Erica R.H. Fuchs is an associate professor in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research focuses on the role of government in technology development and the effect of location on the competitiveness of new technologies. Fuchs was selected in 2012 as World Economic Forum Young Scientist (top 40 under 40, internationally). Her NSF CAREER award-supported research focuses on rethinking national innovation systems. She has also been honored as a Carnegie Institute of Technology Early Career Dean's Fellow (2013) for her research on how manufacturing and product development differ when undertaken in the U.S. versus other nations and the implications for U.S. competitiveness, and as an Oak Ridge Associated Universities Junior Faculty Fellow (2008) for her research on the impact of offshoring on technology directions.

Over the past three years, Fuchs has been playing a growing role in national meetings on the future of U.S. advanced manufacturing, including advising the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology during a one-day workshop and welcoming President Obama during his 2011 visit to Carnegie Mellon to announce the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership. She currently serves on the U.S. Advisory Committee to the International Commission for Optics and previously served on the National Research Council committee on future trends and challenges in optical science.

Before coming to Carnegie Mellon, Fuchs completed her Ph.D. in Engineering Systems at M.I.T. in June 2006. She received her Masters and her Bachelors degrees also from M.I.T. in Technology Policy (2003) and Materials Science and Engineering (1999), respectively. Fuchs spent 1999-2000 as a fellow at the United Nations in Beijing, China. There, she conducted research at state-owned industrial boiler manufacturers on policies to encourage innovation. Her work has been published, among other places, in the Journals of Lightwave Technology, Composite Science and Technology, Research Policy, and Management Science and has been covered on National Public Radio and in The New York Times. Fuchs has been an invited speaker at a wide range of venues including the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Technology Development: Government and Location


2006 Ph.D., Engineering Systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2003 M.Sc., Technology Policy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

1999 BS, Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Media mentions

MIT Technology Review

Fuchs quoted on Moore’s Law

EPP’s Erica Fuchs was quoted in MIT Technology Review on Moore’s Law. “Maybe in 10 years or 30 years—no one really knows when—you’re going to need a device with that additional computation power,” she says.

CMU Engineering

Could 3D printing lead to distributed manufacturing?

In a recent paper published in Additive Manufacturing, a team of EPP researchers investigated how AM could contribute to distributed manufacturing.

Next Manufacturing

3D Printing Media Network covers NASA funding in Next Manufacturing Center

3D Printing Media Network covered the recent news that CMU has been selected by NASA to lead a research team dedicated to examining new ways to build and power aircraft of the future, through NASA’s University Leadership Initiative.

CMU Engineering

NASA invests in 3D printing for aviation

CMU has been selected by NASA to lead a research team dedicated to examining new ways to build and power aircraft of the future, through NASA’s University Leadership Initiative.


Fuchs discusses automation and manufacturing

EPP’s Erica Fuchs says that automation allows manufacturers to move to mass customization and “parts consolidation," which means making products that have fewer but more complex parts. This shift requires experimentation and offers "a chance for the U.S. to lead," Fuchs says. 


Fuchs quoted in Science on creating non-silicon computer chips

EPP’s Erica Fuchs was quoted in a Science article about DARPA's funding initiatives to create computer chips based on materials other than silicone.


CMU study indicates Moore's Law might be coming to an end

A recent study by EPP’s Hassan Khan, David Hounshell, and Erica Fuchs indicates that Moore’s Law might finally end because the technology can no longer get any smaller.

CMU Engineering

Moore’s Law is ending. What’s next?

In a recent paper published in Nature Electronics, Carnegie Mellon researchers argue that future advancement in microprocessors faces new and unprecedented challenges.

Fuchs to attend WEF’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions

EPP’s Erica Fuchs will attend the Annual Meeting of the New Champions sponsored by the World Economic Forum from June 27 - 29 in Dalian, People's Republic of China.

Khosla, Fuchs, and Whitacre on National Academies committee that launches report on ARPA-E

Former College of Engineering Dean Pradeep Khosla chaired the committee, of which Professors Erica Fuchs (EPP), and Jay Whitacre (EPP/MSE) were members, that launched the National Academies report analyzing the effectiveness of ARPA-E.

Fuchs serves on WEF council

EPP’s Erica Fuchs is serving on the World Economic Forum’s Future of Advanced Materials Global Agenda Council.

National Academies invites Fuchs to Innovation Policy Forum

On Tuesday, May 23, EPP’s Erica Fuchs will speak at an Innovation Policy Forum hosted by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.