Fraunhofer USA Celebrates 20 Years of Technology Development in the U.S.

Fraunhofer USA President Frank Treppe with Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft President Prof. Reimund Neugebauer at the FhUSA 20th Anniversary event.

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Fraunhofer USA, the largest subsidiary of Europe’s premier R&D organization (Fraunhofer-Gesellechaft), celebrated its 20th anniversary this past Tuesday at the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems in Boston, MA. Featuring an engaging panel discussion on Economic Competitiveness through Technology Innovation and Collaboration, the Fraunhofer USA 20th Anniversary event commemorated the past two decades of Fraunhofer USA and its specialized R&D centers’ achievements in the areas of sustainable energy, biotechnology, information systems, software engineering, coatings and laser technologies, and manufacturing innovation.

The event kicked off with building tours of the Fraunhofer CSE Living Laboratory. Guests toured CSE’s facilities, while networking with community members from Innovation economies around the world. The event also featured a Fraunhofer USA Center Showcase, which provided each Fraunhofer USA’s centers and marketing offices a platform to present their latest projects and technologies.

During the main speaking program of the event, guests heard from Fraunhofer USA’s current President, Prof. Georg Rosenfeld; German Ambassador to the U.S., Dr. Peter Wittig; Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, President Prof. Reimund Neugebauer; City of Boston Chief of Energy and Environment, Brian Swett; and Commonwealth of Massachusetts Secretary for Energy and Environmental Affairs, Maeve Valley-Bartlett. Following the welcome addresses, WBUR’s Business & Technology Reporter Curt Nickisch led a panel discussion on economic development and technology innovation. Representing a wide array of industries and sectors, panel members included Fraunhofer USA’s new President, Frank Treppe; Boston University President, Robert Brown; MassCEC CEO, Alicia Barton; Former BMW USA Manufacturing President, Prof. Clemens Schmitz-Justen; Mass Life Sciences Center CEO, Susan Windham-Bannister, Ph.D.; and AMNPO Director, Frank Gayle.  Panelists touched on different aspects that spur technology development (possibilities for collaboration; changes to public policy and education and cultural mindsets) and their thoughts on how to keep innovating.

The event closed with an intimate networking session that brought together people from all across the Fraunhofer network.

To learn more about the Fraunhofer USA 20th Anniversary, read the full press release.

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