Astronauts Headline Total Manufacturing Event

Buzz Aldrin, PhD, world famous Apollo 11 astronaut and a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME, Dearborn, Mich.), will headline The Total Manufacturing Experience at the Los Angeles Convention Center, March 27.

An avid supporter of youth education, Aldrin will present an award to the winning team of the WESTEC Manufacturing Challenge. At the subsequent "Sky's the Limit" reception, Aldrin will talk about his passion for space and NASA's new technologies.

Astronaut Sally Ride, PhD, the first American woman in space will appear at the Educator Summit VIP Dinner on Wednesday, March 29. Her company Sally Ride Science is dedicated to supporting girls' interests in math, science and technology. The appearance is sponsored by Northrop Grumman Corp. The Educator Summit offers information about programs that point students toward careers in manufacturing and technology.

A must-attend "showcase event" for the world's manufacturers, suppliers and educators, The Total Manufacturing Experience takes place March 27-30 in Los Angeles. Attendees will be immersed in a 360-degree learning experience, highlighting new technology applications, continuous improvement, automation and assembly and more. Participants will move from classroom, to exhibit floor, to networking, professional development and industry recognition activities.

WESTEC 2006 Advanced Productivity Exposition, North America's largest annual manufacturing and metalworking event, featuring the latest manufacturing equipment reflecting emerging technologies. Exhibitors include leading equipment and tooling manufacturers, regional distributors, technology products and supplier services from 150 categories representing 2,500 international product lines. WESTEC also includes a Technology Theater, and a Product and Process Design & Management Pavilion featuring free "Hot Topics" presentations on lean manufacturing and other process management issues. A Student Summit will introduce young people to the exciting possibilities of a career in manufacturing.

Source: Society of Manufacturing Engineers

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