Thursday, September 27

Session I
The Next Industrial Revolution – A Step into the Future

Welcome: Tori Watson, Market Engagement & Communication Lead, Techmer PM
John Manuck, Chairman & CEO, Techmer PM

Introduction: Tori Watson, Market Engagement & Communication Lead, Techmer PM

Speakers: Brenna Sniderman, Sr. Manager and Subject Matter Specialist, Deloitte Insights
Niki Werkheiser, In-Space Manufacturing Project Manager, NASA MSFC
Dr. Craig Blue, Director of EERE Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) 

Guest Entrepreneur: Anna Douglas, Founder, SkyNano Technologies

10:00 to 12:00 pm

12:00 to 1:15 pm

1:15 to 3:00 pm

Networking Lunch

Session II
Smart and Connected Assets—The Evolving Road Map of Design

Introduction: Tom Rogers, Director of Economic Development & Community Partnerships, ORNL

Speakers: Megan Neese, Sr. Manager, Future Lab at Renault-Nissan Alliance
Tim Sylvester, CEO & Chief Technology Officer, Integrated Roadways

Networking Opportunity

3:00 to 3:30 pm

Session III
The Intersection of Design, Business and Leadership

Introduction: Tori Watson, Market Engagement & Communication Lead, Techmer PM

Moderator: Jenny Whitener, CEO and Founder, Bridge Innovate

Panelists: Richard Clarke, former VP, Global Design for Direct to Consumer, Nike
Marc Shillum, Founder Brand Innovation Lab, Sr. Director Global Brand Creative, eBay
John Manuck, Chairman & CEO, Techmer PM
Dr. Thomas Zacharia, Director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

Closing Remarks: John Manuck, Chairman & CEO, Techmer PM

3:30 to 5:00 pm

5:00 to 6:30 pm

SHYFT Design + Innovation Cocktails Reception

Friday, Sept. 28, 2018 – Tours

8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Tours of ORNL Manufacturing Demonstration Facility and National Transportation Research Center

Introduction: Dr. Craig Blue, Director of EERE, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
Dr. Robert Wagner, Director of NTRC, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
John Hopkins, CEO, Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) 

Tour Information

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL):

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) provides exceptional researchers with distinctive equipment and unique facilities to solve some of the nation’s most compelling challenges. As the largest US Department of Energy (DOE) open science laboratory, ORNL’s mission is to deliver scientific discoveries and technical breakthroughs that will accelerate the development and deployment of solutions in clean energy and global security while creating economic opportunities for the nation.

Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF):

The Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) is the nation’s only large-scale open-access facility for rapidly demonstrating early stage R&D manufacturing technologies and optimizing critical processes.

National Transportation Research Center (NTRC):

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Transportation Research Center (NTRC) is a national user facility that offers industry, academia, and other agencies the opportunity to access state-of-the-art technologies, equipment and instrumentation, and computational resources to advance transportation technologies

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