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May 2016


Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road,
Rosemont, Illinois,
Tel: (847) 692-2220

MESA 2016 North American Conference






The MESA NA Conference will have one dedicated track of speakers within the IndustryWeek Manufacturing & Technology (M&T) Conference & Expo. We will also offer an exhibitors' pavilion within the M&T Expo Hall, and a 'Smart Manufacturing unConference' session in IndustryWeek's pre-conference workshops. Plus, leaders from MESA, SMLC and DMDII (Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Institute) will open the M&T Conference with a panel discussion on Smart Manufacturing, moderated by IndustryWeek.

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May 02   

4:00pm - 8:00pm

Registration & Badge Pick-Up / Exhibitor Move-in Hours

May 03   

Conference Hours @ 6:30am - 6:30pm / Expo Hours @ 11:30am - 6:30pm

6:30am - 6:30pm

Registration & Badge Pick-Up

7:30am - 11:30am

Exhibitor Move In Hours

6:30am - 8:30am

Breakfast Pastries & Refreshments for Conference Pass Attendees

8:30am - 11:30am

Plant Tour Opportunities (Conference Pass Attendees Only)

9:00am - 12:00pm

Pre-Conference Workshops ($149 fee)

11:00am - 1:00pm

Boxed lunch for Conference Pass Attendees (must have ticket for lunch)

11:30am - 6:30pm

Exhibit Hall Open
Programming on Show Floor (Sessions TBD) @ 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 4:00pm

1:00pm - 4:00pm

MESA Smart Manufacturing unConference session

1:00pm - 5:00pm

Plant Tour Opportunities (Conference Pass Attendees Only)

1:30pm - 4:30pm

Pre-Conference Workshops ($149 fee)

4:00pm- 5:00pm   
Opening Panel- MESA, SMLC and DMDII 

5:00pm - 6:30pm

Welcome Reception in Exhibit Hall

May 04   

Conference Hours @ 6:30am - 4:30pm / Expo Hours 8:30am - 3:30pm

6:30am - 4:30pm

Registration / Badge Pick- Up

6:30am - 7:30am

Breakfast Buffet located in Exhibit Hall

7:30am - 8:45am

Welcome Remarks & Opening Keynote Presentation

8:30am - 3:00pm

Exhibit Hall Open
Programming on Show Floor (Sessions TBD) @ 10am, 1pm, 2:30pm

8:45am - 9:45am

"Demo Drive" in Exhibit Hall

9:45am -10:30am

Concurrent Breakout Sessions #1 

MESA's 'Smart Manufacturing' Track


Break - Exhibit Hall


Concurrent Breakout Sessions #2

MESA's 'Smart Manufacturing' Track

11:45am - 1:30pm

Lunch/IW Best Plants Award Presentation/Exhibit Hall

1:30pm - 2:15pm

Concurrent Breakout Sessions #3

MESA's 'Smart Manufacturing' Track

2:15pm - 2:45pm

Break - Exhibit Hall

2:45pm - 3:30pm

Concurrent Breakout Session #4

MESA's 'Smart Manufacturing' Track

2:45pm - 4:30pm

Keynote "Panel" Presentation


Special Event & Night Out at the Hofbrauhaus Rosemont

May 05   

Conference Hours @ 7:00am - 1:00pm / Expo Hours 9:00am - 1:00pm

7:00am - 1:00pm

Registration & Badge Pick-Up

7:00am - 8:00am

Breakfast Buffet located in Exhibit Hall

8:00am - 9:00am

Keynote Presentation

9:00am - 1:00pm

Exhibit Hall Open

9:00am - 9:30am

Coffee Break in Expo Hall

9:30am - 10:15am

Concurrent Breakout Sessions #5

MESA's 'Smart Manufacturing' Track


"Demo Drive" in Exhibit Hall


Concurrent Breakout Sessions #6

MESA's 'Smart Manufacturing' Track

11:45am - 1:00pm

Closing & Keynote Presentation


Conference & Expo Conclude

Keynote Speakers +

Jamie Miller

Jamie Miller is Senior Vice President of GE and President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Transportation, a global technology leader and supplier to the rail, mining, marine, stationary power and drilling industries with annual revenue of $5.7 billion and more than 12,000 employees globally. Products include freight locomotives, such as the GE Evolution Series Tier 4, parts and services, and RailConnect™ 360 – a connected suite of software solutions that provides data-driven insights to customers and helps them achieve mission success. Core technology from the locomotive business is extended into adjacent markets to deliver marine diesel engines, mining extraction equipment and process optimization solutions, diesel power and motors for drill rig applications. Jamie previously served as Chief Information Officer for GE. She led the company’s global Information Technology strategy, services and operations, and delivered innovative and transformational solutions for GE, its customers and employees. Jamie joined GE in 2008 as Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer. Prior to joining GE, Jamie served as the Senior Vice President and Controller of WellPoint, Inc., managing investor relations, controllership, financial planning and analysis, tax and financial systems for the company. She was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP where she held numerous roles. A graduate from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, Jamie serves on the Board of Girls Who Code and is a member of the Sutter Hill Ventures Advisory Board. She and her husband have three children.

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