Manufacturing PA Innovation Program Expo

April 08, 2019

10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET

400 North Street, Keystone Building Meeting Center, Forest Room, Plaza Level, Harrisburg, PA

Please join us for the first Manufacturing PA Innovation Program Expo. The expo will celebrate the power of Pennsylvania students to energize Pennsylvania manufacturing. We will also highlight the teamwork between DCED, industry, economic development, and higher education, which was created by Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative. We hope that you can join us to learn more about the student-company partnerships, and about the project impacts in advancing innovation and market competitiveness.  

Please register for this event by April 1, 2019. 

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10:30 a.m. – Welcome

  • Neil Weaver, Executive Deputy Secretary, PA Dept. of Community and Economic Development
  • Michele Masucci, Vice President for Research, Temple University
  • Eric Esoda, President & CEO, NEPIRC
  • Keith M. Argue, Assistant Dean for External Relations, Villanova University

11:00 a.m. – Session 1: Advancing innovation and enhancing market competitiveness


  • Jeff Fortin, Associate Vice President for Research, Director, Office of Industrial Partnerships, Pennsylvania State University


  • Louis Santodonato, Co-President, Advanced Research Systems
  • Drew Elhassid, Chief Metallurgist, General Carbide
  • Wayne Dudding, President, AM21 Technologies
  • Bethany Edwards, Co-Founder and CEO, LIA Diagnostics

12:00 p.m. – Lunch and remarks

  • John Fetterman, Lt. Governor, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

1:00 p.m. – Manufacturing innovation keynote

  • Phillip C. Yu, Ph.D., Director, Corporate Science & Technology Initiatives and Operations, PPG Industries, Inc.

1:30 p.m. – Session 2:  Challenges and opportunities in training tomorrow’s manufacturing workforce

Topic introduction

  • Carol Kilko, Deputy Secretary, PA Dept. of Community and Economic Development


  • Alexia Pursley, Human Resources Manager, Ametek Specialty Metal Products
  • Tony Badamo, President, Hazleton Casting Company
  • Guha Manogharan, Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
  • Casey Bate, Manufacturing PA Innovation Fellow (graduate), Pennsylvania State University
    Austin Hankey, Manufacturing PA Innovation Fellow (undergraduate), Pennsylvania State University

2:30 p.m. – Break

2:45 p.m. – Poster session 

4:00 p.m. – Manufacturing fellow certificate presentation and poster awards

  • Neil Weaver, Executive Deputy Secretary, PA Dept. of Community and Economic Development
  • Manufacturing PA Fellows

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