Advanced Manufacturing: Shaping and Joining Technologies
October 18 - 19, 2017
TechTown Detroit
Detroit MI


* Tentative schedule, program subject to change

Wednesday, Oct. 18


6 - 9 p.m.

Welcome Networking Reception
Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Avenue
Detroit MI

We invite you to join our welcome reception, hosted at the historic Detroit Film Theater, inside the Detroit Institute of Arts. The reception will be co-located with TechStars Mobility Demo Day and Autoblog’s UPSHIFT conference providing ample opportunity for networking, both in shaping & joining, as well as in the broader transportation and mobility industries.                  

Thursday, Oct. 19


7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.


8:15 - 8:30 a.m. Welcome Remarks
MForesight: Alliance for Manufacturing Foresight and the Association of University Technology Managers will welcome you to Detroit and give an overview of the meeting format.
8:30 - 9 a.m. Keynote Address
Alan Taub, Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow
9 - 10 a.m. Panel: Shaping and Joining Mega-trends
Learn from leaders in the industry about the future of shaping and joining, and the impact it will have on academia-industry collaboration, technology needs and research directions. Shaping and joining technologies, applications and needs are rapidly changing; please join us in a discussion with the experts at the forefront of this change.
Faris Almatrahi, USPTO
Larry Brown, American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute
Chris Conrardy, EWI
Peter Friedman, Ford, Global Manager
10 - 10:15 a.m. Networking Break
10:15 - 11 a.m. Industry Introductions
Technology transfer managers from industry are invited to spend 4-5 minutes sharing:
  • Their company, and its strengths, interests, and expertise in shaping and joining
  • Challenges and needs their company is looking to overcome through partnering and/or licensing
  • Technologies they have available for out-licensing
  • Technologies and expertise they would like to bring into their organization
  • How technology transfer managers from universities and other organizations can best work with their company
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. University Introductions and Technology Showcase
Technology managers from universities are invited to spend 2 minutes sharing:
  • Their university, and its strengths, interests, and expertise in shaping and joining
  • Key facilities and programs at their university
  • How technology managers from companies can best work with their university
  • A highlight of technologies they have available for licensing

12 - 1:30 p.m.

Networking Lunch
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Roundtable on Public-Private Partnerships
Join a roundtable discussion on the public-private partnership models, including discussions of best practices, special considerations for shaping and joining technologies, and the role of federal funding agencies. 
2:30 - 3 p.m. Networking Break
3 - 4:45 p.m. Partnering Sessions
Meet for informal discussions, stop by the exhibit tables for the Technology Showcase Viewing or take advantage of AUTM Connect to set up your meetings and make the most of your time.
4:45 - 5 p.m. Closing Remarks
Closing remarks from the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), TechTown Detroit, and MForesight: Alliance for Manufacturing Foresight.