Late Breaking News—U.S. Metamaterials Manufacturing: Key R&D Priorities and Action Items

Wednesday, November 29
9:30 am – 10:30 am
Hynes, Level 2, The Hub Stage—Hall D

A new report from MForesight: Alliance for Manufacturing Foresight brings together voices from manufacturers, leading academic researchers, and government agencies to offer recommendations to address the challenges and opportunities of metamaterial manufacturing in the United States. The appeal of metamaterials in delivering substantial improvements in performance across several applications and sectors is unquestioned. However, fast and affordable production remains a significant barrier to widespread adoption. In collaboration with Chris Spadaccini, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, MForesight convened community experts to develop and prioritize recommendations for actions to overcome these barriers. In this session, Spadaccini and a panel of leading experts will provide an overview of the community insights highlighted in the report including:

  • The impact and value of metamaterials manufacturing technologies to the United States
  • Key research and development focus areas essential to scaling metamaterials manufacturing
  • Specific actions to enable technology implementation across the supply chain
  • Science and technology policies that can accelerate metamaterials research towards commercialization in the United States
  • Descriptions of public-private partnerships needed to address key challenges in metamaterials manufacturing


  • Overview of findings
  • Panel of experts from industry, academia and government agencies discuss key insights
  • Audience discussion (Open Q&A, followed by structured discussion/networking)


  • Chris Spadaccini, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Clara Rivero-Baleine, Lockheed Martin 
  • Lorenzo Valdevit, University of California, Irvine 
  • Julia Greer, California Institute of Technology 
  • Jim Watkins, University of Massachusetts Amherst 
  • S.V. Sreenivasan, University of Texas at Austin

About MForesight

As a convener and facilitator, MForesight forges new connections across the manufacturing community to align R&D priorities with manufacturing challenges and opportunities across the sector. MForesight works to crystallize the forward-looking recommendations of technical experts and practitioners and to present them in a clear and compelling way to key decision makers. The overarching objective is to give voice to the advanced manufacturing community in the public and private decision-making processes that will determine the future of U.S. manufacturing. MForesight is advised by leaders from multiple industry sectors, nonprofit entities and universities through our leadership council and is federally funded by NSF and NIST.

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