Keynote Presentor

Jim Bridenstine
Administrator – NASA

Jim Bridenstine Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

James Frederick “Jim” Bridenstine was nominated by President Donald Trump, confirmed by the U.S. Senate, and sworn in as NASA’s 13th administrator on April 23, 2018.

​Bridenstine was elected in 2012 to represent Oklahoma’s First Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served on the Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee.

Bridenstine’s career in federal service began in the U.S. Navy, flying the E-2C Hawkeye off the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier. It was there that he flew combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan and accrued most of his 1,900 flight hours and 333 carrier-arrested landings. He later moved to the F-18 Hornet and flew at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, the parent command to TOPGUN.

After transitioning from active duty to the U.S. Navy Reserve, Bridenstine returned to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to be the Executive Director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium.

Bridenstine was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander in 2012 while flying missions in Central and South America in support of America’s war on drugs. Most recently, he transitioned to the 137th Special Operations Wing of the Oklahoma Air National Guard.

Bridenstine completed a triple major at Rice University, and earned his MBA at Cornell University. He has three children with his wife, Michelle.

Greg Dellinger
Director of Talent Acquisition Strategy – AAR

Greg Dellinger (G-Man) – AAR

Supplier Development

Greg Dellinger is the Director of Talent Acquisition Strategy for AAR, a global aviation services company that employs 6000 people in over 20 countries. Having grown up near O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, as well as Naval Air Station Glenview, Greg has had a lifelong interest in aviation. Greg joined AAR from The Walt Disney Company. Recognized for implementing recruiting efficiency strategies within Human Resources, Dellinger is passionate about youth education that introduces new generations to the wonder and magic of flight, along with workforce development, with a focus on transitioning military. He loves connecting civic engagement to business development and has raised millions for non-profits across North America. Greg lives in Naperville, Illinois, and his friends call him by his callsign/handle, “G-Man!”

Nils Fagerman

Process to Automate the Future
Automate the loading of a single machine with a simple loading robot with a single fixture carrier (or “pallet”). Typically used with medium volume and mid to high mix. A single automation robot that can load 1, 2, or 3 machines with multi-machine automation cells; often motivated by higher volume with a high mix. A liner robot that travels on a track in front of up to 9 machine tools, with a wide variety of pallet sizes, part fixtures, and volume mixes. This configuration would require cell automation control software.

Nils Fagerman is an automation sales engineer for Erowa Technology Erowa is an engineering company based in Switzerland, specializing in high precision zero point tooling and cnc automation work cells. Nils began working for Erowa in 2010. Nils started in non-traditional Machining in 1988 after graduating with an associate degree in electronic engineering. Nils was promoted to technical manager of CO2 Industrial laser group and later regional sales manager for CO2 lasers and Factory automation. Nils is an avid fisherman.

June Hazzard
VP of Human Resources – Woodward

Developing an Aerospace Workforce

June Hazzard – Woodward

June Hazzard joined Woodward in 2011 as Director of Human Resources for the Aircraft Turbine Systems Group. She was promoted to Vice President of Human Resources in October of 2014. She is currently a board member for the Workforce Connection and a board member for Alignment Rockford. She previously co-chaired talent pipeline development for four-county area with NIMBLE and chaired the College and Career Readiness Council for Alignment Rockford.

June started her career in Rockford at a mid-size global manufacturing company, Eclipse, Inc.(now Honeywell) where she had responsibility for global Human Resources, Information Technology and Quality. She then went to work for Dyntek, Inc. a publicly traded Information Technology professional services company where she was the Vice President of Organizational Development and focused a majority of her time working on merger and acquisitions integration. She then spent time gaining union experience in the Nuclear Power Industry for Exelon. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Rockford University and an MBA with a focus in Human Resources from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. June previously held her Senior Professional in Human Resources for 15 years from the Society for Human Resources (SPHR) and has accomplished her Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Alex Keisar

Application of Augmented Reality in Industry
Industrial Augmented Reality is here and now. We will review industry trends and use cases in adopting augmented reality in every aspect of a product’s life, from ideation through service. We will see some examples of how PTC’s Vuforia suite of AR solutions is used and discuss the larger picture of industrial adoption of AR technology.

Alex Keisar - PTC
Alex Keisar – PTC

Alex Keisar has over 15 years of systems development experience with focus on augmented reality, IoT, asset management and aerospace. Alex’s background includes technical sales and product management roles in solution architecture, software development and systems integration. Alex is an Israeli Air Force veteran.

