Raymond Muscat, the former Senior Vice President of Manufacturing Research and New Product Operations at furniture manufacturer Herman Miller, will be the keynote speaker at the 4th annual ASSEMBLY Show. Now the Industry Director of the Tauber Institute for Global Operations at the University of Michigan, Muscat will speak on the opening day of the show, Wednesday, October 26, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.

"We are looking forward to hearing from Ray Muscat, whose career has been a tour of some of manufacturing's biggest sectors. He's worked for GM, Ford, Raytheon and Ball Aerospace, and he spent more than 20 years at furniture maker Herman Miller sustaining a lean manufacturing system. No matter what sort of product our attendees make, they'll benefit from Muscat's 40 years of manufacturing wisdom," said Tom Esposito, publisher, ASSEMBLY Magazine, sponsor of the event. "To sustain a lean manufacturing system requires significant employee engagement. Ray will tell the story of the Herman Miller production system, the lessons learned and changes made along the way."

Mr. Muscat started his career on a Ford assembly line to pay his way through college. He then worked his way up the engineering and leadership ranks, to head of engineering and operations at award-winning furniture manufacturer, Herman Miller. There, he led a team that developed and implemented the company's lean manufacturing program. Through Muscat's leadership, Herman Miller cut average product lead times in half.

In addition to this dynamic opening day keynote presentation, The ASSEMBLY Show will offer several half-day workshops on Tuesday, October 25th, and two concurrent Showcase Education Theaters on the show floor with presentations by knowledgeable speakers from high-profile companies and industry associations. The event's closing session will feature a panel discussion on women in manufacturing, on Thursday October 27th from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Speakers will include Elizabeth Rolinski, vice president of manufacturing engineering at Johnson Controls Power Solutions; and Shelly Ryan Carlson, director of global manufacturing engineering technology at Danfoss.

The ASSEMBLY Show 2016 will be held Tuesday, October 25 - Thursday, October 27 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.  The Show is sponsored by ASSEMBLY, a monthly trade magazine read by 56,000 engineers and managers responsible for manufacturing and designing cars, computers, catheters, coffee makers, etc. ASSEMBLY covers the processes, technologies and strategies for joining discrete parts into finished products. The event is produced by BNP Media, one of the country's leading business-to-business media companies serving professionals across 50+ industries.

For more information, visit: www.theassemblyshow.com

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LIA lifetime member and industrial laser applications pioneer David Belforte will provide the leading keynote address, a comprehensive overview of the industrial laser market, to kick off the fifth annual Lasers for Manufacturing Event® (LME®), at 11:00 AM on April 26 in Atlanta, GA.

Belforte, Editor-in-Chief of Industrial Laser Solutions, who is responsible for introducing high power laser cutting in the United States, has drawn standing-room only crowds at LME in the past. His keynote addresses provide a crucial connection to the real-world applications of the devices and laser systems that attendees will see in the exhibit hall of the Cobb Galleria Centre, and cover various facets of the industrial laser market, like energy generation, medical applications, electronic devices, agriculture, automotive, aerospace and aviation.

“The Lasers for Manufacturing Event is the premier opportunity for manufacturing professionals to explore the laser industry and identify exactly where the innovation and application activity lies today and beyond,” Belforte said. “The breadth of the value of the information at LME empowers anyone in the industry, from the major laser makers to the small job shops, to harness the power of lasers to increase output for their clients.”

Belforte’s data-packed presentation will provide a global overview of several different types of lasers’ roles, and will spotlight this year’s market outlook to define trends and showcase opportunities for the future of lasers in manufacturing.

Advanced manufacturing technology expert and EWI Additive Manufacturing Consortium Director Dr. Shawn Kelly will also provide a keynote address on Laser Technology and Metal Additive Manufacturing at the 2016 Lasers for Manufacturing Event® (LME®), beginning at 2:15 PM on April 26 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, GA.

Dr. Kelly, whose expertise resides in metal additive manufacturing (AM), material science and metallurgy, will present LME attendees with the truths and myths involved in the additive manufacturing of metal products. The current and future role of laser technology, a key reason for metal AM’s sustained growth, will also be discussed.

“3D printing, and to a lesser extent, additive manufacturing, are now part of the household lexicon; however, these two terms do not have the same meaning,” said Dr. Kelly. “It’s important to bust the variety of myths about the additive manufacturing of metals, especially as they apply to laser technology.”  Many of the same technical challenges facing the adoption of laser technology in manufacturing are also encountered in additive manufacturing. Dr. Kelly will present areas where AM can inform the laser community at large.

For more information, visit: www.laserevent.org

Rising Media, Inc. and 3DR Holdings announced the keynote speakers and preliminary agenda for the Inside 3D Printing conference, taking place at the Sydney Showground in conjunction with Reed Exhibitions’ flagship manufacturing event, National Manufacturing Week.

The Inside 3D Printing Sydney conference program explores 3D innovation in Australia and beyond, covering additive manufacturing applications in medicine, manufacturing, research, product design, and more. The conference will run on May 11-12, 2016, whereas the National Manufacturing Week exhibition hall will remain open May 11-13, 2016.

Confirmed keynote speakers include:

  • Ian Gibson, Professor of Industrial Design, School of Engineering, Deakin University
  • Fred Fischer, Director – Channel Development, Applications, Products, Stratasys Ltd
  • Paul D’Urso, Neurosurgeon, Epworth Healthcare and Founder, Anatomics
  • Professor Gordon Wallace, Executive Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science, University of Wollongong


"Australia is approaching a stage that has been seen in other countries where there is an increasing enthusiasm and appreciation of the benefits of 3D printing in local industry,” said Ian Gibson, Professor of Industrial Design, School of Engineering, Deakin University. He continued, “This conference aims to uncover this enthusiasm and discuss the platforms that are appropriate to this emerging market.”

Session topics for Inside 3D Printing Sydney include:

  • 3D Printing: International Trends and Markets
  • Accelerating the Adoption of Industrial and Commercial Supply Chains
  • The Death of Manufacturing
  • Community Based Personalised Healthcare
  • 3D Printing: Putting the Ability to Create Back in the Hands of the Creative


Prices increase on March 31, so register before to save with early bird pricing.

For more information or to register, visit: www.inside3dprinting.com/sydney

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Automotive industry leader Ralf Kimmel will provide a keynote address on Laser Applications in Automotive Manufacturing on day two of this year’s Lasers for Manufacturing Event® (LME®), April 26-27, at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, GA.

Kimmel, an automotive industry business development leader at Germany’s TRUMPF, a leading worldwide manufacturer of fabricating equipment and industrial laser technology, will address the integration of innovative, cost-efficient production processes and the use of new materials in the auto industry — all enabled by laser technology.

“Light as a tool in manufacturing cars is an established medium for a wide range of applications; at the same time, laser technology is a guarantor for innovation and enables the development of new car technologies,” Kimmel said. “Although these innovations are happening at different levels, lasers are the missing element that we can incorporate for present and future industry growth and success.”

Kimmel will touch on the choice of material and production methods of today’s automobiles, which, as Kimmel mentioned, lead to new challenges and opportunities for lasers in joining processes. Various application examples will be shown, like a new laser brazing technology, welding of copper with new lasers at green wavelengths, and black laser marking, without any susceptibility to corrosion.

Kimmel’s keynote address will be one of four unique educational presentations at the fifth annual LME. This year’s conference in the heart of the Southeast will feature the latest trending topics in 3D printing, additive manufacturing, cutting, welding, drilling and marking.

For more information or to register, visit: www.lia.org/conferences/laserevent

SME has released details about the Medical Manufacturing Innovations (MMI) Series, which will spotlight companies and information at WESTEC 2015. Southern California is recognized as having the highest level of medical device and biomedical manufacturing development in the world, and this year’s event will reflect that through education sessions and an exclusive keynote.

In his keynote, sponsored by Autodesk, Gerardo de la Concha, vice president of Mexico operations at Medtronic, will share insight from his company’s experience spearheading a skunkworks project to reverse engineer and develop a medical device using Nitinol, a metal alloy of nickel and titanium with the unique properties of shape memory and super elasticity. These properties allowed the Medtronic team to take a new approach to development and create unique devices.

Originally created in the aerospace and defense sector, skunkworks projects are becoming more prominent for companies that are looking for ways to accelerate innovation.

“Medtronic’s skunkworks project was a truly creative and collaborative opportunity for our team, and a significant learning experience,” said de la Concha. “By sharing some of the lessons we learned, we hope to help other companies understand the issues and challenges they may face as more of them look to this process for future innovation.”

Medical manufacturing is expanding into new areas every day, due to the support and involvement of groups like the National Institute of Health and SME, world-class research centers, and biotech hubs dedicated to research, development and innovation. Leading indicators point toward continued accelerated growth in medical production, correlating with population changes and an increase in personalized medicine.

In addition to the keynote, WESTEC will provide opportunities for attendees to network with and learn from leading companies in the areas of implantable devices, prosthetics, orthopedic implants, dental devices, additive manufacturing/3D printing, and more.

“We have seen tremendous growth in medical manufacturing in recent years, and there is a great deal of progress and innovation coming from the companies involved in this sector,” said Lauralyn McDaniel, industry manager, medical at SME. “As the industry has evolved, especially in the western region, we recognize how important it is to provide attendees with a range of opportunities and tools that they can use to innovate and grow.”

Through WESTEC’s MMI Series, attendees will have access to a wide range of critical technologies and resources to support the next generation of quality-of-life and life-saving products.

WESTEC attracts between 12,000 and 15,000 industry professionals and provides attendees networking opportunities, complimentary education sessions, keynotes, and interactive manufacturing technology exhibits. The event features representatives from growing industries, like aerospace, medical, energy, and transportation, as well as large Fortune 500 OEMs and smaller companies that provide the engineering, design, and manufactured components supporting the industry.

The event will take place September 15-17 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

For more information or to register, visit: www.westeconline.com

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CNC Software’s newly appointed president, Meghan Summers West, will be heading to California Polytechnic State University July 27-30, to deliver a keynote address focused on manufacturing. During her presentation at the 2015 National HTEC Conference, West will focus on the need to “Acquaint, Convince and Excite (ACE) the Next Generation of Manufacturing.”

“The need for manufacturing jobs over the next few years will be high,” West said, “but formal programs that combine on-the-job learning with classroom education is dropping. This creates an obvious skills gap that needs to be addressed.”

