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A key subject of the event, which stretched into a diplo- matic dinner at Terzo Piano at the Art Institute of Chicago, was also the key role Italian companies play in driving the technology revolution that’s underway in manufacturing around the world. US manufacturers import the vast majority of the machine tools and other manufacturing technology used in factories to make things, and Italy is among the leading providers of that technology. In fact, Italy is Europe’s second-largest exporter of manufacturing technologies. By dollar value, about a third of goods the US imports from Italy were machinery products. The Midwest, in particular, is a home base for about a


third of the Italian manufacturing technology companies with North American operations. There were also several panel discussions where the


future was discussed—the social impact that new manufac- turing technology will play, how new manufacturing technolo- gies are reshaping industry now and what global manufactur- ing might look like five years from now.


It’s certainly a future with much smarter done-in-one ma- chines, many more robots, including more humanoid, collabora- tive ones, a future with more data flow horizontally and vertically and a future where sophisticated digital integration creates a


new, smarter manufacturing sector around the world. —Editor-In-Chief Sarah A. Webster


Obituary: Professor Dornfeld D


avid A. Dornfeld, professor of me- chanical engineering at the University


of California at Berkeley, died March 27 of a heart attack. He was 66. Dornfeld was regarded as a global leader in sustainable manufacturing and smart man- ufacturing. He led the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Sustain- ability at UC Berkeley, and was appointed faculty director of the university’s Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation in August 2015. He published more than 350 papers and held seven patents.


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