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As many know by now, IPC Faculty Director Richard Lester was named Associate Provost for International Activities in the summer of 2015. Professor Lester continues in his role as Faculty Director of the IPC while overseeing MIT’s international work.



After two and a half years as a post-doc at the IPC, Dr. Yilmaz Uygun returned to Germany this spring to take up a position as Professor of Logistics Engineering in the Department of Mathematics and Logisticsat Jacobs University in Bremen at Jacobs University at Bremen. 



Dr. Tim Sturgeon continues in his role as a Senior Researcher at the IPC, most recently joining the Accelerating Innovation in Brazil team overseeing work onBrazil’s intersection with global value chains (GVCs). Last year Tim’s policy work also included sectoral GVC studies in Vietnam, India, South Africa, and the Philippines. Tim continues to make theoretical contributions in the field of GVCs and development, including a forthcoming book for Oxford University Press entitled Compressed Development, and is assisting the UN and other agencies develop new official statistical classifications to aid in the study of globalization.


Dr. Carlos Martínez-Vela returned to the IPC this past year to join as an IPC Senior Researcher. Carlos had worked on the IPC Local Innovation Systems project as part of his PhD and spent nearly 10 years as a practitioner in the public and private sectors. On the Brazil project, Carlos is involved primarily in an international comparative analysis of research and technology organizations (RTOs). In addition, he is launching a research initiative with Professor Michael Piore on cross-border economies along the U.S. and Mexico border, starting in El Paso–Juárez.


As part of the Brazil project, the IPC will be joined by André Nascimento, Specialist in Industrial Development at SENAI the sponsor of the IPC Brazil project. André has an MBA from IBMEC (Brazilian Institute for Capital Markets). André will be working on the context for entrepreneurship and startups in Brazil.



In the fall of 2016, the IPC will be joined for three months by Professor Tarek Selim, Chair and Professor of the Department of Economics at the American University in Cairo (AUC). He will work on research related to innovation systems in developing economies.



The IPC will be joined for the 2016-2017 academic year by Dr. Fernanda de Negri, Director of the Division for Innovation and Production Studies at the Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA) in Brasília. She will work innovation policy in Brazil.



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MIT - Massachusetts Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Forum
May 16, 2014

The Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP 2.0) is a national effort appointed by President Obama to secure US leadership in emerging technologies that will create high-quality manufacturing jobs and enhance America’s global competitiveness. MIT and the Massachusetts Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative co-host the AMP 2.0 Regional Meeting on May 16, 2014. The plenary session, "Growing Advanced Manufacturing Companies to Scale," was moderated by IPC Executive Director Elisabeth B. Reynolds. Learn more about the conference and view other videos from the sessions.

New IPC Innovation Research Project: Scaling Innovative Companies
May 6, 2014
The IPC has launched a new project examining how innovative companies grow to scale, and how the scaling process differs across industries. Using Massachusetts as a case study, the project looks at the various growth trajectories innovative, entrepreneurial firms follow to enter and grow in the market place

New IPC Production Research Project: Building Innovative Capacity among SMEs
May 1, 2014
Building on its work in the Production in the Innovation Economy (PIE) initiative, the IPC has launched a new research project examining how small and medium-sized advanced manufacturing companies increase their innovative capacity. The project examines the manufacturing industrial ecosystem in Massachusetts, where a diverse set of OEM and SME manufacturers work across industries.