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AM Career Development Forum

The AM Career Development Forum at RAPID + TCT 2022, in Detroit, Michigan, is for college and university students, faculty members and early careerists (emerging professionals). This forum takes place Tuesday, May 17 and Wednesday, May 18.

Register for the Career Development Forum to hear from additive manufacturing experts who will discuss their current role, opportunities and share their career journey. The forum is an interactive event designed to enhance career development and grow future generations of leaders in the additive manufacturing industry. Attendees will network, share ideas and experiences, and much more!

Register for Rapid + TCT RSVP To Luncheon (you much register for RAPID + TCT first)


Career Development Forum Schedule-At-A-Glance

Tuesday, May 17

Wednesday, May 18

7:00 am – 4:30 pm
7:00 am – 4:30 pm
Keynote Presentation
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM | Main Stage

The “Glocal” Future of American Manufacturing
Barbara Humpton, President & CEO, Siemens Corporation
Keynote Presentation
9:00 am – 10:00 AM | Main Stage

Industrializing Metal Additive: Evolution and Change within Aerospace Manufacturing
Brian Baughman, Manufacturing Chief Engineer, Honeywell Aerospace
Bright Minds Program – College Student Experience (optional)
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM | Grand Ballroom A
Bright Minds Program – College Student Experience (optional)
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM | Grand Ballroom A

AM Award Winner Presentations
Digital Manufacturing Challenge Award Winners and Aubin Case Study Award
10:30 AM – 11:45 AM | Room 321
Exhibit Floor Opens
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Exhibit Floor Opens
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

AM Challenges that Persist +100 years of Additive Manufacturing Expertise and Insights
SME Additive Manufacturing Technical Leadership Committee

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM | SME Zone Theater

Join a panel of Additive Manufacturing experts with over a century of collective insight to learn about the technical challenges that have persisted throughout the technologies’ evolution. Composed of experts across generations of SME’s AM Technical Community Leadership Committee advisors, this panel will identify today’s persistent technical and adoption challenges that are critical to AM advancement. By engaging in a conversation about the panel members’ past experiences in overcoming technology and adoption barriers and their vision of what’s coming next, the audience can identify the remaining “grand challenges” of AM, and thus the key opportunities for the next major breakthrough.


  • Sheku Kamara, Dean of Applied Research, MSOE
  • Carolyn Conner Seepersad, PhD, Professor J. Mike Walker Professorship in Mechanical Engineering, UT Austin


  • Denis Cormier, PhD, Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Kate Gleason College of Engineering, RIT
  • Jason Jones, PhD, CEO & Co-founder, Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies
  • David Leigh, PhD, Chief Technology Officer for Additive Manufacturing 3D Systems, Inc.
  • Greg Morris, Co-Founder, CEO, Vertex Manufacturing, LLC
  • Colleen Wivell, Director Clinical Operations, Materialise

Career Development Networking Luncheon and Panel
12:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Career Development Networking Luncheon RSVP
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Room 320
Join SME’s AM Community advisors, industry representatives from aerospace, auto, R & D

SME AM Career Development Forum: AM in the Creative Economy
2:30 – 3:15 PM | SME Zone Theater

The career forum panel is targeted at university students, faculty members, and early careerists (emerging professionals). This career forum series is meant to enhance career development and grow future generations of leaders in additive manufacturing by creating awareness of AM use cases, career opportunities, skill sets needed, potential training, and paths. This year’s career forum panel will highlight AM in the Creative Economy and focus on AM’s use in Hollywood, jewelry, fashion and medicine.


  • Ellen C. Lee, PhD, Technical Leader of Additive Manufacturing for Research & Advanced Engineering at Ford Motor Company
  • Jennifer Coyne, Associate Director of Programs at The Barnes Global Advisors


  • Casey Melvin, Co-founder & CEO |THEFUTUREOFJEWELRY (
  • Brian McLean, Director of Rapid Prototyping, LAIKA
  • Jason Lopes, Technical Director, Carbon
  • Christian Hanson, Simulation Engineer/Special Effects Designer, Mayo Clinic
Thought Leadership Panel
Disrupting Design and Manufacturing in Aerospace and Defense
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM | Main Stage
Networking: RAPID + TCT Block Party
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Exhibit Floor
SME AM Industry Awards Ceremony
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM | SME ZONE Theater
Networking Reception: AM Industry Celebration
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM | Atrium – Level 100
Presented by: SME, TCT, America Makes, AMUG and Women in 3D Printing
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