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Keynote Speakers announced for AeroDef Manufacturing conference.

Press Release Summary:

January 12, 2011 - Scheduled for April 5-7, AeroDef Manufacturing expo and technical conference will include keynote by Mike Vander Wel, director of the manufacturing domain in the Enterprise Technology Strategy office for Boeing. Keynote speakers also include Steve Linder, director of manufacturing technology, Office of the Secretary of Defense at the DoD Research and Engineering and James K. Sutter, PhD, senior scientist, Polymer Branch of Materials and Structure Division at NASA Glenn Research Center.

Original Press Release

Top Minds in Manufacturing Technology to Keynote New Aerospace and Defense Manufacturing Conference in Anaheim in April

Press release date: January 5, 2011

DEARBORN, Mich. - Three of the best minds in aerospace, defense and space manufacturing technology, each responsible for driving productivity in the enterprise, will keynote AeroDef Manufacturing, an expo and technical conference scheduled for April 5-7 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Keynote speakers include: Mike Vander Wel, director of the manufacturing domain in the Enterprise Technology Strategy office for Boeing Steve Linder, director of manufacturing technology, Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Department of Defense Research and Engineering James K. Sutter, PhD, senior scientist, Polymer Branch of Materials and Structure Division at NASA Glenn Research Center Mike Vander Wel is responsible for the leadership and strategy of Boeing's technology portfolio in the manufacturing domain across the Boeing enterprise. Vander Wel has more than 19 years of engineering, operations and technology experience with The Boeing Company. Steve Linder oversees the congressionally mandated DoD program and manages the Defense-Wide Manufacturing Technology (DMS&T) Program Element. Former director of the Navy's Manufacturing Technology Program, Linder has more than 37 years service with the DoD. James Sutter works in the NASA Engineering Safety Center. Previously, Sutter led a team of more than 75 engineers and scientists from NASA, Air Force Research Labs, industry and universities to successfully produce and hot-fire test the first composite support structure for a hypersonic air breathing engine capable of traveling at speeds of Mach 8. He also co-chairs a DoD/NASA workshop on high-temperature polymers and their composites. Produced by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and backed by leaders from the leading OEMs, AeroDef will showcase the latest advanced manufacturing processes. Attendees will see the entire manufacturing thread, from enabling technologies to the most advanced, integrated systems. Sessions will allow manufacturing professionals to learn how OEMs and suppliers are working together to advance productivity while reducing costs. Aerodef will, for the first time, bring together the entire aerospace and defense manufacturing world in one location. Attendees can register for the event at aerodefevent.com. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AerodefMfg. About SME:
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is the premier source for manufacturing knowledge, education and networking. Through its many membership 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. NOTE TO MEDIA: Visit the SME Media Center for the latest Society news, one-stop access to SME Events, Manufacturing Quicklinks, SME social media sites, SME News Feed and more. If you have any questions or comments, please contact SME Public Relations by phone 313.425.3000, e-mail communications@sme.org, or Fax: 313.425.3403. Copyright © 2011 Society of Manufacturing Engineers

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