2018 Summer Members Meeting2019-01-21T05:08:34-08:00
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The Summer 2018 Members Meeting was held in Knoxville, Tenn., July 24 – 27, 2018, showcasing the innovative capabilities of IACMI’s Tennessee partners, including the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The meeting highlighted advancements in all IACMI technology areas, member successes, technical project updates, workforce development initiatives, and much more. Over 400 attendees networked with IACMI members, discussed the 15+ IACMI project advancements, and toured several IACMI facilities in the area. Tennessee is home to nearly 20 IACMI members, with the Summer 2018 Members Meeting showcasing the innovations, thought leadership, and hospitality of East Tennessee.

The Summer 2018 Members Meeting was held at the Hilton Knoxville.

Please see the Members Meeting schedule overview below, and stay tuned to view the upcoming Meeting Agenda. Questions? Email events@iacmi.org.

Registration fees

Registration is free for all IACMI members who are in good standing and have paid membership dues. If you are not an IACMI member and would like to attend future meetings on a trial basis or if you are an invited guest, please contact Jarrod Blue jblue@iacmi.org for a promo code to register. Read IACMI’s foreign national access and participation policy here.

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Thank you to our Summer 2018 Members Meeting sponsors. Click the logos below to learn more about the companies helping to make the meeting a success.

Berndorf Band Group
Cherokee Farm
Dassault Systems
Magnum Venus Products
Local Motors
State of Tennessee
Oak Ridge National Laboratory


New Member Orientation

Meet the IACMI headquarters staff, learn more about all the opportunities incorporated in being an IACMI member, ask questions about important processes, and get to know fellow new IACMI members.

Project Updates

There are currently 50+ IACMI projects in process, in review, or having recently been completed. To incorporate the advancements of IACMI projects, tracks during Members Meeting will allow participants to learn about updates, project outcomes, and next steps for many of the IACMI projects. Sessions include a Materials Track, Prototyping Track, and Tooling Track. Learn more about the tracks on the Members Meeting agenda.

Workforce Development Updates

As part of IACMI’s workforce development mission, this summer IACMI is hosting 43 interns in all IACMI technology areas across the United States. The interns are coming together to attend Members Meeting, where they will also participate in a pre-event professional development workshop. Interns are encouraged to talk with Members Meeting attendees about composites industry needs, internship research, past experiences, and future plans. The interns will participate in poster sessions to present their research in addition to having many opportunities to learn more about each others’ experiences and career goals.

David Houle

David Houle is a futurist, thinker, and speaker, and has spent more than 20 years in media and entertainment. He has been speaking about the future for 11 years and is consistently ranked as one of the top futurists and futurist keynote speakers on the major search engines and in the world today. He was named a Vistage Speaker of the Year for 2008. In the last ten years  he has delivered 800+ keynotes and presentations on six continents and fifteen countries. He is often called “the CEOs’ Futurist” having spoken to or advised 4,000+ CEOs and business owners in the past ten years. Houle has written many books including: The Shift Age, Entering the Shift Age, and Is Privacy Dead: The Future of Privacy in the Digital Age.  Learn more about David Houle at https://davidhoule.com.

IACMI Roadmapping

IACMI is currently in the fourth phase of a technology roadmapping process aimed at accelerating the development and adoption of lowcost, energy-efficient manufacturing technologies. This workshop will focus on future goals, technical targets, technology areas, and projects as it relates to the roadmap.

Enabling High Volume Manufacturing of Lightweight Automotive Components

Presented by the Ford/IACMI project team. This session will review project objectives from an industry perspective and technical gaps in a real business case. Topics include simulations of impregnation, molding, bonding, performance and crash testing, routes to characterization, and control of surfaces and interfaces.

Thursday morning welcome remarks from Knoxville Mayor Rogero and University of Tennessee, Knoxville Chancellor Davis

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and University of Tennessee, Knoxville Interim Chancellor Wayne Davis have supported IACMI since its launch, and are joining Members Meeting Thursday morning to offer remarks welcoming the IACMI membership.

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero

Madeline Rogero was elected the 68th Mayor of Knoxville, Tennessee and took office in December 2011. She is the first woman to hold the office. She was re-elected with 98.8% of the vote and began her second term in December 2015.

Her career includes serving as the city’s community development director, Knox County commissioner, non-profit executive, urban and regional planner, community volunteer and neighborhood champion. She is a former consultant to Capital One and America’s Promise, and former executive director of Dolly Parton’s Dollywood Foundation and Knoxville’s Promise – The Alliance for Youth. She has a B.A. in Political Science from Furman University and a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from The University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Mayor Rogero was elected to the Advisory Board for the U.S. Conference of Mayors and is Chair of the Advisory Board of the Smart Growth America Local Leaders Council. She previously served on President Obama’s State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience and also on Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s Task Force on Aging.

