6th Annual Aerospace Manufacturing Conference
2017 Final Agenda

Below is the agenda for the SpeedNews 5th Annual Aerospace Manufacturing Conference held in May of 2017. The preliminary agenda for the 6th Annual Aerospace Manufacturing Conference will be available in February of 2018.


Speaker Biographies


MAY 2 - TUESDAY

8:00-9:00 am
Registration, Grand Hallway, sponsored by Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Breakfast, Presidential Ballroom, Salon VII, sponsored by Stratasys

9:00-9:05
Introduction and Welcome Address, Presidential Ballroom, Salon I
Joanna Speed, Managing Director, A&D and SpeedNews Conferences

9:05-9:40
LIEBHERR-AEROSPACE SALINE
Opening Address
Alex Vlielander, President

9:40-10:10
ALDERMAN & COMPANY
Aerospace Manufacturing - Meeting Demand for the Near-Term
William H. Alderman, President

10:10-10:40
Morning Coffee Break, Grand Hallway, sponsored by Michigan Economic Development Corporation

10:40-11:10
BOEING COMMERCIAL AIRPLANES
Broadening the Supplier Spectrum - A View from an OEM
Rhodri Thomas, Senior Manager, Supply Chain Strategy & Development

11:10-11:40
INFOR
How to Remain Agile and Competitive in Today’s Economy
Edward Talerico, Director, Industry & Solutions Strategy

11:40-11:55
Refresher Break

11:55-12:25 pm
PWC
The Future of Operations: A Practical Path Forward
Todd M. Benigni, Principal, Strategy

12:25-12:55
BCG DIGITAL VENTURES
How to Drive Innovation in Today’s Environment
Jeffrey Ahlquist, Partner & Managing Director

1:00-2:30
Lunch, Presidential Ballroom, Salon VII, sponsored by Aero Metals Alliance

2:30-3:30
PANEL: The Smart Factory: Connecting Efficiency & Productivity
Moderated by Dr. Mohamed Abuali, Chief Executive Officer - Americas, FORCAM
DÜRR SYSTEMS - Hector Aguilera, Technical Sales & Product Engineer
IBM DIGITAL PRACTICE - Shawn Thudium, Associate Partner
ROCKWELL AUTOMATION - Jason Mikulski, Operations Leader & Plant Manager
SUPPLY DYNAMICS - Trevor Stansbury, Founder & President
Discussions and Questions

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

4:00-4:45
PANEL: Aerospace Manufacturing Platform: Michigan
Moderated by Tony Vernaci, Vice President, Global Business Development, Michigan Economic Development Corporation
GE AVIATION SYSTEMS - George F. Kiefer, Vice President & General Manager, Avionics - Computing & Networking
PRATT & WHITNEY - Jeff Smith, Executive Director, Fan & Externals Module Center
RCO AEROSPACE - Jeff Simek, General Manager, Operations
Discussions and Questions

4:45-4:50
Welcome and Introduction: Governor of the State of Michigan
Tony Vernaci, Vice President, Global Business Development, Michigan Economic Development Corporation

4:50-5:15
The Honorable Rick Snyder, Governor, State of Michigan

5:30
Wrap-up
Joanna Speed

5:30-7:00
Cocktail Reception, The Gallery, sponsored by Rockwell Automation
The Honorable Rick Snyder, Governor, State of Michigan will be in attendance



MAY 3 - WEDNESDAY

7:30-8:30 am
Breakfast, Presidential Ballroom, Salon VII, sponsored by Stratasys

8:30-8:35
Welcome Remarks, Presidential Ballroom, Salon I
Joanna Speed

8:35-9:15
PANEL: The Future of Advanced Manufacturing: The Robots are Coming
Moderated by Jeffery D. Smith, Director, A&D Ideas Lab, Dassault Systèmes
COX MACHINE - Jason Cox, President
NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR AVIATION RESEARCH - Brian Brown, Director, Robotics & Automation Laboratory

9:15-9:30
Refresher Break

9:30-10:00
MENAWAT & COMPANY
Industry 4.0 Revolution - An Operational View: From Technology Wave To Business Value
Vibha Menawat, Chief Executive Officer

10:00-10:30
CENTER FOR ADVANCED LIFE CYCLE ENGINEERING (CALCE)
UNVERSITY OF MARYLAND
Living with Change: How Will Suppliers and Manufactures Manage Obsolescence
Dr. Peter Sandborn, Director

10:30-10:50
Morning Coffee Break, Grand Hallway, sponsored by Michigan Economic Development Corporation

10:50-11:50
PANEL: Chapter II: Additive Manufacturing - Latest Applications in Aerospace
Moderated by Laura Ely, Head of Technology, Aerostructures - North America, GKN Aerospace
ARCONIC - Brandon H. Bodily, Manager, Advanced Design & Manufacturing
GE ADDITIVE - Dr. Laurence Vigeant-Langlois, Executive Marketing Leader
STRATASYS - Scott Sevcik, Head of Aerospace, Defense & Automotive
Discussions and Questions

11:50-11:55
Wrap-up
Joanna Speed

12:00-1:15 pm
Lunch, Presidential Ballroom, Salon VII, sponsored by Aero Metals Alliance

Tour of Aerospace and Automotive Facilities: Delegates will have the opportunity to visit RCO Engineering and Moog Linear. Registration for the tours is now closed. Please contact us, if you wish to be placed on our waitlist.


1:30-1:45
Registration for tours, Grand Hallway

1:45
Departure for tours, Presidential Ballroom Drive

5:30-6:00
Departure from tours and return to The Henry



MAY 4 - THURSDAY

SpeedNews' AeroAuto Conference will be held at The Henry. Special rates are available for those interested in attending both events. Please contact us at conferences@speednews.com for details.