CNC Educators Training Conference


The CNC Educators Training Conference is about sharing and profiling best CNC education practices, program building and innovation, ways to attract students, and developing employment opportunities for students with industry and association partnerships. CNC Software’s dedicated educational division will be on hand to provide training and educational presentations during this year’s event. The educational division was created to address the current and future needs of the manufacturing industry through a concerted focus on engaging and training tomorrow’s manufacturing leaders. By learning Mastercam, students are better prepared to enter the workforce and secure employment in a wide range of industries and roles.

For more information, visit: www.htecnetwork.org

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WESTEC, the premier West Coast manufacturing event, recently announced its programming for the 2015 event, which includes a keynote on the power of manufacturing in Hollywood. Jason Lopes of Legacy Effects will discuss how manufacturing – specifically additive manufacturing/3D printing – is changing the face of special effects in the film industry.

Lopes is a lead systems engineer at Legacy Effects, home to some of Hollywood’s most talented effects professionals and makeup artists. For his keynote, Lopes will talk about “3D Printing for Hollywood” and how it is impacting some of the industry’s biggest effects for movies like Avengers Age of Ultron, Jurassic World, Terminator Genesys, Iron Man 3, Hunger Games, Pacific Rim, Twilight: Breaking Dawn,and others.

“From its inception, the film industry has made innovation a priority, using new technologies and advancements to produce higher-quality results,” said Lopes. “My talk will highlight how the intersection of manufacturing and entertainment has impacted modern-day effects’ teams and helped them do their job better and more efficiently.”

The Hollywood keynote is just one of many education sessions and networking opportunities exclusive to attendees at WESTEC 2015, which is held every two years. All of these activities will take place over the course of the three-day event, to be held September 15-17 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Additional event content will focus issues and advancements in manufacturing as a whole, as well as key sectors of the industry, including aerospace, medical, and the military.

WESTEC attracts between 12,000 and 15,000 industry representatives and provides attendees networking opportunities, complimentary education sessions, keynotes, and interactive manufacturing technology exhibits. The event features representatives from growing industries, like aerospace, medical, energy, and transportation, as well as large Fortune 500 OEMs and smaller companies that provide the engineering, design, and manufactured components fueling the industry.

“As manufacturing continues to grow and evolve, WESTEC is committed to offering our attendees information about innovations happening within all aspects of the industry,” said Janine Saperson, event manager at SME. “We see WESTEC as a platform for providing diverse content and insight to the people that will be driving the industry in the future.”

For more information, visit: www.westeconline.com

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The 2015 RAPID Conference & Exposition, produced by SME, will showcase three keynote presentations focused on emerging 3D printing and scanning technologies within the aerospace, medical and overall additive manufacturing industries. Aaron Kemmer, chief executive officer and co-founder of Made In Space, will kick things off on Tuesday, May 19 as he addresses the latest in aerospace manufacturing and how his company is evolving in-space travel with its Zero-G 3D Printer, which recently became the first 3D printer deployed on the International Space Station.

“By creating additive manufacturing tools and technologies for in-space use, the aerospace industry can expand on learning new ways to accelerate space development,” said Kemmer. “At RAPID 2015, I’m excited to present how we’ve advanced our initial vision for the aerospace industry, what we hope to achieve in the coming years and generally connect with likeminded individuals who are all working toward the same goals.”

Joining Kemmer as keynote presenters are William Warren, PhD, who helped initiate the field of bioprinting as a program manager at DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), and industry influencer Terry Wohlers, principal consultant and president, Wohlers Associates Inc.

“The current state of additive manufacturing, and the potential for future applications, continues to gain interest and momentum from the general public and across many industrial sectors,” said Wohlers. “RAPID is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015, which provides all of us with an opportunity to step back and reflect on where our industry has been and what advances we should expect in the coming years.”

In addition to the keynote presentations, registration is now open for SME’s 2015 RAPID Conference & Exposition. Register for the conference by January 31st, and receive last year’s conference pricing for a savings of more than 10 percent. Keynote presentations are complimentary for all conference and exposition attendees.

SME’s 2015 RAPID Conference & Exposition will be held at Long Beach Convention Center, in Long Beach, California. The conference kicks off with workshops and presentations on Monday, May 18 and ends on Thursday, May 21. The Space Tech Expo & Conference will also be held at the  Long Beach Convention Center on May 19-21, 2015.

For 25 years, the RAPID Conference & Exposition, produced by SME, has defined the crucial role of additive manufacturing and empowered the establishment of an industry that continues to conceive, test, improve and manufacture new products at a faster, more cost-efficient pace. As the leader and authority figure in additive manufacturing, RAPID attracts buyers, sellers and end-users of design, prototyping, tooling and direct digital technologies to a world-class event for discovery, innovation and networking.

For more information, visit: www.rapid3devent.com

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The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) announced its featured keynote speakers for the 2015 AMUG Education & Training Conference, which will be held in Jacksonville, Florida, from April 19 – 23, 2015. Lonnie Love, Jason Lopes and Todd Grimm will inform, motivate and excite attendees with their discussions of additive manufacturing possibilities.

Mark Barfoot, AMUG president, said, “We have an exciting lineup of keynote speakers, including two returning favorites and one that has gained notoriety for the development of new additive manufacturing technologies and processes. These three keynote speakers are internationally recognized, but more importantly, they are passionate about additive manufacturing. That passion will jump start each day of our conference.”

Todd Grimm, president of T. A. Grimm & Associates and AMUG's AM industry advisor, will open the conference on Monday, April 20th. He will share his thoughts on the present and future with highlights of recent developments, current trends and future advancements, while reinforcing the “education and training” aspect of the conference. This will be his fifth appearance as an AMUG keynote speaker.

Want to learn what Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has been doing in the additive manufacturing field? Join Lonnie Love, group leader of ORNL’s Manufacturing Systems Research Group, on Tuesday, April 21st, to hear what his team has been up to. Love states that he has the best job ever because his team is free to innovate and has access to an impressive array of advanced technology. In his presentation, he will share the results of that work and offer insights on current projects.

Returning for his third AMUG keynote appearance, Jason Lopes of Legacy Effects opens the final day (Thursday, April 23rd) with a visual journey of the special effects the studio has worked on that have used additive manufacturing. Spanning film, TV and appearances, Lopes pushes the limits of the technology to make amazing physical effects a reality. In his presentation, he will share the tools he has used, the creativity employed and the amazing results that were achieved. Lopes' film credits include Avatar, Terminator Salvation, Alice in Wonderland, Ironman 1, 2 and 3, Avengers 1 and 2, Robocop and Pacific Rim.

“These keynote presentations will be followed by a jam-packed agenda that will inform, educate and train additive manufacturing professionals,” said Barfoot. “There will be hands-on workshops and presentations that cover art and architecture, metal casting, education, manufacturing tools, materials, medical, direct metals, scanning, stereolithography, laser sintering and transportation.”

The users group conference, now in its 27th year, is open to owners and operators of all additive manufacturing (3D printing) technologies.

AMUG is an organization that educates and advances the uses and applications of additive manufacturing technologies. AMUG members include all commercial additive manufacturing / 3D printing technologies for companies such as Stratasys, Concept Laser, ExOne, Renishaw, HP SLM Solutions and 3D Systems. AMUG meets annually to provide education and training through technical presentations on processes and new technologies. This information addresses operation of additive manufacturing equipment and the applications that use the parts they make.

AMUG 2015 Conference keynote speakers (from left): Jason Lopes, Lonnie Love and Todd Grimm

For more information, visit: www.additivemanufacturingusersgroup.com

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The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) announced today the keynote speakers for the Automate 2015 Conference / 46th International Symposium on Robotics, which will be held March 23-26, 2015 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

March 23 Keynote: Transforming your Manufacturing Business for the New Digital Age

Rene Noemi, Director of the Android and Chrome Global Business, Google for Work
In this presentation, attendees will learn how to accelerate new product initiatives and time-to-profit using the latest digital technology and tools.

March 24 Keynote: Conscious Capitalism: Blueprint for a New System for Doing Business
John Mackey, Co-Founder & CEO, Whole Foods Market
During this insightful presentation, attendees will learn how businesses can serve all their shareholders, customers, employees, suppliers, investors, communities and the environment through conscious capitalism.

March 25 Keynote: What’s Next – The Future of Technology
Steve Wozniak, Cofounder of Apple & Founder, Chairman, & CEO of Wheels of Zeus
Steve Wozniak will share his views on the latest iPhones, smartwatches, and the state of technology and risk in America. He will also make compelling technology predictions and investment strategies for Big Data, robotics, automation and more.

Automate 2015 is collocated with the ProMat show, sponsored by MHI. The keynotes are co-presented by Automate and ProMat.

“The Automate keynotes cover a number of topics important to the automation industry, including the future of technology, business best practices, and successfully developing innovative products,” said Jeff Burnstein, President of A3. “Rene Noemi, John Mackey and Steve Wozniak will share valuable insights that attendees can take back to the workplace to positively impact their business.”

The Automate 2015 trade show accompanying the conference was recently named one of the “Top 10 Manufacturing Shows” in the United States. New and returning exhibitors have already secured over 140% of exhibit floor space compared to the last show in 2013. For more information and details about Automate 2015, please contact James Hamilton, 1 734-994-6088.

Automate is organized by the Association for Advancing Automation, the global advocate for the benefits of automating. A3 promotes automation technologies and ideas that transform the way business is done. A3 is the umbrella group for Robotic Industries Association (RIA), AIA – Advancing Vision + Imaging, and Motion Control Association (MCA). RIA, AIA, and MCA combined represent over 780 automation manufacturers, component suppliers, system integrators, end users, research groups and consulting firms from throughout the world that drive automation forward.

For more information, visit: www.automateshow.com

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The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) is pleased to reveal the keynote speakers that will present at the 2014 AME "Excellence Inside" Conference. The conference, taking place November 10-14, 2014 in Jacksonville, Florida offers attendees the prospect of discovering new inspiration and direction within their industry, as well as the opportunity to learn directly from world-renown lean leaders and thinkers.

Each keynote presentation offers a unique take on the conference theme, "Strategic Success through People-Powered Excellence." Speakers include:

  • James Bonini, vice president of Toyota Production System Support Center at Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, will deliver a keynote address that examines Toyota's ongoing development of its famous Toyota Production System while discussing the challenging roles that senior leadership must contend with while implementing it.

  • Carey Lohrenz, among her many accolades, is known for being the first woman to become an F-14 Tomcat fighter pilot in the U.S. Navy. During her keynote, Lohrenz will relate her own hard-won lessons for succeeding under incredible pressure, discussing the importance of dedication and inspiration in leadership roles, and the challenge of making command decisions with integrity.

