Bringing the Future of Manufacturing Back to Pittsburgh:
Gary Fedder & Erica R.H. Fuchs, Manufacturing Futures Initiative & Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute
Two key players in launching CMU’s Manufacturing Futures Initiative (MFI) and Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute are Gary Fedder and Erica R.H. Fuchs. Dr. Fedder is the university’s vice provost for research, director of the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems, the Howard M. Wilkoff Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Professor of the Robotics Institute. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from M.I.T., and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Fedder holds 13 patents related to microelectromechanical systems, the technology of microscopic devices with moving parts.
Dr. Fuchs, a professor in the department of engineering and public policy, focuses in her research on the development, commercialization, and global manufacturing of emerging technologies as they relate to national policy. An expert on the future of advanced manufacturing, she advises government and scientific policy makers worldwide. She holds a bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering, a master’s degree in technology policy, and a Ph.D. degree in engineering systems, all from M.I.T. A former fellow at the United Nations in Beijing, China, Dr. Fuchs was selected as one of the “40 under 40” World Economic Forum Young Scientists in 2012.