MDI works through its outreach platform to do away with the negative legacy of manufacturing by designing programs, initiatives, and events to change the public’s perception and uninformed image of manufacturing in addition to promoting advanced manufacturing as a high end profession of choice. A major MDI goal is to attract more under-served individuals to manufacturing opportunities.
First and foremost, manufacturing is the backbone of the global economy. According to the globally respected company Siemens:
Advanced manufacturing is changing the way we make things. Yet, most Americans, especially youth are not aware of manufacturing professional careers and income opportunities nor are they equipped with the knowledge to plan for a career in manufacturing. Adults, youth, k-12 educational providers, community based organizations need to learn about the opportunities that modern manufacturing offers. In terms of under-served youth, MDI is determined to instill in them a positive attitude towards manufacturing and help them understand the industry's unlimited opportunities open to them. Therefore, MDI provides outreach services building systems that leverage untapped human capital to achieve manufacturing diversity resilience and transformation.