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Guest Spotlight

Bob Welsh, Stanley Black & Decker 

A household name, Stanley Black & Decker is a Fortune 500 American Bob Welsh, Stanley Black & Deckermanufacturer of industrial tools, household hardware and security products. As Vice President of Breakthrough Innovation for Stanley Black & Decker’s Innovation Accelerator team, Bob Welsh’s focus is to improve and advance SBD’s global innovation processes and impact. Additionally, his team is responsible for the creation, oversight and management of the company’s first employee Makerspace.

Bob has held a number of roles at the company and its brands, including Vice President of Industrial Design for Global Tools and VP for Brand Marketing and Industrial Design for DEWALT Powertools. He received an Executive MBA in Management at Loyola University and his bachelor of science in Industrial Design at Ohio State.

This segment is sponsored by the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business.

Key topics: innovation hubs as corporate growth strategy, product development and commercialization accelerators, technical education, Manufactory 4.0, and makerspaces.

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Manufacturing Tomorrow is a podcast series brought to you by the Ohio Manufacturing Institute at The Ohio State University. Featuring the perspectives of manufacturing leaders, we focus on the advanced manufacturing innovations, solutions and partnerships that exist in our region now and that will propel industry in the future.

Our guests include the unsung heroes of advanced manufacturing, from company C-suite executives and engineers to industry-facing academics, supportive government agencies and regional economic development organizations. Interviews cover the latest topics on products, processes – and groundbreaking relationships –the best manufacturers engage in to infuse entrepreneurialism in their daily operations.

Our mission is threefold: to provide a voice to small and large manufacturers, educate the public on the value of manufacturing innovation to the U.S. economy, and showcase how Ohio’s technology resource support providers (e.g., higher education, technical centers, and MEPs) boost advanced manufacturing solutions. We ask guest speakers about what catalysts are needed to collaborate on new products and processes, how to reduce academic-industry barriers, and the types of technical resources that can truly bolster manufacturing productivity. 

A special thanks for production support goes to Eric French at WOSU and Ohio State Media Services.  
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