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Design Summit Focus is on the Future

Oct. 22, 2020
This four-day virtual event will look at emerging technologies and strategies.

After a tumultuous 2020, there are many questions facing manufacturing. To help to bring those issues into focus, Machine Design has joined with other members of Endeavor Business Media’s Design & Engineering Group to convene Design Summit 2020.

This virtual conference and trade event will run from Nov. 16-19, with new sessions each day focused on the key technologies and issues within manufacturing. Sponsors for Design Summit 2020 are:

Platinum Sponsors: Altech, Dassault Systemes, Texas Instruments, Universal Robots

Gold Sponsor: maxon Parvalux

Silver Sponsor: Mitsubishi Electric Automation

Bronze Sponsors: Rohde & Schwarz, Stratus Technologies

Registration for Design Summit 2020 now is open at

Three keynote presentations will highlight the first three days of Design Summit 2020:

  • On Mon., Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. EST, Peter Eelman of AMT and Jeff Burnstein of RIA will discuss how trade associations have adapted to the challenges of serving their members and suppliers in a time of a global pandemic. Entitled “The New Handshake,” this session will focus on how associations have met the educational and business needs of their members, how virtual events have been important to their outreach during the pandemic and the future of association trade events.
  • On Tues., Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. EST, the Design Summit will kick off a continuing focus on Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) with a panel discussion on the challenges and opportunities for women in industry. The panel will feature Cindy Tomei of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association; Audrey A. Sherman, a division scientist with 3M’s Medical Solutions Division; and Chandra Brown, CEO with digital innovation incubator MxD.
  • On Wed., Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. EST, Design Summit 2020 looks at the future workforce in manufacturing. Representatives from NSPE, IEEE and ASME will discuss the opportunities, challenges and outlook for engineering in 2020 and beyond. Speakers include Dr. Oscar Barton, dean and professor at the Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. School of Engineering at Morgan State University; Tricia Hatley, the 2020-2021 president of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE); and Mario Milicevic, an IEEE Member and communication systems engineer at MaxLinear in Irvine, Calif.

Other industry leaders also will discuss some of the key drivers of manufacturing innovation. They include:

  • Eric Lanke, president and CEO of the National Fluid Power Association.
  • Dr. Richard Mark Soley, chairman of Digital Twin Consortium.
  • Jose Rivera, CEO of the Control System Integrators Association.
  • Thomas Burke, global director of industry standards for Mitsubishi Electric Automation.
  • Mary Bunzel, executive director of the Connected Systems Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The Design Summit 2020 sessions are focused on the technology that will help propel manufacturing into the future, including sessions on additive manufacturing, robotics, electric vehicles, the digital twin and machine learning.

Other sessions will focus on such areas as:

  • The post-election economics outlook.
  • The changes in supply chains as a result of the pandemic and what a future supply chain will look like.
  • Trends and new legislation heading into 2021.
  • Managing a sustainable operation, and its impact on employees.
  • The capabilities of computing hardware and software, and its utility for edge computing.

To register for Design Summit 2020, go to

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