116th Congress Events

Past Events

Feb 27, 2020 12:00 - 1:30 pm | 2168 RHOB | The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

Advancing Healthcare through Modeling and Simulation

Briefing Overview (Draft):

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) invites the House Manufacturing Caucus to a Congressional briefing to highlight the benefits and advances of incorporating modeling and simulation into the development of new medical devices and healthcare treatments. Modeling and simulation has led to significant technological advances in the manufacturing industry, allowing the sector to evolve and stay competitive. Now it’s the healthcare industry’s turn to embrace this new technology, and push the boundaries like never before. From medical treatments specifically designed for each patient, to less invasive and more affordable medical devices, come hear from our panel of experts about how modeling and simulation is transforming the future of healthcare in the United States.

RSVP at https://modelingandsimulationinhealth.eventbrite.com (case sensitive).

Panel Speakers: 
     David Hoganson, M.D., Boston Children’s Hospital
     Dipankar Choudhury, Ph.D., Ansys
     Tina Morrison, Ph.D., Food and Drug Administration
     Michael Hess, Medtronic

Members of Congress (Invited):
     Rep. Tom Reed, Co-Chair of the House Manufacturing Caucus
     Rep. Tim Ryan, Co-Chair of the House Manufacturing Caucus
     Rep. Elise Stefanik

This is a widely attended public event.

Past Events

Feb 20, 2020 9:30 - 10:30 am | 2325 RHOB | 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) Coalition

Mapping Our Way to Revitalize U.S. Manufacturing: Geological and Geospatial Data for Critical Materials

The 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) Coalition invites the House Manufacturing Caucus to a Congressional Briefing to learn how domestic manufacturing jobs can be supported by mapping efforts used by Federal agencies to locate critical minerals and materials. Critical minerals and materials are used for cell phones, computers, automobiles, airplanes, ships, and many other products that are critical to our economy and security. Unfortunately, the United States relies on other countries entirely for more than a dozen minerals that are vital to the national economy and security. But the industry is on the brink of a revolution prime for U.S. leadership. At this briefing, experts in manufacturing, geology, and mapping will cover the manufacturing connection between the U.S. Geological Survey's Earth Mapping Resources Initiative (MRI), 3D Elevation Program (3DEP), and the Department of Energy's Critical Materials Institute (CMI). 

See the attached flyer for speakers and more information. 

PDF iconManufacturing_Caucus_20Feb2020_Critical_Materials_Briefing_Final.pdf


Dec 4, 2019 12:00-1:00 | 2325 RHOB | NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine

NASA's Artemis Lunar Exploration Program and Impacts on America's Manufacturing Base

Video of the Event

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine invites House Manufacturing Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY), and Caucus Members and staff learn more about NASA’s Artemis Lunar Exploration Program and its connection to America’s manufacturing base. Information on NASA’s Artemis Programhttps://www.nasa.gov/what-is-artemis

Through the Artemis program, NASA will land the first woman and next man on the moon by 2024 and collaborate with our commercial and international partners and establish sustainable exploration by 2028. Artemis will allow NASA to explore more of the lunar surface than ever before using innovative technologies. 

Administrator Bridenstine will also highlight the positive impacts Artemis has on the industrial manufacturing base in districts all across the country, through a fifty-state footprint of small, mid-size, and large manufacturers who are supporting NASA’s efforts.

U.S. manufacturing is vital to the NASA mission and there is a good chance that a NASA supplier is located in your district. The following databases and resources can help determine the NASA supply chain contributions in your district. 

  1. District level data on NASA contractors / education funding, for each state and district.  Updated periodically & searchable by FY and district. 


  1.  NASA ESD Suppliers info for each state, which is updated periodically.   


  1. Google map for all Artemis Suppliers



Oct 28, 2019 12-1:30  |  2044 RHOB   |  The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) 

Workforce Development and Manufacturing innovations to Enhance the Chemical Processing Industry 

Video of the Event

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) has invited us to a Congressional Briefing on the RAPID Manufacturing Institute, or the Rapid Advancement in Chemical Process Intensification.  RAPID is creating new technology to improve productivity and efficiency, cut operating costs, and reduce waste through modular chemical process intensification (MCPI) — such as combining multiple process steps such as mixing, reaction, and separation into single more complex and intensified processes.  This briefing will have a focus on the work RAPID has done to build up the workforce to sustain the new technology. 

