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National Academy of Engineering Hosts Symposium at UVA

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The challenges and future of advanced manufacturing technology took center stage of a regional symposium at the University of Virginia Tuesday. The National Academy of Engineering hosted the conference and says this is the new industrial revolution. 

Organizers say it's important for people to understand how modern manufacturing will be valuable and the type of jobs it will create.

Engineers and business leaders gathered in Rice Hall Auditorium at UVA for the symposium. The event featured two panels, one on industrial challenges and one on research challenges. 

Joe Salvo, manager of the complex systems engineering lab at General Electric, gave the keynote speech on the quote "industrial Internet". He talked to the audience about the convergence of physical and digital worlds that is taking place through the connection of machines.

“One of the things that's happening in manufacturing is we're integrating some of the world's leading software development platform technologies like crowdsurfing and collaboration with the physical advances like 3-D manufacturing to make a winning innovation platform,” said Salvo.

The idea is that this "industrial Internet" created by a world of connected machines will lead to increased productivity, efficiency and sustainability. The symposium was sponsored by UVA, Virginia Tech, and the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing.

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