March 19-21, 2013 Long Beach (CA) Convention Center

Panel Discussions




Panel Discussion on the Deck:
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Inside the AeroDef Boardroom: Executive Perspectives on the Future of the Industry


Sponsored by:



Paul Oldroyd
Technical Fellow, Manufacturing Engineering Process Development,
Engineering Department, Bell Helicopter Textron


Lance Bryant
Director, Production Operations
Mfg Engineering/Technology and Advanced Programs & Technology (AP&T) Production
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (AS)


Dianne Chong, Ph.D.
VP of Assembly, Factory and Support Technologies, Boeing Engineering,
Operations & Technology, The Boeing Company


Allen Andress
Vice President of Operations
American Eurocopter, a subsidiary of EADS North America


Ralph Resnick
President and Executive Director
National Center for Defense Manufacturing & Machining (NCDMM)


John H. Vickers
Assistant Manager of the Materials and Processes Laboratory
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center


If you have a stake in commercial or defense aerospace manufacturing, you cannot afford to miss the AeroDef® 2013 Executive Committee Panel Discussion “Inside the AeroDef® Boardroom: Executive Perspectives on the Future of the Industry.”

This critical event – at the most critical time in our industry – will address the pressing questions such as:

  • How can OEMs and the supply chain meet the growing challenges of technology innovation and integration?
  • What new technologies hold the greatest potential to increase producibility and affordability?
  • How will defense manufacturers retool in an era of fiscal austerity?
  • What do you do with excess capacity?
  • How will automation play a role in both large and small applications?

The industry is repositioning itself to meet the challenges that lie ahead. Come learn where you fit in the value chain.




Composites Tech Group Awards on the Deck:
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Please join us in honoring this year’s recipients of the following awards:

J.H. "Jud" Hall Composites Manufacturing Award
Presented by SME's Composites Manufacturing Tech Group
The J.H. "Jud" Hall Composites Manufacturing Award is presented annually to an individual who has contributed to composites manufacturing or tooling technology through leadership, technical developments, patents or educational activities. This award honors the late Judge H. Hall (1931-1985) for his dedication to making the former Composites Manufacturing Association of SME (CMA/SME) an established group within the composites manufacturing industry, and for his contributions to the development of composites technology.

Excellence in Composites Manufacturing Awards
Two Excellence in Composites Manufacturing awards are presented annually. These awards were created to recognize two companies, one large and one small, that have excelled in manufacturing products made from advanced composites materials.

Panel Discussion on the Deck:
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The Future Role of Software in Composites Manufacturing
Moderator: Randy Kappesser, Composites Technology Leader, GE Aviation


Sponsored by:


Bill Hasenjaeger
Product Marketing Manager

Leigh Hudson
Director of Product and Market Strategy
Siemens PLM Software

Rani Richardson
Composites Product Specialist
Dassault Systemes

A panel of leading Composite Manufacturing Software Suppliers will provide views as to how their companies will support the future of Composite Part Manufacturing. Overviews by each panelist will be provided, along with the opportunity for audience members to ask questions. This panel will provide attendees a view of how future composite part manufacturing will be shaped by advancements in software.



Panel Discussion on the Deck
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The Role of Modeling and Simulation in 21st Century Aerospace and Defense System Development
Moderator: Rollie E. Dutton, Chief, Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies Division, AFRL/RXM, Wright Patterson AFB


Sponsored by:


Engineered Resilient Systems (ERS): Design Tools for Deep Trade Space Exploration
Dr. Robert Neches, Director, Advanced Engineering Initiatives, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering

CREATE Physics-Based Modeling to Reduce Design-Test-Build Cycles
Dr. Douglass Post, Chief Scientist, DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Program

Smart Manufacturing for Plant and Process Optimization
Dr. Jim Davis, Vice Provost, Information Technology, Chief Academic Technology Officer, UCLA

Virtual Manufacturing Methods for Producibility Optimization during Design
Dr. Al Sanders, Director, Technology & Advanced Operations, Advanced Manufacturing Engineering, Honeywell Aerospace

As the information age continues to unfold, long standing product development boundaries between design, engineering, and manufacturing are becoming increasingly blurred. The use of Modeling and Simulation (M&S) and High Performance Computing (HPC) technologies are rapidly evolving and changing the way we approach product development. The evolution of these technologies over the last two decades has enabled the creation of “virtual” environments that have the potential to both slash cycle times and reduce the risk associated with aerospace system development. Despite this potential, the use of M&S and HPC for aerospace system development is still in its infancy with its full potential yet to be realized. New design methodologies are needed to fully leverage and take advantage of these technologies.

This panel discussion will feature thought leaders working in four distinct areas of the product development process that are leveraging modeling and simulation to transform the way complex Aerospace and Defense (A&D) systems of the 21st century will be designed and developed.