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CLS 2014 General Sessions

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014  

Business Climate Overview  |  9:30 – 10:55 a.m.

Introduction of CLS 2014, David W. Johnson, Journal of the American Ceramic Society, Moderator


Perspectives on Manufacturing: U.S. Competitiveness Today, and Prospects Ahead, Jim Meil, vice president, chief economist, Eaton Corporate

Commentary and opinions abound on an American manufacturing renaissance; the “reshoring” phenomenon; energy independence and what it implies for lowering domestic production costs; all suggesting the revival of a dormant U.S. manufacturing giant on the global stage. Amid claims and counter-claims, it’s hard to discern fact from hyperbole. Over the course of this presentation, we will examine the current competitive state of U.S. manufacturing, attempting an even-handed review of strengths and weaknesses; we will also look a little more deeply into sub-sectors and try to identify potential winners and losers. We will then engage in a crystal ball exercise, attempting to discern what the future may hold, based on the trends we see taking place today.


Technology Trends, Katharine Frase, vice president, CTO, Global Public Sector, IBM Corporation

It is difficult to remember a world in which our daily tasks and businesses were not dominated by technology, particularly communications and information technology. The rate and pace of change seems to accelerate, and we are bombarded by new sources of “data” and new gadgets every day. In this session we will explore how these technology trends can create new insights and intelligence, while managing operational risk, to transform how we conduct our business and make decisions every day.



Keynote  |  11 – 11:45 a.m.

Strategic Open Innovation – Connecting with the Outside World to Advance Your Company’s Technology and Product Innovation, Andy Zynga, CEO, NineSigma

Open Innovation, also known as external or networked innovation, is focused on quickly finding technology solutions, reducing risk, and shortening time to market by leveraging resources that others have invested in developing. With a better understanding of “what is out there”, a company is able to combine external capabilities and solutions with internal innovation resources and become more effective and efficient at innovating. Andy will share relevant examples of how companies have been able to use Open Innovation to create tangible value and will highlight the key learnings from thousands of projects done over the past 14 years.



Strategic Manufacturing: Sustainability, Opportunities and Workforce Development  |  1:15 – 5:30 p.m.


1:15 – 2 p.m.

Sustainability – The Path to Wealth Creation, Frank O’Brien-Bernini, vice president, chief sustainability officer, Owens Corning

The path to corporate success has always been about solving problems and developing new opportunities. In all cases, these solutions must create specific value for a particular customer. Similarly, in all cases, there is a social, environmental, and economic consequence beyond the direct relationship with that particular customer…either positive or negative. Sustainability, which is about meeting the needs of the present without compromising the world that we leave to the future, seeks to understand, account for, and ultimately maximize the net-positive impact of these complex relationships. As any product or process developer will confirm, it is a gift when a problem or opportunity is so well defined that creativity and innovation can emerge from a foundation of what’s known. This is clearly the case for the global macro challenges of sustainability, whether considering climate, energy, emissions, solid waste, clean water, population, natural resource depletion, land use, food…these are clear and urgent challenges and, therefore, innovation opportunities that only corporations can solve at the scale needed…and that’s why the world needs you/us to be successful. This discussion will include a look at how a commitment to sustainability will enhance product innovation and marketability, increase manufacturing efficiencies, reduce energy/resource consumption and environmental impact, increase profitability and engage employees. Learnings will be shared in a practical synopsis of the four key sustainability business strategies of Owens Corning: “Operations Sustainability”, “Product and Supply Chain Sustainability”, “Innovation and Collaboration to Deliver Energy Efficiency and Durable Material Solutions at Scale” and “Employee Safety, Health and Engagement and Community Vitality”.


2 – 3:30 p.m.

Manufacturing in the United States of America….A Vehicle for National Economic Prosperity, Al Lubrano, president, Materion Technical Materials and chairman, National Association of Manufacturers’s Small to Medium Manufacturers

Mr. Lubrano will highlight facts and figures on the manufacturing economy, jobs and what has transpired over the last 15 years. The effects of the “Great Recession” on manufacturing will be discussed. Structural costs and other related manufacturing encumbrances will also be addressed as well as the roadmap for increasing manufacturing competitiveness in the United States.


4 – 5:30 p.m.

Finding and Developing Engineering Talent, Eric Urruti, vice president, research & technology development, SCHOTT NA. Panel Members: Wayne G. Butscher, director, BioSTART and Lab Associates Program, BioTechnical Institute of Maryland, Inc.; R. Allen Kimel, assistant professor and associate head for Undergraduate Studies, Pennsylvania State University; and Lora Cooper Rothen, CEO, Du-Co Ceramics Company

Over the past 10-15 years, a move away from US-based manufacturing resulted in a significant decrease in workforce with production skills. As manufacturing returns to the US, the shortage of qualified candidates is an increasing problem. This session will feature four speakers with perspectives from both large and mid-size businesses, a university, and a technical training organization. The discussion will focus on how to reinforce and reinvigorate the manufacturing workforce with appropriate skills and knowledge particularly for current ceramics and glass manufacturing needs. Ideas for pre-employment training, recruitment and in-house skill development will be explored in a presentation, opening remarks, structured Q&A and questions from the audience.



Conference Dinner Speaker  |  7:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Ceramic 3D Printing- Art, Invention and Industry, John Balistreri, professor, Bowling Green State University

Professor Balistreri will describe how his practice as a ceramic artist lead to innovations in ceramic 3d printing, culminating in two patents, a startup company and ever expanding commercial applications. The talk will emphasize creativity in problem solving and the challenges of commercializing technology through academia. Balistreri will explore the many potentials of the technology from aesthetic objects to practical applications that will transform industries, including biomedical, metal casting, and aerospace, as well as expand many disciplines such as architecture and design.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014  

Strategic ManufacturingAdditive Manufacturing Technologies  |  8:30 – 9:25 a.m.

Additive Manufacturing Technologies, Steve Rengers, R&D manager, Additive Development Center, GE Aviation

Over the course of the past few years, there has been an increasing amount of interest in Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing with much press coverage. Although Additive Manufacturing can be considered a ‘disruptive technology’ in many ways, it is still a relatively young technology that is just beginning to demonstrate the promise of changing how we think about manufacturing certain components. In this session, a high-level overview of the various technologies will be discussed, applications of the technologies will be covered and a review of how GE is leveraging the technology to innovate and accelerate their product introductions will be covered and explored.



CLS 2014 Wrap up Session  |  3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Moderators Panel – Review and Next Steps

The Ceramic Leadership Summit Moderator will provide a summary on main points from the first day general sessions. A moderator from each of the concurrent tracks (A. Innovation, B. Global Manufacturing and Sustainability, and C. Sustainable Workforce) will provide a summary of major discussions and conclusions in these sessions. In addition, questions and comments from the audience will be considered including what are next steps that ACerS can do to address some of the key points raised.


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