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February 21, 2017

TechConnect Conference Will Include Panel on Safety and Innovation as Partners for Success in Advanced Manufacturing

Lynn L. Bergeson Carla N. Hutton

The TechConnect World Innovation Conference and Expo, which will be held May 14-17, 2017, in Washington, D.C., will include a panel discussion on May 16, 2017, on “Safety and Innovation as Partners for Success in Advanced Manufacturing” as part of the Advanced Manufacturing Symposium.  The session description states that as emerging and novel technologies, materials, and information are integrated into increasingly automated and networked manufacturing processes, the elements of effective health, safety, and environmental practice will need to evolve.  The goals of the session are to:  (1) provide a forum for stakeholders to explore the changes advanced materials and manufacturing innovation bring to the workplace and the environment; (2) examine existing health and safety approaches that enable the advanced manufacturing ecosystem; and (3) identify challenges and opportunities for new safety paradigms.  The session will incorporate perspectives from technology leaders, manufacturing operations experts, and occupational health and safety practitioners.  The panel co-chairs and panelists include:

Panel Co-Chairs

  • Chuck Geraci, Associate Director, Nanotechnology, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH);
  • Sally Tinkle, Senior Strategy and Policy Advisor, IDA/Science and Technology Policy Institute; and
  • Sara Brenner, Associate Professor of Nanobioscience, State University of New York (SUNY) Poly.


  • John Howard, Director, NIOSH;
  • Peter Scheuer, Senior Manager of Health, Safety, and Environment at Honeywell Federal Manufacturing and Technologies;
  • Susan Donaldson, Health and Safety COE Leader, General Electric;
  • Tracy L. Albers, President and Chief Technology Officer, Rapid Prototype and Manufacturing, LLC;
  • Kim Nelson, Vice President Nanocellulose Technology, American Process Inc.;
  • Mark Tuominen, Professor of Physics, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Director, National Nanomanufacturing Network;
  • Michael Fancher, Director, New York State Center for Advanced Technology in Nanomaterials and Nanoelectronics, SUNY Poly; and
  • Thomas Diamond, Vice President of Environmental, Safety, and Health, SUNY Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.

The session will also provide an opportunity to discuss and present research on managing process hazards and exposures, life cycle assessment, risk management, new models of occupational safety and health, and effective risk management practices.