News from the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII)

April 25, 2018


CESMII 1st Workforce Development and Education Workshop brings together over 100 attendees

Los Angeles, CA  – The Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) held their first Workforce Development and Education Workshop on April 18-19, 2018.  This workshop brought together both CESMII members and non-members from industry, academia and government organizations with a focus on the development of curricula and other educational programs to promote STEM education from K-12 through college level coursework and to educate the next workforce generation as Smart Manufacturing (SM) practices redefine manufacturing processes.  Over 100 participants from approximately 65 distinct organizations participated in this two-day workshop.   This national workshop was held using video conferencing, allowing the workshop to host four separate breakout groups for each of the three sessions held over the course of the two days.   

The full, two-half day agenda included three breakout sessions.  The workshop covered specific workforce development details of a recent CESMII survey, the CESMII sustainability workshop report and the CESMII roadmap mission and objectives for creating workforce curriculum and education.  Discussions during the first breakout session asked participants to identify Smart Manufacturing knowledge gaps, hurdles and requirements necessary to establish a robust workforce and education.  These discussions were followed by two more breakout sessions the following day.  Breakout session two defined and elaborated upon current best practices in terms of content, delivery method(s) and implementation, and the success and failures of these existing methods.  Breakout session three was tasked with identifying key elements, templates and strategic plans for CESMII to implement in the near-term.  These groups considered a) current technology and platforms available for smart manufacturing practices, b) the educational needs of their current and future employees, how to effectively move their knowledge base towards smart manufacturing practices, and educate the next few generations of workers either through a formal educational setting or other methods, c) education and therefore buy-in from C-suite and industry managers and stakeholders, and d) the framework for an initial certification pilot program, including apprenticeships and co-operative projects.

Attendees had the opportunity to interact with CESMII members, Regional Manufacturing Center staff and leadership during these sessions.

Keynote speaker, Jim Wetzel, interim CEO of CESMII stated, “The excitement generated by this workshop and the level of interest demonstrated by the industry attendance has been phenomenal.  We look forward to initiating our workforce training to support our members as well as the upcoming CESMII roadmap projects.  We are confident that our SM platform training will truly have an impact on our members, our projects, and the future of U.S. Smart Manufacturing..”  Mike Rinker, Vice President of CESMII Workforce Development and Education and Outreach was very pleased with this first event.  “This has been a great first meeting for us to roll up our sleeves with our members and other stakeholders and get to work!  We are delighted to have brought together our existing members, future members, and partners to further develop our training for manufacturers.”


This workshop provided CESMII with additional framework in which to build upon its mission - to accelerate the development and adoption of technology to enable Smart Manufacturing to become the driving, sustainable engine that delivers real-time business improvements in U.S. manufacturing.  CESMII will continue this discussion to develop and implement a) SM platform training modules for projects, b) training modules to introduce SM into a manufacturing setting, and c) develop  and execute SM pilot certification program.


The Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII), headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, brings over $140 million in public-private investment from leading universities and manufacturers to focus on innovations that will advance U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, sustainability and innovation.  In partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, CESMII brings together a consortium of nearly 200 partners from across academia, industry and non-profits – hailing from more than thirty states.  CESMII is the 9th Institute of Manufacturing USA, a network of regional institutes, each with a specialized technology focus..

CESMII’s is a national network of Regional Manufacturing Centers (RMCs) each focused on local relationships with opportunities for national impact in the areas of technology transfer and workforce development. The power of this network is cross-linking resources, capabilities and expertise across business, workforce and technical focus areas, leveraging each region’s unique industrial environments..  For more information, visit the CESMII website at:


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