PDF iconAIChE-Flyer.pdf

Oct 22, 2019   |  US Polysilicon Industry at Risk:  Addressing the China Challenge

Video of the Event

Polysilicon is a fundamental building block to the semiconductor and solar industries. It is a multi-crystalline, high purity silicon, used to make wafers/ingots for solar cells and integrated circuits. The industry represents over $10 billion in capital and employs thousands in the U.S. with high-skilled, high-wage jobs. Preserving U.S. production capacity is vital for maintaining U.S. competitive advantages in critical defense, energy, and innovation industries.

China’s actions, under its industrial plans and trade practices, threaten to wipe out U.S. polysilicon capacity and its high-paying manufacturing jobs, leaving the United States effectively reliant on China for this critical material.

Members of Congress (Invited)

  • Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13), Caucus Co-Chair
  • Congressman Tom Reed (NY-23), Caucus Co-Chair
  • Congressman Scott DesJarlais (TN-4)
  • Senator Marsha Blackburn (TN)
  • Congressman Greg Gianforte (At Large-MT)
  • Senator Steve Daines (MT)
  • Senator Jon Tester (MT)
  • Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-5)
  • Congressman John Moolenaar (MI-4)
  • Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI)
  • Congressman Dan Newhouse (WA-4)
  • Senator Patty Murray (WA)

Industry Briefers

  • Phil Dembowski, Sr. Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Hemlock Semiconductor (HSC), MI
  • Christian Westermeier, Vice President, Sales and Application Engineering, Wacker Chemie, Germany
  • Mary Beth Hudson, Vice President, Wacker Polysilicon North America, TN
  • Francine Sullivan, Vice President/Business Development, REC, MT and WA

PDF iconPolysilicon_caucus_flyer_RSVP_final.pdf

Sept 25, 2019 |  Task Force on American Innovation (TFAI)

Reaping the rewards of federal investments in Advanced Additive Manufacturing

Video of the Event

FB Livestream of the event:  https://www.facebook.com/TFOAI/videos/500502104120018/

Congressman Tim Ryan's interview on SIRIUS Radio:  http://www.innovationtaskforce.org/representative-tim-ryan-d-ohio-3dprinting-interview-morning-briefings-tim-farley-on-sirius-xm-potus-radio/

Event description:  PDF iconTFAI One-Pager Final Draft .pdf


The Task Force on American Innovation (TFAI), in conjunction with the House Manufacturing Caucus, invites you to a special briefing: How Federal Investments in Science Created a Revolution: The Story of 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing.

The event will showcase the basic and advanced scientific research behind 3D printing and frame how 3D printing technology is being used today. Speakers include:

  • Randy Adams, VP of Engineering & GM of CNC Table Products, Cincinnati Incorporated 
  • Dr. Joseph Beaman, Professor, University of Texas at Austin, Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering; Keynote
  • Dr. Allison Beese, Associate Professor, Penn State University, Materials Science and Engineering and Mechanical Engineering
  • Dr. Craig Blue, Director, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Programs, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Mark Johnson, Professor of Materials Science at Clemson University and Thomas F. Hash Endowed Chair in Sustainable Development; Moderator
  • Kathleen Kingscott, TFAI Co-Chair and Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, IBM Research
  • John Wilczynski, Executive Director, America Makes

Sept 11, 2019 | Navigating a Threatening Cyber Landscape: Securing America’s Manufacturing Sector (*coordinated by Rep. Quigley and Stevens)

MxD Cyber Briefing

Sept 19, 2019 |  ASME Manufacturing USA Briefing and Expo

Video of the Event

PDF icon ASME Congressional Briefing & EXPO Highlighting Manufacturing USA.pdf

Manufacturing USA institutes, with a vision of U.S. global leadership in advanced manufacturing, assist manufacturers with technology and workforce development. Federal support for these institutes creates a framework that allows industry, academia, and federal laboratories to work together to take the most promising new technologies and transform them into products to be manufactured here in America.

This past year, institutes leveraged more than $183 million in federal funds, matched by over $304 million in state and private sector investments, to conduct 475 major research and workforce development projects of high priority to broad industry sectors. The participants and direct beneficiaries of these projects are the institutes’ 1,900+ member organizations in Congressional Districts across the nation. Members of the institutes consist of 63 percent manufacturing firms, of which 70 percent are small and medium sized companies – key manufacturing supply chain participants. Recognizing the need for education and workforce development in new technologies, the institutes also equipped more than 200,000 people with advanced manufacturing knowledge and skills.

