Episode 309: Smart Manufacturing: A Closer Look

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Smart Manufacturing

In this episode Dr. Keith Belton, Director of the Manufacturing Policy Initiative in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University, discusses the emergence of smart manufacturing. After providing a detailed description of the physical architecture of smart production, Keith addresses a number of concerns, notably the potential negative impact on low-skill workers as well as cyber security vulnerabilities. In the final part of the interview the discussion turns to information governance and technology policy in a global competitive context.

Guest Dr. Keith Belton

Today’s Guest

Keith B. Belton is Director of the Manufacturing Policy Initiative in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University. The Initiative is focused on public policies affecting the US manufacturing sector. Prior to this appointment, Keith held several positions involving public policy analysis and/or government relations, including with the US Office of Management and Budget and the Dow Chemical Company.

His particular areas of expertise include environment, health, and safety policy; regulatory reform; cost-benefit analysis; and chemical manufacturing. In terms of education, Keith holds a B.S. (chemistry) from the University of Maryland, and an M.S. (environmental science), and Ph.D. (public policy) from the George Washington University. He is a member of several professional associations, including the American Chemical Society, the American Economic Association, and the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis.

Cliff Waldman
Host Cliff Waldman

Host Cliff Waldman

Cliff Waldman is the CEO of New World Economics, a research and consulting firm in Arlington, VA, that specializes in contract research in the areas of manufacturing, small business, and frontier markets.  Prior to founding New World Economics, Cliff was Chief Economist at the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI), a trade and research firm for U.S. manufacturers.  While at MAPI, he won three national research awards for his published work on manufacturing productivity, innovation, and demographics. Cliff’s career has also included work for a state government economic research and forecasting unit, and for a small business research team in Washington, D.C. He received his M.A. in economics from Rutgers University.

Cliff is an active leader in the economics community, currently serving as President of the National Economists Club for calendar year 2019.