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Technical Program

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Key Note Speakers

Additive Manufacturing/ Academia Key Note

Dr. Karen A. Thole is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University where she also previously served as the Department Head.  Dr. Thole’s expertise is in heat transfer, additive manufacturing, and instrumentation development.  She directs the Steady Thermal Aero Research (START) Lab where experimental and computational studies are conducted to advance aviation sustainability and power generation through highly efficient turbines.  She is a Fellow of ASME and AIAA.  Her work has been recognized by ASME’s R. Tom Sawyer, George Westinghouse Gold, Edwin F. Church and Heat Transfer Memorial Awards.  From AIAA, she has been awarded AIAA’s Air Breathing Propulsion and Thermophysics Awards.  Dr. Thole received her BSME and MSME from the University of Illinois and her Ph.D. from the University of Texas.

Technical Program

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Additive Manufacturing- Aerospace Key Note

Mike leads the Advanced Manufacturing team at the RTX Research Center in East Hartford, CT. The Research Center supports the RTX businesses, including Pratt & Whitney, Collins Aerospace, and Raytheon. His team focuses on a range of topics, from automation of cutting/grinding/deburring/finishing, welding/joining/repair, cold spray, advanced machining development, and large format metal additive manufacturing.


Mike completed his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida, in addition to BS and MS degrees in Materials Science from Michigan Technological University. His prior areas of research include high strain rate experimental methods and functionally graded materials. Current focus areas include cold spray process, materials, and equipment, in addition to wire-feed AM techniques. Recent AM topics include multi-material, functionally graded materials, and custom alloys.

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