AMP SoCal, led by the USC Center for Economic Development, teamed up with Tooling U-SME to offer an aerospace luncheon at WESTEC 2017.

Prepare for Launch: The Technology and Skills for Today’s Space Industry

The space industry is harnessing a new generation of innovators to fuel its meteoric rise to the cosmos. But how do top companies find the tools and talent to soar? Our star panel will discuss the technologies and opportunities allowing mankind to fly higher, reach farther, and travel faster – including what it takes for manufacturers to find people with the right skills to get us there.


  • Robert M. Atkins, Lt Col, USAF Chief EELV Mission Management Branch, LA AFB
  • George Bugg, Aircraft Program Manager, Stratolaunch
  • Shane Fleming, Vice President of Operations, Rocket Lab
  • Dion Jackson, Program Director – AMP SoCal, USC Center for Economic Development