ASME Hosts Virtual Town Hall with Rep. Haley Stevens to Discuss the Impact of COVID-19 on the Manufacturing Sector

Jun 15, 2020

by ASME.org

ASME recently convened a virtual Town Hall with Congresswoman Haley Stevens (MI-11), Chair of the Science, Space, and Technology’s Subcommittee on Research and Technology. ASME’s Executive Director/CEO Tom Costabile hosted the discussion and spoke with Rep. Stevens about challenges facing the healthcare and manufacturing sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically regarding additive manufacturing of personal protective equipment (PPE); federal funding for research and development; and standards and regulations in emerging fields such as artificial intelligence (AI).
 
During the discussion, Rep. Stevens shared that there is a fundamental need for U.S. industries to be able to quickly respond to supply-chain disruptions, global pandemics or otherwise. Rep. Stevens also stressed the importance of having organizations like ASME act as neutral conveners of industry, academia, and government—both in response to the current global crisis brought on by COVID-19, but also in normal times to ensure the system is communicating and working together to efficiently move technology forward. Regarding AI and quantum technology specifically, Rep. Stevens shared that she is exploring options for legislative or regulatory “sunset clauses” that address the challenge Congress is facing in being able to keep up with the pace of technological change.

To watch the full virtual town hall, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5er9HNgJ_t0&t=0s.

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