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SME Innovation Conference to take place May 19, 2011.

Press Release Summary:

March 17, 2011 - SME Silicon Valley Chapter will present Innovation Conference for Engineers, Latest Technologies and Challenges for Product Development and Manufacturing, in Santa Clara, CA. New applications in composites and carbon nanotube materials, prototyping, and direct digital manufacturing will be covered, and event will include keynotes from Space Systems/Loral and SEMI Photovoltaics Group. Seminar will run in conjunction with Northern California Design-2-Part Show, which is also open to attendees.

Original Press Release

SME to Present Innovation Conference on New Product Development and Manufacturing

Press release date: March 10, 2011

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Silicon Valley Chapter will present a one-day Innovation Conference for Engineers, "Latest Technologies and Challenges for Product Development and Manufacturing," on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California. The seminar will run in conjunction with the Northern California Design-2-Part Show being held May 18 & 19, 2011, also at the Santa Clara Convention Center. The sixth annual technical conference presented by SME will explore new resources, materials, and processes to help product developers speed up, develop, and manufacture products in the competitive new world. Attendees will learn about new applications in composites and carbon nanotube materials, prototyping, direct digital manufacturing, and much more. In addition, there will be keynotes from Space Systems/Loral and SEMI Photovoltaics (PV) Group, and panel discussions on emerging technologies in medical devices and entrepreneurship. AGENDA
Introduction & Welcome to the SME Technical Conference
Jonathan Cook - SME Chair
Top Product Innovations
JoAnne Moody - President, Zeta Scientific LLC
Keynote Speaker - State of the Global Photovoltaic Industry
Bettina Weiss - Executive Director, SEMI PV Group
Cloud Product Development Strategies
Michael Keer - Founder & CEO, Product Realization Group
New Applications for Carbon Fiber Composites
Gus Malek-Madani - Founder & CEO, Green Platform Corporation
Medical Devices - Emerging Technologies and Innovations
Lead: Geetha Rao, PhD - Vice President, Strategy and Risk Management, Triple Ring Technologies
Panelists: Mir Imran, MD - Chairman and CEO, InCube Labs, Inc.
Joe Heanue, PhD - President, Triple Ring Technologies
Jack Lloyd - Founder, Nellcor and Alere Medical
Keynote Speaker - The Evolution of Satellites
Hampton Chan - VP & Chief Architect, Space Systems/Loral
Tour of Design 2 Part Show and Break
Direct Digital Manufacturing
Alexander Dick - Northwest Rapid Manufacturing
Designing with Composites
Mike Hoke - President, Abaris Training Services Inc.
Possibilities of Plastics in Design & Prototyping
Barbara Roberts - President/CEO, Wright Engineered Plastics, Inc.
Conductive Polymers with Carbon Nanotubes
Joel Bell, PhD - VP, RTP Company Inc.
Prototyping with Metals
Keith Krook - Business Development Manager, General Foundry Services
Design and Market on Your Own Dime?
Panelists: Barbara Carey - President & Founder, Carey & Co.
Dave Hadden - VP Engineering, Arlo Inc.
Della Heywood - Owner, SpectraFix
Karen Waksman - President and Author, Product for Profit
Networking at David's Restaurant, Santa Clara Golf Course The conference is open to SME members and non-members, as well as students. For more information, or to register to attend, please visit In addition to the conference, attendees will be able to visit the co-located Northern California Design-2-Part Show, the largest show in the region to focus exclusively on contract manufacturing services. The show provides design engineers, manufacturing engineers, manufacturing managers, and purchasing personnel the chance to meet face-to-face with local and national contract manufacturers to source custom parts, components, services, and design. The 2011 show will have nearly 200 of the finest American contract manufacturing companies exhibiting their design-through-manufacturing services covering more than 300 product categories for the metals, plastics, rubber and electronics industries. For more information about the Northern California Design-2-Part Show or to register for free show admission, visit About the SME
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers ( is the world's leading non-profit technical and professional society supporting manufacturing education. Through member programs, publications, expositions, and professional development, SME promotes increased awareness of manufacturing and keeps manufacturing professionals up-to-date on leading trends and technologies. This event is sponsored by Silicon Valley Chapter #098 ( and proceeds from this conference will go toward other educational activities which the Chapter hosts locally throughout the year.


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