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Bill Bonvillian

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
February Manufacturing Virtual Division Meeting : DoD Manufacturing Institutes Phase II Study - National Academy
William Bonvillian is a lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the Science Technology and Society and Political Science Departments, and senior director, Special Projects, at MIT’s Office of Open-Learning, leading research projects on workforce education. He is the coauthor of five books, including on advanced manufacturing and workforce education, and numerous articles on technology policy issues. He began teaching science and technology policy MIT in 2007, and has also taught a course on innovation policy since 2017. Prior to this position, from 2006-2017, he was director of the MIT’s Washington, D.C. Office, reporting to MIT’s president. In this position he worked to support MIT’s strong and historic relations with federal research and development (R&D) agencies, and its role on national science policy. He has assisted with major MIT technology policy initiatives, including on energy technology, advanced manufacturing, online higher education and its “innovation orchard” project on startup scale-up. Prior to that position, he served for 17 years as a senior policy advisor in the U.S. Senate. His legislative efforts included science and technology policy and innovation issues. Prior to his work on the Senate, he was a partner at a large national law firm. Early in his career, he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary and director of congressional affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation, working on major transportation deregulation legislation. He has degrees from Columbia (B.A.), Yale (M.A.R.), and Columbia Law (J.D.).