Discover the wide range of captivating speakers, supply chain matchmaking, insightful breakout sessions, panel discussions, and networking opportunities happening at MAC2023!

Schedule of Events

7:00 – 8:30 am | Registration | Exhibit Room

Exhibit Room Open & Attended

7:30 – 8:30 am | Light Breakfast | Exhibit Room

Exhibit Room Open & Attended

8:30 – 8:45 am | Welcome | Ziock Room

Speakers include:

  • David Forward, Vice President of Operations, Woodward Inc. and Co-Chair of the Rockford Area Aerospace Network
  • Jimmy Rozinsky, Chairman of the Board of Directors, RAEDC

8:45 – 9:25 am | Keynote Address | Ziock Room

Aircraft Engine Technology Development | Frank Preli, Vice President of Propulsion & Materials Technologies, Pratt & Whitney

This session will take a closer look at Pratt & Whitney’s current portfolio of products and how technological advancements benefits today’s products as well as the next generation engines. It will also examine factors such as sustainability that are shaping the design and development of those engines.

9:25 – 10:05 am | Industry Update | Ziock Room

Three Markets, Three Outlooks | Mike Stengel, Principal, Aerodynamic Advisory

The aerospace industry is absorbing the impacts of several macro trends that are all influencing the different industry segments in their own way, including the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and an evolving geopolitical world order. In this presentation, Mike Stengel will dissect the salient issues for the air transport, military, and business aviation segments of the industry and opine on the near, medium, and long-term outlooks for aircraft production and MRO demand as well as the implications for industry stakeholders.

10:05 – 10:30 am | Presentation | Ziock Room

Building the Workforce of Tomorrow – Today | David Boulay, President, IMEC                      

Rapid technology change and evolving demographics are shaping the workforce of the future right before our eyes. We will explore a few critical trends, discover the challenges and opportunities they present, and learn practical actions that manufacturing leaders can take to successfully navigate this ever – changing environment.

10:30 – 10:55 am | Presentation | Ziock Room

NASA Technology for Manufacturers | Renee Eveland, Technology Manager, NASA

 NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) is unique within the community of NASA centers as it focuses on research and development in the areas of both Aeronautics and Space Exploration.   NASA Glenn’s core competencies and unique testing capabilities will be described.  Whether you are a student, professor, or employed in private industry, NASA has opportunities for you to explore as we increasingly rely on our partners to help meet our mission goals.  These opportunities will be briefly reviewed.  Beyond supporting NASA’s mission goals, NASA also seeks to license our patented technologies to others to create jobs and boost the national economy by creating new products for terrestrial commercial markets.  In the Technology Transfer Office, our goal is to help explain how to find and mine NASA’s patented technologies, obtain a license for these technologies, and build or expand businesses within the Unites States to create economic growth. 

10:55 – 11:20 am | Presentation | Ziock Room

Funding Opportunities in the State of Illinois | Alyson Grady, Deputy Director Office of Regional Economic Development, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has a mission to create equitable economic opportunities across the State of Illinois. By attracting and supporting major job creators, investing in communities, strengthening Illinois’ world-class workforce, fostering innovation, and ushering in the new clean energy economy, DCEO works to fortify Illinois’ reputation as a global economic powerhouse while ensuring Illinois is the best state to live, work and do business. This presentation will highlight investments the state has made in the aerospace industry as well as provide information on programs that may assist companies looking to locate or expand in Illinois.

11:20 am – 12:00 pm | Panel Discussion | Ziock Room

Supplier Spotlight: Unlock Opportunities in Aerospace Procurements

The panel discussion will include decision makers from the procurement organizations at Collins Aerospace, GE, Woodward, and other primes. They will be providing information, in general terms, on their needs related to product and service opportunities for you, the suppliers in the region. In addition, they will discuss the requirements for becoming a supplier to their companies or, if you are already a supplier, to expand your book of business. Conference attendees will be able to hear about the similarities and differences between these companies and will be afforded the opportunity to engage directly with panel members with pertinent questions.

12:05 – 12:50 pm | Lunch | Ziock Room

Exhibit Room Open & Attended

  • If you have any dietary restrictions, please contact Camryn at

1:00 pm – 2:25 pm | Breakout Session A | Ziock Room A

Aerospace Electrification Trends

1:00 – 1:40 pm | Net Zero by 2050 – The Contribution of Electrification to Aviation Sustainability | Todd Spierling, Senior Technical Fellow, Collins Aerospace

The aviation industry has committed to net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Many paths will be needed to achieve that goal, but right here in Rockford, Collins Aerospace is doing our part through aircraft electrification. This talk will discuss some of the latest industry trends in this area, as well as the technologies, programs, and demonstrations underway to make this vision a reality.

1:45 – 2:25 pm | Electrification Breakout | Brian Steele, Nexus Program Director, Textron e-Aviation

This presentation will be focused on the evolving VTOL aircraft market, highlighting the ways in which advancements in electrification are contributing to decreased weight and improved efficiency.

1:00 pm – 2:25 pm | Breakout Session B | Ziock Room B

Empowering Your Workforce: Strategies for Success in Onboarding and Automation

1:00 – 1:40 pm | Business Preparation Steps before Automation | Ken Wunderlich, Technical Specialist, IMEC

Automation means managing change. Change means understanding the current state before leaping into the future state. Change affects every aspect of business from people, information, and infrastructure. Failure to consider these aspects before automation may directly impact the automation you are trying to add because acquiring workforce personnel is a challenge.

1:45 – 2:25 pm | Generation Gap to Generation Bridge: Mapping the Employee Journey Across Generation | Angelika Nowosadko, Technical Specialist, IMEC

It’s increasingly common to have up to five different generations working together. From Baby Boomers to Generation Z, each generation brings a unique set of skills and perspectives. As employers, we are tasked with finding ways to engage all generations of employees on their employee journey.

During this session, you will learn the following:

  • Foundational insight on generations within the workplace and what their needs and desires are.
  • Understand what an employee’s journey is and the importance of focusing on it.
  • Learn how to map out parts of an employee journey to continuously improve in key categories.
  • Gain best practices to implement back in your workplace and retain various generations of your employees.

2:30 – 5:30 pm | Networking Reception | Exhibit Room

Exhibit Room open for Networking Reception (Cash Bar)

2:30-5:30 pm | Supply Chain Matchmaking | Nelson Room, Talcott Room, Munthe Room


Collins Aerospace - UTCAS
Woodward Logo
IMEC logo with tag line Plan Implement Excel included