Keynote Speaker

James Bridenstine
Administrator – NASA

Jim Bridenstine – 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 Congress 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. He flew combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan and accrued most of his 1,900 flight hours and 333 carrier-arrested landings.

Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL16th District) will introduce Jim Bridenstine.

Greg Dellinger
Director of Talent Acquisition Strategy – AAR

Greg Dellinger (G-Man) – AAR

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

Automation Defined with applied examples
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.

June Hazzard
VP of Human Resources – Woodward

Woodward’s Method of 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).

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

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.

Jason Rydalch

CyberSecurity Framework under 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.

Paul Ryznar
Founder, President, & CEO – Wixom

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 – Wixom

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.