Mayor Rogero is dedicated to promoting a vibrant local economy, strong neighborhoods, a high quality of life, a thriving downtown and a greener Knoxville. She believes Knoxville’s strength comes from the diversity of its people and the beauty of its natural resources.

University of Tennessee, Knoxville Interim Chancellor Wayne Davis

Wayne T. Davis became interim chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, on May 7, 2018. In assuming leadership of the state’s flagship university, Davis is responsible for guiding a campus with an annual budget of $1.2 billion and an endowment of $581 million; an enrollment of 28,000 students and a workforce of nearly 12,000 faculty, staff, and students; and a base of more than 250,000 alumni. UT has a Carnegie classification of doctoral university (highest research activity) and is a top 30 public research university with an annual economic impact of over $4.3 billion systemwide. UT Knoxville alone has an economic impact on the state of $1.6 billion and is responsible for generating 33,000 jobs.

Davis first came to UT as a graduate student in 1970 along with his wife, Sylvia. He earned his master’s degree in environmental engineering and doctorate in civil engineering from the university in 1973 and 1975, respectively, and has held faculty and administrative roles at UT since. He served as assistant dean of the Graduate School from 1985 through 1988 and as its associate dean from 1988 through 1991.

He became interim dean of what is now the Tickle College of Engineering in 2008 before assuming the role permanently the following year. His time as dean saw massive growth in the college, including a near doubling of its student body, doctoral enrollment, and graduation rates; the addition of 42 new faculty positions, more than doubling the number of endowed positions, and the hiring of 12 UT–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chairs; construction of the Min H. Kao Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building and the John D. Tickle Engineering Building, with a new $129 million engineering complex in the design phase; and an improvement in student quality, with incoming freshmen in the college now averaging a GPA of 4.05 and an ACT math score of 30.5.

Davis was named Macebearer, UT Knoxville’s highest faculty honor, in 2003.

The US Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, and Department of Transportation; the National Science Foundation; ORNL; and the American Society for Engineering Education have all recognized Davis for his service and accomplishments. He is a member of the Air and Waste Management Association, a fellow of the American Society of Engineering Education, and a board-certified member of the American Academy of Environmental Engineering and Science.

He and his wife, Sylvia, have been married nearly 50 years. They have two children and three grandchildren.

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett took the oath of office on Sept. 1, 2010, after completing a successful 16-year career of service in the Tennessee General Assembly. After taking office as Knox County Mayor, Mayor Burchett started applying his experience in the state capitol at the local level by saving taxpayers millions of dollars, and by restoring public trust in Knox County government. He continues to focus on ensuring quality service to citizens, efficiency in government and financial savings to taxpayers.

In 1998, after serving four years as a state representative, he was elected to the first of three terms as 7th District Tennessee State Senator. During his time in the General Assembly, he earned a reputation as an effective legislator who put honesty, integrity and constituent service above partisanship political expediency. He most recently served as the chairman of the Budget Subcommittee in Finance, and was secretary of the Finance, Ways and Means Committee. Mayor Burchett also sat on the State and Local Government Committee, as well as the Commerce, Labor and Agriculture Committee.


Knoxville Hilton

The meeting will be held at the Hilton Knoxville. A guest room block is available to all attendees the week of July 23 for $138 per night on a first-come, first-served basis or until July 2, 2018. A limited number of government per diem rooms rates are available as well.

 UPDATE: The room block is full. A limited number of rooms are still available at the Hilton Knoxville. If the Hilton Knoxville fills, other recommended hotels are the Crowne Plaza at 401 W Summit Hill DriveKnoxville, TN;  the Hyatt Place Knoxville/Downtown at 530 South Gay St. Knoxville, TN; and the Holiday Inn Knoxville Downtown at 525 Henley Street, Knoxville, TN.

Hilton Knoxville | 501 W Church Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902


The Locust Street Parking Garage offers reasonable parking rates at $7/max per day, and is .1 miles to the Hilton Knoxville.

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Directions from the McGhee Tyson Airport

The Knoxville Hilton is 14 miles (approximately 20 minutes) from the McGhee Tyson Airport. Click to view the Google Map directions.


Parking for the Knoxville Hilton is available at the Locust Street Parking Garage. This parking garage is is .1 miles to the Hilton Knoxville, and offers reasonable parking rates at $7/max per day. Valet parking at the Knoxville Hilton is also available at an increased rate.


IACMI will provide shuttle service from the Knoxville Hilton to the following events:

  • Facility tours on Tuesday, July 24 and on Friday, July 27
  • Wednesday, July 25 Networking Reception at Neyland Stadium

View the shuttle schedule for the Networking Reception below:

Departure LocationDeparture TimeDeparture TimeDeparture TimeDeparture Time
Knoxville Hilton to go to Neyland Stadium5:30PM5:45PM6PM6:15PM
Neyland Stadium to return to the Knoxville Hilton8:15PM8:30PM8:45PM9PM


Networking Reception at the Neyland Stadium West Club

Join us the evening of Wednesday, July 25 for a networking reception at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Neyland Stadium following the IACMI conference. The football stadium is located in the heart of Knoxville, overlooking the Tennessee River and holds more than 100,000 fans. Originally named Shields-Watkins Field, the stadium was completed in 1921 and was renamed Neyland Stadium after the famous Vols football head coach, Robert Neyland, and now boasts the fifth largest capacity of all college football stadiums in the country.