  • Jerry Bussell, president of Lean Associates LLC, will delve into how to inspire organization-wide change that resonates with every employee and stakeholder. Beyond superficial pep talks, Bussell will present strategies for inspiring long-lasting, positive change and discuss the importance of motivating leadership at all levels.

  • Erik Wahl is, among other things, an internationally recognized graffiti artist, author and speaker, who will focus on how stepping outside of our comfort zones can lead to disruptive innovation. His lively and innovative presentation emphasizes the importance and power of creativity outside traditional settings.

  • Cheryl Cran will examine the importance of the modern "race for talent,” discussing the challenge of finding and keeping great employees in today's highly competitive market. She will look at the values that are relevant to different generations of workers and examine the importance of creating competitive strength and expanding our capacity for innovation.

  • Janet Lapp has worked in a variety of roles in healthcare for more than 30 years, created her own highly rated television show and worked extensively with the Center for Leadership Development. In her keynote presentation, Lapp will focus on empowerment in leadership roles, discussing the importance of recognizing opportunity when it arrives and thriving in the face of fast-paced change.

  • Simon Sinek is an ethnographer and adjunct staff member of the well-respected think tank, the RAND Corporation. He will discuss the importance of creating a work culture that's conducive to community and teamwork, empowering each team member to accomplish work that inspires and invests them in the continuing success of their organization.

  • Billy Taylor, director of commercial manufacturing in North America at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, will focus on the importance of not only fully realizing your corporate brand, but effectively communicating it. Taylor will discuss how clearly conveying the importance of the company's vision to employees and stakeholders can have an incredible effect on any organization's improvement strategies.

The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the journey of continuous improvement and enterprise excellence. AME’s membership is composed of a trusted network of volunteers who are committed to leveraging the practitioner-to-practitioner and company-to-company shared-learning experience. Through engaging workshops, plant tours, webinars, summits and industry-leading conferences, AME members are continually discovering and implementing new continuous improvement strategies and best practices. AME offers its members a multitude of valuable resources to help them stay abreast of current industry developments and improve the skills, competitiveness and overall success of their organizations. Join AME in leading the “Renaissance of Manufacturing in North America."

For more information or to register, visit: www.amejacksonville.org

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AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology is proud to announce that Vince Bertram, President and CEO, Project Lead The Way, will deliver the keynote address on Monday, September 8, the opening day of the Smartforce Student Summit at the 2014 International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS). Project Lead The Way is the nation's leading provider of K-12 STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs.

IMTS is the largest industrial trade show in the Americas, drawing more than 100,000 visitors and featuring 1,900 exhibitors. The Smartforce Student Summit is held in conjunction with IMTS and gives students a first-hand, interactive view of manufacturing technology, in addition to promoting careers in the industry.

“The Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS is a great way to introduce young people to the exciting innovations in manufacturing technology,” said Greg Jones, Vice President, Smartforce Development, AMT. “We want students, as well as parents and educators, to understand that today’s manufacturing industry is vastly different than 20 years ago. The program will emphasize the importance of STEM education in pursuing high-value careers in today’s high-tech manufacturing facilities.”

“Asking Vince Bertram to kick off the Smartforce Student Summit seemed like a natural fit and AMT is honored that he has agreed to take part,” Jones said.

Project Lead The Way reaches more than 600,000 students in over 5,000 schools nationwide. Its five programs of study offer a different approach to learning and teaching, empowering students to identify problems, find unique solutions, and lead their own learning.

“I am thrilled to participate in the Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS,” Bertram says. “Promoting and encouraging students to pursue outstanding career opportunities, especially those in the high-tech, high-demand world of manufacturing fits very well with the mission of Project Lead The Way, to prepare students for the global economy.”

Bertram will present a keynote address titled “Building America’s Future: Students, STEM, and the Global Economy,” discussing the role of STEM education in equipping students with the skills and experiences that will prepare them for success in their education and careers.

The Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS will be held from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., September 8-13, 2014 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

For more information, visit: www.IMTS.com/student

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The conference committee has announced the keynote speaker for the 2014 APMM Conference in San Jose, California, March 6 -10, 2014. David Kelley, founder of IDEO - a global design consultancy based in San Francisco - will speak at the keynote dinner on Saturday, March 8. David's story is a fascinating one. The following biography of David Kelley was taken from IDEO's website:

As founder of IDEO, David Kelley built the company that created many icons of the digital generation - the first mouse for Apple, the first Treo, the thumbs up/thumbs down button on your Tivo's remote control, to name a few. But what matters even more to him is unlocking the creative potential of people and organizations so they can innovate routinely.

David's most enduring contributions to the field of design are a human-centered methodology and culture of innovation. More recently, he led the creation of the groundbreaking d.school at Stanford, the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design.

Kelley was working (unhappily) as an electrical engineer when he first heard about Stanford's cross-disciplinary Joint Program in Design, which merged engineering and art. What he learned there - a human-centered, team-based approach to tackling sticky problems through design - propelled his professional life as a "design thinker."

In 1978, David co-founded the design firm that ultimately became IDEO. Today, he serves as chair of IDEO and is the Donald W. Whittier Professor at Stanford, where he has taught for more than 25 years. Preparing the design thinkers of tomorrow earned David the Sir Misha Black Medal for his "distinguished contribution to design education." He has also won the Edison Achievement Award for Innovation, as well as the Chrysler Design Award and National Design Award in Product Design from the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and he is a member of the National Academy of Engineers.

Among many speaking appearances, Mr. Kelley was featured on 60 Minutes with Charlie Rose on January 5, 2013. David's current project is his book on Creative Confidence which is co-authored with his brother Tom Kelley.

Nacho Mendez, an APMM member and IDEO employee, has been instrumental in securing David Kelley as our keynote speaker. Nacho has been a part of IDEO for 21 years. He started in shipping and receiving and currently holds the title of Business Lead for IDEO's Bay Area Model Shops. According to Nacho, his interaction with David Kelley really depends on his busy schedule. On average Nacho "gets to throw a few jokes at him in passing. But when I need face time with him he always seems to find the time. David Kelley has always supported me and my career growth. He truly has created an organization that I call home." Nacho says that "David is fascinated with making and building cool stuff. He frequently stops by [the model shop] and has his own personal shop at home."

For more information, visit: www.modelmakers.org/conference-2014

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and NASA Jet Propulsion Lab Engineer Adam Steltzner will respectively open and keynote WESTEC, the premier West Coast manufacturing event. Mayor Garcetti was recently elected to office and has championed manufacturing since hitting the campaign trail. Steltzner, a media darling, has been a public figure in NASA’s Mars rover project. Produced by SME, WESTEC 2013 will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center October 15-17, 2013.

“The Mayor can direct policy and bring stakeholders together to drive manufacturing growth in the region,” said Christine Longroy WESTEC event manager. “And highlighting NASA’s technological feat with the Mars rover connects manufacturing to scientific advancements.”

As the leader of America’s second largest city, Mayor Garcetti has made business innovation and manufacturing a major priority of his administration. Prior to assuming office, the Mayor was instrumental in shifting Los Angeles forward by enhancing the City’s technological implementation and know-how. As part of his economic agenda, Mayor Garcetti has actively encouraged increased manufacturing in the Los Angeles area. In his opening address, the Mayor will talk about the need for technology innovation and opportunities for manufacturing in the region.

As the face of the Mars Science Laboratory mission for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Steltzner serves as the chief landing engineer and landing system development manager and was responsible for the entry, descent and landing phase to ensure that the intricately designed Mars rover vehicle landed safely. Steltzner’s keynote speech at WESTEC is entitled “A Different Way to Get to Mars – The Engineering Challenge.” In his speech, Steltzner will detail the unique engineering and manufacturing issues facing NASA’s team which has been described as an unprecedented feat of technology.

For nearly 50 years, WESTEC has built a reputation as the West Coast’s premier technological showcase and innovation for the manufacturing industry. Generations of manufacturers have used the event as a forum to find cutting-edge equipment, explore advanced technologies and learn innovative new production methods to help grow their businesses. Many of the industry’s top equipment manufacturers have unveiled technological breakthroughs at WESTEC from software, cutting tools, 3D printers to multitasking machines.

For more information or to register, visit: www.westeconline.com

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Laser processing expert David Belforte will present another data-packed state-of-the-industry keynote address at the third annual Lasers for Manufacturing Event® (LME®) on Sept 11, 2013 at the Renaissance Schaumburg (IL) Convention Center Hotel.

Belforte, past president of the Laser Institute of America and Chief Editor of Industrial Laser Solutions magazine, has been a popular speaker at LIA’s unique event. LME 2013 will bring together laser systems providers, systems integrators and representatives from many industries — aerospace, automotive, energy, medical — that use laser-based manufacturing to maximize production efficiency and profitability.

Speaking at the Laser Technology Showcase Theater on the exhibit floor, Belforte promises another insightful look into key sectors where lasers are poised to make the greatest gains in his talk, The Market for Industrial Lasers and Applications®.

“At the midpoint of 2013, performance in the industrial laser marketplace was following projections made in January,” Belforte says. “Market growth in revenues was in the mid-single digits as global manufacturing continued to feel the restrictions of soft economies. Even the vibrant market in China was not immune from first half uncertainty as that economy was not exempt from market pressure and North American and European exports were lower than anticipated.”

Even so, “the market appears on track to end the year on a high note as economies return to normality and fourth quarter orders for first quarter 2014 shipments are expected to build. Leading the market resurgence in the second half of 2013 will be fiber-laser revenues, which will continue to outperform the market overall.”

At last year’s LME, Belforte predicted significant opportunities for high-powered lasers in applications for everything from multiple automotive components to jet aircraft engines to pipeline welding and downhole drilling.

“When we look at lasers in automotive, we think of more than brazing the roofs or doing marking on the VIN plates,” he noted. “We look at the whole range of applications that go in the vehicles. Some of the laser suppliers will show you charts of an automobile that have hundreds of laser applications on them.”

Meanwhile, “there are 5,000 narrow-bodied jets planned over the next 20 years to be built here in the United States,” he said. “Every one of them has two engines, each with millions of holes drilled in (them). There are 1,100 companies in the United States involved in the aircraft turbine engine business; many are using industrial lasers.” Alternative materials have also provided room for growth. “I never thought we would be cutting composites with lasers, but the fiber laser is doing an interesting application in cutting composites (as) more and more composites are being used in aircraft.”

