Fall 2017 Bi-Annual Meeting Presentations

The third AMP SoCal Bi-Annual Meeting took place on November 14, 2017.

Meeting Program & Agenda

Event Photos


Presentation Videos

The following videos include a 3-5 minute highlight reel and a full-length overview of each speaker and panelist presentation.

Welcome Presentations

  • Opening Remarks and Overview – Libby Williams, USC Center for Economic Development – AMP SoCal
  • Partner Welcome – Wilfred L. Marshall, Economic Development Representative – California, U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration
  • District Welcome – Al Muratsuchi, Assemblymember, California’s 66th Assembly District
  • University Welcome – Jack H. Knott, Ph.D., Dean, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California

Keynote Address

  • Robert M. Atkins, Lt Colonel, Generation and Ops Division, Launch enterprise Directorate, US Air Force

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Panel 1: Next Generation – The Future of Aerospace

Featuring companies that are disrupting the industry’s status quo while finding a new way to do business

  • Moderator: Robert M. Atkins, Lt Colonel, US Air Force
  • Gala Dempsey, DAQRI
  • Shane Fleming, Rocket Lab
  • Talbot Jaeger, NovaWurks

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Panel 2: The Uniquely Abled Academy

An Answer to the Shortage of CNC Operators

  • Moderator: Dion Jackson, USC Center for Economic Development – AMP SoCal
  • Björn N.P Paulsson, Ph.D., Paulsson, Inc

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Panel 3: Technology of the Future

Exploring how manufacturers are applying cutting-edge technology for improved efficiency

  • Moderator: Michael Orosz, Ph.D., USC Viterbi School of Engineering, USC
  • Melissas Orme, Ph.D., Morf3D, Inc
  • John Malinzak, Aerojet Rocketdyne
  • Ray Elledge, Verisurf Software Inc

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Panel 4: From Startup to Upstart

Growing Your Company for Tomorrow’s Industry

  • David Tearse, Starburst Accelerator
  • Tim Ellis, Relativity Space

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Economic Development Workshop

Growing Successful Manufacturers Locally through Public-Private Partnerships

Welcome and Introduction

  • Wilfred Marshall, Economic Development Representative – California, U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration

Presentation: The State of the Aerospace & Defense Industry in SoCal

  • Deepak Bahl, Program Director and Co-Principal Investigator, Sol Price School of Public Policy – USC Center for Economic Development
  • Robert Creighton, Research Analyst, Sol Price School of Public Policy – USC Center for Economic Development

Panel: Growing Successful Manufacturers Locally through Public-Private Partnerships
Featuring economic developers and manufacturers from across the region

  • Moderator: Grace Williams, Ph.D., Director of Planning & Economic Development, City of Perris
  • Fran Fulton, Economic Development Manager, City of Torrance
  • Glenn Grindstaff, Vice President, Human Resources and Administration, L3 Technologies, Electron Devices and Space and Power Sector
  • James Sly, Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, East County Economic Development Council
  • Sue Arellano, Business Assistance Manager, Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation

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