PANEL 1: Leveraging Public-Private Partnerships to Develop an Advanced Manufacturing Workforce

Moderator: Professor Brian Paul, Oregon State University

  • Matt Plummer, Director of Operations and Environmental, Health, & Safety, Sunnking
  • Robert A. Smith, Technical Fellow, The Boeing Company
  • Helena Fruscio Altsman, Assistant Secretary of Program and Performance Management, Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development

PANEL 2: The Impact of Manufacturing USA Institutes in Technology Advancement

Moderator: Robin Parton Pate, COO, IACMI

  • Jeff Wilcox, VP of Enterprise Transformation, Lockheed Martin
  • Dean L. Bartles, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining
  • Tom Drye, VP Emerging Markets and Innovation, Techmer PM


Please join us for a cocktail reception to celebrate the release of the new Manufacturing USA Annual Report. Come meet the Institute Directors and Members while they showcase what the instititues and their partners are doing together to secure America’s manufacturing future through some recent innovations!

Sept 10, 2019 | The SBA & the Future of American Manufacturing

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PDF icon SBA-manufacturing-10-September-2019.pdf

PDF iconSBA HMC presentation.pdf

PDF icon05.22.19 Updated MIC 2025 SBC report.pdf

PDF icon5.16.2019. FINAL_Project_report_American Investment.pdf

The Small Business Administration & the Future of American Manufacturing American business dynamism is in troubling decline. New business formation has been falling for decades, replaced by large incumbents and “superstar” firms with the scale needed to compete globally. A boon for some, this slowing market churn has come at the cost of depressed innovation and productivity growth for many more, whether in the form of rural stagnation or rising urban inequality. Small and innovative manufacturers face an even bigger challenge, given large upfront capital costs and limited financing options. To address this problem, the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship has proposed the first overhaul of the Small Business Administration in nearly 20 years, with a serious, bipartisan focus on scaling small manufacturers to compete globally. From enhancements to Small Business Investment Companies and R&D-focused programs, to the creation of an all-new "Innovation Growth Loan" program, join us for an in-depth briefing on the most significant reforms in the pipeline, their motivations, and what it could mean for the future dynamism of the American manufacturing sector.  

July 26, 2019  |  China’s Rare Earth Monopoly--And Why It Has Not Been Solved

YouTube Video

This briefing described a proposal to allow investors to form an international cooperative that is exempt from antitrust laws, in an attempt to shield it from government-backed competition from China and volatile markets that have made it virtually nonexistent in the U.S. The Secretary of Commerce would secure a charter for the business, though it would need to be privately funded and operated under the terms of the legislation.  Rare earths are critical to making parts in high-tech applications including military equipment,
parts almost exclusively supplied by China. One American mine recently restarted production and Mr. Rubio’s legislation aims to help develop a U.S.-based industry for turning those raw materials into alloys, magnets and other products.  Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said the Chinese government has subsidized its industry, causing “a market failure” that has hurt rare-earth development in the U.S. and elsewhere. Marco Rubio introduced a Bill to Boost the U.S. Rare-Earth Industry - WSJ https://www.wsj.com/articles/marco-rubio-introduces-a-bill-to-boost-the-u-s-rare-earth-industry-11562837405.  

PDF iconRare Earth Hill Luncheon Invite 26 July 2019.pdf

PDF iconHouse Letter to Trump re a Rare Earth Coop.pdf

July 11, 2019 | Artificial Intelligence in Manufacturing 

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PDF iconOakridge.pdf

PDF iconJurrens_NIST_AI_and_Manufacturing_July2019.pdf

PDF iconCongressionalCaucusSoundarKumara-Final-revised.pdf

PDF icon20190911_MfgCaucus_Morgan.pdf


June 6, 2019 | Metamorphic Manufacturing:  A New Frontier for Digital Manufacturing  

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Imagine agile, robotic arms able to shape metals into highly precise parts, large and small, with almost no waste. Now, imagine that this methodology can also create new market opportunities and increased economic growth. Metamorphic Manufacturing, a new technology that forges metal objects to precise specifications, takes the skill and force of a human metalsmith and replicates it with a combination of robotic systems, intelligent machines, sensors, and integrated computational learning (i.e., artificial intelligence). The U.S. is in the lead in developing Metamorphic Manufacturing, and it is vital to ensure we remain the leaders in the field. Also called robotic blacksmithing, this has enormous potential to be a disruptive manufacturing technology, particularly for the production of highly specialized, complex, customized parts. It can be applied to a variety of metals, and has the ability to control properties with high precision and a low carbon dioxide footprint. Metamorphic Manufacturing will call for new types of training and education and will yield new types of jobs. The first industries most likely to benefit are aerospace, maritime, and automotive, while defense and medical sectors are expected to take great advantage of this technology.

