We had the honor to host our colleague Clara Tu, Program Manager from Fraunhofer Academy Germany, for a month in the US.
Fraunhofer Academy is Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft's specialist provider of continuing education and part-time training for people in the workforce. The Fraunhofer Academy is currently mainly focused on the German and European market in offering technical training programs.
Clara was on a fact-finding mission, to explore if expanding Fraunhofer Academy's international activities would be valuable for the US market. Together with Fraunhofer's partnering universities like Boston University, University of Maryland and Michigan State University as well as Carnegie Mellon University, she expanded Fraunhofer's network in new areas – formulating lifelong learning programs with Fraunhofer technology and innovation.
Clara travelled to Fraunhofer USA Centers to present the Fraunhofer Academy programs.
Going forward, the academy is supporting Fraunhofer USA Centers to promote their inventions and innovations through training programs to companies and individuals who want to upskill in specific technology areas.
In her final week, Clara together with Dr. Patrick Bressler, Executive Vice President Fraunhofer USA, was invited to speak at Integr8, Automation Alley's annual Conference about Global Industry 4.0. She with other panelists including Dr. John F. Carrier, from MIT Sloan School of Management, discussed how skills and jobs will change because of industry 4.0 and IIOT.
Dr. Patrick Bressler, presented Fraunhofer's Initiatives in IIOT in the panel "Next-Gen Factories: Unlocking the Value of IIoT".
The conference was fully booked with 550 participants and will take place in November 2018 again.
We are confident that the fruitful discussions and exchanges will lead to future endeavors and close cooperation with the Fraunhofer Academy and look forward to future visits.