Lasers really shine in the most intricate operations. The smart phone business is “just spectacular,” he asserted. The market “seems to have no bounds. If you take apart that smart phone, you’ll find lasers being used all over the phone for a variety of applications.” Lasers are also vital to producing displays and circuitry for ever-more-popular tablets. In health care, “Stents are getting more and more sophisticated (and) they have to be processed by lasers. Lasers are doing well every year in expanding this market.”

Belforte’s address is one of four 30 minute keynotes, two 90 minute tutorials and four laser basics courses that make LME a must-attend event for those firmly entrenched in laser-based manufacturing or those who wish to add laser technology to their production lines or job shops. Located in the cradle of a major US manufacturing hub, LME draws not only local experts but key players from around the world to share their tips for success.

For more information or to register, visit: www.laserevent.org

WebMediaBrands Inc. (Nasdaq: WEBM) announced that Avi Reichental, President & CEO of 3D Systems, Terry Wohlers, Principal Consultant and President of Wohlers Associates, Inc., and Peter Weijmarshausen, CEO & Co-Founder of Shapeways, are keynoting at Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo, taking place at the Javits Convention Center in New York City on April 22-23, 2013.

Dr. Hod Lipson, associate professor and director of the Creative Machines Lab at Cornell University and author of Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing, developed the conference program with a robust lineup of speakers. In addition to comprehensive tutorials, Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo offers sessions covering the use of 3D printing in medicine, fashion, food, design, architecture, manufacturing, and more.

Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo also features a wide range of industry-leading exhibitors demonstrating the latest 3D printing equipment and services, including 3D Systems, MakerBot, Stratasys, Mcor Technologies, Sculpteo and more.

For more information, visit: www.inside3dprinting.com

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The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) announced that its keynote address will spotlight a major barrier to success: corporate cultures that are polarized with a development or production orientation. Randy Iliff, Vice President of InSight Services at Bjorksten | bit 7, will lead conference attendees through the “ironic art” of negotiating with stakeholders for permission to help them to align and balance cultures, objectives and expectations.

Gary Rabinovitz, AMUG president, said, “Education and training for additive manufacturing practitioners must span technologies, processes and business practices. Randy Iliff will tackle the latter, and the balance of our four-day conference agenda will address the hands-on and technical concerns that help our members do more with additive manufacturing.”

With over 80 presentations, training sessions and hands-on workshops, the AMUG Conference covers topics such as machine maintenance, material selection, secondary processes and system justification. “I am especially excited to offer ten hours of Magics software training, at no cost to our attendees, and four hands-on workshops that provide step-by-step instruction on processes such as rubber molding and hydroprinting,” said Rabinovitz.

The users group conference, now in its 25th year, is open to owners and operators of all additive manufacturing/3D printing technologies. The conference will be held in Jacksonville, Florida, from April 14 – 18, 2013.

For more information, visit: www.am-ug.com

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Longview Advisors, organizers of the annual Collaboration & Interoperability Congress (CIC), today announced its keynote speaker for its 2013 event; to be held May 21-23, 2013 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Tom Soderstrom, CTO in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Office of the CIO, will present "Collaborating to Put Wheels on Mars.” Soderstrom will discuss the tremendous amount of innovation that was involved in the development and landing of the NASA Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), and the intense collaboration, interoperability and coordination in JPL’s IT systems and organizations. He will also discuss how these innovations, lessons learned and implications impact the future of collaboration and interoperability. As IT CTO at the JPL, Soderstrom leads a collaborative, practical, hands-on approach with JPL and the industry to investigate and infuse emerging IT technology trends that are relevant to JPL, NASA and large enterprises.

Now in its tenth year, CIC has become a yearly barometer of the state of collaboration and interoperability strategy, technology and solutions in manufacturing and business communications. The three-day international event gives attendees a unique opportunity to network, learn and strategize with thought leaders from many sectors of discrete manufacturing, including automotive, aerospace, heavy equipment and electronics industries, as well as with representatives from government and defense communities.

Conference organizers are pleased to announce that NASA/ESA (European Space Agency) is merging with CIC and will hold its14th annual product data exchange meeting at CIC 2013 and thereafter. In addition, the PDES Board of Directors will again hold its annual meeting at CIC this year, and the 3D PDF consortium will be holding its second annual meeting at CIC 2013.

Interested attendees are encouraged to register soon as time-limited discounts currently apply.

Longview Advisors also is pleased to announce that free, open access to all presentations from past events are now available.

For more information, visit: www.3DCIC.com

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Steve Forbes, Chairman, Forbes Media, and a former Presidential candidate, will address the impact of the President and his administration on the future of the U.S. economy and business growth during a keynote presentation on Tuesday, January 22 at the Automate 2013 Show and Conference in Chicago, Illinois.

Automate 2013 is, sponsored by the Association for Advancing Automation (A3) and its affiliates Robotic Industries Association (RIA), AIA-Advancing Vision & Imaging, and Motion Control Association (MCA).  It is North America’s broadest automation solutions event featuring exhibits of robots, vision systems, motion control products and related automation equipment from more than 150 leading global suppliers.

“We’re very much looking forward to the insights that Steve Forbes and Henrik Christensen provide,” said Jeff Burnstein, President of A3.  “Forbes’ talk will be especially timely since it’s the day after the Presidential inauguration.  He will be able to give us a good feel for where the economy is headed.

Dr. Henrik Christensen, Director of Robotics at Georgia Tech, will give a keynote on the Future of Robotics on Monday, January 21. “Henrik Christensen’s talk is also very timely, since he has been spearheading the effort for a U.S. Robotics Roadmap, the results of which he’ll highlight during his talk,” said Burnstein.

Both keynotes are cosponsored by the ProMat 2013 Show and Conference, North America’s leading event for material handling and logistics.  ProMat 2013 is collocated with Automate 2013 at McCormick Place and is sponsored by the Material Handling Industry Association (MHIA).

The two keynotes are part of a five-day Automate 2013 Conference that runs from January 21-25 (the show runs four days, closing on January 24).  More than 30 paid sessions and 75 free sessions will be offered at Automate, many geared toward the needs of small and medium sized companies who are just beginning to consider automation.

“Business owners are increasingly turning to automation to help them become stronger global competitors,” Burnstein said.  “But, there are still many companies who fear automation is too complex or costly – Automate 2013 will show them that this isn’t the case.  In fact, attendees will meet business owners who have succeeded because of automation, and they’ll find system integrators and global suppliers who can help them do the same.”

The Association for Advancing Automation is the not-for-profit umbrella corporation of the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), AIA - Advancing Vision + Imaging, and the Motion Control Association (MCA).  Together these associations represent nearly 700 member companies from 32 nations.  Members include suppliers, system integrators, end users, universities, consulting firms and others involved in automation.

For more information, visit: www.automate2013.com

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Todd Grimm is a 22-year veteran of the Additive Manufacturing and 3D printing industry. From his work as a consultant, writer, author, speaker, editor and advisor, he was recently named as one of The TCT Magazine's 20 most influential in the Additive Manufacturing (AM) industry.

Todd is president of T. A. Grimm & Associates, an Additive Manufacturing consulting and communications company, and editor for ENGINEERING.com. He is also a columnist for The TCT Magazine. Todd has served as Chairman of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers' community for AM and currently serves on the board of the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) as its AM industry advisor.

Kicking off the Keynote Address on Day 1, Todd will firstly address: How much progress has there been and what are the realistic promises of additive technologies today and tomorrow?

Additive technologies have become the hot topic of the day, and all accounts seem to be that Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing have rocketed forward, creating boundless opportunities and igniting the next industrial revolution. Are you making the most of the technology or have innovators that are eager to change the product development and manufacturing processes left you far behind? And if you join the revolution, what are the real world challenges, obstacles and constraints that these accounts fail to reveal?

Join Todd to discover where the additive technologies fall between the two extremes of practicality and promise. Realign your perceptions so that you can capitalise on the opportunities and bypass the obstacles.

TCT Live 2012
September 25-26, 2012
NEC, Birmingham, UK

For more information, visit: www.tctshow.com/conference.html

The first-ever Leadership Summit on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) presented by U.S. News & World Report, June 27-29 in Dallas, Texas will feature leaders from FIRST, LEGO Education and Time Warner Cable (TWC) who are collaborating on programs that ignite kids’ interest in STEM and address the shortage of STEM-related skills in the workforce.

Iconic inventor and FIRST founder Dean Kamen, Jon Dudas, president of FIRST, Stephan Turnipseed, president, LEGO® Education, North America, and Tessie Topol, senior director of Strategic Philanthropy & Community Affairs at TWC, are part of a roster of STEM thought leaders who will explore successful pathways to STEM careers during the three-day event.

Kamen, Dudas, Turnipseed and Topol will engage attendees in thought-provoking discussions and collaborate with other conference speakers – including corporate executives, policymakers, and technology experts – on specific outcomes that will advance the future STEM workforce.

“We need to foster ideas and opportunities that will bolster our competitive edge and drive economic growth,” said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer, U.S. News and World Report. “By harnessing the power of thought leaders such as Dean, Jon and Tessie, we can probe complex issues and build upon successful ideas that will help young people thrive in future STEM careers and build a stronger workforce.”

More than 1,000 people are expected to attend U.S. News STEM Solutions 2012: A Leadership Summit, co-presented by Innovate+Educate and STEMconnector.

Kamen will be a keynote speaker at the U.S. News STEM Solutions 2012 on June 27, from 5:30-6:30pm. Kamen will engage participants on how to make science cool for kids during a keynote conversation with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Global Cultural Ambassador and the NBA’s leading all-time scorer;  Mortimer  B. Zuckerman, chairman and editor-in-chief, U.S. News & World Report; and Glenn Miller, vice president of Technical Operations, Lockheed Martin Corporation.

The discussion will feature highlights from FIRST Championship 2012, an international STEM celebration honoring kids’ accomplishments in FIRST robotics programs for kids K-12.

Kamen founded FIRST, a not-for-profit, more than 20 years ago. Since its inception, FIRST has provided more than one million student robotic experiences as part of its mission to inspire young people to become science and technology heroes.

Dudas and Turnipseed will participate in the session, “Leading by Example: The Need for STEM Mentors”, on June 28 from 3:45-4:45pm. The session will focus on the importance of mentors for guiding young innovators in their exploration of STEM careers.  Participants will also include Norman L. Fortenberry, PhD, executive director, American Society for Engineering Education; Laura Kaeppeler, Miss America 2012; and Melissa Gregson, managing director, STEM Initiative, Teach For America, who will moderate.

