang was the co-chair of the first AMP outreach conference. GT continues to be the thought leader in manufacturing, framing the issues and leading the debate on manufacturing strategy and policy for the U.S. He currently represents Georgia Tech on the White House Advanced Manufacturing Partnership 2.0 Operations Committee.
Because of his contributions to nanotechnology, Dr. Wang was invited to deliver a presentation to the U.S. National Research Council (NRC) Review Panel in support of the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI). In 2012, he was invited to give testimony before the National Academies Committee on Manufacturing Extension Partnership, and participate in a Roundtable on Strengthening Advanced U.S. Manufacturing in Clean Energy in the White House.
In 2008, The Associated Press featured an article on Dr. Wang’s nanotube buckypaper – an award winning material. Within a few weeks, the same article appeared in CNN, Discovery, Wall Street Journal, LA Times, Washington Post, New York Times, Newsweek, New Scientists, USA Today, Yahoo, ScienceNow, and other 4 million paper and electronic publications.
With a primary research interest in process engineering for improved manufacturing competitiveness, he specializes in process development for advanced composite materials and structures. His sponsors include AFOSR, AFRL, ARDEC, ARL, ARO, DARPA, DOE, NASA, NIST, NSF, ONR, SME, Sandia, 2Phase, AT&T, ATK, Boeing, BP, Caterpillar, Cummins Engine, General Dynamics, GKN, GM, JEOL, Lockheed Martin, Motorola, MTS, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Sikorsky, Spirit AeroSystems, Sun Microsystems, TA Instrument, Universal Technology Corporation and Westinghouse. He is a consultant to a number of U.S. and international companies.
In addition to authoring or co-authoring more than 220 refereed journal papers and 150 conference articles, he is a co-author of three books. Creativity and innovation is central to Dr. Wang’s R&D endeavors. He has a portfolio of issued and applied-for patents that now exceeds 25, and 15 of which have been licensed or in discussion for commercialization.
In 2014, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker appointed Ms. Alejandra Y. Castillo to serve as the National Director of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA). Ms. Castillo is the first Hispanic-American and the second women to lead the Agency since its creation. In this capacity, Ms. Castillo directs the Agency’s strategic efforts to enhance the growth and global competitiveness of minority business enterprises (MBEs). Under Ms. Castillo’s leadership, the Agency has expanded its effort to help MBEs grow and succeed through access to capital, access to contract and access to business opportunities both domestically and abroad. Prior to assuming this role, she served as National Deputy Director managing the Agency’s day-to-day operations and its national network of 44 business centers.
Under the Obama Administration, MBDA has assisted minority-owned firms in obtaining nearly $15 billion in contracts and capital and creating and saving over 33,000 new jobs. She has forged important strategic stakeholder relations and key public-private partnerships.
Ms. Castillo first joined the Department of Commerce in 2008 as a Special Advisor to the Under Secretary for the U. S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA). In this capacity, she was responsible for business outreach and intergovernmental affairs, as well as assisting in the development of policy initiatives geared at trade promotion and enforcement of U.S. trade laws.
A practicing attorney for several years, Ms. Castillo has worked in the private, government and non-profit sector. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Ms. Castillo served as the Executive Director of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) headquartered in Washington D. C. During her tenure at HNBA, she was instrumental in working with the White House, and non-profit organizations, such as the Latinos for a Fair Judiciary, in support of the nomination and confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Ms. Castillo served as a member of the Clinton Administration as a Senior Policy Analyst to the Deputy Director at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, and was responsible for developing and analyzing White House initiatives on anti-drug traffic and interdiction, anti-money laundering policies, as well as drug prevention and treatment programs.
A native of New York, Ms. Castillo holds a Bachelor Degree of Arts from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in economics and political science. Ms. Castillo holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin; and also holds a Juris Doctorate Degree from American University – Washington College of Law. Ms. Castillo is active in a number of civic and professional organizations, including: The Hispanic National Bar Association, the Hispanic Bar Association of DC, the American Bar Association, and the American Jewish Committee. She also serves as a Board Trustee for the University of the District of Columbia. In 2010, Hispanic Business Magazine recognized Ms. Castillo among the Top 100 Influential Latinos in the U.S. and she received the 2010 Rising Star Award by the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia.