Manufacturing Works @NC State

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Today’s youth are an integral part of transforming outdated perceptions of manufacturing. In order for North Carolina’s communities to take full advantage of the benefits manufacturing can bring, youth need to be engaged and excited about the sector.

To this end, IEI and the NC State Technician will co-host a program on manufacturing at NC State University to share the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in manufacturing and highlight resources for interested students.

 With the perspective, opinions, and expertise of students, alumni, and professors from engineering, design, life sciences, the humanities, business, and more, this afternoon-long program aims to answer many questions about manufacturing today.

  • Will the revival in manufacturing continue?
  • What jobs and career opportunities exist in this broad sector? What exactly do some of those jobs look like today?
  • What are the resources available at NC State for students interested in pursuing a future in the dynamic field of manufacturing?


interested? register today. 



Below you will find the agenda for Manufacturing Works @NC State. 

Content table

welcome – 1-1:15 p.m.

Mark Herring, Editor-in-Chief, The Technician

Anita R. Brown-Graham, Director, Institute for Emerging Issues

the future of manufacturing – 1:15-1:45 p.m.

Marshall Brain, Founder, How Stuff Works

 This session will talk about what is exciting about manufacturing today, its future and why we are seeing a resurgence of interest in manufacturing jobs.

manufacturing now. for real. – 1:45-2:45 p.m.

Moderated by Gart Davis, Co-Founder & Partner, Spoonflower

  • Rashida Hodge, Strategy Lead, Integrated Supply Chain, IBM Corporation; Degree in Industrial Engineering
  •  Meghan McCann, Associate Scientist, Biotechnology Development at Fujifilm, Diosynth Biotechnologies, Degree in Chemical Engineering with a Minor in Biomanufacturing 
  • Chris Clearman, Senior Designer, GoPro, Degree in Industrial Design (via Skype)

 This session will feature some of NC State University’s alumni who work in manufacturing.  They will share the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in manufacturing and highlight resources available for students interested in these jobs.

from stem to steamd: perspectives on manufacturing 3-4 p.m.

Moderated by Aly Khalifa, Design & Managing Director, Gamil Design

  • Warren Ginn, Principal, GinnDesign Product Development, Degree in Product Design
  • Brooks Raiford, President & CEO, North Carolina Technology Association, Degree in Political Science   
  • Terri Helmlinger Ratcliff, Executive Director, Industrial Extension Services, NC State University, Degree in Engineering and Ph.D. in Public Administration

    This session will feature local alumni and how their training in different departments have led to different career paths in manufacturing.

workshop 4-5 p.m.

Groups discuss the two questions below, each group designates a moderator who will write down the ideas.  The groups will each present the top two ideas with others.  Upon the conclusion of the conference, the Emerging Issues Commons software will be used to rank and prioritize the best ideas and further the conversation.

  • How can we as students help rebrand manufacturing at NC State University?
  • What support do we need to make this happen?