The robotics programs at FIRST offer students the chance to work with professional engineering mentors on robotics challenges, and networking opportunities to find internships with leading companies such as BAE, Boeing, and Johnson & Johnson.

Topol will participate in the keynote panel “Making STEM Cool After School”, on June 29 from 8:20-9:30am, with Wes Bush, Chairman, CEO, and President, Northrop Grumman Corporation and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Jr.  The session will highlight TWC’s Connect a Million Minds program as an effective corporate/nonprofit partnership engaging youth in STEM opportunities.

Connect a Million Minds in STEM

FIRST and TWC became strategic partners in support of Connect a Million Minds, TWC’s five-year, $100 million cash and in-kind philanthropic initiative to address America’s declining proficiency in STEM. Topol spearheaded the initiative and has grown the program to include a STEM contest with will.i.am called Wouldn’t It Be Cool If. TWC, Kamen and will.i.am unveiled contest winners and honored them for their inventive ideas during FIRST Championship 2012.

U.S. News STEM Solutions 2012 will also feature live student robotic demonstrations by Dallas-area students involved in the FIRST Robotics Competition.

For more information, visit: www.USNewsStemSolutions.com

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CIMdata, Inc., the leading global Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) management consulting and research firm announces that Dr. David E. Cole, Chairman Emeritus, Center for Automotive Research (CAR), will make a keynote presentation at PLM Road Map™ 2012, which will take place at The Inn at St. John’s, outside of Detroit, on October 2 and 3.

The auto industry has experienced a period of turmoil and challenge—indeed, a perfect storm—during the past decade. Every aspect of the industry was impacted by the “great recession,” which turned out to be a depression for the auto industry. Fortunately, the industry is coming back strong. The auto industry and manufacturing in general are critical to a successful economy, with a high job multiplier and significant value creation.

In his keynote presentation, “The Auto Sun is Rising,” Dr. Cole will address the dramatic changes that are occurring in the industry from the new evolving business model to the exploding importance of knowledge and innovation. The industry of the future and the exciting potential for new powertrains, fuels, connected vehicles, material systems, and engineering and manufacturing methods that will reshape the industry and its products will be discussed. The presentation will also address possible “choke points” that could interrupt progress, such as the lack of talent, critical materials, appropriate policy, and supply disruptions.

PLM Road Map™ 2012 is the must-attend event for industry executives and PLM practitioners globally—providing independent education and a collaborative networking environment where ideas, trends, experiences, and relationships critical to the industry germinate and take root. It is a strategic conference focused on how companies are successfully employing PLM strategies and enabling solutions to meet challenging product development, manufacturing, and deployment issues. PLM Road Map™ 2012 is a two-day event that will challenge attendees to shift their current thinking to a new level in a series of presentations focusing on the global transformation of product development and innovation processes.

About Dr. David E. Cole, Chairman Emeritus, Center for Automotive Research

Dr. David E. Cole is the Chairman Emeritus of the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was formerly Director of the Office for the Study of Automotive Transportation (OSAT) at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and an engineering professor at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Cole’s recent research has focused on strategic issues related to the restructuring of North American industry and trends in globalization, technology, market factors, and human resource requirements. He is chairman of Auto Harvest, a new organization being developed to facilitate the flow of intellectual property in and out of the auto industry.

He is active in SAE, including serving two terms on the Board of Directors. In February 1986, Dr. Cole was named a Fellow of SAE. He is also active in the Engineering Society of Detroit and was elected to Fellow status in 1990. In 2000, he received the Engineering Society’s highest award, the Horace H. Rackham medal. Dr. Cole is also a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and was elected to Fellow grade in 2009.

Dr. Cole received his B.S.M.E. and Mathematics, M.S.M.E., and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and recently received an honorary doctorate from Cleary University.

For more information, visit: plmforesight.cimdata.com/index.cfm?content=include_conference12.cfm

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PlanetPTC Live--Inspiration is the spark that drives innovation and fuels technology breakthroughs that help transform great ideas into great products. This year’s PlanetPTC Live day 2 keynote is comprised of industry thought leaders who will share their unique stories of how inspiration can impact the world around us.

“This year’s PlanetPTC Live conference speakers remind us that we each have countless opportunities to inspire, innovate and make a difference,” notes Rob Gremley, executive vice president, Product Development and Corporate Marketing, PTC. “The conference brings PTC customers under one roof to showcase their work, network with peers, and inspire each other by sharing ideas, discussing challenges and offering solutions. PlanetPTC Live energizes me because it gives me the opportunity to witness the creativity of the most innovative manufacturers.”

Featured speakers include:

  • Fred Bellio, CIO, Global Product Organization and Corporate Center, Whirlpool Corporation, explains the evolution of the “smart house” and discusses innovations in the appliance industry to promote energy efficiency and enable appliances to connect with the consumers. Mr. Bellio shares how Whirlpool uses information technology to enhance the customer experience, improve quality and increase the efficiency of its appliances.

  • Steven D. Eppinger, General Motors Leaders for Global Operations Professor, Professor of Management Science and Innovation, Professor of Engineering Systems.

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management, shares his perspective on the future of engineering design and the key trends affecting engineering design processes, engineering organizations and engineering culture. Dr. Eppinger discusses the implications these changes have on the engineering design profession, on the ways we must develop engineers today, on the kinds of jobs that engineers will have in the near future, and the challenges of engineering leadership.

  • Bill Fitzgibbons, Vice President, Global Dealer Technical Support, AGCO Corporation, discusses key challenge facing the agricultural industry including the need to create a sustainable food supply created by the explosive population growth in the 21st century. Mr. Fitzgibbons shares how AGCO’s strategy utilizing leading multi-brand, multi-cultural resources has positioned the company to provide forward-looking solutions in every region of the world.

  • Joe Graney, Director of Engineering, Santa Cruz Bicycles Inc. uses his passions for cycling and engineering to encourage young people to pursue technical fields. Mr. Graney uses the mountain bike, a familiar object, to make engineering relevant to students and illustrate real world applications of mathematics, science and engineering.

  • Tim Ingold, Jr., Director of Engineering Development, Design Engineering, Jabil, encourages product development companies to incorporate social networking principles into the workplace to foster real collaboration, increase productivity and spark innovation. Mr. Ingold examines some of the adoption challenges that companies face and shares best practices from the most successful social enterprises.

  • Patrick Simpkins, Director of Engineering, NASA, John F. Kennedy Space Center, challenges attendees to take notice of their everyday surroundings as an opportunity to identify new sources of innovation and imagination. He shares anecdotes from the space program to demonstrate how NASA creates an environment that supports and encourages innovation.

For more information or to view streaming video from the event, visit: communities.ptc.com/groups/planetptc-live

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amerimold – the event for tool & moldmaking, injection molding and additive manufacturing – has announced keynote addresses highlighting this year’s two-day tradeshow and technical conference taking place June 13-14 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI.

Presenters include Harry Moser, Founder, Reshoring Initiative; Mark Bringle, Technical Sponsor and Marketing Director, Joe Gibbs Racing; Gary Jurick, VP and General Manager, ROUSH Performance Products; and Bill Wood, President, Mountaintop Economics.

Speaking about this year’s featured presenters, amerimold conference director, Christina Fuges noted, “The keynote presentations are always a highlight of amerimold. To be able to feature four presenters with the perspective and expertise of Harry, Mark, Bill and Gary is really exciting and will certainly bring added value and energy to this year’s show.”

On Wednesday, June 13th, Harry Moser will open the show with a panel discussion on “How to Bring Back Manufacturing.” Moser’s presentation will focus on the Reshoring Initiative, which aims to bring manufacturing work back by assisting companies in more accurately assessing the total cost of offshoring.

The day’s featured keynote, “Technology Driving Concept to Car,” will examine a program allowing Joe Gibbs Racing to take a concept on Monday to the racetrack on Wednesday using advanced CAE tools, FDM, Metrology and CNC machines. Mark Bringle will deliver this noon, NASCAR-themed presentation just days before a Sprint Cup race at nearby Michigan International Speedway.

On Thursday, June 14th, Gary Jurick, ROUSH Performance Products, will open the show with a presentation titled, “Vertical Integration - Designing and Manufacturing the 2013 ROUSH Mustang.” Jurick’s session will discuss the benefits of ROUSH’s start-to-finish manufacturing capabilities through an examination of the design and build of the ROUSH Mustang.

Day two’s lunch keynote will feature Bill Wood, President, Mountaintop Economics and Research. Woods presentation, “How to Consume Competitiveness,” will look at market trends and economic forecasts that will empower manufacturers to more intelligently and profitably run their business.

amerimold keynotes take place in the exhibit hall and are open to all registrants.

Registration for amerimold is now open. Discounted conference rates and complimentary exhibit hall passes are available now through May 15th.

For more information, visit: www.amerimoldexpo.com

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Award-winning inventor Dean Kamen, best known for creating the Segway™ Human Transporter, will serve as the keynote speaker for the DIA 2012 48th Annual Meeting, to be held June 24–28 in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Kamen is founder and president of DEKA Research & Development Corporation, which works to foster innovation in medicine, engineering and other industries. Kamen holds more than 440 US and foreign patents, many of them for revolutionary medical devices used by health care systems and professionals worldwide, including a movable prosthetic arm and a wheelchair that can climb stairs. Advancing the conference theme “Collaborate to Innovate,” Kamen will lead DIA’s meeting with the goal of fostering partnerships that may lead to promising concepts and research into new patient therapies. He will provide the keynote address on June 25 at 8:00am.

Other highlighted speakers will include:

Freda Lewis-Hall, Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President of Pfizer Inc. Lewis-Hall leads Pfizer’s medical division, which is responsible for the safe and effective use of Pfizer health products. Before joining Pfizer, she held senior leadership positions with Vertex, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Pharmacia and Lilly. She has led research projects for the National Institutes of Health and served as vice chairperson and associate professor of the department of psychiatry at Howard University College of Medicine. She will be speaking about Meta-collaborations: A Call to Action on June 26 at 8:00am.

Todd Park, Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Park is responsible for helping HHS leadership harness the power of data, technology and innovation to improve the health and welfare of the nation. He co-founded Athenahealth in 1997 and led the health information technology company to become one of the most socially-oriented and successful in the industry. Prior to Athenahealth, he served as a management consultant with Booz Allen & Hamilton focusing on health care strategy, technology and operations.

