Eccalon President and CEO Andre Gudger was featured in a policy roundtable discussion during the National Academies Board on Science, Technology and Economic Policy’s (STEP’s) annual event on May 23rd. During his remarks to a global audience consisting of the world’s top scientists, researchers, and industrialists, Andre emphasized that breakthroughs in scientific development and innovative research are the catalysts for a healthy and sustainable advanced manufacturing industry. He also highlighted the necessity for public and private cooperation in creating ecosystems that support the ingenuity of researchers, scientists, and technologists who create industries that provide the jobs of the future.
“Manufacturing in America is important because it connects people, ideas, and technology to solve the most pressing industrial and economic challenges of today. The goals of stakeholders looking to answer these challenges should revolve around enhancing competitiveness, creating jobs, and strengthening our national security” said Andre in remarks that were streamed to worldwide audience of CEO’s as well as members of the scientific and research communities.
Given his previous role in the Department of Defense as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Based Policy, Andre’s perspective was unique in elaborating that the manufacturing industry, academia, and government partners have a responsibility to leverage existing resources, collaborate, and co-invest to evolve manufacturing innovation and accelerate commercialization.
The mandate of the Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy (STEP) is to advise federal, state, and local governments and inform the public about economic and related public policies that promote the creation, diffusion, and application of new scientific and technical knowledge to enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the U.S. economy and foster economic prosperity for all Americans.