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Panel Discussion to address aerospace and defense challenges.

Press Release Summary:

Feb 21, 2013 - Panel of leading aerospace and defense manufacturing OEMs will challenge suppliers to find solutions to issues that are stifling innovation and keeping industry from reaching full potential. "Inside the AeroDef Boardroom: Executive Perspectives on the Future of the Industry" will be held at AeroDef® Manufacturing and Composites Manufacturing 2013, March 19-21. Discussion will focus on ways to improve affordability, producibility, and technical innovation in aerospace and defense manufacturing.

Original Press Release

Aerospace & Defense Manufacturing Executives Detail Greatest Challenges at "Inside the AeroDef Boardroom"

Press release date: Feb 19, 2013

DEARBORN, Mich., – A panel of leading aerospace and defense manufacturing OEMs will challenge their suppliers to find solutions to issues that are stifling innovation and keeping the industry from reaching its full potential. The “Inside the AeroDef Boardroom: Executive Perspectives on the Future of the Industry” panel discussion will be held at AeroDef® Manufacturing and Composites Manufacturing 2013, March 19-21, at the Long Beach (Calif.) Convention Center.

The discussion will focus on ways to improve affordability, producibility and technical innovation in aerospace and defense manufacturing, including:

How to meet the growing challenges of technology innovation and integration
What investments Tier 1 and Tier 2 companies should be making now to meet future needs
What new technologies hold the greatest potential to increase producibility and affordability
How will manufacturers retool in an era of fiscal austerity

Panelists include members of the AeroDef Manufacturing Executive Committee, who partnered with the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) to produce AeroDef.

Paul Oldroyd, technical fellow, Manufacturing Engineering Process Development Engineering Department, Bell Helicopter Textron
Allen Andress, vice president, Operations, American Eurocopter
Ralph Resnick, president and executive director, National Center for Defense Manufacturing & Machining (NCDMM)
Lance Bryant, director, Production Operations Manufacturing Engineering/Technology and Advanced Programs & Technology (AP&T) Production, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (AS)
Dianne Chong, Ph.D., VP of Assembly, Factory and Support Technologies, Boeing Engineering, Operations & Technology, The Boeing Company
John Vickers, assistant manager, Materials and Processes Laboratory, Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA

The other two panels are “Future Role of Software in Composites Manufacturing” and “Role of Modeling and Simulation in 21st Century Aerospace and Defense System Development.”

All panel discussions are free-of-charge for registered attendees and will be held at The Deck – the central area of the exposition floor designed to facilitate interaction among attendees, speakers, presenters and exhibitors and where all key events will take place, such as keynote presentations, panel discussions and networking events.

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About AeroDef Manufacturing
AeroDef Manufacturing is the leading technical conference and exposition for the aerospace and defense manufacturing industry. Produced by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), in partnership with leading industry OEMs, its mission is to foster innovation across the extended enterprise to reduce costs, expedite production times and maintain U.S. competitiveness in the global economy.

About SME
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is the premier source for manufacturing knowledge, education and networking. Through its many programs, events, magazines, publications and online training division, Tooling U, SME connects manufacturing practitioners to each other, to the latest technologies and to the most up-to-date manufacturing processes. SME has members around the world and is supported by a network of chapters and technical communities. A 501(c)3 organization, SME is a leader in manufacturing workforce development issues, working with industry, academic and government partners to support the current and future skilled workforce.

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