James O’Hagan
Founder, The Academy of Esports

Gamification and the Impact on Learning and Working
Gamification is a topic that has far-reaching effects that are sometimes very unnoticed or misunderstood. Today, gamification has invaded our daily lives without much thought. It can add to a healthy bottom line and a positive behavioral change, or it can create discontent if misused. Join with James O’Hagan as he shares his over 20 years of experiences in education and observations around gamification.

James O’Hagan – The Academy of Esports

A strong passion to motivate and inspire students, creating a fun and challenging learning environment. A self-driven leader with excellent communication and interpersonal skills who effectively collaborates with all stakeholders and fosters quality relationships with students. James O’Hagan is a leader in connecting and promoting esports in education. He has had a role in starting and growing esports teams in two large urban school districts. He actively promotes esports as being a medium to something more for students beyond the games. His podcast, The Academy of Esports delves into topics surrounding esports and education and connecting into powerful ideas to increase student agency, motivation, and college and career pathways. James is a doctoral candidate at Northern Illinois University in the field of instructional technology and an active rugby player.

John Remsey
Senior Technical Specialist, IMEC

CyberSecurity Framework, DFARS Requirements, and NIST 800-171
The history of the standard and intent of the standard will be discussed. How the NIST 800-171 is applied within an organization. How NIST800-171 fits within a CyberSecurity mindset.

John Remsey - IMEC
John Remsey – IMEC

John Remsey has more than 25 years of business and manufacturing experience with an emphasis on Information Technology, Supply Chain Optimization, Lean Manufacturing, Theory of Constraints, and Production Control. John’s background includes leadership positions in Information Technology, Production Control, Activity-Based Management, Logistics, and Lean Manufacturing/Organizational Improvement. John is an OSHA Authorized Outreach Trainer and is experienced in the Shingo Prize standards for Operational Excellence.

Paul Ryznar
Founder, President, & CEO – OPS Solutions

Manufacturing at the Speed of Light through Augmented Reality
What is Augmented Reality (AR) and how can we already relate to it in our daily lives? What type of ROIs are possible and documented by applying AR in manufacturing? What types of AR exist and what are the advantages and disadvantages of each technology compared to non-AR alternatives? Video demonstration of AR at work in various application, including: assembly, inspection, part knitting/sequencing, and training.

Paul Ryznar – OPS Solutions

Engineer, inventor and entrepreneur Paul Ryznar created Light Guide Systems and is the founder, president and CEO of Wixom, Mich.-based OPS Solutions. The technology uses proprietary software and high-powered projector systems to guide and confirm the completion of complex tasks from automotive assembly to quality control to training. Prior to Light Guide Systems’ invention in 2005, he held senior management roles including Vice President of Operations positions at Detroit Diesel, Bosch, and Energy Conversion Devices—more than 30 years of manufacturing experience.

Light Guide Systems uses proprietary software and high-powered projector systems to guide and confirm completion of complex tasks. From assembly to quality control to training, this technology provides the visualization, traceability and flexibility demanded by leading companies worldwide. Ryznar and his team have implemented systems in leading automotive manufacturers (including Fiat-Chrysler, Tesla, General Motors, Whirlpool, Faurecia, and Lockheed Martin) as well as for applications in aerospace, heavy equipment and health sciences.

Ryznar earned both an engineering degree (BSME) and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Jason Szalanski
Director of Supply Chain – Collins Aerospace

Managing the Supply Chain
As the supply chain becomes more and more complex it is paramount companies select the correct suppliers for new product as well as manage the current supply base. Jason will take us through the Collins Aerospace supplier management process beginning at supplier selection and including supplier performance measurements and development.

Jason Szalanski – Collins Aerospace

Jason Szalanski is the Director of Supply Chain for Collins Aerospace responsible for the management of over 300 suppliers and $500 million in spend. His responsibilities include procurement, delivery assurance, supplier performance and new product introduction in support of the Electric Systems business located in Rockford, Illinois.

Jason has been in the aerospace industry for over 10 years, holding various roles of increasing responsibility at both Collins and Pratt and Whitney, including Operations, Materials and Aftermarket Component Repair. Previous to UTC he worked as an Environmental Consultant.

Jason holds a Bachelor degree in Engineering Management from Miami University, a MBA from Michigan State University and a Master of Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle University. Jason currently lives in Rockton, Illinois with his wife Jacqueline and his three children Connor, Rhys and Elisabeth.