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February 17, 2010 - Aerospace consultant Richard Aboulafia and Richard Scofield, responsible for bringing F-117 stealth fighter to reality, will kick off Aerospace Industry and Association Day at WESTEC 2010. Scofield will offer insight and advice on positioning a manufacturing company for future aerospace supply chains, while Aboulafia will discuss current market conditions and provide analysis of where commercial jet, business jet, and military segments are headed.

Aerospace Consultant, F-117 Creator to Co-Keynote Aerospace Industry & Association Day at WESTEC, March 23-25, in Los Angeles

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Press release date: February 16, 2010

Trade Show Exhibits Will Feature New Aerospace/Defense Manufacturing Equipment, Technological Advancements, Industry Trends

DEARBORN, Mich., - Aerospace consultant Richard Aboulafia and Richard Scofield, responsible for bringing the F-117 stealth fighter to reality, will kick off Aerospace Industry & Association Day, Tuesday, March 23 at WESTEC 2010, an event organized by The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).

The two keynote addresses highlight a full day of activities designed to bring manufacturing engineers at aerospace/defense companies up to speed on technology advancements and give them a preview of industry trends as the U.S. economy moves out of recession.

In addition to the speeches, a special section of the convention center will be devoted to exhibits of manufacturing equipment for the aerospace/defense industry, identified with floor markers. Literature highlighting aerospace/defense exhibitors will be available near the entrance.

In his morning keynote, Scofield, a retired U.S. Air Force Lt. General, will offer insight and advice on positioning a manufacturing company for future aerospace supply chains. (Free)

He will draw upon more than 45 years of hands-on experience in operational flying, flight testing, weapons system acquisition management and commercial business management in preparing his remarks.

Not only did Scofield, as program director, bring the F-117 stealth fighter into fruition, he also brought the B-2 advanced technology bomber to reality. He is currently senior adviser of Air Force ManTech and a Science & Technology and Research & Development programs adviser for Air Force Research Lab.

Aboulafia, vice president of analysis at Teal Group Corporation, will discuss current market conditions and provide an analysis of where the commercial jet, business jet and military segments are headed throughout the coming years and will forecast the 2010 aerospace global industry at a plated luncheon for manufacturing engineers. Attendees will receive a SME Aerospace & Defense Yearbook. (Luncheon cost: $30)

He has served as an aerospace industry consultant managing projects in the commercial and military aircraft fields, and analyzes broader defense and aerospace trends for Teal Group.

The definitive West Coast event for manufacturing professionals, WESTEC 2010, will run March 23 - 25, 2010 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Attendees at WESTEC 2010 will be able to see demonstrations of the latest technologies, watch free show floor presentations and hear three keynote addresses and a panel discussion addressing the wind energy supply chain and prospects in aerospace/defense and renewable energy. More than 400 exhibitors are expected.

WESTEC 2010 will also feature free sessions on

  • The future of renewable energy and the wind industry by Matt Garran, supply chain manager, American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)

  • "Lean Manufacturing is Green Manufacturing," by Isidro "Izzy" Galicia, president and CEO, Incito Consulting Group

  • "Staying Ahead in a Global Market-U.S. Tax Incentives," by Randy Eickhoff, president, Acena Consulting, LLC

  • "Health Insurance Programs for Machine Shops," by Michael Dochterman, Valley Insurance Services

    Engineers can also opt in for technical sessions on advanced materials, machining, metalworking fluids, non-traditional machining processes, tooling or mold-making and metrology.

    Find more information on WESTEC 2010 and register for the luncheon or paid sessions at

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    About SME:
    Founded in 1932, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers is the premier source for manufacturing knowledge, education and networking.Through its many programs, events and activities, SME connects manufacturing practitioners to each other, to the latest technology and the most up-to-date processes spanning all manufacturing industries and disciplines, plus the key areas of aerospace and defense, medical device, motor vehicles, including motorsports, oil and gas and alternative energy. A 501(c)3 organization, SME has members around the world and is supported by a network of technical communities and chapters worldwide.

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