Guido Rasi, Executive Director of the European Union, European Medicines Agency (EMA). Before joining EMA, Rasi served as director-general of the Italian Medicines Agency, and previously worked in research at the Institute for Experimental Medicine of the National Research Council in Rome, where he directed the molecular medicine department. Rasi attended the University of Rome and holds a degree in surgery and medicine, with specialization in allergology, clinical immunology and internal medicine; he is a full professor of microbiology at the University. On June 25 at 10:00am Rasi will chair a session on push-button regulatory topics that are currently trending in Europe.

Stephen P. Spielberg, Deputy Commissioner of Medical Products and Tobacco for the US FDA, Office of the Commissioner. Spielberg, a world-renowned researcher in academic medicine, was executive director of exploratory biochemical toxicology and clinical and regulatory development for Merck Research Laboratories, and vice president for pediatric drug development at Johnson & Johnson. He chaired the Pediatric Task Force for PhRMA, represented the pharmaceutical industry on the FDA Pediatric Advisory Subcommittee, and was the Rapporteur for the Pediatric ICH Initiative (ICH E-11) to harmonize pediatric drug development regulations among Europe, Japan and the US. He will be speaking about Meta-collaborations: A Call to Action on June 26 at 8:00am.

Thomas P. Stossel, MD, Director, Translational Medicine Unit and Center for Medical Innovation Brigham & Women's Hospital

For his research on mechanism of cell motility Dr. Stossel was elected to The National Academy of Sciences, The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, The Institute of Medicine, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and the Association of American Physicians. He has licensed intellectual property to startup companies based on his research to develop products that may reduce critical care complications and improve blood platelet transfusion. He is a co-founder of The Association of Clinical Researchers and Educators (ACRE) that educates concerning the value of physician-industry relationships. For his policy work concerning this topic he received the Sherwood award of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Physicians and the McGovern Award of the American Medical Writers Association. With his wife, Kerry Maguire, DDS, MSPH and others, Stossel founded a nonprofit organization, Options for Children in Zambia, which provides voluntary dental and medical care in that country. He will be speaking about the Implementation of the Physician Payment Sunshine Act on June 27 at 3:30pm.

The DIA 2012 48th Annual Meeting features:

  • 270+ offerings, 20 preconference tutorials, and interactive workshops
  • Global regulatory agency town halls
  • Patient Advocate Fellowship Program
  • Student and professional poster presentations
  • Multitrack plenary sessions
  • Executive sessions
  • Networking events and lunches
  • One of the industry’s largest exhibit halls

DIA is a neutral, global, member-driven association of nearly 18,000 professionals involved in the discovery, development and life cycle management of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, and related products. Through international educational offerings and myriad networking opportunities, DIA provides a global forum for knowledge exchange that fosters the innovation of products, technologies and services to improve health worldwide. Headquarters are in Horsham, PA, USA, with offices in Basel, Switzerland, Tokyo, Japan, Mumbai, India, and Beijing, China.

For more information, visit: www.diahome.org/en/Flagship-Meetings/DIA2012.aspx

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3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today that its President and Chief Executive Officer, Abe Reichental, will present a keynote address “Create and Make with Confidence” at the first annual 3D Documentation Forum sponsored by FARO and held February 21-22nd, 2012, at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, Florida. The keynote will provide a vision of the transformative power of 3D content-to-print solutions and the impact they are having on the future of localized manufacturing, consumerism and education as a competitive advantage.

The “3D Documentation Conference” is the destination for the exchange of ideas and best practices between 3D content-to-print solutions and services providers and their users and peers.

“I am very grateful to participate in this forward thinking ideation forum,” said Abe Reichental, President and CEO of 3D Systems. “As a leading provider of 3D content–to-print solutions we are committed to democratizing access to tangible and affordable products and services for the benefit of professionals and consumers, alike.

This conference brings 3D professionals together under one roof to share ideas, best practices and techniques. As the leader in 3D imaging technology, FARO is well positioned to provide a forum for the best minds in the industry to share their unique insights.

For more information, visit: www.3d-documentation-conference.com

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Jon Huntsman, Jr., a distinguished public servant who most recently was a candidate for President of the United States, has accepted an invitation to deliver the keynote address at the formal Opening Gala of the NPE2012 international plastics exposition.
 
Taking place in Orlando, Florida on the evening of Sunday, April 1, 2012, the Opening Gala will celebrate the 75th anniversary of SPI and the 50th anniversary of the Plastics Hall of Fame. Ten plastics industry leaders will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during the event. On the following day, April 2, the NPE2012 exhibit halls and conferences will open at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.
 
Jon Huntsman, Jr., 51, has had a notable career in public service as well as with the global plastics and chemicals company founded by his father, Jon M. Huntsman, Sr. He has received appointments from four U.S. presidents and served as U.S. Ambassador to Singapore and China. He was twice elected governor of the state of Utah. He has held leading positions in Huntsman Corporation since joining the family business in 1981 and is now a member of the board.
 
Governor Huntsman has an extensive background in international affairs and trade negotiation. He has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Asia, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, and U.S. Trade Ambassador. He has negotiated dozens of free trade agreements and brokered other bi-lateral and multi-lateral trade agreements for the United States with China, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia, India, Vietnam, West Africa, South Africa, and other Asian and African nations. He played a critical role in launching global trade negotiations in Doha, Qatar in November of 2001, guiding the simultaneous accession of China and Taiwan into the World Trade Organization
 
He is a founding director of the Pacific Council on International Policy and has served in senior positions with the Brookings Institute Asia Policy Board, the Center for Strategic and International Studies Pacific Forum, the Asia Society in New York, and the National Bureau of Asian Research. He has lived in Asia at four periods in his life and speaks fluent Mandarin.  
 
Governor Huntsman’s father, Jon M. Huntsman, Sr., founded Huntsman Corporation in 1970. The company is a global manufacturer of chemicals, plastics, and other products, employing 12,000 people, with revenues of more than US $9-billion in 2010. The senior Mr. Huntsman was inducted into the Plastics Hall of Fame during NPE1994.
 
The NPE2012 Opening Gala will be a formal event including a reception, banquet, Governor Huntsman’s keynote address, and the Plastics Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Tickets cost US $300 per person and $2,200 for a table of eight. The event will take place from 5:30 to 9:45 p.m. in the Sebastian J Ballroom of the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando.  
 
For programming and event information, contact Camden Walker at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 1-202-974-5224. For individual ticket sales, table sales and sponsorships, contact Tiffany Freud at 1-202-416-4653 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
NPE2012 will take place Sunday through Thursday, April 1-5, 2012, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The exposition halls will be open April 2-5.

A complete schedule of events can be found online at: www.npe.org

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InventHelp's INPEX® – The Invention Show, is pleased to announce that Kevin Harrington, chairman of As Seen on TV, Inc. and a featured investor from ABC's hit show, Shark Tank, will be the keynote speaker for the 2012 INPEX® show, held June 13-15 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Kevin will speak at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 13 to help officially kick off INPEX® 2012.

While at INPEX® 2012, Kevin will also be conducting a "Pitch Tank," where a group of qualified INPEX® exhibitors will have the opportunity to individually pitch their products to Kevin and his team of experts, Steve Rogai and Preston Firestein. Along with Kevin, both gentlemen have extensive knowledge and experience in the direct response television industry. To qualify, an inventor's product must have mass-market appeal and must meet the appropriate price point and criteria. Inventors are encouraged to have a prototype of the invention, but must at least have drawings or visuals of the concept.

Along with being featured on Shark Tank, Kevin is an infomercial pioneer and chairman of AsSeenOnTV.com. In 1984, Kevin produced one of the industry's first 30 minute infomercials. Since then, he has been involved with over 500 product launches that resulted in sales of over $4 billion worldwide with 20 products that reached individual sales of over $100 million. Kevin has helped to launch numerous INPEX® products, including Rock Bottom Slots, which was featured on a 28-minute infomercial. He's established two of the most recognized global networking associations, the Entrepreneur's Organization (EO) and the Electronic Retailing Association (ERA).

"We're very excited to have Kevin speak and conduct his 'Pitch Tank' at INPEX® 2012," said Nicole Hait, trade show director. "His knowledge and experience will help our inventors gain insight into the world of Direct Response television and hopefully educate them on how to better pitch their products."

INPEX® is a service of InventHelp®, America's largest invention submission company. If you are an inventor who might be interested in exhibiting at INPEX®, prime space is now available.

For more information, visit: www.inpex.com

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Longview Advisors, organizers of the annual Collaboration & Interoperability Congress (CIC), announced today its keynote speakers for its 2012 event to be held May 21-23 in Denver, Colorado.

Now in its ninth year, CIC is the only vendor-neutral event in the world addressing collaboration and interoperability in manufacturing and business communications. The three-day international event gives attendees a unique opportunity to network, learn and strategize with thought leaders from automotive, aerospace, heavy equipment, electronics industries, as well as with representatives from government and defense communities.

Jack Harris, recently retired Director of Advanced Manufacturing Technology at Rockwell Collins, will share "Lessons Learned in over 40 years in Aerospace and Defense." With more than 40 years at Rockwell Collins, Jack held numerous leadership positions in engineering, advanced technology, programs and operations. Jack currently serves as General Manager of the PDES Inc. consortia.

Rahim Alsaffar, Lead Engineering Specialist at Johnson Controls Automotive Group, will present "Driving High Volume and High Quality in a Huge, Globally Inter-Connected Automotive Supply Chain." Mr. Alsaffar will discuss how collaboration technology, people and processes help deliver high-volume products at the lowest cost in the shortest time, with unrivaled quality. Rahim has more than 15 years of combined product development and product design operations experience, with a recent focus on leveraging technology to improve quality.

Chad Jackson, President of Lifecycle Insights and author of the popular Engineering Matters newsletter, will present "The Impact of Social Networks on PLM and Global Supply Chains." Mr. Jackson is a recognized authority on design and engineering in new product development and introduction with more than 15 years of experience in the industry. Before founding Lifecycle Insights, Chad led the Product Innovation and Engineering practice for Aberdeen Consulting, as Vice President and Principal Analyst. Prior to Aberdeen, Chad held a number of roles at an engineering software provider for more than a decade.

Longview Advisors also is pleased to announce that free, open access to all presentations from past events is now available at: www.3DCIC.com

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The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) recently announced Natalie Givans, senior vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton, as the keynote speaker for the Society’s WE11 Annual Conference, Oct. 13-15 in Chicago. Givans leads cyber security and privacy offerings and solutions for the firm’s Health market, and drives technology and overall offerings and solutions for the firm’s military accounts.

