2016 International Annual Conference

October 26-29, Charlotte, NC

Hosted by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte 

Systems Engineering and Engineering Management Department


Program Schedule


Workshop Information


Speaker Index

Keynote Speaker: 27 October 2016 - Thursday Opening (8:15-9:15am)

Johan Enslin

Director, Zucker Family Graduate Education Center and Duke Energy Endowed Chair in Smart Grid

Clemson University

He comes as Director for the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) and the Duke Energy Distinguished Chair in Power System at UNC Charlotte. Enslin has combined a 35-year career with leadership in industry and academia, in the US, Europe and South Africa. He served as an executive for private business operations and a professor in electrical engineering.

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Keynote Speaker: 27 October 2016 - Thursday Lunch (12:00-1:00pm)

Paul Camuti

Senior Vice President, Innovation and Chief Technology Officer

Ingersoll Rand

Camuti works with business leadership teams to accelerate global innovation and technology-led growth strategies and promote an innovation-centric mindset for the organization. Camuti co-leads the enterprise strategy organization and oversees the full spectrum of innovation, technology and growth initiatives within the company, including advanced technologies; product, system and solution design; engineering; and product, service and sales commercialization. In addition, he is responsible for cultivating key alliances with external constituents to enrich the advanced technology and innovation capabilities of the business.

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Keynote Speaker: 28 October 2016 - Friday Opening (8:15-9:15am)

Fred D’Ambrosio

Sr. Commercial Manager (Retired)

Hess Corporation

Fred D’Ambrosio recently retired as the Sr. Commercial Manager for Hess Corporation, an international oil and gas exploration and producing company, where he led negations for the monetization of production assets. He has been in the energy industry for 40 years working all components of the value chain from production operations as a Production Manager and Field Engineer to Marketing Manager of downstream sales. He worked for multiple companies including Mobil Oil Corporation, ENRON, CNG Energy Services, and National Gas and Electric Company. Fred’s international experience includes assignments in Thailand, Malaysia, India, Norway, Denmark, London, Libya, Equatorial Guinea and Ghana.

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2016 ASEM Engineering Manager of the Year

Major General (M Sc Eng) Albert HUSNIAUX (Belgian Air Force)

NATO Chief Scientist

Major General (Air Force) Albert Husniaux, born in Genk (Belgium) on 7 July 1957, is a Master of Science in Engineering, specialized in mechanics, ballistics, aeronautics and astronautics. He has been NATO’s Chief Scientist since 1 July 2012 and chairs the Board of NATO’s Science and Technology Organization, NATO’s premier forum for Science and Technology co‐operation among its Member Nations.

Major General Husniaux has been elected member of the Technology and Society Class of the Royal Academy for Science and the Arts of Belgium in May 2012.  Major General Husniaux has both a scientific background (Physics and Science and Technology management) and a military officer’s background. The common threads in his multidisciplinary career are aerospace, innovation, change management and science and technology. He is an experienced executive manager of Science and Technology, having served his Nation, in a national, European Union, and NATO context, and NATO. He is the last Director of NATO’s Research and Technology Agency and the first Chief Scientist of NATO.

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Industry Tours

The tour fee will be $10 per tour and tour registration will be through the conference registration web site. Details on transportation and where to meet will be sent to those who register for the tour.

Tour 1: Daimler Truck Manufacturing Plant

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 8am-12pm ET

Tour Capacity: 26 people.

Located in Mt Holly, North Carolina, Daimler Trucks North America serves as the parent company for Freightliner Trucks. In May, 1979, the first truck rolled out of the 637,000 square foot facility. Today, over 1300 people are employed there spread over two shifts, daily. Roughly 100 trucks are produced daily.

All tour participants must wear hard soled, closed, flat shoes. Hard soled business flats or running / hiking shoes are fine. All tour participants must be fully mobile (no crutches, etc.) in the event of an emergency.

Photo Courtesy of Daimler Group, Inc.

Tour 2: Siemens Turbine Manufacturing Plant

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 1pm - 5pm ET

Tour Capacity: 26 people.

Located in Charlotte, Siemens is one of the lead facilities in the company’s global manufacturing network and serves as the worldwide hub for Siemens 60 Hz large power generating equipment. Opened in 1969, the facility has manufactured and serviced generators and steam turbines for the power generation market for decades. In November 2011, the facility celebrated the opening of a new expansion, adding gas turbine production and service capabilities. The new Gas Turbine facility was designed based on LEAN manufacturing principles and is certified to U.S. LEED Gold green building standards. With its current workforce of 1,600 and more than one million square feet of space under roof, Siemens Energy in Charlotte has become one of the largest manufacturers in the city and also one of the largest among the 250+ Energy companies based in Charlotte.

All tour participants must wear hard soled, closed, flat shoes. Hard soled business flats or running / hiking shoes are fine. All tour participants must be fully mobile (no crutches, etc.) in the event of an emergency. Attendees must bring valid photo ID. We will provide safety glasses. Participant information will be requested from all who reserve a spot on this tour, and must be submitted to Siemens by 18 October 2016.

Photo Courtesy of Siemens Energy, Inc.

Proud Corporate Members of ASEM Include

Lawrence Livermore

National Lab

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