J-WEL Webinar, "American Workforce Education: Making it Work," with Bill Bonvillian, Feb. 5, 2020 | MIT J-WEL

J-WEL Webinar, "American Workforce Education: Making it Work," with Bill Bonvillian, Feb. 5, 2020


J-WEL Webinar, "American Workforce Education: Making it Work," with Bill Bonvillian

Date and Time
February 5, 2020, online
10:30-11:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time

How to join:
A brief registration is required.

Webinar description

America’s workforce learning system is broken. While the demand in the economy for additional skills is growing, we do not have an education system that meets this demand. Meanwhile, individuals who lack a college education often face difficulties finding quality jobs. But there is hope for the future: new educational technologies and models for workforce education, which will be discussed during this webinar, are evolving and have the potential to help rebuild this system.  

About Bill Bonvillian

William B. Bonvillian is a Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in MIT’s Science Technology and Society and Political Science Departments, teaching courses on innovation and on science and technology policy. He is a Senior Director for Special Projects at MIT’s Office of Open Learning (OOL) conducting a major research project on workforce education with Sanjay Sarma of OOL. Previously, he was Director of MIT’s Washington, D.C. Office between 2006 and 2017, supporting MIT’s historic role on national science and technology policy. He was an advisor to MIT’s Production in the Innovation Economy study issued in 2013, and participated for MIT in the President’s industry-university Advanced Manufacturing Partnership and its reports of 2011 and 2014. Prior to MIT, he served for over fifteen years as a senior policy advisor in the U.S. Senate working on innovation issues.
His book, "Advanced Manufacturing - The New American Innovation Policies" (with Peter L. Singer), was released in 2018 by MIT Press and reviews strategies for production innovation to enable advanced manufacturing systems. His 2015 book "Technological Innovation in Legacy Sectors," with Charles Weiss of Georgetown, was published by Oxford University Press and takes up the challenge of bringing innovation to complex, established “legacy” economic sectors that constitute most of the economy. Their book "Structuring an Energy Technology Revolution," published by MIT Press in 2009, proposed new models for energy technology innovation. He has written extensively on science and technology policy issues in numerous journals, including Science, Issues in Science and Technology, Nature, Science and Public Policy, Innovations, Annals of Science and Technology Policy, Environment, and American Interest.
He has lectured and given speeches before numerous organizations and universities on science, technology and innovation questions. He is on the National Academies of Sciences’ standing committee for the Science Policy Forum, and served on seven other Academies’ committees. He chairs the AAAS Committee on Science Engineering and Public Policy (COSEPP), and is on the Board of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. He has degrees from Columbia, Yale and Columbia Law School. He was the recipient of the IEEE Distinguished Public Service Award in 2007 and was elected a Fellow by the AAAS in 2011.