Midwest Aerospace Conference - MAC2022 - Blue header with plane and contrails

Schedule of Events

As MAC2022 approaches a downloadable version of the agenda will be available along with a printed version at the event. This schedule is subject to change.

Set-up for exhibitors will be on March 9th from 2:00 – 5:00 pm and starting at 6:00 am on March 10th.

7:00 – 9:00 am


8:00 – 8:45 am

Light Breakfast | Exhibit Room

8:00 – 8:45 am

Exhibit Room Open & Attended | Exhibitor Room

8:50 – 9:00 am

Welcome | Ziock Room
(Exhibits Unattended)

MAC2022 begins with a welcome from David Forward, Woodward, Inc. and Reg Gustafson, Clinkenbeard, Co-chairs of the Rockford Area Aerospace Network

9:00 – 9:50 am

Industry Update | Ziock Room
(Exhibits Unattended)

Commercial Aerospace in the Post-COVID World | Kevin Michaels, AeroDynamic
Dr. Kevin Michaels will answer these questions about Supply Chains, Commercial Air Travel, and General Aviation Production during his aerospace industry update.

  • What is the outlook for air travel demand? When will it return to pre-COVID levels? What are the unexpected bright spots?
  • How will COVID influence jetliner production? How will the mix of aircraft deliveries evolve? What about business & general aviation production?
  • How could the supply chain structure change? What is the outlook for OEM vertical integration? Will low cost sourcing increase or decrease? What are the implications for Tier 1 – 4 suppliers?

10:00 am – 12:45 pm

Breakout Sessions | Ziock Rooms A & B
(Exhibits Unattended)

Breakout Sessions | Ziock Room A
10:00 – 10:35 am Workforce
Attract & Retain to Sustain Manufacturing | Denise Ball
In the ever-changing landscape of workforce development, companies need to implement best practices in their attraction and retention strategies to become an employer of choice. Denise will be sharing current trends in attraction and retention as well as recent retention reports that make a compelling business case for learning and development for your multigenerational workforce.

10:40 – 11:55 am Workforce
Workforce Development Panel | Gina Caronna, Rena Cotsones, Amanda Sink

  • Introduction of panelists by Dean Harms of IMEC
  • Stateline Employment & Demographics | Amanda Sink, The Workforce Connection
  • BSME | Rena Cotsones, Northern Illinois University
    Having a robust engineering talent pipeline in place is important for any region; it is of particular importance to northern Illinois where manufacturing is such a key element of our regional economy.   Recruitment and retention of engineering talent is critical for the success and growth of regional companies.  Dr. Rena Cotsones is going to talk about a local workforce development solution that relies on collaboration between Northern Illinois University, Rock Valley College, and local industry.  NIU Engineering @ RVC not only creates a local engineering talent pipeline, it reduces the brain drain by keeping bright young students in the Rockford area to launch their careers.  We can all be proud that NIU Engineering at RVC, created in Rockford to address a Rockford challenge, has become a national model in higher education and workforce development.
  • Advanced Training Center | Gina Caronna, Rock Valley College
  • Questions & Answers

12:00 – 12:35 pm Cybersecurity
Understanding the Cybersecurity Requirements and Risks of CMMC 2.0 | Jana White
This presentation will cover the current CMMC requirements and risks for aerospace manufacturers that are part of the Defense Industrial Base (DIB). We will discuss current contract requirements and contract changes that will occur with CMMC 2.0, implementation challenges and risks for aerospace/industrial manufacturers, DoD Supplier Performance Risk System requirements, and the consequences and risks of CMMC self-assessments vs. 3PAO assessments.

Breakout Sessions | Ziock Room B
10:00 – 10:35
Supplier Development | Bill Shumaker

10:40 – 11:15 am
Electrification – the Third Era of Aviation | Todd Spierling
This presentation will discuss the past, present, and future of electrification in aviation. It will address the markets, motivations, benefits, technologies, timing, and challenges of introducing More Electric Systems and Electric Propulsion into the industry. Both traditional industry players and emerging start-ups are changing the industry landscape and will offer opportunities for innovative new platforms, products, and services.

11:20 – 11:55 am
Supplier Development | Alan Stafford
Maintaining, growing and risk identification with suppliers in this current unpredictable environment is a major concern of all Aerospace customers. This presentation will outline how Collins Aerospace is utilizing our Supplier Development organization to work with suppliers and internal business units to improve our source of supply by developing a capable and resilient supply chain in support of customer requirements.

