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Across America, industries are facing enormous supply chain delays, worker shortages and places to build due to several decades of offshoring and deemphasis of manufacturing research, education and training in the U.S.

Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz, professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and join faculty member at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, works on solutions to a key element of America’s manufacturing challenges: preparing workers to leverage today’s technology while advancing tomorrow’s. Schmitz explains that a new workforce skilled in the design and operation of new machine tools is needed to ensure that America has enough workers to fill jobs. Read the full article on The Conversation.

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