September 18, 2015
Capitol Update

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ASME is pleased to announce an “Advanced Manufacturing Fellowship” opportunity at the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) in Chicago, Illinois. The aim of DMDII is to focus on and accelerate the adoption of Digital Manufacturing and Design technologies in the U.S. manufacturing sector and to increase domestic manufacturing competitiveness by:

  • Fostering a highly collaborative infrastructure for the open exchange of Digital Manufacturing and Design information and research.
  • Facilitating the development, evaluation, and deployment of Digital Manufacturing and Design technologies.
  • Engaging with non-profits, educational institutions and companies to supply education and training in Digital Manufacturing and Design technologies to create an adaptive, leading workforce.
  • Serving as a national institute with regional and national impact on Digital Manufacturing and Design capabilities.
  • Linking and integrating US companies with existing public, private or not-for-profit industrial and economic development resources, and business incubators, with an emphasis on assisting small- and medium-sized enterprises and early-stage companies (start-ups).

The ASME Advanced Manufacturing Fellow will be expected to provide scientific, technical, curricular and intellectual leadership, and analytical support contributing to the advancement of the Institute’s goals, particularly as they apply to workforce development and educational outreach. Specifically, the Advanced Manufacturing Fellow would lead efforts to develop a “Digital Manufacturing and Design 101” type of course and curricula materials. The Fellow will serve as a liaison with internal and external partners, including policymakers, to help DMDII enhance its network of education and workforce development solution providers and help organize the development of the Body of Knowledge on Digital Manufacturing and Design process, both those emerging and those currently in practice, that offer promise for engineering design and technical implementation in the production process.

The ASME Advanced Manufacturing Fellow will also support the DMDII partners in the development and marketing of online, hybrid and traditional continuing education courses and workshops in the interest of developing the current engineering and technician workforce in industry, and provide instruction and content resources to engineering and technology faculty at universities and community colleges to assist in evolving their curricula to prepare the technical workforce of the near future with the latest in Digital Manufacturing and Design tools and techniques. Additional information about DMDII is available at

For more information on the Fellowship and to apply, please visit


The Energy Department has released its second Quadrennial Technology Review (QTR), which examines the current status of clean energy technologies and identifies  clean energy research opportunities that could support the effort to modernize the power sector as a whole, while also helping Americans to power their homes, businesses, cars and trucks more efficiently. The report finds that emerging advanced energy technologies provide a rich set of options to address the nation’s economic, security, and environmental challenges, but continued improvements in cost and performance are crucial to the large-scale deployment of these technologies.

Over the course of six technology chapters – grid modernization, clean power, buildings, manufacturing, fuels, and transportation – the QTR examines the current status of energy technologies and research opportunities to advance them in addition to key enabling science and energy capabilities. In completing the review, a number of overarching themes emerged:

  • Researchers found that the nation’s energy systems are becoming increasingly connected through the internet and other technologies, which may provide a game-changing new paradigm for cost and emissions reduction.
  • The range of options available to meet the nation’s energy needs is increasing, and this diversification creates a more dependable energy system and offers consumers new choices.
  • The nation has embraced energy efficiency as a way to reduce energy use and costs, but substantial efficiency opportunities remain untapped.
  • Breakthroughs in next generation high-tech tools including x-ray light sources and supercomputers are helping scientists find new ways to deliver cheaper, faster clean energy innovation.

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On September 11th, the House Science Subcommittee on Environment convened a hearing to examine the impacts of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) power plan regulation and expected impacts to the states most affected. The Obama administration is preparing final steps before implementing the rule to regulate carbon emissions from power plants, which could take effect as early as October.

The final regulation released by EPA on August 3rd created emissions requirements with more stringent emissions guidelines for states that rely most heavily on fossil energy for electricity. Western and Midwestern states are required to cut their use of fossil energy the most under this final rule, with over 20 states facing carbon reductions greater than 30 percent of current output.

The Committee received testimony from Dr. Bryan Shaw, Chairman of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality; Mr. Craig Butler, Director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency; and Mr. Jason Eisdorfer, Utility Program Director of the Oregon Public Utility Commission.

Additional information on the hearing, including the witnesses written statements, is available at


The Obama Administration recently announced a new “Smart Cities” Initiative that plans to invest over $160 million in federal research and take advantage of more than 25 new technology collaborations “to help local communities tackle key challenges such as reducing traffic congestion, fighting crime, fostering economic growth, managing the effects of a changing climate, and improving the delivery of city services.”

In the announcement, the Administration spelled out the following key parts of the initiative:

  • More than $35 million in new grants and over $10 million in proposed investments to build a research infrastructure for Smart Cities by the National Science Foundation and National Institute of Standards and Technology.
  • Nearly $70 million in new spending and over $45 million in proposed investments to unlock new solutions in safety, energy, climate preparedness, transportation, health and more, by the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Transportation, Department of Energy, Department of Commerce, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • More than 20 cities participating in major new multi-city collaborations that will help city leaders effectively collaborate with universities and industry.

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The New Climate Economy has released a new working paper entitled, “Accelerating Low-Carbon Development in the World’s Cities.” It was written as a supporting document for the 2015 report of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, Seizing the Global Opportunity: Partnerships for Better Growth and a Better Climate. It reflects the research conducted for Section 2.1 of the full report and is part of a series of 10 Working Papers.

The overview of the report states, “Cities are engines of economic growth and social change. About 85% of global GDP in 2015 was generated in cities. By 2050, two-thirds of the global population will live in urban areas. Compact, connected and efficient cities can generate stronger growth and job creation, alleviate poverty and reduce investment costs, as well as improve quality of life through lower air pollution and traffic congestion. Better, more resilient models of urban development are particularly critical for rapidly urbanizing cities in the developing world.”

“International city networks, such as the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) and United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), are scaling up the sharing of best practices and developing initiatives to facilitate new flows of finance, enabling more ambitious action on climate change. Altogether, low-carbon urban actions available today could generate a stream of savings in the period to 2050 with a current value of US$16.6 trillion.”

In the working paper, the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate recommends that cities commit to developing and implementing low-carbon urban development strategies by 2020. To do this, the Global Commission encourages them to use the framework of the Compact of Mayors, which priorities policies and investments related to public, non-motorized and low-emission transport, efficient waste management, building efficiency, and renewable energy.”

To review this working paper, go to:

The 2015 report of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, Seizing the Global Opportunity: Partnerships for Better Growth and a Better Climate, can also be found at:

For more information about the Compact of Mayors, please visit:


The articles contained in Capitol Update are not positions of ASME or any of its sub-entities, unless specifically noted as such. This publication is designed to inform ASME members about issues of concern being debated and discussed in the halls of congress, in the states and in the federal agencies.


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