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Mike Smitka at Fed Conference, Bloomberg Event

Washington and Lee University economics professor Mike Smitka combined his expertise on Japan and the auto industry into a pair of high-profile presentations in June.

Smitka was a featured panelist at the Eighteenth Annual Automotive Outlook Symposium of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. The event was held at the Detroit branch of the Chicago Fed on June 2, 2011, and focused on the near-term automotive outlook and the long-term structure of the industry.

Smitka was joined by Thomas Kurfess, professor and BMW chair of manufacturing at Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research; James A. Buczkowski, Henry Ford Technical Fellow, and director of electrical and electronics systems research and advanced engineering for Ford Motor Company; and Thomas Klier, senior economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Smitka’s remarks were on innovation in the supply sector.

On June 7, 2011, Smitka participated in the Bloomberg Japan Conference at the Japan Society in New York City. He was a member of a panel that examined the global impact of the supply chain interruption in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March. The panel was moderated by Michael McKee, economics editor of Bloomberg Television.

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