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A Walmart Initiative to Create Affordable, Flexible Automated Solutions to Bring Manufacturing Back to our Nation:

The U.S. Manufacturing Symposium

Reshoring US Manufacturing Processes

Learn about what is happening locally, regionally, statewide, and nationwide from our diverse set of established speakers from industry, government, and academia.     

Showcase New Products and Technologies 

Take advantage of the symposium's platform to proudly display your products and inspire others through your success story.

Take Part in Shaping the Future

The topic of the symposium will focus on new automated and product independent methods that are the future of manufacturing.

For more information, call 817-272-5900 or email

Location - UT Arlington Research Institute 

Registration fee - $35

Exhibitor fee - $120 (Includes floor space for presenting & includes two attendee passes)

Register Today!

Agenda: June 3, 2015

9:00AM - 10:00AM        Registration and Light Breakfast

Vendors may begin setting up their booths at this time.

10:00AM - 10:10AM         Opening Remarks and Introduction 

Dr. Mickey McCabe | Executive Director, UT Arlington Research Institute

Dr. Mickey McCabe, UT Arlington Research InsituteDr. Mickey McCabe has provided leadership for various research organizations for more than 30 years in both the university and industrial arenas. He has been a leader in creating technology-based economic development resulting from successful R&D programs. His technical experience and background are in the areas of polymers, fibers and composite systems. He is the sole inventor on U.S. Patent # 4,661,336 concerning the production of carbon fibers.

10:10AM - 10:50AM       Walmart + U.S. Manufacturing 

Mr. Joe Quinn | Senior Director, Walmart

Joseph Quinn, WalmartJoe Quinn is Senior Director, Issue Management and Strategic Outreach, for Walmart Corporate Affairs. Since 2009 Quinn has assisted with the management of the company position on issues ranging from health care reform to national elections. Quinn helps build Walmart relationships with third parties and outside coalitions, and is involved in the communication of grassroots messaging to both internal and external audiences.


10:50AM - 11:10AM         Break/Networking Session

Take some time to meet and discuss with speakers, exhibitors and attendees. 

11:10AM - 11:25AM       UT Arlington and Engagement with the Manufacturing

Dr. Vistasp Karbhari | President, The University of Texas at Arlington

Dr. Vistasp Karbhari, UT Arlington

A visionary leader and accomplished scholar, Vistasp M. Karbhari took office in June 2013 as the eighth president of The University of Texas at Arlington. He is committed to advancing UT Arlington’s national and international profile while strengthening excellence in research and teaching and ensuring the success of the University’s 50,000 on-campus and online students. A prolific researcher and seasoned administrator, President Karbhari has served as principal investigator or co-principal investigator on more than $37 million in research projects and authored or co-authored more than 460 papers in journals and conference proceedings.

11:25AM - 11:45AM        The Economic Impact of Manufacturing in Texas

Senator Kelly Hancock | Texas State Senate, District 9 Representative

Senator Kelly Hancock

Senator Kelly Hancock has been acknowledged for his efforts in promoting fiscal responsibility and conservative values. Currently he is the Chair of the Senate Administration Committee, and has been recognized as a "Courageous Conservative", a "Champion of Small Business", and a "Lone Star Conservative Leader". Senator Hancock also received the 2015 Guardian of Small Business award from the National Federation of Independent Business. 

11:45PM - 12:00PM       Precision Robotic & Advanced Manufacturing Innovations

Dr. Aditya Das | Senior Research Scientist, UT Arlington Research Institute 

Aditya Das, Ph.D, joined The University of Texas Arlington Research Institute (UTARI) in January 2010. His current research and development focus includes flexible manufacturing, heterogeneous system integration, low volume manufacturing, knowledge-based automation, miniaturization technology, and human-machine interface.

12:00PM - 1:15PM        Lunch and Technology Showcase

Take some time to network with attendees and visit exhibitors’ booths.


1:15PM - 1:45PM        Remarks from the New Mayor

Mayor W. Jeff Williams | City of Arlington

.Jeff Williams is President of Graham Associates possessing 34 years of experience in civil engineering.  During his career, Jeff has worked on a diverse array of high profile projects including parks, town centers, sports complexes, and churches.  Jeff also has served as the Civil Engineer for some of the landmark projects in his hometown of Arlington.


 1:45PM - 2:15PM        Trinity River Vision and Development Update

Mr. Matt Oliver | Trinity River Vision Authority, Public Information Officer

.Matt Oliver has worked in public relations and community outreach for the Trinity River Vision project since September of 2009. He serves as the media contact for TRVA, gives project updates to a wide range of organizations, manages print media projects and assists with the execution of events related to the project.


2:15PM - 2:30PM        Texas Wide Open for Business

Ms. Janie Havel | Office of the Governor, Economic Development & Tourism

Janie Havel serves as the Representative for the Governor’s Office for the North and Northeast Texas Regions.  These regions include 47 counties from central Texas to the Arkansas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma borders. Responsibilities include serving as a liaison between the Governor’s office and economic development corporations, as well as other state agencies

2:30AM - 2:40PM        U.S. Manufacturing Advisory Board

Mr. Jonathan Kretz | Director of Business Development and Marketing, UT Arlington Research Institute

Jonathan Kretz is tasked with supporting and facilitating business development activities and opportunities at UTARI.  He is responsible for assisting UTARI in meeting its commercial potential by identifying and developing strategic partnerships in UTARI’s research focus areas.

2:40PM - 2:50PM        Split for Track Sessions/Break

2:50PM - 3:30PM        Track Sessions

Track A: Improving Productivity and Profitability Using Practical Solutions

Mark Sessumes | Director of Technical and Management Assistance & Consulting (TMAC) 

.Mark Sessumes has 30 years of experience working with organizations to accelerate their profitable growth using Innovation, Productivity, Technology and Management Systems best practices. His special interest is working with leadership teams to adopt management and support systems necessary for enterprise transformation.


Track B: Precision Automation and On-Demand Production via Flexible Manufacturing Systems

Dr. Brian Huff | Associate Professor of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering UT-Arlington

.Brian Huff Ph.D, has an extensive research record in the areas of: automated process development, the design and deployment of reconfigurable automation systems, and system capacity analysis using discrete event simulation techniques. 



3:30PM - 5:00PM        Symposium Reception and Networking

A very special thank you to all attendees. We hope to be working with you soon.