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Annual Conference 2013


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SME is a leader in sharing manufacturing knowledge. And we want to share it with you while we celebrate this past year’s accomplishments and look forward to what’s coming. We are changing the Annual Conference up a bit in order to give a bigger platform to sharing information and encouraging innovation.


Sunday, June 2: Free with Conference Registration

Sunday will kick off the 2013 Annual Conference with these exciting activities:


11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
State of the Society Luncheon

SME members convene for a “State of the Society” presentation, which delivers an overview of SME’s programs, financial results and strategic direction for the Society and its Education Foundation.


1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Member Workshop: Volunteer Leadership


4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
SME Open House Tech Fair: Meet the Experts I, Student Competition & Activities


Sponsored by:

Maryland MEP logo    Knuth    EFI Group    Sandvik Coromant logo    Chevalier    Kelly Engineering Small Logo
 Mazak Logo Small    GRM logo

Showcasing in-demand 3D Printing and Rapid Technology, SME is investing in our future by hosting 20 students from George Washington Carver Center for Arts & Technology and their parents during this new tech fair, set-up in an open house style. Local students also involved in First Robotics, SkillsUSA and Project Lead the Way will join us and participate in the student activities.

The mayor of Baltimore is scheduled to kick-off the Open House to these students and attending SME members.

You, too, can experience the 3D printing and Rapid Technology, straight from the State of the Union address, and see how this technology will change how we manufacture.

These local, academic-based maker spaces (fab labs) and companies that provide rapid tech solutions will be exhibiting:

Object Lab
Direct Dimensions
Custom 3D Stuff
Danko Arlington
MiCA Digital Lab
Hexagon Metrology


The Technical Communities Leadership is also displaying their technologies to show the students and members how the TCN can help our members as Part I of our three-part Meet the Experts series at this year’s annual conference.

Student Competition – The Future of Manufacturing

Sponsored by:

 Sandvik Coromant logo    Mazak Logo Small

Bring your projects and see how you match up against other student chapters!

The SME Annual Conference Student Competition is a collegiate-level manufacturing competition where student chapter members choose their own manufacturing project. The students then build the project and bring it to Baltimore to be evaluated. Any type of engineering principle, concept or process may be applied in the design and manufacturing of the project entry. Cash prizes will be awarded to the first and second place winners!

Extended Deadline: Submit project descriptions by May 10, 2013. Fill out the Registration Form for consideration. Review the “Guidelines for Competition” so you know how the project will be judged.

Student chapters who compete at the conference will be given instructions on how to register for the entire conference at a discounted rate. Judging for the competition will take place during the Tech Fair from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Students will be able to set up projects from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Don’t miss the chance for your school to shine at this year’s Annual Conference!

These schools are scheduled to compete:

  • University of Colorado Denver, Colorado
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York
  • Chippewa Valley Technical College, Wisconsin
  • PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh India


7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Welcome Reception

Sponsored by:


This year’s reception is a fun, casual event. It’s a great time to catch up with colleagues, members you haven’t seen since last year and meet new members from the area.


Monday, June 3: Leadership Day

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Morning Keynote

Sponsored by:

Finnegan logo

Dr. Alan S. GregermanMonday kicks off with the morning Keynote Speaker: Dr. Alan S. Gregerman, President and Chief Innovation Officer of VENTURE WORKS Inc. Alan is an internationally-known expert on strategy, innovation, and unlocking the talent in people at all levels of organizations. In the past 20 years he has helped more than 300 teams and organizations to create important innovations—with a 90% success rate. He is also an award-winning teacher, author, and keynote speaker who has been called “one of the most original thinkers in business today” and “the Robin Williams of business consulting.” His two books—Surrounded by Geniuses and Lessons from the Sandbox—break the mold by challenging our thinking about people, the world around us and where brilliant ideas actually come from.

Check out his website, blog, and the first 100 paid registrants will get a copy of his book Surrounded by Geniuses.


9:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
SME Board of Directors Formal Meeting


9:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Meet the Experts II: Industry Trends and Developments

SME Technical Community Network
This session will kick-off with an outlook of the latest industry and technology trends and changes within the manufacturing community. Following the overview session, the Technical Community Networks will provide multiple interactive mini-sessions on niche technologies supported by product or technology demonstrations.

