Collaborating to Advance Defense Fabric Innovations and Manufacturing
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Posted by: Susan Barber
Women In Defense Greater Boston Chapter
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
7:30 am – 2:30 pm
Lincoln Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA)
The Women in Defense Greater Boston Chapter (WID-GBC) is pleased to announce an event that provides the latest updates on the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) ManTech program and its Department of Defense (DoD) Manufacturing USA Innovation Institutes, as well as highlight recent technical advancements of the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) Innovation Institute.
This event features keynote speaker Ms. Tracy Frost, Director, Office of the Secretary of
Defense (OSD) ManTech and Director, DoD Manufacturing USA Institutes. Ms. Frost
oversees the Defense-wide Manufacturing Technology program (ManTech), as well as the
thirteen DoD Manufacturing Innovation Institutes.
7:30 – 8:15 Registration, Continental Breakfast, Networking
8:15 – 8:30 Opening Remarks
Event Chair: Dr. Livia Racz, Assistant Group Leader, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Event Co-Chair: Karen Krause-Bencal, Vice President, WID Greater Boston Chapter & Director, Strategic Programs, Beacon Interactive Systems
8:30 – 8:45 Welcome from MIT Lincoln Laboratory
8:45 – 9:00 Plenary Speaker
Colonel Rachel Cafferty (USAF, Retired), Executive President, Women in Defense
9:00 – 10:00 Keynote Address: DoD Perspective: The Critical Need for Manufacturing Innovation
Ms. Tracy Frost, Director, OSD ManTech and Director, DoD Manufacturing USA Institutes
10:00 – 10:15 Coffee Break
10:15 – 11:15 Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) Panel
Jason Cox, Chief Engineer, AFFOA - Technology Roadmap
Ms. Natasha Spackey, Dir. BD, AFFOA - How to Engage with AFFOA - Membership
Ms. Shiyun Ruan, AFFOA - How to Engage with AFFOA – MicroAwards
11:15 – 12:00 The Defense Fabric Discovery Center (DFDC) Panel
Dr. Alexander (Sasha) Stolyarov, Lead, DFDC, MIT LL - Tech Roadmap & Virtual Tour
Jeffrey Pacuska, Program Manager, US- Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) - Soldier Center- How to Engage with the DFDC and MIT LL
12:00 – 12:15 Concluding Remarks
12:15 – 14:30 Lunch, Technology Demonstrations and DFDC Tours
A box lunch will be provided for attendees. AFFOA/DFDC table top technology demonstrations and tours of the DFDC will also be conducted during this time.
Location: MIT Lincoln Laboratory, 244 Wood St, Lexington, MA 02421
Registration: WID Members: $45, Non-WID Members: $75. To register, sign up at www.widgbc.org/affoa-march.
NEBA members receive 50% off on ticket registration if they use the code: NEBA19. Registration closes on Monday, March 18th. Space is limited.
For questions on registration, contact Josephine Lewis Josephine.S.Lewis@raytheon.com.