Business and Workforce Development Track  |  Technical Track (ACE ‘17)  |  Tours and Workshops

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
  • Location: Ballroom

    Joan Gabel

    Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
    and Provost for the University of South Carolina

    Tameika Devine
    Columbia City Councilwoman, At-Large

    Other speakers TBA.

9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
11:00  – 11:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Design of composite structures and materials are driving the next generation innovation cycles for the aerospace market. This session focuses on presenting state-of-the-art innovations in new carbon fiber materials and how they affect design and analysis methods. The session also highlights new concepts such as flexible processing.

    Location: Lexington Room A

    Chair:  Zafer Gurdal, Ronald E. McNair Endowed Chair, McNAIR Center for Aerospace Innovation & Research, University of South Carolina

    Opening remarks:  Ramy Harik, Assistant Professor, McNAIR Center for Innovation and Research, University of South Carolina and Chair of ACE’17 Technical Symposium

    The Current State of Design & Analysis Methods of HexMc Structural Parts

    Sanjay Sharma, Global Leader Advanced Modeling, Research & Technology, Hexcel Corporation

    Next Generation Carbon Fiber Prepreg with Flexible Processing

    Jeff Satterwhite, Senior Research Scientist, Toray Composite Materials America, Inc.

    Mehmet Yildiz, Director, Composite Technologies Center of Excellence, Sabanci University

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Location: Ballroom


    James Stephens

    Executive Director, South Carolina Aeronautics Commission

    Karen Coltraine

    President & CEO, EdVenture Children’s Museum

1:00 – 2:15 p.m.
1:45 – 2:00 p.m.
2:15 – 2:45 p.m.
2:45 – 3:15 p.m. 
  • Location: Exhibit Hall

    Speaker:  Samantha Magill

    Special Projects, Honda Aircraft Company

    The HondaJet is the fastest, highest-flying, quietest, and most fuel-efficient jet in its class. The HondaJet incorporates many technological innovations in aviation design, including the unique Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration that dramatically improves performance and fuel efficiency by reducing aerodynamic drag.

    In late 2015, the HondaJet was type certified by the Federal Aviation Administration and began deliveries. The HondaJet is currently offered for sale in North America, South America, and Europe.  HondaJet News>>

3:15 – 3:45 p.m.
3:45 – 4:30 p.m.
3:45 – 5:30 p.m.
  • While breakthroughs in new materials are continuously happening, the innovation cycles in manufacturing are at an all-time high in several industries: new airplanes, new automobiles, new renewable energy structures and more. This session will present the latest trends and will highlight how innovation in manufacturing is becoming the new standard.

    Location: Lexington Room A

    Chair: Michel van Tooren, SmartState™ Chair for Multifunctional Materials and Structures, University of South Carolina

    The BMW i3 Production System:  a new way to make automobiles

    Dr. Jörg Schulte, Manager Research and Innovation BMW Manufacturing Co.

    Multiaxis Printing with Carbon Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastics

    Peter Nicholas, President, TIGHITCO Inc.

    Title TBA

    Daniel Hynum, GE Renewables

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Our evening event includes poster competition awards, live music, and plenty of networking!

    Location: Ballroom