Program

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Browse our interactive program below.  We have three tracks of programming available:

Business and Workforce Development

ACE ‘17 Technical Symposium 

Tours 

TUESDAY – AUGUST 29    WEDNESDAY – AUGUST 30    THURSDAY – AUGUST 31

Thursday, August 31

All sessions at the University of South Carolina Alumni Center

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
  • Location:  USC Alumni Center, prefunction space outside the ballroom.

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
  • The digital transformation of manufacturing industries is becoming the new norm. Production systems are setting up digital twins and cyber-physical systems (embedded with IOT) to enable the full potential of production capacity and reduction of errors. This session will highlight recent advances in the Industry 4.0 concept.

    Location: USC Alumni Center, Presidential Dining Room

    Abdel Bayoumi (Chair), Associate Dean, Corporate Relations, Director, Center for Predictive Maintenance (CPM), Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, University of South Carolina

    Manufacturing and More
    Carole Rickard Hedden, Executive Editorial Director, Aviation Week Executive Intelligence

    Data Driven Insights to Deliver Outcomes
    Adam Smoot, Enterprise Account Manager, Aerospace and Federal GE Digital

    The Sound of Silence – Reduced Noise with Electric Propulsion
    Charles Croufer, Enterprise Sales Executive, Siemens PLM

9:00 – 9:45 p.m.
  • Leverage your capabilities and seize new opportunities.  This session will provide fresh insight into key diversification topics, including strategic planning, market research, branding, and marketing.  Participants will explore foundational principles through in-depth case studies, shared best practices, and interactive exercises.

    Location:  USC Alumni Center, Ballroom 1

    Speakers:

    Brian Shea, Principal, Simon Everett, Ltd.
    Lauren Martens, Vice President, kglobal
    Brianna Broad, Account Supervisor, kglobal
10:00 – 11:00 p.m.
  • Define your future and the path to get there.

    + SWOT analysis and action plans
    + Creating your strategy canvas
    + Scenario planning

    Location: USC Alumni Center, Ballroom 1

    Speakers:

    Brian Shea, Principal, Simon Everett, Ltd.
    Parry Carter, Account Supervisor, kglobal
     
     
10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
  • Location:  USC Alumni Center, prefunction space outside the ballroom.

     

11:00 – 12:30 p.m.
  • Compared to the automotive industry, aerospace manufacturing is lagging behind when it comes to the application of automation and the implementation of robotic platforms for processing and assembly. The benefits that manufacturing can reap from the acceleration of automation integration are numerous and ubiquitous to multiple aerospace domains. This session will highlight different applications that showcase the increased usage of automation and robotics in manufacturing.

    Location: USC Alumni Center,  Presidential Dining Room

    Chair: Ramy Harik, Assistant Professor, McNAIR Center for Innovation and Research, University of South Carolina

    Automatic Defect Inspection and Identification for AFP
    Kris Czaja, Ingersoll Machine Tools

    In Situ Thermal Inspection of Automated Fiber Placement Systems
    Peter D. Juarez, Research Engineer, NASA Langley Research Center
    Elizabeth Gergory, Ph.D., Research Engineer, NASA Langley Research Center

    Advanced Technical Weaving Technologies and Robotic Machining of Composite Parts
    Oliver Meier(Dipl. Ing. FH), North American Textile Sales Representative, Staubli Corporation
    John Burke, Southeast Regional Sales Manager, Staubli Corporation

11:00 – 11:15 p.m.
  • Location:  USC Alumni Center, prefunction space outside the ballroom.

11:15 – 11:45 p.m.
  • Know your customer, know your competition.

    +Marketing strategies
    +Tools to pivot toward new target industries
    +Outreach tactics

    Location:  USC Alumni Center, Ballroom 1

    Speakers:

    Lauren Martens, Vice President, kglobal

    Brianna Broad, Account Supervisor, kglobal

12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
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    Creative solutions to give you an edge

    +Why brand matters
    +Brand development
    +Messaging

    Location: USC Alumni Center, Ballroom 1

    Speakers:

    Lauren Martens, Vice President, kglobal

    Brianna Broad, Account Supervisor, kglobal

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
  • Location:  USC Alumni Center, Ballroom 2

1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
  • Conformal antennas are in great demand for communication, sensing, and radar application both for commercial and military air vehicles. As an integral part of the structure they can leverage large surface areas or the volume of the structure. Traditionally antennas are designed and built using low loss microwave materials. Fabricating conformal antennas using aerospace composite materials is inherently challenging in terms of conductor deposition, device integration and packaging.  The focus of this session is to address these challenges.

    Location: USC Alumni Center, Presidential Dining Room

    Speakers:

    Chair: Mohammod Ali, Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of South Carolina

    Physical Configuration of a Structurally Embedded Vascular Antenna (SEVA)
    Gregory Huff, Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University

    Multifunction Structures for RF Applications
    David Zeppetella, Electronics Engineer, Air Force Research Laboratory, Aerospace Systems Directorate

    L-Band Additively Manufactured Conformal Microstrip Patch Antenna
    Michael Wright, PhD Candidate, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of South Carolina

     

1:30 – 3:15 p.m.
  • New processes, products and services are often plagued with high levels of variation (and other shortcomings) resulting in increased costs and poor customer satisfaction. This seminar addresses how companies can improve their product/service development process to launch products and services with reduced variation that better meet customer needs and lower overall costs.  It also addresses how to capture the voice of the customer prior to the new product/service development to better understand how to direct product/service development to meet customer needs and yield improved business results.

    Location:

    USC Alumni Center, Ballroom 1

    Speakers:

    Keith Gardner, President of eMRI, Midlands Technical College

     

3:00 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Location:  USC Alumni Center

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Location:  USC Alumni Center, prefunction space outside the ballroom

3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Location:  USC Alumni Center

    Chair: Subramani Sockalingam, Assistant Professor, Ronald E. McNair Center for Innovation and Research, University of South Carolina

    Material and Structural Characterization under High Rate and Mulitaxial Quasi-static Loading: USC Infrastructure and Recent Results
    Michael Sutton, Carolina Distinguished Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of South Carolina

    High Rate Loading of Woven Composite Materials
    Mark Pankow, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, North Carolina State University

    Hybridization in Composite Materials for Improved Impact Performance
    Elizabeth Cates, VP of Research and Development, Innegra Technologies

3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
  • This session will discuss the partnerships, services and training opportunities that have emerged beween the Florence-Darlington Technical College / Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing & Technology (SiMT), and area manufacturers in the Pee Dee region.  Topics include:  Evolve Grant / MSSC Certified Production Technician training for 100 Honda Manufacturing SC associates; Employment Readiness services for Wyman Gordon, with migration to academic Machine Tool Technology program; Quick Jobs Open House events, designed to link jobseekers to training opportunities and employers with hiring needs; development of Manufacturing Skills Pre-Employment class, a one-week course that leads to three important industry certifications, for quick training and hiring among manufacturers; MSSC Certified Production Training program for Otis Elevator, leading to eventual articulated college credit; and a Leadership for Women in Manufacturing program, which prepares females for leadership roles in industry. 

    Location:

    USC Alumni Center, Ballroom 1

    Speakers:

    Tressa Gardner, Associate VP of the Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology (SIMT), Florence-Darlington Technical College

    Lauren HollandAssociate Vice President, Corporate and Workforce Development at Florence-Darlington Technical College

     
5:00 – 5:30 p.m.
  • Location:

    USC Alumni Center, Ballroom 1

    Speakers:

    Carla  Whitlock, Senior Apprenticeship Consultant, Apprenticeship Carolina

    At no cost to the employer, apprenticeship consultants are available to guide companies through the registered apprenticeship development process from initial information to full recognition in the national Registered Apprenticeship System.  Apprenticeship Carolina continues to work within the aerospace industry to register programs related to a number of occupations.

     

5:00 – 5:30 p.m.
  • Location:  USC Alumni Center, Presidential Dining Room

    Speaker:

    Ramy HarikAssistant Professor, McNAIR Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research, University of South Carolina and Chair of ACE’17 Technical Symposium

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
  • The reception is open to those who attended the afternoon sessions on Thursday, August 31

    Location:  

    Twisted Spur Brewing
    705 Gervais Street
    Columbia, SC  29201