Early in her career, Givans made a conscious decision to ensure fulfillment and meaning drove her success rather than the other way around. In her keynote address, Givans will share some of the most pivotal lessons that have guided her on the path to achievement, including being an authentic leader, how being fully present can enhance one’s life, establishing and savoring balance, grasping the reality of success and how women can impact the world’s future. Givans’ inspirational address will help women engineers determine how to balance demands with rewards, and will be meaningful for any woman who has ever struggled with identifying what she wants out of life.

“Natalie Givans is an unparalleled leader who tackles such vital issues as global terrorism and cyber security,” says Betty Shanahan, Executive Director and CEO of SWE. “WE11 attendees have a unique opportunity to learn from the exemplary career and life lessons of this extraordinary woman engineer.”

In addition to her role at Booz Allen Hamilton, Givans is the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, where she has been a member for 25 years. She is also a member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Alumni Association Board of Directors, serving on the Finance Committee and establishing an Ad Hoc committee on Energy, Environment and Sustainability. Givans holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from MIT.

WE11, the largest gathering of forward-thinking women engineers and technologists, will take place Oct. 13-15 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Nearly 5,000 expected participants worldwide will have the opportunity to network and gain knowledge that will advance their careers, launch innovation and help them define their own success. For more information and to register, visit the WE11 Annual Conference website at: www.swe.org/we11

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), founded in 1950, is a not-for-profit educational and service organization. SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in those aspirations and receive the recognition and credit for their life-changing contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders. For more information about the Society, visit: www.swe.org

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CPDA, a CIMdata company, announces that that James R. Scapa, Chairman and CEO of Altair Engineering, will make a keynote presentation on “The Next Decade in Simulation: From Virtual Validation to Innovation Intelligence,” at PLM Road Map™ 2011. The keynote line-up also includes presentations by PTC’s Andrew Wertkin, IBM Rational’s Brett Hillhouse, Comet Solution’s Malcolm Panthaki, Siemens PLM Software’s Steve Bashada, Pendaran’s Dr. Hossein Nivi, Geometric Americas’ Joseph Sahiouni, Georgia Tech’s Dr. Chris Paredis, and HP’s Christian Verstraete. PLM Road Map™ 2011 will take place at The Inn at St. John's, outside of Detroit, Michigan, on October 4th and 5th.

Less than three decades ago, in the period between the start of the space race and the invention of the PC, the ingenuity of engineers was the primary force for improving the quality and reliability of products. Today, computer simulation has not only helped quicken the development process, it has completely revolutionized the engineering industry.

The art of finite element analysis (FEA) has evolved into a dependable computer-simulation science and its impact can be seen in the creation of everything from automobiles and airplanes to cell phones and golf clubs. Simulation is now in the driver’s seat, pushing product development timelines, creating innovative concept designs, and improving product quality and reliability along the way.

This presentation will take a look at how simulation has evolved in the product lifecycle and will identify a path for where it will go over the next decade, a path where CAE can transcend virtual validation and finally achieve simulation-driven innovation intelligence.

About James R. Scapa, President and CEO of Altair Engineering, Inc.
James R. Scapa brings more than 30 years of experience to his dual role of President and CEO of Altair Engineering, Inc., a title he has held since the company’s inception.

Founded in 1985, Altair empowers client innovation and decision-making through technology that optimizes the analysis, management, and visualization of business and engineering information. Privately held with more than 1,400 employees, Altair has operations throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Asia/Pacific.

Jim successfully built the company to be a leading provider of product development consulting services, advanced engineering software, grid computing technologies, and business intelligence solutions. Today, the company has more than 3,800 corporate clients representing a broad range of industry verticals including automotive, aerospace, government and defense, heavy equipment, and consumer products. Altair also has a growing client presence in the life sciences, financial services, insurance, and energy markets.

Prior to establishing Altair, Jim served as an engineering consultant to the automotive industry, beginning his career with Ford Motor Company in 1978.

Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

About PLM Road Map™ 2011
PLM Road Map™ 2011 is a strategic conference focused on the next generation of PLM integration. Explore first-hand the progress, opportunities, and roadblocks currently confronting end-users. For more information, visit: http://cpd-associates.com/index.cfm?content=include_conference11.cfm

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Collaborative Product Development Associates (CPDA), a provider of critical analyses for PLM decisions, announces that Christian Verstraete, Hewlett-Packard’s Chief Technologist for the Manufacturing & Distribution Industries, will make a keynote presentation at PLM Road Map™ 2011 which will take place at The Inn at St. John's, outside of Detroit, on October 4th and 5th.

In his keynote presentation, Collaborative Product Development to Reduce Time to Profit, Christian Verstraete will focus on a collaborative approach in the design process to address the challenges of new business approaches, rising product complexity, and increased partner integration. Technologies and platforms exist for enterprises to share information with their suppliers in a secure manner and allow them to work concurrently on the same data. Through several case studies, Christian will show how such collaboration can take place, what its limits are and where technology is going. Practical examples will illustrate the presentation.

About Christian Verstraete, Chief Technologist – Manufacturing & Distribution Industries, Hewlett-Packard Company

Christian Verstraete has been a member of HP’s manufacturing team for more than 30 years. He holds responsibility for thought leadership and innovation - scanning industry and technology trends and assessing their mid/longer term effect on emerging MDI business opportunities and how to capitalize on them. He is the link to the CTO community both inside HP and with its customers and partners.

Prior to his current position, Christian was responsible for the development of solutions for the Manufacturing & Distribution Industry. He led HP’s global High-Tech Industry Group and the go-to-market strategy for the manufacturing industries Supply Chain where he was responsible for growing the company’s $300 million consulting and system integration business.

After having participated in the planning of the HP/Compaq merger, he headed HP’s manufacturing practice within the Consulting and Integration business unit from 2002 to 2004. The 1,200 consultants he led created and delivered solutions in the areas of supply chain, procurement and sourcing, product lifecycle collaboration, demand chain and collaborative business integration in all segments of the Manufacturing Industry.

Prior to that, Christian served as the Global Lead in the Extended Manufacturing Practice and the Supply Chain Infrastructure and EAI. From his first HP job as a systems engineer through project, regional, district, and global management, Christian has concentrated on developing, marketing, and advancing infrastructure services.

Frequently published in periodicals, Christian is also a featured speaker at global supply chain events and runs HP’s Manufacturing-Distribution blog. He is one of the authors of “Connected Manufacturing, Thought-provoking essays from industry leaders” and of “Collaborative Sourcing, Strategic Value Creation through Collaborative Supplier Relationship Management”. He is member of the board of the Supply Chain Council.

Christian holds a mechanical engineering degree from the Universite Catholique de Louvain in Belgium and a degree in industrial management from Katholieke Universiteit van Leuven, also in Belgium. He is based in Brussels, Belgium.

About PLM Road Map™ 2011

PLM Road Map™ 2011 is a strategic conference focused on the next generation of PLM integration. Explore firsthand the progress, opportunities, and roadblocks currently confronting end-users.

For more information visit: www.cpd-associates.com

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As Altair Engineering, Inc., a leading global provider of simulation technology and engineering services, prepares for its 2011 Americas HyperWorks Technology Conference (HTC2011), the company has announced that anticipated keynote speeches will focus on aerospace, sustainability and virtual engineering, while workshop agendas will address critical issues and technological developments influencing the advanced-manufacturing community.

To be held at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, Fla., June 22-23, HTC2011 will center on product lifecycle management (PLM) technology and its effects across a variety of advanced-manufacturing sectors, with particular focus on the aerospace industry. Robert Lightfoot, Jr., director of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, will deliver the first keynote. He will address the challenges the Marshall Center faces and the ways it is seeking innovation to reposition itself for the future.

“The American aerospace industry is a leader in innovation, and it’s always been one of the economy’s strongest sectors,” said Lightfoot. “Given current domestic priorities and foreign competition, NASA and others in the industry are called upon to accept the challenge to adapt and change the way we do business.”

At HTC2011, members of the Altair executive team will lead several aerospace-focused workshops, sharing the company’s strides to inject innovative technology into the simulation, optimization and analysis of both commercial and military aircraft. Representatives from Boeing, Bombardier Aerospace, the National Institute for Aviation Research, and Sikorsky also will be on hand to present insights on the results their organizations have achieved with PLM technology.

“The opportunity to gather aerospace professionals of this caliber under one roof for HTC2011 provides attendees with rare access to the latest in industry thought leadership,” said Robert Yancey, Altair executive director of global aerospace. “We are eagerly anticipating the knowledge sharing that will take place at the event.”

John Viera, Ford Motor Company director of sustainability, and Kent Day, engineering team technical director for Richard Childress Racing, also will present keynote speeches during the conference. Viera will discuss product sustainability from an automotive perspective, and Day will recount his experiences regarding implementation of virtual engineering in the NASCAR racing environment, which was aided by the use and integration of a broad suite of simulation tools, including Altair’s HyperWorks software.

At HTC2011, Altair also will introduce attendees to HyperWorks 11.0, the latest version of its suite of CAE solutions. A pre-conference training session, to be held on Tuesday, June 21, will focus on the software’s new features, including the incorporation of recently acquired high-fidelity CFD solver AcuSolve™. AcuSolve integrates with Altair’s RADIOSS solver and its OptiStruct and HyperStudy optimization tools, increasing Altair’s offerings in CFD and multi-physics optimization.

HTC2011 is Altair’s premier annual event and is free for all attendees. The two-day conference will offer sessions on advancements in the areas of simulation-driven design practices, design optimization, data management, process automation and decision-support systems.

For more information and to register, visit www.altairhtc.com

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Industry luminaries from Apple/ Fusion-IO, Freescale Semiconductor, Intel, and IBM will give keynotes at the 48th Design Automation Conference (DAC). DAC 2011, the premier conference devoted to design and design automation of electronic systems, will be held at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California, from June 5-10, 2011.

“In assembling the 48th DAC series of distinguished keynotes, DAC is emphasizing the changes that Embedded Systems and Software are driving in electronic product design and its impact on the EDA industry in the keynotes by Lisa Su and Gadi Singer,” said Leon Stok, General Chair of the 48th DAC. “Steve Wozniak will lead this off by showing us the sheer joy of engineering innovation in putting challenging systems together. The series will be rounded off by Dharmendra Modha offering us a glimpse in the future of computing.”


