Thomas Kurfess

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Chief Manufacturing Officer

Thomas R. Kurfess currently serves as the Chief Manufacturing Officer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. During 2012-2013 he was on leave serving as the Assistant Director for Advanced Manufacturing at the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President of the United States of America, where he was responsible for coordinating Federal advanced manufacturing R&D. He was President of SME in 2018, and currently serves on the Board of Governors of the ASME. His research focuses on the design and development of advanced manufacturing systems targeting digital manufacturing, additive and subtractive processes, and large-scale production enterprises. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and is a Fellow of ASME, AAAS, and SME.

SESSIONS WITH Thomas Kurfess

Tuesday, 2 March

  • 12:00pm - 12:30pm (CST) / 02/mar/2021 06:00 pm - 02/mar/2021 06:30 pm

    Agora Studio

    Agora Studio: New Frontiers for Manufacturing in a Low-carbon World

    Panel Markets/Economics/Strategy Digitalization Innovation & Technology Energy Transition/Climate & Sustainability Decarbonization Pathways
    As the energy industry transforms itself digitally, it is looking at AI and additive manufacturing (3D printing) technologies for more efficient solutions. These technologies save cost on material production for the energy industry but face challenges in development. Are sufficient materials available for this technology for process implementation and for quality assurance? How is the energy industry responding to a shortage of skilled workforce needed to operate these technologies? What is the best method to address a general lack of IT standards in these revolutionary and evolving technologies?