EDUCATOR DAY

The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) is excited to announce Educator Day at Automate on Wednesday, May 8 from 9:45 AM to 5:00 PM CT. Open to current professionals at educational institutions with a show badge.

RESERVE YOUR SPOT EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR

JOIN AUTOMATION EXPERTS & EDUCATORS

Learn about the latest in automation education. Network with educators, industry leaders and representatives from national workforce organizations, robotic contests and educational training companies. Get hands-on with solutions from the world’s top robotic and automation companies. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!

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REGISTER TODAY

Automate 2024 Educator Day
9:45 AM to 5:00 PM CT, Wednesday, May 8, 2024
McCormick Place, Chicago, IL

To reserve your spot, you MUST also register for the free Automate Show. This event is open to current professionals in not-for-profit educational institutions only. Reservations will be accepted through Friday, April 26 and spots confirmed by Friday, May 3.

Want to exhibit in the Educator Day meeting room? Become a Table Top Exhibitor

VIEW BY DAY:

Wednesday, May 8, 2024
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
Grand Ballroom S100

One Robot for Any Task

Daniela Rus, Professor (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science), Director of CSAIL, MIT

The digitization of practically everything coupled with advances in machine learning, the automation of knowledge work, and advanced robotics promises a future with democratized use of machines and wide-spread use of AI, robots and customization. While the last 60 years have defined the field of industrial robots and empowered hard-bodied robots to execute complex assembly tasks in constrained industrial settings, the next 60 years could be ushering in our time with Pervasive robots that come in a diversity of forms and materials, helping people with physical and cognitive tasks.

Daniela Rus

Daniela Rus

Professor (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science), Director of CSAIL MIT

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM

Check-in and Tabletop Exhibits Open

Tabletop Exhibitors

  • ABB Robotics
  • Epson Robots
  • FANUC America Corporation
  • KUKA
  • Universal Robots
  • Yaskawa Motoman
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Welcome, Connect, Learn: A3 Introduction and Curriculum Highlights

Ritch Ramey, Director of Education, Association for Advancing Automation

Ritch Ramey

Ritch Ramey

Director of Education Association for Advancing Automation

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

PANEL DISCUSSION: Smart Manufacturing Workforce Development Best Practices

Andy Schaafs, Senior Director of Development, REC Foundation

Chelle Travis, Executive Director, SkillsUSA

Glade Montgomery, Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Project Lead the Way, Inc.

John Zappa, Director of Product Management, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute

Tad Douce, Co-Chairperson A3 Education Committee; Executive Director, EduEverything, Inc.

Immerse yourself in a thought-provoking panel discussion centered around optimal strategies for workforce development in the realm of smart manufacturing. Join our moderator, Tad Douce, and seasoned educational experts as they share invaluable insights and effective approaches to cultivating a skilled and forward-thinking workforce in this dynamic landscape.

Andy Schaafs

Andy Schaafs

Senior Director of Development REC Foundation

Chelle Travis

Chelle Travis

Executive Director SkillsUSA

Glade Montgomery

Glade Montgomery

Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships Project Lead the Way, Inc.

John Zappa

John Zappa

Director of Product Management Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute

Tad Douce

Tad Douce

Co-Chairperson A3 Education Committee; Executive Director EduEverything, Inc.

11:30 AM - 11:45 PM

Break

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

LUNCHEON PANEL DISCUSSION: Preparing our Workforce for Smart Manufacturing Careers

Christelle Keefer, Education Director, ABB

Clint Chapman, Sr. Mgr. Strategic Partner Relations Education / Work Force Development, Yaskawa America, Inc. Motoman Robotics Division

Corey Adams, Education Program Manager, Universal Robots

Craig McAtee, CEO and Executive Director, National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers (NCATC)

Michka Tosan, Account Manager - Medical Robotics, KUKA Robotics

Paul Aiello, Executive Director of Education, FANUC America Corporation

Participate in an insightful panel discussion addressing the imperative of aligning the workforce with the demands of modern manufacturing. Join industry leaders as they share strategies and insights to cultivate skills, foster innovation, and build a strong talent pipeline for the dynamic landscape of smart manufacturing careers.

Christelle Keefer

Christelle Keefer

Education Director ABB

Clint Chapman

Clint Chapman

Sr. Mgr. Strategic Partner Relations Education / Work Force Development Yaskawa America, Inc. Motoman Robotics Division

Corey Adams

Corey Adams

Education Program Manager Universal Robots

Craig McAtee

Craig McAtee

CEO and Executive Director National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers (NCATC)

Michka Tosan

Michka Tosan

Account Manager - Medical Robotics KUKA Robotics

Paul Aiello

Paul Aiello

Executive Director of Education FANUC America Corporation

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Tabletop Exhibits Open

Immerse yourself in educational innovation, where tabletop exhibits showcase tools and resources for integrating automation technology into curricula. Engage with educators, explore teaching materials, and witness live demonstrations, fostering a collaborative environment to inspire the next generation of automation enthusiasts.

Tabletop Exhibitors

  • ABB Robotics
  • Epson Robots
  • FANUC America Corporation
  • KUKA
  • Universal Robots
  • Yaskawa Motoman
1:30 PM - 1:45 PM

The Industry Needs You

Joe Gemma, Chief Revenue Officer, Wauseon Machine; McAlister Design & Automation

Discover your role in shaping the future of automation. Uncover opportunities, explore the significance of individual contributions, and gain insights into the pivotal roles that professionals play in driving innovation and progress within the dynamic landscape of the automation industry.

Joe Gemma

Joe Gemma

Chief Revenue Officer Wauseon Machine; McAlister Design & Automation

1:45 PM - 2:00 PM

A3 Educator of the Year Award Presentation

Amanda Beaton, U.S. Program Manager, Siemens Cooperates with Education

Join us for the pinnacle moment as we present the inaugural A3 Educator of the Year Award, where an exemplary educator in robotics and automation will be honored for their outstanding commitment, innovation, and leadership. Witness a celebration of educational excellence as this dedicated individual is recognized for shaping the future of the industry through their exceptional teaching methods and contributions to smart manufacturing.

Sponsored by Siemens Education

Amanda Beaton

Amanda Beaton

U.S. Program Manager Siemens Cooperates with Education

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Automate Show Floor

Automate Show Tour

Embark on a dynamic tour of the Automate show floor, exploring the forefront of automation technologies. Delve into the latest robotic innovations, artificial intelligence applications, and cutting-edge automation solutions, with the tour culminating at the Education Pavilion.

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Educator Pavilion

CEU and Grad Credit Registration

Please be advised that if you are interested in earning Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or grad credit, kindly ensure to sign in before departing for the day. Your participation and attendance record are essential for accreditation.

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Educator Pavilion

Educator Reception

Wrap up an inspiring day with a celebratory reception, providing educators with the opportunity to network, share insights, and unwind in a relaxed setting.

 
 

WHO WILL BE EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR?

Today’s educators are shaping the next generation of automation professionals—and Automate and the Association for Advancing Automation (A3) want to honor all they do. The A3 Educator of the Year Award recognizes individuals who are innovating in the classroom, inspiring students and leading by example. The deadline for nominations is February 23, 2024.

The Educator of the Year Award is sponsored by:

Siemens Industry, Inc.

LEARN MORE NOMINATE SOMEONE

Educator Day Sponsors

ABB Inc.     FANUC America Corporation Logo          KUKA Robotics Corporation Logo             Universal Robots Logo    Yaskawa America, Inc. Logo