Keynote Schedule:

Monday, June 6, 2011 from 2:00--3:00pm

* Up Close and Personal with Steve Wozniak
* Steve Wozniak, founder of Apple Computer and currently Chief Scientist for Fusion-IO
* Steve Wozniak will be interviewed live on stage by San Jose Mercury News columnist Mike Cassidy on a wide range of topics, including the ‘joy’ of engineering and following your passion to convert innovative ideas into reality. Steve will provide a unique insight into the vision that started the largest and most successful technology company in the world.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011 from 8:30—10:00am

* Megatrends Driving Embedded Multicore Innovation
* Lisa Su, Senior Vice President and General Manager Of Networking And Multimedia for Freescale Semiconductor
* Dr. Su will outline the evolution of embedded multicore processing solutions that are increasingly enabling the exponential growth in the mobile device and infrastructure markets. Topics covered will include the evolution of the network infrastructure, growth of multi-purpose embedded devices, increased trend towards heterogeneous system-on-chip (SOC) integration, balanced with the market realities of maintaining system development costs and energy efficiency. Continued innovation in every part of the value chain is needed in hardware design, software design, and in EDA tools. Key solutions and challenges for embedded multicore designs will be discussed as we move to advanced geometries and more highly integrated SOCs.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011 from 11:00am-12:00pm

* The Imminent EDA Transformation
* Gadi Singer, Vice President of the Intel Architecture Group and General Manager, SOC Enabling Group for Intel Corporation.
* The EDA industry faces a substantial shift. Electronic systems are going through fundamental and rapid change in domains ranging from TVs and in-vehicle devices to phones, tablets, and even PCs. These new systems require unprecedented connectivity, hardware and software complexity, and application and user interactions. To meet these challenges, the EDA industry must evolve and expand quickly to enable highly interdependent silicon, software, system, and experience solutions. The EDA industry's current offering need to be reassessed, and the scope of the industry’s capabilities and environments needs to encompass exploration, design, verification, and debug across the complete hardware and software stack. The keynote will highlight opportunities for innovation and the changes necessary to support this brisk evolution and value creation in electronic systems.

Thursday, June 9, 2011 from 11:00am—12:00pm

* Cognitive Computing: Neuroscience, Supercomputing, Nanotechnology
* Dharmendra S. Modha, Founding Manager of the Cognitive Computing group at IBM's Almaden Research Center; Principal Investigator for DARPA SyNAPSE team of IBM Research - Almaden, IBM Research - Watson, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cornell University, Columbia University, and University of California at Merced. The ultimate goal of the DARPA SyNAPSE project is to build brain-like cognitive computing chips that scale to human cortex by moving beyond the von Neumann architecture and become the brains behind IBM's Smarter Planet vision. The project leverages nanotechnology, supercomputing, and neuroscience and is a collaboration of four universities (Cornell, Columbia, Wisconsin-Madison, and UC Merced) and five IBM sites (Almaden, Yorktown, EFK, BTV, and IRL).

About the Speakers

Steve Wozniak

A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for more than thirty years, Steve Wozniak has helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products the Apple I and II and influenced the popular Macintosh. In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer, Inc. to market Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer. For his achievements at Apple Computer, Inc., Wozniak was awarded the National Medal of Technology, the highest honor bestowed on America’s leading innovators.

Since the 1980's, Wozniak has been involved in various business and philanthropic ventures. He has spent a great deal of time and energy focusing on computer usage in schools by stressing hands-on learning and encouraging creativity for students. In 2000, he was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and was awarded the prestigious Heinz Award for Technology, The Economy and Employment. Wozniak also co-founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and was the founding sponsor of the Tech Museum, Silicon Valley Ballet and Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. He currently serves as Chief Scientist for Fusion-IO.

Lisa Su

Lisa Su is the senior vice president and general manager of networking and multimedia for Freescale Semiconductor. Su joined Freescale in June 2007 as chief technology officer to lead Freescale’s technology roadmap and global research and development (R&D) operations. She was named general manager of networking and multimedia in September 2008.

Prior to joining Freescale, Su was at International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), where she was vice president of the Semiconductor Research and Development Center and responsible for the strategic direction of IBM’s silicon technologies, joint development alliances and semiconductor R&D operations. Su joined IBM in 1995 and held various engineering and business management positions including vice president of technology development and alliances in the IBM Systems and Technology Group and director of the PowerPC Product Line. Prior to IBM, she was a Member of Technical Staff at Texas Instruments. Su has extensive experience in the semiconductor industry leading technology innovation, microprocessor development and the launch of new products.

Su has authored or co-authored more than 40 technical publications and co-authored a book chapter on next-generation consumer electronics. She was named in MIT Technology Review's Top 100 Young Innovators in 2002 and was named Fellow of the IEEE in 2009. She received bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Gadi Singer

Gadi Singer is vice president of the Intel Architecture Group and General Manager, SOC Enabling Group for Intel Corporation. The SOC Enabling Group is responsible for delivering central building blocks and driving Intel's SOC silicon design and software development capabilities focusing on fast turnaround time and modularity practices. Singer joined Intel in 1983, holding a variety of senior technical and management positions. He was appointed VP in 1999 and CTO of Intel Communications Group in 2004, among other accomplishments.

From 2005 through 2007, Singer served as General Manager of the Ultra Mobility Group. Among his prior roles, Singer was GM of Intel's Design Technology Division, co-GM of the IA-64 Processor Division and GM of Enterprise Processors Division. Singer received three Intel Achievement Awards for his technical contributions. He was Chairman of EDA Industry Council from 1997 to 1999. Singer is alumnus of the Technion, Israel.

Dharmendra S. Modha

Dharmendra S. Modha is founding manager of the Cognitive Computing group at IBM's Almaden Research Center. Currently, he is the Principal Investigator for DARPA SyNAPSE team of IBM Research - Almaden, IBM Research - Watson, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cornell University, Columbia University, and University of California at Merced. Most recently, his group performed cortical simulations at scale of cat cerebral cortex (1 billion neurons, 10 trillion synapses) only 100x slower than real-time on a 147,456 processor BlueGene/P supercomputer. This work received 2009 ACM’s Gordon Bell Prize. In 2010, his group compiled, visualized, and analyzed the largest long-distance network currently in existence of the Macaque monkey brain.

Modha’s research has had significant practical impact on IBM's businesses. At IBM, he has won the Pat Goldberg Memorial Best Paper award (twice), an Outstanding Innovation Award, an Outstanding Technical Achievement Award, and Communication Systems Best Paper Award. He holds 29 US patents, and is currently an IBM Master Inventor. In 2010, Modha was elected to the IBM Academy of Technology.

Modha has authored over 50 publications in international journals and conferences. He is a Fellow of IEEE and a member of AAAS, ACM, and SfN and holds a B.Tech. in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Bombay and a Ph. D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from UCSD.


The Design Automation Conference (DAC) is recognized as the premier event for the design of electronic circuits and systems, and for electronic design automation (EDA) and silicon solutions. A diverse worldwide community representing more than 1,000 organizations attends each year, represented by system designers and architects, logic and circuit designers, validation engineers, CAD managers, senior managers and executives to researchers and academicians from leading universities. Close to 60 technical sessions selected by a committee of electronic design experts offer information on recent developments and trends, management practices and new products, methodologies and technologies. A highlight of DAC is its exhibition and suite area with approximately 200 of the leading and emerging EDA, silicon, intellectual property (IP) and design services providers. The conference is sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Electronic Design Automation Consortium (EDA Consortium), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and is supported by ACM's Special Interest Group on Design

For more information visit: www.dac.com

TiE Silicon Valley announced today that Sal Khan, Founder of the Khan Academy, will keynote the "Breakthrough Thinkers" series at TiEcon, the world's largest conference for entrepreneurs. TiEcon will take place at the Santa Clara Convention Center, May 13-14. Each year, the conference brings together a diverse and dynamic group of leaders from business, technology, venture capital, and media for two days of education, inspiration, and networking.

"At the Khan Academy, the mission is to improve education by providing a free world-class education to anyone anywhere. TiE also embraces the mission of education, continually creating programs that educate and inspire entrepreneurs globally," says Vish Mishra, President of TiE Silicon Valley. "We are pleased that Sal Khan, such a young and inspiring entrepreneur, will be joining us for TiEcon this year," he continued.

Khan holds degrees in mathematics, electrical engineering and computer science from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He started the Khan Academy after he began tutoring his cousins online, and realized the need to spread knowledge on a larger scale. From a few algebra videos on YouTube in 2006, to what is now 2,100 videos and a library of exercises in mathematics, science, history (and expanding), the Khan Academy has become a global success, attracting users of all ages.

"I teach the way that I wish I was taught. The lectures are coming from me, an actual human being who is fascinated by the world around him," says Khan.

Khan has been praised for his teaching methods by Bill Gates, who has said "What Sal Khan has done is amazing. He's taken all this material and broken them down into little 12 minute lectures. I use it myself to remind myself of things [and] my children use it." The Khan Academy received the Microsoft Tech Award for education in 2009. With a long list of supporters, including Google and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Khan Foundation continues to grow and improve global access to quality education.

TiEcon 2011 will feature session tracks and keynote speeches focused on key market segments: Cloud, Mobile, Social, Energy and Life Sciences. Fifteen panel sessions will cover the hottest issues for industry participants, customers, and investors in these high profile industry sectors. Six Keynotes and Breakthrough Thinkers, representing the top of their industries, will share presentations and unique views on critical topics.

TiE 50, the 3rd annual awards program to recognize the "Top 50 Startup Companies," will be a prominent part of this year's TiEcon conference. Selected from thousands of nominations from all over the world, previous winners have gone on to achieve great success. (www.tie50.net)

Another attraction for this year includes an expanded TiEcon Innovation Expo which will bring startups, universities, and research labs of large companies to show their innovative products and technologies to TiEcon attendees. Innovative companies can register to showcase their products at www.tiecon.org/content/exhibit-expo

Register for TiEcon 2011 today by visiting www.tiecon.org. Best Price Registration (available until March 21st) starts at $295 for TiE members and $395 for non-members.

TiE is a global, not-for-profit, non-political, and non-religious organization dedicated to fostering entrepreneurs across its international network sponsored by top Venture Capital Firms and Fortune 500 corporations. TiE is spread across 56 chapters in 13 countries comprising of 1,800 experienced entrepreneurs and business executives as charter members, 12,000 aspiring entrepreneurs and professionals as members.

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