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On Wednesday, October 11, the Bayfront Convention Center (1 Sassafras Pier, Erie, PA) will be converted into a massive display and celebration of American manufacturing. Exhibit hall doors open at 8 a.m. and will feature robotics demonstrations, modern manufacturing technology, presentations on innovation financing, product development, career opportunities in manufacturing, education programs geared toward technology and diverse exhibits by a multitude of regional manufactures.

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MFG Day Schedule

8 a.m. - Exhibit Hall Doors Open

8:45 a.m. - Breakout Sessions

9:30 a.m. - Breakout Sessions

10:30 a.m. - Breakout Sessions

10 - 11:30 a.m. - Lunch Buffet provided for all students and educators

11:30 a.m. - Appreciation and Recognition Rally

12:30 p.m. - Breakout Sessions

1 p.m. - Exhibit Hall Closes

Breakout Sessions (optional)

Animatronic Wonders: Whether it’s watching dinosaurs in Jurassic Park or visiting Disney’s It’s a Small World, you may not have realized the amount of manufacturing that goes into making those characters come alive! Animatronic figures are often powered by pneumatics, hydraulics, and/or by electrical means, as well as computers. This session shares insights in the field of manufacturing animatronics and is appropriate for all ages. (Presenter: Susan Hileman, NWIRC)


3D Printing in Today’s World: Are companies truly evolving the future of advanced manufacturing using 3D printing? Hear firsthand from an additive manufacturing engineer regarding the rapidly expanding opportunities in additive manufacturing, a general overview of the additive modalities that exist and examples of parts being created for medical, aerospace and renewables industries. (Presenter: John Steedle, GE Additive)


Engineering Outside the Box: An interactive, hands-on activity that encourages the creative thinking and teamwork skills needed by future engineers. The presenters also will describe electromechanical technology - the automated systems, machines, mechanical instruments and computer technologies used in manufacturing facilities. This session is appropriate for all ages. (Presenters: Doug Nelson and Liza Schaef, Precision Manufacturing Institute)


Telling My Story: How and why Aldin Besic has built a career in manufacturing. This session is more relevant for 10th through 12th grade students.


How does the game of SET® introduce students to topics relevant in STEM careers? Careers in mathematics, statistics and actuarial science continue to offer excellent salaries and job growth. The game of SET® can introduce students to many topics that are studied in Edinboro's mathematics degree. A detailed introduction to the game and some of the mathematics behind it will be explored. This talk will be accessible to any age. Interested students also can attend a more advanced talk at 10:30 a.m. (Presenter: Anne Quinn, Ph.D., Edinboro University)


My Journey to Becoming a Biomedical Engineer: Current graduate student will share how he got to where he is, an overview of the research he is currently doing and why it is important, and how he plans to apply his master's of mechanical engineering degree upon graduation. (Presenter: Adam Mihalko, Gannon University)


Engineering Minds Behind Robots in Manufacturing: This is an interactive session where students will write instructions to program a "robot" to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The speaker will serve as the robot and will tie the activity back to programming an industrial furnace to heat treat metal, which is what her company specializes in. This session is appropriate for all ages. (Presenter: Ashleigh Walters, chemical engineer and president of Onex Inc.)


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