September 19, 2016

Emerging markets expert to keynote manufacturing conference

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Antoine van Agtmael, who coined the term “emerging markets,” will speak September 30 at the fall conference of the Dauch Center for the Management of Manufacturing Enterprises. The conference, titled “Building Smart, Lean Ecosystems,” will be held at the Purdue Memorial Union and is free and open to the public.

Van Agtmael, founder and CEO of Emerging Markets Management, is co-author of the book “The Smartest Places on Earth: Why Rustbelts are the Emerging Hotspots of Global Innovation.” The book focuses on how previously downtrodden communities can create “brainbelts” using universities, government agencies, entrepreneurs and large corporations to develop an ecosystem that will produce smart new products.

Other speakers are:

* Brett Brune, editor-in-chief, Smart Manufacturing Magazine.

* Mats Johansson, chief executive officer, EON Reality.

* Charlie Chung, senior marketing manager, UPS Supply Chain Solutions.

* Rho Cauley Bruner, integrated product team lead, Northrup Grumman.

* Bob Nida, vice president of organizational development, Wabash National.

* Karthik Ramani, Purdue’s Donald W. Fedderson Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

* Ananth Iyer, Purdue’s Susan Bulkeley Butler Chair in Operations Management and director of the Dauch center.

The conference will run from 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. in the East & West Faculty Lounges in the Purdue Memorial Union. Registration information is available on the center website at

The Dauch Center for the Management of Manufacturing Enterprises (DCMME), located in the Krannert School of Management, promotes education, research and industrial engagement with those interested in operations management, manufacturing management and supply chain management. The center celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2017. 

Contact: Steve Dunlop, DCMME managing director, 765-494-7800,

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