Chicago Future Manufacturing Seminar Series | Part 5


Virtual Event



Key Speakers

Dr. Wei Chen, Ph.D
Julie Chen, Ph.D.
Ben Linville-Engler

About the Event

Ecosystem Engineering — Leveraging a Statewide Manufacturing Response as a Foundation for a Competitive and Secure Future


How can local and regional manufacturing ecosystems be leveraged during a crisis? As part of the Baker-Polito Administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Massachusetts Manufacturing Emergency Response Team (MA M-ERT) was established to mobilize, organize, and operationalize critical path work streams necessary for Massachusetts manufacturers to pivot their operations to produce needed FDA compliant medical devices and supplies at scale. Using this as a foundation, how can this ecosystem engineering approach be leveraged to address critical supply chain crises and create a long-term impact on the competitiveness and security of our future? This webinar will address these questions and give you an opportunity to ask your own!

Key Speakers

image of Dr. Wei Chen, Ph.D
Dr. Wei Chen, Ph.D
Wilson-Cook Professor in Engineering
Design and Chair of Department
of Mechanical Engineering
at Northwestern University
image of Julie Chen, Ph.D.
Julie Chen, Ph.D.
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
and Co-Director of the Advanced
Composite Materials & Textiles Laboratory
at University of Massachusetts Lowell
image of Ben Linville-Engler
Ben Linville-Engler
Director of Massachusetts eHealth
Institute and Chief Investment
Strategist & Program Executive
at Massachusetts Technology Collaborative