Many friends and colleagues have been highly supportive in the development of this book and support of my research. First, I want to thank the great people at Business Expert Press: Scott Isenberg, Destiny Hadley, Dr. Phillip Romero, Dr. Jeffrey Edwards, and Sheri Dean. Working with them has been a pleasure. I want to thank MIT Professor David Simchi-Levi and the members of the MIT Forum for Supply Chain Innovation. Their encouragement, guidance, and advice have been invaluable. Prof. Tom Kurfess of Georgia Tech and Prof. Alex Slocum of MIT have also given valuable insights and feedback. Rick Jarman and Rebecca Taylor of the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences contributed on-going guidance regarding manufacturing technology. ...

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