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May 5, 2006

Engineering Professor To Address Manufacturing Conference In Cedar Rapids

"What's Driving the Global Manufacturing Economy?" is the title of a keynote address to be delivered by University of Iowa College of Engineering professor Kwan Rim at a May 16-17 conference, "Changing Faces/Facing Changes: The Future of Advanced Manufacturing in Iowa," at Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Rim, who will speak from 2-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, is executive advisor for the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology in Suwon, Korea, chair of the Advisory Committee on Industrial Technology Development for the Republic of Korea, and UI professor of biomedical engineering. A UI faculty member since 1960, Rim founded the UI biomedical engineering program in 1974.

The conference is a forum for industry, workforce, education and policy leaders to explore current trends and future opportunities in advanced manufacturing. It will discuss such issues as advanced manufacturing processes, diversity in the Iowa workforce, global supply chains and many other topics.

Other keynote speakers and presenters will include: best-selling author Ted Fishman, "China, Inc.: How the Rise of the Next Superpower Challenges America and the World"; Leo Reddy, CEO of the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council; and Clay Jones, president and CEO of Rockwell Collins, Cedar Rapids.

Conference registration and fee information are available at

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