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    Ohioans to Discuss Advanced Manufacturing and Energy Technologies
    at Cleveland Forum
    Panels Will Consider Additive Manufacturing, Advanced Energy Storage and Distribution Systems and
    Future Energy Trends

    July 22, 2014 – Reston, Va. – Three expert panels of Ohio-based engineers, industry leaders, and scientists will discuss the future of the American manufacturing and energy markets, including the potential impact on Ohio’s manufacturing and energy sectors, as part of the AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum and Exposition 2014 (AIAA Propulsion and Energy 2014), July 28–30, at the Cleveland Convention Center, 300 Lakeside Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio, 44113.

    “The United States must continue to be a world leader in advanced aeronautics,” said U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). “This field has led to numerous innovations which have helped to improve the lives of U.S. citizens and those across the globe. That is why I’m excited that Cleveland is hosting this year’s American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ Propulsion and Energy Forum. This forum will bring together some of the world’s leading professionals, academics, and dignitaries who will help advance our understanding of the next generation of high-performing, energy efficient propulsion systems. With more than 1,200 attendees, this forum also will help to stimulate the region’s economy while letting the world see what Cleveland has to offer.”

    The first panel, “Advanced Terrestrial Energy Technologies: Generation, Storage, Distribution,” will be held at 9:30 a.m. (EDT), on July 29. The panel will discuss the technology implications posed by a greater reliance on renewable and clean energy sources, including the need for a smarter, more efficient distribution and power system, and the likely outcomes of such transitions for Ohio and nation. The panel will be moderated by Timothy J. Peshek, research professor, materials science and engineering, Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), Cleveland, and features Ina T. Martin, director of operations, Materials for Optoelectronic Research and Education Center, CWRU; Emily Pentzer, professor, chemistry, CWRU; Robert Savinell, George Dively Professor of Chemical Engineering, CWRU; and James Soeder, senior technologist, power, NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland.

    The second panel,“Additive Manufacturing: A Holistic View from Education, Design, Research, and Production,”will be held at 9:30 a.m. (EDT), on July 30. The panel will consider how additive manufacturing, including 3-D printing and newly created centers for innovative manufacturing, promise to transform the Ohio and U.S. economies, reestablishing America as an industrial manufacturing leader. The panel will be moderated by David Salay, consultant, Ohio Aerospace Institute, Cleveland, and will feature Lawrence Brown, executive director, American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute, Columbus; Dan Hartman, DMDI Representative, Rolls-Royce Corporation, Indianapolis, Indiana; Terri Burgess Sandu, director, Entrepreneurship Innovation Institute, executive director, workforce, Lorain County Community College, Elyria; and Larry Knauer, president, HSSE Inc., Sandusky.

    The third panel, “Energy Trends and Their Implications on Advanced Technology,” will be held at 3:00 p.m. (EDT), on July 30. The panel will look at the emerging trends in energy demand and sources and consider what types of advanced technologies could be created to address challenges posed by those issues. The panel will be moderated byMatt Moran, sector manager, energy and materials, NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, and will feature Hasso Weiland, technical fellow, Alcoa Advanced Technical Center, New Kensington, Pennsylvania; Lorry Wagner, president, Lake Erie Energy Development Corp., Cleveland; Larry Viterna, president, Nautica Wind Power LLC, Cleveland; Rao Tatavarti, technical director, Microlink Devices, Niles, Illinois; Michael Sweet,director, First Solar, Toledo; Byron Clayton, vice president, NorTech, Cleveland; andPaul Savage CEO, Nextek Power Systems, Detroit, Michigan.

    Other Ohio-based companies that will be represented at the 2014 AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum include: the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Dayton; GE Aviation, Cincinnati; The Ohio State University, Columbus; Sierra Lobo Inc., Fremont; The University of Akron, Akron; the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati; and Creavos, Richmond Heights.

    Admission to the panels, or to the entire AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum and Exposition, is free of charge to credentialed media. For more information on these panels, or on AIAA Propulsion and Energy 2014, please contact Duane Hyland at 703.264.7558 or


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