Schedule and Community Speakers

9:15 am Welcome: Paul Nutter, LSME, CMfgE, Ohio Northern University
9:20 am Industry Trends Overview: Robert W. Ivester PhD, Deputy Director, Advanced Manufacturing Office, US Department Of Energy (OYME02)
9:50 am Executive Briefing from 8 Technical Communities: Panel Format
  • Automated Manufacturing & Assembly: Michael J. Cicco, General Manager, FANUC Robotics America Corporation
  • Forming & Fabricating: Charles Caristan, International Fellow - Advanced Fabrication Air Liquide Industrial US
  • Industrial Lasers: Geoff Shannon, PHD, Miyachi Unitek Corp
  • Machining & Material Removal: Will Slota, CNC Software Inc. Educational
  • Manufacturing Education & Research: Marshall Gartenlaub, Quality In Education Associate
  • Plastics, Composites & Coatings: Louis Dorworth, Abaris Training Resources Inc.
  • Product & Process Design and Management: Douglas Genord, The Boeing Company
  • Rapid Technologies & Additive Manufacturing: Greg Morris, Morris Technologies Inc.
10:35 am Tech Connect Mini-Sessions: Round 1
Talk and Q&A – End of session, rotate to another booth
11:00 am Tech Connect Mini-Sessions: Round 2
Talk and Q&A – End of session, rotate to another booth
11:25 am Tech Connect Mini-Sessions: Round 3
Talk and Q&A – End of session, rotate to another booth
11:50 am Debrief and Wrap-up
12:00 pm Close Session


12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
SME Awards Luncheon

Sponsored by:

Sandvik Coromant logo


1:20 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.
Workforce Development Panel

Sponsored by:

Kelly Engineering Small Logo

Workforce in Action
This panel will examine how corporations, educational institutions and government agencies – the workforce system – are working together to:

  • Respond to increasing unemployment and the current skills gap
  • Create collaborative efforts between education and employers
  • Establish strategies to build a competitive workforce system
  • Design best practices that the MEP system uses to impact the attracting, retaining and retraining of the manufacturing workforce.

Jeannine Kunz
SME, Director of Marketing and Training & Development

Panelists include:

Edward M. Swallow
VP, Business Development, Civil Systems Division
Northrop Grumman Information Systems

Stacey Wagner
Manager, Workforce Systems Development
US Department of Commerce
Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Joseph Lampinen
Director, Americas Engineering Product Group
Kelly Services, Inc.

Dan Horine
Program Head, Mechatronics & Energy Management
Virginia Western Community College


2:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

The afternoon breakout sessions are Part 1 of these two tracks. See the full details and descriptions here.

  • “Innovations that could change the way you Manufacture” track. Learn more about past “Innovations” sessions here.
  • Leadership track


6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
SME International Awards Reception and Gala

Join us as we honor the outstanding achievements of our members (included with your Annual Conference purchase).

Your evening includes:

  • Seated plated dinner
  • Complimentary wine with your meal
  • One complimentary drink ticket per person
  • Cash bar

We look forward to celebrating with you!


Tuesday, June 4: “Workforce Development Day”


7:15 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Meet the Experts III: Keynote Panel: "Winning Over Lawmakers to Support Rapid 3D Digital Technologies for Manufacturing"

For all industries with emphasis on manufacturing with 3D technologies

Description: Winning Over Lawmakers is an initiative that directly engages policy makers with exposure to rapid technologies and advanced manufacturing. Elected officials are digitally scanned, 3D printers are printing, and an array of examples of 3D printed objects are on hand demonstrating the accessibility and changing image of manufacturing in real time.

Presentation Bullet Points:  

  • How 3D rapid technologies are changing the image of manufacturing
  • Relevance of 3D technologies to design, prototyping, tooling, and production
  • Overview of the activities


Mike Galiazzo, Ph.D. | President, Regional Manufacturing Institute (RMI)
Jan Baum | Creator and Director of Object Lab, Towson University
Michael Raphael | Founder, Direct Dimensions
Joseph C. Boteler III | Delegate, Baltimore, MD


8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Breakout Sessions

The morning breakout sessions are Part 2 of the two tracks. See the full details and descriptions here.

  • “Innovations that could change the way you Manufacture” track. Learn more about past “Innovations” sessions here.
  • Leadership track


11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Keynote Luncheon and Book Signing: Ro Khanna

Sponsored by:
EFI Group

Ro KhannaRo Khanna is committed to America’s economy and creating jobs. He recently spent two years working for the President's Administration in Washington D.C., serving as the Deputy Assistant Secretary at Commerce. In this capacity, he managed 108 domestic Commerce offices that help companies export and innovate. Under his leadership, we are on track to meet the President’s National Export Initiative Goal of doubling exports by 2014. He was also named to the White House Business Council where he held meetings with business and labor leaders across the country and advocated for policies to strengthen American competitiveness in a global economy. Ro also led and planned many clean technology trade missions and supported the Green Embassy program.


Ro Khanna’s book “Entrepreneurial Nation: Why Manufacturing is Still Key to America's Future” will be given to the first 100 paid registrants. Read an excerpt here.

Ro Khanna also has an open letter on his website where he begins with saying “Our number one priority must be to keep America the world's number one economy and create good paying jobs for the middle class. We have to come together around a pro-growth economic agenda. The most important competition is not between Democrats and Republicans, but with China, India, Brazil, and Korea.” Read more.

1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sponsored by:

EFI Group

We will close out the 2013 Annual Conference with some exciting tours of local Baltimore businesses.

See the full details and descriptions here.

  1. NASA Goddard
  2. Marlin Steel, Domino Sugar and Ellicott Dredges