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SEAAF - SEATTLE EUROPEAN AMERICAN AIR FORUM

The Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way South Seattle, WA 98108-4097
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Deadline for registration: Thursday 14 March 2024 - 8:30 AM (UTC-7)

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The French American Chamber of Commerce is organizing the 3rd edition of the Seattle European-American Air forum on March 14!

The French American Chamber of Commerce of Seattle is organizing the 3rd edition of the Seattle European-American Aerospace forum on Thursday March 14th, 2024 at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.

The day is organized around five panels of discussion between selected industry leaders. The discussions will provide updates and share a vision of the trends impacting the European American aerospace industry. Panel discussions will be based on five themes:

  • Advanced air mobility reality check
  • Sustainable Aviation: Business impact of net zero emissions on aviation
  • Digital transformation of the Aerospace industry in the age of AI
  • Restoring stability in the supply chain
  • Nurturing talent in the current PNW job market

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Agenda Overview:

8:00 am – 8:45 am: Check-in, welcome breakfast & networking

8:45 am – 9:00 am: Welcome remarks

9:00 am – 10:00 am: First panel “Aerospace industry digital transformation in the age of AI”

10:00 am – 11:00 am: Second panel “Nurturing talent in the current PNW job market”

11:00 am – 11:30 am: Coffee break

11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Third panel “Sustainable Aviation: Meaning and Business impact of net zero emissions on aviation”

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm: Lunch

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Fourth panel “Restoring stability in the supply chain”

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Fifth panel “Advanced Air Mobility reality check”

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Break

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm: Closing remarks by the moderators and the MC

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Cocktail reception

 

 

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Schedule

Thursday 14 March 2024
08:00 - 08:45 Check-in, welcome breakfast & networking
08:45 - 09:00 Welcome remarks
09:00 - 10:00 1st Panel: Aerospace industry digital transformation in the age of AI

- Sofia-Cristina Visan, Executive Director of the French American Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Nortwest, will lead us through this panel featuring:

- Amanda Bramlett, Manager in Engineering Analytics at Delta Air Lines
- Priyansha Bagaria, Founder & CEO of Loopr AI
- Mark Roboff, CEO of SkyThread.aero
- Roberto Licata, Industry Solution Experience Director at Dassault Systemes

The Digital Transformation is revolutionizing any field of the Aerospace industry from Design and Automation to Aircraft Operations and MRO strategy: Beyond the first applications already in use in Manufacturing, Generative AI and Machine Learning now start to introduce concepts and solutions that were not identified a few years ago.

They will soon allow to automatically build Full Digital Twins for a fraction of the costs of the traditional methods. And what about Cloud solutions? Is there a case for a better Change Management? Do these possibilities represent a challenge or an opportunity for Cybersecurity? The race is on for any company in the industry to integrate these solutions and anticipate their impact on their organization and operations.

The panelists will discuss the emerging digital and AI developments for the Aerospace industry and their potential consequences on topics such as Design authorization, IP protection, Supply Chain transparency or Regulation and certification. Join us for this discussion and discover their perspectives on this on-going industry transformation.
10:00 - 11:00 2nd Panel: Nurturing talent in the current PNW job market

Liz Young, Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at the UW's College of Engineering will lead us through this panel featuring:

- Joe Baldwin, EDU Senior Sales Representative at Dassault Systèmes
- Dee Ann Harris, Workforce Development Training Coordinator at Tool Gauge.
- Gail Cornelius, Director of the UW's Engineering Career Center.
- Aditi Bhide Aerospace Engineer AeroTEC - Aerospace Testing Engineering & Certification Inc.

With this panel, we will unravel the intricacies of talent development within the PNW region. Speakers will explore global emerging trends, share insights on effective training initiatives, and discuss collaborative strategies to navigate the evolving job market landscape. It will be a dynamic conversation on fostering professional growth and maximizing opportunities amidst the unique economic backdrop of the regional market.