12:00 – 12:35 pm
Leveraging Technology in the Future of Manufacturing | Dr. Federico Sciammarella
Dr. Federico Sciammarella will highlight work that has been done to advance digital manufacturing technologies such as digital twins, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality relating to manufacturing today. The presentation will also highlight future work and how MxD is leveraging emerging technologies like 5G to secure the future of US manufacturing. Finally, this presentation will highlight the importance of building in cybersecurity capabilities within the technologies being developed.

12:45 – 1:30 pm

Lunch | Ziock Room

If you have any dietary restrictions please contact Anna Garrison.

1:30 – 2:30 pm

Keynote Address | Ziock Room
(Exhibits Unattended)

2:30 – 6:00 pm

Matchmaking Sessions

2:45 – 3:15 pm

Presentation | Ziock Room
Regulatory Environment Changes Post 737Max Grounding | Rebecca MacPherson, Federal Aviation Administration
(Exhibits Unattended)

3:25 – 6:00 pm

Exhibit Room Open & Attended | Exhibitor Room
3:25 – 6:00 pm

3:25 – 3:55 pm
Best Practices for On-Boarding and On-the-Job Training | Denise Ball
Just as the technology we are adopting into our manufacturing environments needs to be innovative, agile, efficient, and bottom-line impacting, so does our workforce training from the moment they walk in the door through their entire career. We will be sharing best practices in Onboarding and OJT that can directly impact your retention rates and keep employees engaged.

4:05 – 4:35 pm
Disconnected From Your Job? —So Are Two-Thirds of Your Workers | Fortress Data
“The transportation, manufacturing, and production fields have the greatest percentage of workers who are most unhappy on the job.” – Susan Adams, Forbes
Employees are different than 15 years ago along with what motivates and best training methods.
Compliance Requirements have changed…

They are spending more on Regulatory Compliance AND still are falling behind. The Average Manufacturer spends $19,564 per employee on Regulatory Compliance. Increased Regulatory mandates are the #1 factor respondents cited when asked why they plan to increase their IT compliance budget in 2021.

With the challenges of today, is your company looking for help with

  • Employee hiring and retention, (AND Increased pay is NOT the answer)?
  • Developing effective training to improve Quality, Cybersecurity, HR, and Operations processes?
  • The Cost and complexity of regulatory management (AS9100, ISO, ITAF CMMC, NADCAP ISO)
  • Supply Chain quality and compliance management?

If you answered YES to any of the above- attend the Fortress workshop.
The focus is on Employees. We will cover:

  1. Why a risk and management assessment your IT, HR, Quality, and production operations is the starting point.
  2. The need to develop simplified work instructions and how they differ from SOPs.
  3. Developing training methods using a variety of delivery methods designed with today’s managers and employees wants and needs,
  4. Using HR as tool for improving Quality, reducing Compliance and Cyber and Liability Insurance costs.
  5. Creating one set of cross-referenced SOPs to use for management and auditing (AS9100, ISO, CMMC)

4:45 – 5:15 pm
The Technology That is Driving You Today! | Thayer Energy Solutions
Thayer Energy Solutions will shed some light to get you plugged in with upcoming technology on LED lighting, electric vehicles, and the charging networks powering our EV nation.  The Thayer team will cover the topic of supporting ISO standards to the correlation of workplace lighting as it relates to improve safety, quality, & consistency of products and services. Introduction of Electric Vehicle Chargers (EVC’s) for the home and the workplace – how to choose the right size and features of your charger.  In addition to the chargers, Thayer will bring in our specialist from the Electric Vehicle (EV) industry to discuss the advancements in EV Technology, Range Anxiety, Chargers in America, Cost, Performance, & Environmental Benefits as well as exciting new electric vehicle models rolling out today. Get ready to be plugged in!

3:30 – 6:00 pm

Cocktail Reception | Exhibitor Room

For additional information about sponsorship opportunities contact Anna Garrison.


Collins Aerospace - UTCAS
GE Aviation - Rockford - Air Management Solutions
Woodward Logo


Anchor Harvey Logo
IMEC logo with tag line Plan Implement Excel included


Clinkenbeard Logo
Fortress Data Management logo
GROB Logo in blue
Ingenium Technologies Logo
L-T-L Co Logo
Safety Socket Logo
Sugino logo in black and green
Superior Joining Technologies logo in red and black 2022
Thayer Electrical Energy Solutions Thayer logo with a lightbulb and extension cord
Tooling U SME Logo
UCAL Systems - Logo