CES Annual Industrial & Manufacturing Conference Highlights
Cleveland Engineering Society’s annual Industrial & Manufacturing Conference was held Nov. 8 at LaCentre in Westlake. The theme was “Engineering Solutions to Energy & Environmental Challenges.”
Headlining the conference was Roger Saillant, Ph.D., a fuel cell pioneer and former Ford executive who now is the executive director of the Fowler Center for Sustainable Value at Case Western Reserve University. His presentation was all about the evolution of automotive painting and emissions standards.
Kristi Tanner, managing director-advanced manufacturing for JobsOhio, was the luncheon keynote speaker. Representatives from RES Polyflow, PwC, MAGNET, The Technology House, OSHA, the Ohio EPA, Entrepreneurship Innovation Institute at Lorain Community College and Chagrin River Consulting also took part in presentations.
This year there were also four schools that had their student-built robots on display! The participating schools were: Avon Lake, Max S. Hayes, Beaumont, and Polaris Career Center. The students did a fantastic job with all the robots, including one that was scooping popcorn and another shooting basketballs!
A big thanks to all that came out to the conference this year and helped in making it such a success!
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