Sridhar Kota is the Herrick Professor of Engineering at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Kota authored over 200 technical papers on product design for manufacturability and bio-inspired engineering systems, over 25 patents and served as an engineering consultant to numerous organizations. He is the recipient of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Machine Design Award, Leonardo da Vinci Award, and the Outstanding Educator Award. He is the founding President and CEO of FlexSys Inc. specializing in bio-inspired design of aircraft wings, and other shape-adaptive control surfaces.
Between 2009-2012 Prof. Kota served as the Assistant Director for Advanced Manufacturing at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). In this role, he developed policy recommendations and implementation strategies to enhance U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, to foster innovation-based manufacturing and to promote translational R&D of emerging technologies. He played an instrumental role in launching several initiatives including National Manufacturing Innovation Institutes, National Robotics Initiative, National Digital Engineering and Manufacturing Consortium (NDEMC) and Connecting American Manufacturing (CAM) to defense needs.
Recent Events and Presentations
Engineering 2.0: Rekindling American Ingenuity
Panelists will examine the policy reforms necessary to transform the U.S. engineering system to better meet the needs of the global technology economy.