MIT Forum Launches Manufacturing Technology Advisory Board

Academic and technology development leaders work together to share ideas and plan ways to help the U.S. manufacturing industry transform

Cambridge, Mass.July 25, 2012—The MIT Forum for Supply Chain Innovation (the Forum) formed its Manufacturing Technology Advisory Board to bring MIT academia and research together with major technology providers and industry leaders to collaborate on key issues such as technology; process innovation; supply chain risk; and reshoring enablers.

The board will work under MIT Professor and Forum Founder David Simchi-Levi’s direction and will be chaired by Leslie Sheppard, Chief Strategy Officer of the Forum.

“The manufacturing industry is in need of process and technology transformation to enable innovation, efficiency and sustainable business growth and I think this board will help lead that conversation and effort,” said Simchi-Levi.

Infosys, a global provider of business consulting, technology, engineering and outsourcing services to the manufacturing industry, is a strategic partner sponsor of the Forum and joined the technology advisory board.

“As the U.S. economy improves, there is tremendous interest in manufacturing,” said Ravi S Kumar, Vice President of Consulting & Systems Integration, Manufacturing, Infosys. “American companies are leveraging technology extensively for growth and differentiation. Infosys’ partnership with the MIT Forum will create thought leadership and best practices in the area of advanced manufacturing to help companies with technology led transformation.”

“We welcome Infosys to the board and I am very excited to work with and leverage Infosys’ expertise and vision for advanced manufacturing technology transformation,” Simchi-Levi added.