Join the Cleveland Engineering Society for a day of introductions, innovation, and insight!
Ohio Manufacturing Month continues with a celebration of local engineering and operations!
Presented by the Cleveland Engineering Society and sponsored by MAGNET, the annual Industrial and Manufacturing Conference will take place Wednesday, Oct. 21 at the Tinkham Veale University Center at Case Western Reserve University.
A valuable resource for engineers and manufacturers, the all-day event will tackle a diverse range of topics, including efficiency in operations, quality certification, additive techniques, and educational resources. The keynote presentations, set to take place during breakfast and lunch, will feature insights from Dustin J. Tyler (Associate Professor, CWRU Department of Biomedical Engineering) and Vitamix representatives Greg Moores (Vice President of Engineering) and Joe Pullella (Vice President of Operations).
Attendees will select from one of four lecture tracks to follow throughout the day, including Research and Development, Quality and Regulatory, Process and Efficiency, and Resources. A plethora of seasoned experts will be speaking on these topics, including Mike Heil of the Ohio Aerospace Institute, Michael Hannah of Rockwell Automation, and MAGNET Workforce and Talent Development Director Judith Crocker.
In addition, Case Western’s new think[box] center – an innovative 50,000 square-foot space designed to facilitate brainstorming and prototyping – will be offering open tours throughout the day.
“This event really has something for everyone,” said CES Executive Director Susan Davis. “Engineers and manufacturers will find the conference to be extremely enriching and informative, and we’re aiming for a positive experience for each guest.”
Case Western students can also browse the trade show portion of the event for free or choose to attend the full day for a discounted $60 fee.
“It’s an excellent opportunity for students to see what local engineering entails,” Davis said. “It’s also beneficial for scoping out potential internship and employment opportunities for later in their careers.”
The 2014 conference, held last November at LaCentre in Westlake, drew more than 230 attendees, 27 sponsors, and 29 targeted exhibitors. Among the participants were Max S. Hayes High School, Avon Lake High School, The Beaumont School, and Polaris Career Center.
Other event sponsors for 2015 include Huntington Bank, Sanctuary Software Studio, SE Blueprint, BesTechnology, Magazine Properties, and ARC Document Solutions.
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