Speakers to Offer Inside Perspective on Technology, Manufacturing Policies at AeroDef Manufacturing Summit and Exposition 2014

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Speakers are announced for AeroDef Manufacturing Summit and Exposition, the only event solely devoted to aerospace and defense manufacturing. Professionals from the highest levels of business and government will offer their views on existing and emerging opportunities for suppliers and other stakeholders to advance the industry.

AeroDef Manufacturing encourages speaker, presenter and exhibitor interaction with attendees at its main venue, The Deck, located at the center of the exposition floor.

The Exclusive Industry Keynote Address and Featured Speaker Sessions at this year's AeroDef® Manufacturing Summit and Exposition 2014 will offer insiders’ perspective on strategies to optimize technologies and policies to maintain predominance in aerospace and defense, according to event producer SME.

AeroDef Manufacturing takes place February 25–27, 2014, at the Long Beach (Calif.) Convention Center. Speakers were selected for the AeroDef Manufacturing Intelligence Series in partnership with a committee comprised of senior manufacturing professionals from aerospace and defense OEMs, NASA and the National Center for Defense Manufacturing & Machining (NCDMM).

  •     Gerould Young, director, Materials & Manufacturing Technology, Boeing Research & Technology. Young delivers the exclusive keynote address, “The Lure of New Materials and the Corresponding Reality of Manufacturing at Rate and Cost,” on Wednesday, February 26, from 8:00 – 9:00 am.
  •     Michael F. Molnar, director, National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office and SME 2014 president. Molnar speaks about the work of the new manufacturing innovation institutes on Thursday, February 27, from 8:00–8:30 am.
  •     Major General Dennis M. Kenneally, USA (retired), executive director, Southwest Defense Alliance (SWDA) and David Herbst, vice chairman, Southwest Defense Alliance (SWDA). Maj. Gen. Kenneally, a member of California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s Military Council, and Mr. Herbst will address the economic impact of federal budget cuts, known as the sequestration, on the industrial base on Tuesday, February 25, from 8:00–8:45 am.
  •     Yancy D. Mailes, director, History & Museum Program, Air Force Global Strike. Mailes speaks on aviation history in context of today’s programs at the Take Off!, the opening reception for the exposition and summit, on Tuesday, February 25, at 3:00 pm.

AeroDef Manufacturing encourages speaker, presenter and exhibitor interaction with attendees at its main venue, The Deck, located at the center of the exposition floor. Visit the website at aerodefevent.com to register and for details about exclusive and featured speakers, exposition, summit and networking events.

Join our Twitter group @AeroDefMfg and our LinkedIn group to learn details about AeroDef as they unfold, including keynote speakers, panels and sponsorship opportunities for exhibitors.

Note to Media:
Visit the SME Media Center for the latest news, one-stop access to SME Events, Manufacturing Quick links, SME social media sites, SME News Feed and more. Qualified members of the news media can register for AeroDef Manufacturing here.

About AeroDef Manufacturing
AeroDef Manufacturing is the leading technical conference and exposition for the aerospace and defense manufacturing industry. Produced by 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
SME connects all those who are passionate about making things that improve our world. As a nonprofit organization, SME has served practitioners, companies, educators, government and communities across the manufacturing spectrum for more than 80 years. Through its strategic areas of events, media, membership, training and development, and the SME Education Foundation, SME is uniquely dedicated to advancing manufacturing by addressing both knowledge and skill needs for industry. At SME, we are making the future. Together.

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