SME Silicon Valley Chapter Conference

SME Silicon Valley Chapter Conference

May 1, 2017

SME Silicon Valley Chapter Conference:
21st Century Manufacturing –
Advanced Technology Trends in Silicon Valley”
 In Conjunction with the Design-2-Part Show

April 21, 2017 – The SME Silicon Valley Chapter 98 will present a one-day conference, “21st Century Manufacturing – Advanced Technology Trends in Silicon Valley.” The 12th annual technical conference will be held on Thursday, May 25, 2017 from 8:30 am to 6 pm at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.

Attendees will explore manufacturing trends in the Bay Area throughout a wide range of industries. They will hear presentations from government representatives and industry leaders. There will also be equipment demonstrations from sponsors and opportunities for career development with a Career Fair.

Highlights include:

  • City Programs Promoting Manufacturing
  • IoT in the Industrial Environment
  • BioMedical Disruption in the Valley
  • Robotics/Automation in Manufacturing

This conference is presented by the SME Silicon Valley, in collaboration with the North Bay and Sacramento Chapters and also in collaboration with the student chapters from San Jose State University, Laney College, and De Anza College.

The event will be held in conjunction with the Northern California Design-2-Part Show, the largest show in the region to focus exclusively on contract manufacturing services. The show will run May 24-25 also at the Santa Clara Convention Center. The 2017 show will feature nearly 200 of the finest American contract manufacturing companies exhibiting design-through-manufacturing services covering more than 300 product categories.


SME Conference Program Highlights

Welcome – Kyle MacLeod 

Opening Keynote Nat Mani, CEO, Bestronics

Presentation: Industrial Automation and IoT – John Dulchinos, VP Global Automation, Jabil

Manufacturing in My City – Mayor John Marchand, City of Livermore, Mayor Lily Mei, City of Fremont

Afternoon Welcome – Kevin Gregerson

Biomedical Trends of the 21st Century and Why Silicon Valley is the Place to Be – Gregory Theyel, Director, Biomedical Manufacturing Network

Benefits of Robotics in Manufacturing 

State-of-the-Art Manufacturing Processes and how they will Affect Manufacturing in the Valley over the Next 5 Years: Noreen King, President and CEO, Evolve Manufacturing Technologies Inc.

Practical Industry 4.0 Deployment – Joel Falcone, Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer – Excelitas 

Closing Keynote – Dr. Malcolm J. Thompson, Executive Director, NEXTFLEX 

Reception and Career Fair 


The conference is open to SME members and non-members. For more information, or to register to attend, please visit http:/ 

For more information about the Northern California Design-2-Part Show, or to register for free show admission, visit


About SME

SME ( connects all those who are passionate about making things that improve our world. As a nonprofit organization, SME has served practitioners, companies, educators, government and communities across the manufacturing spectrum for more than 80 years. Through its strategic areas of events, media, membership, training and development, and the SME Education Foundation, SME is uniquely dedicated to advancing manufacturing by addressing both knowledge and skill needs for industry. At SME, we are making the future, together.

This event is sponsored by Silicon Valley Chapter #098 – proceeds from this conference will go toward then chapter’s scholarships and local educational activities and events throughout the year.

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