PDF iconMetamorphic Manufacturing Congressional Briefing Invite.pdf

PDF iconCongressional Briefing_Jun6_Final (1).pdf


May 9, 2019 | Manufacturing Communities 

Defense Manufacturing Communities Speakers

YouTube Video

How can we best rebuild American manufacturing? One place to start is the Defense Manufacturing Communities Support Program, a dynamic new model aimed at mobilizing communities to address the urgent manufacturing needs key to our national security. The program builds on a successful Commerce Department pilot program that organized 24 communities to implement coordinated plans to bolster their local manufacturing economies. These new designated manufacturing communities are poised to modernize the defense industrial base—improving its readiness, its supply chains, and its skilled workforce. This briefing featured local leaders and national experts who explore how this model has spurred lasting public-private and collaboration in manufacturing communities, and is set to expand into new communities and serve as a cornerstone for federal manufacturing policy.

PDF iconManufacturing Caucus Invite

April 10, 2019 | Organs on Demand: What’s Stopping Us from Made-to-Order Tissues and Organs  

Innovative new advances in bio-manufacturing have accelerated groundbreaking new technologies such as engineered tissues, which can be used to create new organs. This increased technical capability can revolutionize modern healthcare by reducing the need of organ donors, as bio-engineers will one day be able to grow new organs from a patient’s own cells. 
But engineered tissue innovations are currently manufactured on a small scale in laboratory settings at high costs.  While federal funding is available through an array of grants, this funding is not sufficient. To facilitate commercial success of these therapies and by reducing cost, new strategies and technical advances must be adopted. 
Come join us and hear from our speakers on some of the ways that these emerging technologies will positively impact the cures promised by engineered tissues and the broader range of regenerative medicine therapies.
  • Dean Kamen, Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute
  • David Vasko, Rockwell Automation
  • Jon Rowley, RoosterBio Inc.
  • Claudia Zylberberg, Akron Biotech

March 27, 2019 | Producing Parts with 3D Printing:  How Innovations in Additive Manufacturing are Being Deployed Across the U.S. 

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3D printing, once an emerging technology, is now being used in manufacturing environments across the United States and around the globe. 3D printing—also known as “additive manufacturing”—allows manufactures to create products by adding material rather than subtracting it. This enhanced capability directly enables U.S. manufactures to rapidly develop and produce a wide variety of next generation products with geometries and materials that would not have been viable using only traditional subtractive technicians. Deploying this technology across our domestic supply chain has greatly enhanced U.S. manufacturing capabilities and is allowing the U.S. to better compete on a global stage.

3D printing has not only prompted further innovations in product design, but is also allowing for continued innovations in advanced manufacturing technologies. This briefing will present the opportunities being afforded to manufacturing enterprises to improving their manufacturing capability with innovations in 3D printing. Join us to discover how 3D printing is yielding new opportunities for U.S. manufacturers and how the workforce is developing new skills needed to fully leverage these capabilities and maintain a competitive advantage in advanced manufacturing.

Sponsored by ASME and the United Engineering Foundation:

  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
  • American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (AIME)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)


  • Thomas Kurfess, Chief Manufacturing Officer, Oak Ridge National Laboratory 
  • Michael Raphael, CEO and President, Direct Dimensions, Inc.
  • Rob Gorham, Executive Director, America Makes

March 7, 2019 | Smart Factories: Issues of Data Governance for Manufacturers (3-7-19)

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The future of manufacturing lies in smart manufacturing— defined as the integration of sensors, controls, and software platforms to optimize performance at the production unit, plant, and supply chain levels. Such digital integration, facilitated by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), allows for real-time decision-making via data analytics, including the use of artificial intelligence (AI) techniques such as machine learning.

Smart manufacturing won’t be achieved easily. It will require significant investment in capital, labor, and technology. Hear about the future of manufacturing and why policies for data governance are needed to deploy AI and other technologies in these environments. 


ASME Congressional Briefing & EXPO Highlighting Manufacturing USA.pdf