Aerospace Networking and Symposium

RAAN Aerospace Networking Symposium - Rockford Aera Aerospace Network

2017 Aerospace Networking & Symposium

Thursday, April 20, 2017
2:00 – 7:00 pm
Franchesco’s Ristorante
7128 Spring Creek Rd, Rockford, IL 61107


Why Should You Join Us on April 20th? 

  • Great Networking Opportunities
  • Make Key Contacts within the Aerospace Community
  • Learn from Top Aerospace Companies Regarding OEM and MRO
  • Hear From Industry Leaders Regarding Recent Advancements

Through collaboration and a strong aerospace network, RAAN is designed to continuously strengthen our region’s supply chain, and foster a sustainable aerospace cluster that will enhance economic activity within the Rockford Region and beyond.


2:00 – 2:30 pm

Welcome & Introductions

2:30 – 3:45 pm

OEM/MRO Panel Discussion
Panelists confirmed to include:
Woodward, Inc.: Jay Viswanathan, Global Supply Chain Leader, Cheryl Brown, Sourcing Supervisor – Supplier Quality Engineering
UTC Aerospace Systems: Terry Palmer, Supply Chain Manager-New Product Introduction and Eric Cunningham, Senior Director, Electric Systems Operations
GE Aviation: Tevin Wiete, Plant Leader and Theresia Becker, Quality Leader
AAR: Darren Spiegel, OEM Aftermarket Solutions-Commercial

3:45 – 4:00 pm

Networking Break

4:00 – 5:15 pm

SME Speakers: Novel Technologies Discussion
Speakers confirmed to include:
QuestTek: Jeff Grabowski, “Innovations on New Metals for Aerospace”
Comply 365: Tom Samuel, “Digital Benefits to Aerospace Companies”
Forest City Gear Co.: Fred Young, “Innovation on the Shop Floor”
Jet Propulsion Laboratory (A NASA Center): David Rooney
NIU: Dr. Federico Sciammarella, “Additive Manufacturing in the Aviation Industry”

5:15 – 7:00 pm

Informal Networking


8:30 – 10:00 am

Facility Tour
UTC Aerospace Systems
4747 Harrison Ave, Rockford, IL 61108
Pre-registration and “Proof of US Citizenship” required to participate in this tour. Email to register and provide documentation. 

Platinum Sponsors

GE Aviation - Platinum Sponsor - Aerospace Networking Symposium   UTC Aerospace Systems - Aerospace Networking Symposium   Woodward - Platinum Sponsor - Aerospace Networking Symposium


Gold Sponsors

American Standard Circuits - Gold Sponsor - Aerospace Networking Symposium   Chem Processing - Gold Sponsor - Aerospace Networking Symposium  Comply 365 - Gold Sponsor - Aerospace Networking Symposium

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