October 8th, 2018:

  • Exhibitor Move-in
  • Tours of University of South Carolina McNAIR Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research and tours of Predictive Maintenance Center (optional for all registered attendees at no cost)

Downloadable program coming soon>>

Business and Workforce Development

ACE ‘18 Technical Symposium  


Keynote Speakers announced:

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
9:00 – 9:20 a.m.
9:20 – 9:30 a.m.
9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
11:00  – 11:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
2:00 – 2:15 p.m.
2:15 – 2:45 p.m.
2:45 – 3:15 p.m.
3:15 – 4:00 p.m.
3:15 – 5:00 p.m.
4:00 – 4:45 p.m.
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: Ballroom


    Susie Shannon
    President & CEO, South Carolina Council on Competitiveness

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

    Bobby Hitt
    South Carolina Secretary of Commerce

  • Location: Ballroom

    An Overview of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Industry
    Brian Wynne, President & CEO, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)

    Drone safety is good for business
    Lawrence Brinker, President & CEO (Interim), NUAIR Alliance

    The Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Infrastructure Inspection
    Shane Boone, Vice President of Nondestructive Evaluation, BDI

    Wrap-up by Michel van Tooren, Director of Ronald E. McNAIR Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research and SmartState™ Center for Multifunctional Materials and Structures (MFMS)

  • 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

    Next Generation Carbon Fiber Prepreg with Flexible Processing
    Jeff Satterwhite, Senior Research Scientist, Toray Composite Materials America, Inc.

    Nano-Engineered Multi-Scale Reinforced, Smart and Responsive Polymeric Composites
    Mehmet Yildiz, Director, Composite Technologies Center of Excellence, Sabanci University

  • Location: Ballroom


    James Stephens (moderator)
    Executive Director, South Carolina Aeronautics Commission

    Molly Spearman
    South Carolina Superintendent of Education

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

    Karen Coltrane
    President & CEO, EdVenture Children’s Museum

    Darrell Johnson
    Superintendent, Greenwood School District 50

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

  • Aerospace and defense:  How the Global Industry is Reshaping Itself.  Learn from two experts how the aerospace and defense industry are dealing with both out-bound and in-bound global expansion.

    Location: Exhibit Hall


    Technologies and Trends Driving Outbound Strategies
    Carole Rikard Hedden
    Executive Editorial Director, Aviation Week Executive Intelligence

    Globally Competing for Top Talent – Understanding Key U.S. Immigration Strategies
    Melissa Azallion
    Shareholder, McNair Law Firm

  • 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

    Arturs Berg, Project Engineer, TIGHITCO Inc.

    Innovations in Composite Design and Manufacturing

    Ahsan Uddin, Senior Engineer, Crawford Composites, LLC


  • Learn more about some of the resources available to South Carolina companies, from workforce training to certification assistance.  Hear from the experts how those resources can help your company to grow and succeed in South Carolina.

    Location: Exhibit Hall

    Panel discussion

    Tony Allen (moderator), Senior Program Manager, FDI, International Strategy and Trade Division, South Carolina Department of Commerce

    Chuck Spangler, President, South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership

    Howard White, Program Director, readySC, SC Technical College S/ystem


  • Our evening event includes live music and plenty of networking!

    Location: Ballroom