Aerospace Networking and Symposium

2018 Aerospace Symposium & Networking

Aerospace Symposium & Networking
Thursday, April 26 from 2:00 – 7:00 pm
Giovanni’s Restaurant & Convention Center
310 N. Bell School Road, Rockford
Cost: $30 to attend
Woodward, Inc. – Rock Cut Campus Tour
Friday, April 27 from 9:00 – 10:30 am
1 Woodward Way, Loves Park
Cost: Free (Limited Availability)
Pre-registration and participation in RAAN Aerospace Symposium is required to attend the tour.

The Rockford Area Aerospace Network (RAAN) has scheduled the 3rd annual Aerospace Networking & Symposium event on Thursday, April 26th at Giovanni’s Restaurant & Convention Center. Connect with Tier-1 Suppliers & Manufacturers and learn about the latest Innovations happening in Aerospace.

Thursday, April 26

RAAN Aerospace Symposium & Networking

2:00 – 2:10 pm
Welcome & Introductions


Hybrid Innovation

2:10 – 2:40 pm
Daniel Saban, PE, PhD of Zunum Aero will speak about future-proofing hybrid electric aircraft.


Advanced Manufacturing Innovation

2:40 – 3:30 pm
Brendan Behrens of Woodward discusses how robots and advanced materials are changing the world of manufacturing. Federico Sciammarella, PhD from NIU and Abhinav Soboo, PhD from Questek highlight Rapid Process Certification & Verification for High-Value-Added & Low-Volume Production as a result of their work with DMDII. While understanding how to leverage the digital thread to qualify and certify AM parts.



3:30 – 4:00 pm


Sponsor & Exhibitor Raffle

4:00 – 4:10 pm


Boeing: Our Next Century of Aerospace Innovation

4:10 – 4:40 pm
Travis Sullivan discusses how Boeing is continuously innovating new products, process, and incorporates disruptive technology.


Additive Manufacturing Innovation

4:40 – 5:50 pm
Advancements in Additive Manufacturing are changing everything from prototypes to final products. Electro Optical Systems, Stratasys, CATI, and 3D Platform discuss the innovation happening with additive metals and manufacturing. Incorporating the use of additive manufacturing to improve printing aircraft interiors for fly-away ready qualified parts, manufacturing aids, tooling, and high-performance printing with CNC repeatability.



5:50 – 7:00 pm
Representatives from GE Aviation, UTC Aerospace, and Woodward, Inc. will be present to connect with attendees interested in becoming suppliers to Tier-1 companies. Companies who have gone through the process to become suppliers will also be available to provide perspective and answer questions.


Brendan Behrens, Engineering Manager – Serovalve Automated Line from Woodward, Inc.
Mark Fullen, Aerospace Segment Leader from Stratasys
John Pendleton from Electro Optical Systems
Roger Reaume from CATI
Dr. Daniel M. Saban, PE PhD, Chief Engineer from Zunum Aero
Dr. Federico Sciammarella, PhD from NIU
Dr. Abhinav Soboo, PhD from Questek
Travis Sullivan, VP Enterprise Strategy from Boeing

Friday, April 27th

Woodward, Inc. – Rock Cut Campus Tour

9:00 – 10:30 am
The deadline for registration has passed.


    Woodward - Platinum Sponsor


   American Standard Circuits - ASC   Chem Processing - Aerospace Manufacturing

* Speakers and topics subject to change without notice.