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SME to Present Innovation Conference on New Product Development and Manufacturing

Mar 10, 2011

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Silicon Valley Chapter will present a one-day Innovation Conference for Engineers, “Latest Technologies and Challenges for Product Development and Manufacturing,” on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California. The seminar will run in conjunction with the Northern California Design-2-Part Show being held May 18 & 19, 2011, also at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

The sixth annual technical conference presented by SME will explore new resources, materials, and processes to help product developers speed up, develop, and manufacture products in the competitive new world. Attendees will learn about new applications in composites and carbon nanotube materials, prototyping, direct digital manufacturing, and much more. In addition, there will be keynotes from Space Systems/Loral and SEMI Photovoltaics (PV) Group, and panel discussions on emerging technologies in medical devices and entrepreneurship.


Introduction & Welcome to the SME Technical Conference

Jonathan Cook - SME Chair

Top Product Innovations

JoAnne Moody - President, Zeta Scientific LLC

Keynote Speaker - State of the Global Photovoltaic Industry

Bettina Weiss - Executive Director, SEMI PV Group

Cloud Product Development Strategies

Michael Keer - Founder & CEO, Product Realization Group

New Applications for Carbon Fiber Composites

Gus Malek-Madani - Founder & CEO, Green Platform Corporation

Medical Devices - Emerging Technologies and Innovations

Lead: Geetha Rao, PhD - Vice President, Strategy and Risk Management, Triple Ring Technologies

Panelists: Mir Imran, MD - Chairman and CEO, InCube Labs, Inc.

Joe Heanue, PhD - President, Triple Ring Technologies

Jack Lloyd - Founder, Nellcor and Alere Medical

Keynote Speaker - The Evolution of Satellites

Hampton Chan - VP & Chief Architect, Space Systems/Loral

Tour of Design 2 Part Show and Break

Direct Digital Manufacturing

Alexander Dick - Northwest Rapid Manufacturing

Designing with Composites

Mike Hoke - President, Abaris Training Services Inc.

Possibilities of Plastics in Design & Prototyping

Barbara Roberts - President/CEO, Wright Engineered Plastics, Inc.

Conductive Polymers with Carbon Nanotubes

Joel Bell, PhD - VP, RTP Company Inc.

Prototyping with Metals

Keith Krook - Business Development Manager, General Foundry Services

Design and Market on Your Own Dime?

Panelists: Barbara Carey - President & Founder, Carey & Co.

Dave Hadden - VP Engineering, Arlo Inc.

Della Heywood - Owner, SpectraFix

Karen Waksman - President and Author, Product for Profit

Networking at David's Restaurant, Santa Clara Golf Course

The conference is open to SME members and non-members, as well as students. For more information, or to register to attend, please visit

In addition to the conference, attendees will be able to visit the co-located Northern California Design-2-Part Show, the largest show in the region to focus exclusively on contract manufacturing services. The show provides design engineers, manufacturing engineers, manufacturing managers, and purchasing personnel the chance to meet face-to-face with local and national contract manufacturers to source custom parts, components, services, and design. The 2011 show will have nearly 200 of the finest American contract manufacturing companies exhibiting their design-through-manufacturing services covering more than 300 product categories for the metals, plastics, rubber and electronics industries.

For more information about the Northern California Design-2-Part Show or to register for free show admission, visit

About the SME

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers ( is the world’s leading non-profit technical and professional society supporting manufacturing education. Through member programs, publications, expositions, and professional development, SME promotes increased awareness of manufacturing and keeps manufacturing professionals up-to-date on leading trends and technologies. This event is sponsored by Silicon Valley Chapter #098 ( and proceeds from this conference will go toward other educational activities which the Chapter hosts locally throughout the year.

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