Past Speakers

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Anthony (Tony) Allen
Senior Program Manager, Foreign Direct Investment for International Strategy and Trade Division (IST), SC Department of Commerce

Mohammod Ali
Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of South Carolina at Columbia

Melissa Azallion
Attorney, McNair Law Firm


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

Adrianne L. Beasley
Director of Aerospace Initiatives, SC Council on Competitiveness, SC Aerospace

Arturs P. Bergs
Project Engineer, McNair 

Shane Boone

Vice President of Nondestructive Evaluation, BDI

Lawrence H. Brinker, Esq.
President & CEO (Interim), NUAIR Alliance

Brianna Broad
Account Supervisor, kglobal

John Burke
Regional Sales Engineer, Staubli Corporation


Parry Carter
Account Supervisor, kglobal

Dr. Elizabeth Cates
Director of Research and Development, Innegra Technologies

Karen Coltrane
CEO, EdVenture Children’s Museum

Dr. Marty S. Connor, Sr.
Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Orangeburg County Consolidated School District Three

Charles Croufer

Enterprise Sales Executive, Siemens PLM

Kris Czaja
Process Engineer, Ingersoll Machine Tools


Donald E. Erickson

Site Director, Lockheed Martin Greenville Operations


Joan T. A. Gabel

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

Keith Gardner
President, eMRI

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

Elizabeth Gregory
Research Engineer, Nondestructive Evaluation Sciences Branch (NESB-D313) at NASA’s Langley Research Center

Dr. Zafer Gürdal
Ronald E. McNair Endowed Chair Holder, McNAIR Center for Aerospace Innovation & Research at the University of South Carolina


Dr. Ramy Harik
Assistant Professor of Aerospace Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing, Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Carolina

Carole Rickard Hedden
Executive Editorial Director, Aviation Week Executive Intelligence

Robert Hitt, III
Secretary of Commerce, South Carolina Department of Commerce


Thomas E. Hodges, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Education, University of South Carolina

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


Leigh Hudson
Business Development, Siemens PLM Software

Gregory Huff
Associate Professor, Electromagnetics and Microwave Laboratory, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University


Dr. Darrrell Johnson
Superintendent, Greenwood School District 50

Peter Juarez

Civil Servant Research Engineer, Nondestructive Evaluation Sciences Branch (NESB-D313) at NASA’s Langley Research Center


Lauren Martens
Vice President, kglobal

Governor Henry McMaster
Governor of South Carolina

Oliver Meier
North American Textile Sales Representative, Stäubli Corporation


Mark Pankow
Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, North Carolina State University


Jeffrey Satterwhite
Research Scientist II, Toray Composites

Dr. Jörg Schulte
Manager, BMW Liason Office for Research and Innovation

Susie Shannon
President & CEO, South Carolina Council on Competitiveness

Brian Shea
Principal, Simon Everett, Ltd.

Adam Smoot
Enterprise Account Manager, GE Digital

Chuck Spangler
President, South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Molly Spearman
South Carolina Superintendent of Education, SC Department of Education


James D. Stephens
Executive Director, South Carolina Aeronautics Commission


Michael Sutton
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Carolina


Dr. Subramani Sockalingam
Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering, University of South Carolina McNAIR Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research



Steve Townes
President and CEO, Ranger Aerospace
Chairman, ACL AirShopChair, SC Aerospace

Michel Van Tooren
Professor, Aerospace Systems Design and Structures, College of Engineering and Computing of the University of South Carolina
Director, Ronald E. McNAIR Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research and SmartState Center for Multifunctional Materials and Structures (MFMS)


Ahsan Uddin
Senior Engineer, Crawford Composites LLC


Howard White
Project Director for Boeing Training, SC Technical College System’s readySC


Carla Whitlock
Senior Apprenticeship Consultant, Apprenticeship Carolina

Michael D. Wright
Ph.D. Candidate, University of South Carolina

Brian Wynne

President and CEO , Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)


Mehmet Yildiz

Associate Professor, Manufacturing Engineering and Materials Science and Nanoengineering Program, Sabanci University


David Zeppettella
Electronics Engineer, Air Force Research Laboratory
Ph.D. Candidate, University of South Carolina