AeroAuto Conference
Preliminary Agenda

Speaker Biographies



Four sections to the Program
• Setting the Stage
• Innovation & Design Topics
• Operations & Supply Chain Topics
• Targeting the Future Topics


MAY 4 - THURSDAY

7:00-8:00 AM
Registration, Grand Hallway, sponsored by Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Breakfast, Presidential Ballroom, Salon IV, sponsored by Stratasys

8:00-8:05
Welcome Remarks and Introduction, Presidential Ballroom, Salon I
Joanna Speed, Managing Director, A&D and SpeedNews Conferences
Dr. Kevin Michaels, Managing Director, AeroDynamic Advisory


Setting the Stage

8:10-8:40
Welcome Address
Speaker to be announced

8:40
PANEL: Macro-environment of Aero and Auto: The current situation, drivers of growth (urbanization, demographic shifts, and emerging economies) key issues, enabling technologies, regulatory environment, and overall industry outlook
Moderated by Joanna Speed, Managing Director, A&D and SpeedNews Conferences

8:45-9:00
KPMG
Gary Silberg, Partner, National Automotive Industry Leader

9:00-9:15
AERODYNAMIC ADVISORY
Dr. Kevin Michaels, Managing Director

9:15-9:45
Discussions & Questions

9:45-10:15
Morning Coffee Break, Grand Hallway, sponsored by Michigan Economic Development Corporation


Innovation & Design Topics

10:15-11:15
PANEL: Vehicle Light Weighting - State of The Art
Moderated by Drew Winter, Director, Content, Ground Transportation - WardsAuto
ARCONIC - Mario Greco, Director, Ground Transportation MST
CENTER FOR AUTOMOTIVE RESEARCH (CAR) - Dr. Jay Baron, Chairman, President & CEO
SHILOH INDUSTRIES - Ramzi Y. Hermiz, President & CEO
STANLEY ENGINEERED FASTENING - Lloyd R. Hilligoss, Vice President, Engineering & R&D - NA Automotive

Automotive OEMs face the requirement to make dramatic improvements in fuel economy and are adopting a range of new technologies, including lightweight alloys and joining methods. The aerospace industry has a long and demonstrated history of lightweight structures and has continually innovated new materials, including titanium, composites, and aluminum-lithium. This panel will explore the state of the aerospace and automotive supply chains, and will identify lessons learned that could be valuable to both industries.

11:15-11:30
Refresher Break

11:30-12:30 PM
PANEL: Vetronics, Software and Cybersecurity
Moderated by Tim Zullo, Senior Director, Sales & Marketing
SPECIALTY EQUIPMENT MARKET ASSOCIATION (SEMA) - John Waraniak, Vice President, Vehicle Technology
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN - Dr. Ella M. Atkins, Professor, Aerospace Engineering
WIND RIVER - Timothy Skutt, Director, Security Portfolio

Future electronics systems in automobiles may look a lot like the avionics in commercial aircraft as a result of the emergence of unmanned vehicles, connecting with expanding Internet of Things (IoT) environments and a shift to a usage-based model. These trends mean that cybersecurity will grow in importance. New manufacturers of autonomous vehicles are challenging OEMs in both the airborne and ground domains. This panel will explore these issues and implications for the aerospace and automotive industries.

12:30-1:30
Lunch, Presidential Ballroom, Salon IV, sponsorship available


Operations & Supply Chain Topics

1:30-2:15
PANEL: Unlocking Manufacturing Productivity – The Growing Role of Big Data
Moderated by Jon Andresen, President, Technology Solutions
EATON - Nanda Kumar, President, Aerospace Group
LIEBHERR-AEROSPACE TOULOUSE - Christophe Tily, Director, Marketing & Sales
PLEX SYSTEMS - Stu Johnson, Director, Product Marketing
SIEMENS - Raj Batra, President, Digital Factory

2:15-2:30
Refresher Break

2:30-3:30
PANEL: Supply Chain Best Practices
Moderated by Thomas J. Mayor, Partner, Industrial Manufacturing Strategy Practice Leader, KPMG Advisory
BOEING COMMERCIAL AIRPLANES - Rhodri Thomas, Senior Manager, Supply Chain Strategy & Development
FORD MOTOR COMPANY - Greg Hamel, Director, Global Business Strategy & Indirect Purchasing
KUEHNE + NAGEL - Jan-Ynse Miedema, Vice President Aerospace & Aviation
MOOG AIRCRAFT GROUP - Kate Schaefer, Group Vice President - Global Supply Chain

The aerospace and automotive industries both depend on complex global supply chains to support product development, manufacturing operations and aftermarket support. How are supply chain practices of leading OEMs evolving? To what extent are there "cross fertilization" opportunities for suppliers serving both industries?

3:30-4:00
Afternoon Tea Break, Grand Hallway, sponsored by Michigan Economic Development Corporation


Targeting the Future Topics

4:00-4:45
PANEL: Additive Manufacturing Disruption: Myth or Reality?
Moderated by Dr. Kevin Michaels, Managing Director, AeroDynamic Advisory
AMERICAN AXLE & MANUFACTURING - Jeffrey W. Nichols, Executive Director, Advanced Technology Integration & Global Business Development
GE ADDITIVE - Dr. Laurence Vigeant-Langlois, Executive Marketing Leader
LINEAR AMS - David Hodge, Vice President & General Manager

Additive Manufacturing (AM) is beginning to disrupt the aerospace industry with printed parts now appearing in new aircraft, aeroengines and systems. Emerging technologies in materials, processes and printing equipment promise to accelerate its penetration. While aerospace is a classic high mix, low volume industry, what is the potential for AM to transform the high volume automotive industry? This panel will explore the future of additive manufacturing, its potential to change both industries, and implications for OEMs and suppliers.

4:45-5:00
Refresher Break

5:00-6:00
PANEL: How Silicon Valley Could Change the Automotive and Aerospace Industries
Moderated by Michael Bruno, Senior Business Editor & Content Manager, Aviation Week Network
FLEX - Greg McNeil, Vice President, Innovation Labs
ROCKWELL COLLINS - Matthew J. Carrico, Fellow and Engineer of the Year

What can Silicon Valley bring to the aero and auto industries? What do those industries have to watch out for, thanks to the Valley and other tech hotspots? Drivers, pilots and passengers may be fixated on the expected benefits that new technology brings to their vehicles, but manufacturers and their suppliers in both industries know that their factories – and maybe even way of doing business – are changing just as much. This panel will try to explore the common challenges that aero and auto face from disruptive technology

6:00-7:30 PM
Closing Reception, The Gallery, sponsored by Rockwell Automation