Facility Tours

In conjunction with the IACMI Summer 2018 Members Meeting, attendees have the opportunity to visit some of IACMI’s partner facilities. Transportation will be provided from the Hilton Knoxville to each of the tour stops. Please see the tour schedule below.

Registration is closed for the tours of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility and Carbon Fiber Technology Facility. Registration is not required for all other facility tours. Note, the shuttle will run on schedule to all of the facilities and will not return to the Hilton between stops. Please contact ecronin@iacmi.org if you have questions.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 Friday, July 27, 2018
12:00PM – Shuttle departs from the Hilton 8:15AM – Shuttle departs from the Hilton
12:30PM – Tour Local Motors 8:30AM – Tour the Fibers and Composites Manufacturing Facility (FCMF)
1:30PM – Travel to the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) 9:30AM – Travel to the Science and Engineering Research Facility (SERF)
1:45PM – Badging at the MDF 9:45AM – Tour SERF
2:00PM – Tour MDF 10:30AM – Travel to Cherokee Farm
3:00PM – Travel to the Carbon Fiber Technology Facility (CFTF) 11:00AM – Tour the Joint Insitute of Advanced Manufacturing (JIAM)
3:30PM – Tour CFTF (You must be badged at the MDF first to attend) 11:45AM – Tour Cherokee Farm North Building
4:30PM – Travel back to the Hilton 12:30PM – Return back to the Hilton
5:15PM – Adjourn 12:45PM – Adjourn

Facility Tour Locations in the News

Tuesday, July 24 Tour Locations

Local Motors

Paving the way for new materials and usages in the automotive industry, Local Motor’s Microfactory offers an inside look at direct digital manufacturing and 3D printing. See the world’s largest 3D printer in action printing a lower vehicle chassis and meet Olli, the first self-driving, cognitive vehicle changing the way we view transportation in neighborhoods, campuses, and city centers.

Manufacturing Demonstration Facility

The Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is DOE’s first such facility established to provide affordable and convenient access to R&D expertise, facilities, and tools to facilitate rapid adoption of advanced manufacturing technologies to enhance the competitiveness of the U.S. workforce.  Oak Ridge National Laboratory is able to meet this expectation by integrating the foundational science expertise at ORNL with a growing industrial network that creates new synergies, thought leadership, and successful execution on complex projects. The MDF is designed to reduce technical risk and support the business case for private investment in new production technologies that will reduce life-cycle energy and greenhouse gas emissions, lower production cost and create new products and opportunities for high paying jobs.

Carbon Fiber Technology Facility (CFTF)

Oak Ridge National Laboratory is home to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Carbon Fiber Technology Facility (CFTF)—a 42,000 sq. ft. innovative technology facility. The CFTF offers a highly flexible, highly instrumented carbon fiber line for demonstrating advanced technology scalability and producing market-development volumes of prototypical carbon fibers, and serves as the last step before commercial production scale.

The facility, with its 390-ft. long processing line, is capable of custom unit operation configuration and has a capacity of up to 25 tons per year, allowing industry to validate conversion of their carbon fiber precursors at semi-production scale.

Friday, July 27 Tour Locations

Learn more about engineering and composites capabilities of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the University of Tennessee Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus.

Fibers and Composites Manufacturing Facility (FCMF) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The FCMF focuses on comprehensive research and development to prototyping of advanced fiber reinforced plastics and composites. The core competency of the FCMF is in product and process development, characterization, modeling and simulation, and nondestructive evaluation of advanced thermoset and thermoplastic composites. More than 40 students and interns work at the FCMF throughout the year and gain experience in composites technologies through collaborations with industry for problem-solving, testing, and product development. Learn more about students’ projects at the FCMF, such as the student-built composite sled.

Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus

The Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus is a research and development park that gives businesses access to the most powerful tools available in materials science and high-performance computing, along with the internationally renowned researchers at the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Science and Engineering Research Facility (SERF) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The Science and Engineering Research Facility (SERF) hosts classrooms and laboratories used by both students and researchers with interests in engineering and the arts and sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. SERF also contains the Scintillation Materials Research Center, with state-of-the-art technology for developing innovative materials in private industries and national laboratories.


Meeting rooms at the Hilton are available on a first-come, first-served basis for project meetings and other discussions. Breakout rooms will be available to reserve during the following times:

  • Tuesday, July 24 all day
  • Wednesday, July 25 from 7AM – 12PM
  • Thursday, July 26 after 5PM
  • Friday, July 27 all day

Please email Jill Hill at jhill@iacmi.org to reserve space for your project or team meeting.


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