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Tuesday, May 2, 2023
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Program Begins at 9:00 AM


Kent State Student Center
1075 Risman Drive
Kent, OH 44242


Manufacturing Works Members: $75
Non-Members: $125



Molly Leitch Leitner

Hotel Stay

A block of hotel rooms have been set aside at the Kent State University Hotel. To reserve your room, call 330.346.0100 and use code Reach.


Autonomous and Electrified Vehicles

Advanced Air Mobility

What is driving the manufacturing and supply chain opportunities for these technologies?

Conference and Conversations

Join us to connect with the innovative companies in these fields and identify your future ability to take advantage of these growing markets.

Tuesday, May 2, 2023


8:00 AM

Registration and Breakfast

9:00 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Ken Patsey, President and Executive Director, Manufacturing Works
  • Todd Diacon, President, Kent State University
  • Dr. Christina Bloebaum, Dean, College of Aeronautics and Engineering, Kent State University
  • Dr. Marla Perez-Davis, Executive in Residence at College of Aeronautics and Engineering , Kent State University

9:40 AM

"Autonomous Vehicles: Industry will Lead the Way

  • Jason Lorenzon J.D., Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator, College of Aeronautics and Engineering, Kent State University

10:10 AM

Ohio Advanced Air Mobility Framework

  • Joe Zeis, Senior Advisor to the Governor of Ohio on Aerospace and Defense
  • Tim Sweeney, Director Advanced Manufacturing, Aerospace and Aviation, Jobs Ohio
  • Adam Holmes, Ohio State Representative District 97, Ohio House of Representatives
  • Keri Zipay, Director of Business Development, Team NEO

10:45 AM

Northeast Ohio Regional Initiatives

  • Kyle Snyder, Principal, Michael Best Consulting
  • John Eberhardt, Chief Technology Officer, ATA LLC

11:15 AM


11:30 AM

"Supply Chain: Making the Most Out of Autonomous Vehicles"

  • Moderator: John Nottingham, Co-CEO, Nottingham Spirk
  • Craig Padula, President, DEM Manufacturing
  • Todd Loschelder, President, Schneller LLC, Transdigm Group Inc.
  • Mitch Heaton, Director of Business Development and New Technology, Hartzell Propeller

12:30 PM

Lunch and "Operationalizing Advanced Air Mobility"

  • Edgar Valdez, Senior Consultant, Deloitte

1:30 PM

Use Case Panel

  • Moderator: Elaine Bryant, Executive Vice President for Aerospace and Defense, Dayton Development Coalition
  • Geoff Gates, Senior Director SCSS P2P & Technology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Timothy Holt, Captain, United States Coast Guard
  • Tim McCartney, Director of Aeronautics, NASA Glenn Research Center
  • Rebecca White, Corporate Development Strategist, Kenan Advantage Group

2:30 PM

Action Planning, facilitated by Chelsea Treboniak, Owner, Critical Ops

  • "Leveraging AAM Technology Outside of AAM" with Joe Darden, Associate Director, Aviation Business Development, Iridium

3:45 PM

Closing Remarks and Next Steps

Drone Demonstrations

Conference attendees are invited to join us for Live Drone Demonstrations for Advanced Air Mobility at the Kent State University Airport.

Monday, May 1, 2023

12:00 PM Drone Demonstrations
Kent State University Airport
4020 Kent Road
Stow, OH 44224
5:00 PM Happy Hour
Panini's Bar & Grill
295 S. Water Street
Kent, OH 44240


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