The Manny Awards celebrate manufacturing excellence in Northeast Ohio, and included a panel discussion in addition to the awards ceremony. A big thank you to guest blogger Cris A. Young for sharing her experience at the Manny Awards with us:
This year the 2015 Manny Awards were held at Corporate College at Cuyahoga Community College @TriCedu in Cleveland. Prior to the awards ceremony I attended the morning panel discussion, led by Jennifer Keirn, Managing Editor of Inside Business @IBMagazine, with panelists:
- Tracy Albers, PhD., President and Chief Technology Officer of RP+M
- J. Craig McAtee, Executive Director of NCATC
- Julie Michael Smith, Executive Vice President of Applied Systems & Technology Transfer.
The topics covered by the panelists included the future of 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing, workforce education, innovation, and supply chain sustainability. The panelists gave an overview of the upcoming changes in manufacturing and industry, and their expert opinions were valuable to all. Julie Michael Smith discussed the need for workforce education and the even greater need for education at the elementary and middle school levels. The earlier that we start the better; if the United States is to remain on par with other developed countries we must have a workforce that is able and ready to lead the field.
STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) is another topic that was readily discussed. While STEM education is important, art is also a necessary part of the education. Growth and innovation in STEM industries is only enhanced when art and design are added to the equation.
Cris A. Young with Manufacturer of the Year Winner ASG, A Division of Jergens Inc
Awardees:3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing, Fasteners, Manufacturing, STEM, Technology