You are invited to attend our Manufacturing Day celebration on Friday, October 7. 

Hear insights from leaders of the world-famous Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) in Sheffield, UK. Learn about and S&T's exciting initiatives for enhancing manufacturing in Missouri. And take part in a panel discussion on the future for the state of advanced manufacturing and workforce development in Missouri.


Join us for the Manufacturing Day celebration on Oct. 7 at Hasselmann Alumni House on the Missouri S&T campus. The event begins at 9 a.m.

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Keynote Speakers

Starting from an abandoned mining hillside in Sheffield, the AMRC has become the world’s most successful advanced manufacturing R&D Center proving the value of industry, university, government partnerships to promote manufacturing excellence.

Our keynote speakers will explore the history of the AMRC, the challenges that we can expect in replicating the AMRC model in Missouri, and what’s next for the AMRC!

Steve Foxley

Steve Foxley, AMRC CEO

Steve Foxley

Steve leads the AMRC Executive Board, developing and strengthening relationships with new and existing industrial partners; engaging with government to identify opportunities for further strategic development; and establishing relationships with key stakeholders to ensure the continued development and investment in the Sheffield City Region and the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District.

Prior to joining the AMRC, Steve was a member of the Executive Management Board of Siemens plc and led the Siemens Smart Infrastructure business - an exciting growth area within the UK and Ireland markets. Previously he was the Director of Industry Services for Siemens, a leading supplier of services for automation and drive technologies to industrial customers across the UK and Ireland. 

Ben Morgan

Ben Morgan, AMRC Technical Director

Ben Morgan

Ben is responsible for setting the research agenda and delivery strategy to ensure that the AMRC remains at the forefront of driving innovation into industry. Having worked at the AMRC for 12 years, Ben previously was Head of the Integrated Manufacturing Group and Factory 2050 the world’s first research facility dedicated to reconfigurable and digitally driven manufacturing, artificial intelligence and digitally assisted assembly.

He works closely with our partners to identify and develop the research themes that are critical to their business. His role also involves close liaison with lower TRL research teams within the University of Sheffield and the wider Higher Education community and with research teams in the other High Value Manufacturing Catapult centres.

Richard Scaife

Richard Scaife, AMRC Regional Development Director

Richard Scaife

Richard manages the development of the AMRC network of centres nationally and internationally and the viability of new centres both financially and technically. The role also sees Richard working with industry and regional authorities to enhance productivity and inward investment as part of the UK’s levelling up agenda. Richard joined the AMRC in 2008 and headed up the AMRC’s Composite Centre where he developed technology and research strategies.

In his time at the AMRC, Richard has supported a number of research programmes that have led to significant inward investment in the region. Prior to joining the AMRC, Richard held a number of senior roles in Rail, Oil & Gas, Automotive and industrial commodities, with a focus on materials and methods of manufacture. Richard is married with three grown up children.


9:05 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction

Steve Roberts, Chief Operations Officer, Kummer Institute for Student Success, Research and Economic Development, Missouri S&T

9:05-10 a.m.

Keynote Speakers – University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre

  • Steve Foxley, CEO
  • Ben Morgan, Technical Director
  • Richard Scaife, Regional Development Director
10-10:15 a.m.

The Missouri S&T Protoplex and Kummer Institute Center for Advanced Manufacturing

Rick Billo, Director, Kummer Institute Center for Advanced Manufacturing

10:15-10:30 a.m.

The Center for Aerospace Manufacturing Technologies

Doug Bristow, Director, Center for Aerospace Manufacturing Technologies

10:30-10:40 a.m.

MO Enterprise

Bob Beckmann, Project Manager, Missouri Enterprise

10:40-10:50 a.m.


Jonathan Mack, Senior Coordinator, Missouri SBDC Lead Center

10:50-11 a.m.


11-12 a.m.

Panel Discussion

  • Richard Billo, Kummer Institute Center for Advanced Manufacturing
  • Bob Beckmann, Missouri Enterprise
  • Steve Foxley, UK Advanced Manufacturing Research Center
  • Ben Morgan, UK Advanced Manufacturing Research Center
  • Richard Scaife, UK Advanced Manufacturing Research Center
  • Pete Hoffman, Elevated Advisors, LLC
  • Dr. Mardy Leathers, Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development
12-1 p.m. 


1 – 2 p.m. 

Open house and demonstrations at Center for Aerospace Manufacturing Technologies

101 Engineering Management 

Student controlling manufacturing robot