Women in Manufacturing Day
mHUB is proud to host the first annual Women in Manufacturing Day featuring a keynote by Megan Brewster, Vice President of Advanced Manufacturing at Launch Forth. The event will celebrate and convene women in manufacturing and inspire young women interested in STEM fields to discover new career paths and grow the talent pipeline of women in the industry.
Monday, October 8, 2018
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM (Central Standard Time)
mHUB Event Space
965 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA Get Directions
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM: Event registration and networking
9:00 AM - 9:10 AM: Welcome by event hosts and partners
9:10 AM - 10:00 AM: Keynote – Megan Brewster, Vice President of Advanced Manufacturing, Launch Forth
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM: Panel Discussion - “Inspiring the Next Generation of Women Manufacturing Leaders: What can the Community do to Attract and Retain Female Talent?” with Diana Peters of Symbol Training Institute and Women in Manufacturing Chicago Chapter, Cecilie Tassone of Praxicut, Tiarra Barton of Aaceses Ihmire Industries, Jennifer Bennett of DMG Mori and Lily Yeung of Molex Ventures.
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM: Lunch and networking
11:45 - 12:15 PM Tours
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM: Building Challenge Collaborative Activity
1:00 PM – Optional Networking and 1:1 consulting/mentoring
4:00 PM - Adjourn
Megan Brewster, Vice President of Advanced Manufacturing, Launch Forth
Dr. Megan Brewster is the Vice President of Advanced Manufacturing for Launch Forth, a leading crowd-powered product development platform that connects big engineering challenge from category leaders like GE, Airbus, USMC, and Allianz with a worldwide community of more than 180,000 solvers. At Launch Forth, Dr. Brewster brings the community's ideas to life through rapid prototyping with advanced making technologies, with a focus on additive manufacturing, and leads initiatives to define the future of work through the organic formation of teams in a distributed online community. Prior to her current role, Dr. Brewster served as the Senior Policy Analyst for Advanced Manufacturing at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where she led the advanced manufacturing and semiconductors portfolio areas. During her time in the Federal Government, Dr. Brewster also served as a fellow at the Department of Energy Advanced Manufacturing Office and the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, handling portfolio areas such as critical minerals, methane emissions, and the energy-water nexus. Dr. Brewster is a materials scientist and engineer and previously worked for Applied Materials, defining metrology processes for in-line detection of surface imperfections for next-generation lithium ion battery anodes, and at GE Global Research, investigating performance degradation mechanisms and developing next-generation chemistries for the new sodium metal halide battery business. Dr. Brewster earned her Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her B.S from the University of Washington, both in Materials Science and Engineering, as well as a Ph.D. minor in Technology and Public Policy from MIT.