Schedule Information

Wednesday, October 1

1–2:00 p.m.     Conference Kickoff - Keynote Address
                        Great Hall, Memorial Student Center
                        John Torinus, Serigraph

2–3:30 p.m.     UW-Stout Industry & Technology Lab Tours
2–5:00 p.m.     NASA: Glenn Research Center Showcase
                        Great Hall, Memorial Student Center     

3:15                 Buses depart for Tours of manufacturing facilities

5:30 p.m.         Social/Cash Bar - Great Hall, Memorial Student Center

6:00 p.m.         Manufacturing Works / Gold Collar Careers Dinner
                        Great Hall, Memorial Student Center

Thursday, October 2

7:00 a.m.         Registration and Exhibits open.
                        Breakfast is available

7:40 a.m.         Welcome - UW-Stout Chancellor, Bob Meyer

8:00 a.m.         Morning Keynote - Craig Porter, PlastiCert 

8:45 a.m.         Morning Keynote - Mike Weller, Miller Electric

9:45 – 10:45 a.m.   Mini Sessions, Networking & Exhibits
20 minute sessions addressing a range of topic - you will have enough time to attend three of the following
          Nancy Mistele, Wisconsin Office of Business Development
          Elizabeth Laxague, Growing Your Business Through Exports
          Technology Adoption and Acceleration - Roger Gehring
         Preparing for the ISO9001:2015 Quality Management System Standard

11:00 a.m.     Burning Issues - Breakout Sessions
Exploring Alternative Healthcare Presentation

The Skills Gap:  Five Slides and a Challenge
          Dan Conroy, Nexen
          Mark Tyler, OEM Fabricators
          Joni Geroux, Chair - Manufacturing Works / UW-Stout Discovery Center

NASA Technology Display
Engaging with NASA to make cutting edge technology connections

          Joe Shaw and NASA team

Practical Application of Additive Manufacturing
          Mike Cropp, UW-Stout Fab Lab Manager
Hottest Topic - vote via text message or email your topic of choice

Noon - Networking Lunch

1:15 p.m.  Keynote Speaker Joe Shaw
NASA Glenn Research Center has an aggressive effort to partner with members of the external community to infuse NASA capabilities (people, facilities,   technologies) into critically important sectors of our national economy so as to support job creation/retention by the private sector. This effort aligns with the 2011 Presidential directive to all federal agencies to Accelerate Technology Transfer and Commercialization of Federal Research In Support of High-Growth Businesses. NASA Glenn's approach and recent successes will be presented and discussed. 

2:30 p.m. Roundtable Discussions and Networking
Breaking Down Government Barriers and Road Block
Bring your greatest obstacles to the table to so they be brought back for policy reform

One-on-one With NASA team and Joe Shaw
Spend time, one-on-one, with NASA to have a specific technology discussion

Energy Conservation Panel
Everyone wants to conserve - get tips here

Alternative Healthcare Panel
Pam Bradshaw, Wipfli
Natasha Plank-Ottum, Plank Enterprises
Marcus Paulson, President - Benefit Plan Administrators
Other TBD

Hosted by the UW-Stout MOC

Contact Information

Professional Education Programs and Services
221 10th Avenue E
Menomonie, WI 54751

Phone: 715.232.2793
Fax: 715.232.3385