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 Diversity and Achievements: The Role of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership in the South

Organized in cooperation
Georgia MEP and the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)
20 April 2012
Atlanta, Georgia
Global Learning Center, Auditorium 222, Technology Square, Georgia Tech
8:00 AM            Van Departs Regency Suites for Global Learning Center
8:30 AM            Continental Breakfast
9:00AM              Welcome
Steve Cross, Georgia Institute of Technology
Philip Shapira, Georgia Tech and the University of Manchester
9:20AM              Panel I: MEP: Addressing the Innovation Challenge
Moderator: Charles Wessner, National Academies
Jay Tice, MEP of Mississippi
Dan Miller, Tennessee MEP
Phil Mintz, North Carolina
Mike Bailey, Alabama Technology Network
10:00AM          Q&A for Panel I
10:45AM           Coffee Break
11:00AM           Panel II: SME Q&A on Innovation for Growth
Moderator: Ed Breiner, Schramm
                          Leon Osborne, Osborne Wood Products
                          Dave De Angelo, Roper Pumps
                          Alan Block, Purifil
                          Bruce Hagenau, Metcam, Inc.
                          Skipper Schofield, Kason Industries
11:45AM           Q&A for Panel II
12:30PM           Lunch: Roundtable Discussion
Breakout lunch with MEP field staff
1:30PM             Panel III: Key Partners for SME Innovation
Moderator: Robert James, National Research Council of Canada
University Research Collaborators
Ben Wang, Manufacturing Research Center, Georgia Tech and Chris Downing, Georgia MEP
Chuck Spangler, South Carolina MEP and Dennis Thompson South Carolina Research Authority
Incubating Advanced Manufacturing Companies
Keith McGregor, Advanced Technology Development Center/VentureLab, Georgia Tech
R&D Laboratories and Centers in the South
Jeff Cornett, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Bill Brundage, Herty Advanced Materials Development Center, Savannah Georgia
3:00PM           Roundtable: National Academy Panel Questions
Moderator: Philip Shapira, Georgia Tech and the University of Manchester
                           Ed Breiner, Schramm
Rob James, National Research Council Canada
                          Deborah Nightingale, MIT
3:30PM           Adjourn