This top section could be shared with audience, and we could share these bullets points with the speakers:

• Tactics to attract young talents in the Aerospace industry (internships/apprenticeships and career plans are not significant in the USA compared to other countries)

• Knowledge transfer

• Automation/Digital transformation

• Reconnect HR with production/Transform HR or add a layer (workforce development specialist)

• Impact of Boeing on small suppliers (luring employees from their suppliers)

• Young talent demand vs what companies offer
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 - 12:30 3rd Panel: Sustainable Aviation: meaning and business impact of net zero emissions on aviation

Vamsi Alla, Executive Director at JP Morgan will lead us through this discussion featuring:

- Nathalie Stubler, Chief Sustainability Officer at Safran
- Vincent Begon, General Manager Shell Aviation Lubricants
- Tyler Painter, CFO/COO Wisk Aero
- Christopher Barks Regional Director, North America, Central America and Caribbean ICAO
- Ryan Faucett, Director of Environmental Sustainability at Boeing

Embark on a Journey to Sustainable Business excellence. Join us for a Transformative Panel where Industry Leaders talk about the alignment of Profitability with Environmental Responsibility.

Our expert panelists, leaders in both business aviation and environmental stewardship, will share their perspectives on navigating the challenges and opportunities in the evolving landscape of eco-friendly aviation.

They will discuss and help us to understand the Innovative Business Strategies, the Collaborative Solutions and will broaden our understanding of the relationship between business, profitability, and the future of green aviation.
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:00 4th Panel: Restoring stability in the supply chain

Speakers:
- Chonchol Gupta, CEO at Rebirth Analytics.
- Erik Zahn, Senior Manager Supply Chain Strategy at Boeing
- Roei Ganzarski, CEO at Alithion, Inc.
- Jean-Marc Lemaitre, Founder & Executive Vice President at SkyThread.

The aerospace supply chain has undergone significant strain over the past decade due to transformations, cost pressures, aggressive program ramp-ups, skills shortages resulting from the pandemic, escalating labor demands, and generational shifts. There will be no acceptable ramp up in the industry without quality and safety. This panel seeks to anticipate the evolving dynamics within the supply chain as the industry gears up to transition towards new production approaches and initiate new programs in the early 2030s.

Of particular interest is the examination of how relationships between Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and the various tiers of the supply chain will evolve. This scrutiny becomes more pertinent as technological advancements facilitate more decentralized production and the establishment of a network of interconnected factories.

Our panelists will delve into this issue, exploring how the industry can navigate the challenges of production transition in the current decade. This directional shift involves shedding legacy programs, intensifying the integration of automation, and preparing for further transformations ahead of the next decade.
15:00 - 16:00 5th Panel: Advanced air mobility reality check

Jim Anderton, Director of Content at ENGINEERING.com will lead the discussion featuring:

- Sergio Ceccutta, Partner at SMG Consulting
- Sébastien Vigneron, Senior Vice President, Engineering and Programs at Wisk

We live in exciting times! Advances in electrical and lightweighting technologies have allowed the emergence of a completely new market. New sustainable electrical/ hybrid aircraft and electrical vertical take-off and landing vehicles (eVTOL) have the ambition to replace traditional gas-powered helicopters and some of the ground transportation seen in crowded metropoles. But getting into the rapidly evolving landscape of air mobility has its own flaws: certification and regulatory framework evolution, noise public acceptance, ability to ramp-up production to AAM levels, create the enabling infrastructure, or operate a profitable business.

- Following what some AAM players are showcasing, will we see any of this soon?
- Which use cases between air taxi, cargo, or emergency services will likely be operated first?
- What’s technology’s maturity today?
- What would it take for a startup to become the next Boeing or Airbus?

Join us in this captivating discussion between thought-leaders and innovators, around the readiness of technological breakthroughs, regulatory considerations, and the societal impact of these innovations.

This is a unique opportunity to gain valuable insights into the future of air travel that inspire and inform us as we navigate the uncharted skies of Advanced Air Mobility.
16:00 - 16:30 Break
16:30 - 17:00 Closing remarks by the moderators and the MC
17:00 - 18:30 Cocktail reception

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