Benchmarking and Building Advanced Manufacturing Education, July 21, 2021 | MIT J-WEL

Benchmarking and Building Advanced Manufacturing Education, July 21, 2021


Date and Time

Wednesday, July 21, 2021
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. ET 

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Manufacturing methods are advancing through sensors, automation, connected devices, and smart use of data. This improves the performance of manufacturing lines but demands more from the workers on the line. Unfortunately, manufacturing education has not kept up.  

In this webinar, we will share findings from a study of current practices in advanced manufacturing education. Drawing on case studies and an analysis of more than 1,000 courses and certifications around the United States, we will share best practices for what advanced manufacturing workers need to know, and how to create an advanced manufacturing education ecosystem that works.

This webinar also serves as a preview of the upcoming virtual summit “Bridging the Education/Workforce Gap: Community College and Beyond” co-hosted by Open Learning and MassBridge on July 27-28, 2021. Learn more. 

Event Speakers


William B. Bonvillian

Lecturer, Science Technology and Society and Political Science Departments, MIT
Senior Director, Open Learning, MIT

William B. Bonvillian is a Lecturer at MIT, teaching two courses on innovation policy, and is Senior Director at MIT’s Office of Digital Learning, leading research projects on workforce education. From 2006 until 2017, he was Director of MIT’s Washington Office, supporting MIT’s historic role in science policy. He has written extensively on innovation policy, authoring five books in this area. The most recent book, coauthored with MIT Open Learning’s Sanjay Sarma, is Workforce Education - a New Roadmap recently released by MIT Press. 

Prior to MIT, he worked for over 15 years on innovation issues as a senior advisor in the U.S. Senate, and earlier was a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Transportation. He serves on the National Academies’ Innovation Policy Forum standing committee and chaired the Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy at the AAAS. He was elected a Fellow of the AAAS in 2011 and was awarded the IEEE’s distinguished public service award
 in 2007.




Dr. George Westerman

Principal Research Scientist, J-WEL Workforce Learning 
Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management

Dr. George Westerman works at the dynamic intersection of executive leadership and technology strategy. During more than 17 years with MIT Sloan School of Management, he has written three award-winning books, including Leading Digital: Turning Technology Into Business Transformation. As a pioneering researcher on digital transformation, George has published papers in Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, and other top journals.  He is now focused on helping employers, educators, and other groups to rethink the process of workforce learning around the world.

George is co-chair of the MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Awards, a member of the Digital Strategy Roundtable for the US Library of Congress, and faculty director for two executive courses at MIT Sloan. He works frequently with senior management teams and industry groups around the world. Prior to earning a Doctorate from Harvard Business School, he gained more than 13 years of experience in product development and technology leadership roles. 




Date & Time: 
Wednesday, July 21, 2021 - 10:00 to 11:00

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