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For the past four years, ITAC has participated in Manufacturing Day, in an effort to highlight the importance of the manufacturing sector to the economy. Last year, ITAC partnered with CUNY’s Advanced Science Research Center to host a forum focused on the three pillars of sustainability: social, economic and environmental. After our keynote speaker, Kathy Wylde (President and CEO of the Partnership for New York City) illustrated how manufacturing across NYC is a powerful engine of economic growth, senior executive from manufacturing companies addressed the work they do in each of the three areas of sustainability.

This year, the focus is on Advanced Manufacturing. The manufacturing industry has been undergoing a dramatic transformation, with today’s factories baring little resemblance to the outdated ones that are still the common public perception. To remain viable in the face of intense domestic and global competition, manufacturers are overhauling their production operations and adopting sophisticated technology and intelligent systems, thereby achieving significant efficiency and productivity increases.

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Through technological and process advancements, NYC manufacturers are successfully competing through higher productivity and greater value to customers. The transformation of manufacturing has profound implications for the incumbent manufacturing workforce and for the qualified workers that employers look for. This event will:

  • Provide awareness of advanced manufacturing trends in NYC and address the implications for the industry
  • Discuss emerging technologies, tools and processes and how they are used by both traditional manufacturers and emerging companies
  • Outline important factors in the successful implementation of advanced manufacturing technologies
  • Highlight training programs and essential skills for students, aspiring entrepreneurs and incumbent workers focused on advanced manufacturing
  • Provide networking opportunities for workforce providers, manufacturing companies and other resources
  • Celebrate National Manufacturing Day, dispel outdated myths about manufacturing, inspire a new generation of manufacturers, and promote local events focused on showcasing good jobs and viable career pathways

The MFG Day Mission

MFG DAY addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. By working together during and after MFG DAY, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.

Supported by a group of industry sponsors and co-producers, MFG DAY is designed to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers and coordinate a collective chorus of manufacturers with common concerns and challenges. The rallying point for a growing mass movement, MFG DAY empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.

Manufacturing Day is for students, parents, educators, media, customers, suppliers and the community at large. Visitors will learn about real career opportunities, training and resources. In addition, manufacturers will learn about business improvement resources and services delivered through Manufacturing Extension Partnerships.



Registration and Light Breakfast


Welcome and Introductions

Kinda Younes, Executive Director, ITAC
Nada Marie Anid, Dean of Engineering and Computing Sciences, NYIT


Advanced Manufacturing Trends (Keynote)

Scott Cohen, Co-Founder, New Lab


Building a Leading Advanced Design and Manufacturing Center in NYC

Charles Boyce, President and Founder, Boyce Technologies


How and Why A Traditional Manufacturer Embraced Technology

Paula Rimer, Co-Founder and CEO, Crepini


Networking Break


The Benefits of Manufacturing Locally / Important Tips

Sean Petterson, CEO and Founder, StrongArm Technology


Why The Next BIG Companies Will Be Industrial Ones

Justin Stanwix, CRO, Nanotronics


Securing the Talent Pipeline

Nada Marie Anid, Dean of Engineering and Computing Sciences, NYIT


Closing Remarks

Scott Cohen

Scott Cohen is cofounder of New Lab and focused on bringing together its specialized community. Cohen is a versatile artist and entrepreneur with a vast appetite to learn about new technologies and build bridges where none existed. He has particular interest in people working across disciplines that are leveraging technology and design to solve complex problems. He holds investments in Nanotronics Imaging, NDI Medical, GoTenna, Plethora, and Britehub – all enterprises that reflect New Lab’s mission. His career has spanned many disciplines ranging from his partnerships with Belt, his work in the photographic arts and a narrative feature film he shot in Antarctica that won a FIPRESCI Grand Jury Award for Best New American Cinema.

Nada Anid

Nada Anid, Ph.D., is the first female dean of NYIT's School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, overseeing over 100 engineering and computing sciences faculty members and nearly 3,500 graduate and undergraduate students at campuses located in Manhattan and Old Westbury, N.Y., the Middle East, and China. Anid is working on several strategic partnerships between academia and the public and private sector, including the creation of NYIT's Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Center (ETIC) and its three labs focusing on IT & cybersecurity, bio-engineering and health, and energy and green technologies. She is the recipient of numerous awards in recognition of her significant contributions toward the advancement of women in technology, as well as for her professional achievements in the technology field.  Anid is an active member of the Long Island Regional Council's Education and Workforce Committee, the NY State STEM Education Collaborative, and the Intrepid Museum's STEM Advisory Committee. She earned her Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), and bachelor's and master's degrees in chemical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH-Stockholm). 

Charles Boyce

Charles Boyce is the President of Boyce Technologies, and has over 25 years of experience in electronic design and communications construction. Before starting Boyce Technologies, he served as COO to E.A. Technologies, where he designed numerous integrated security and communications systems. While the thrill of design challenges motivates Charles, the real inspiration for his work is that the products that he designs impact lives. Charles is a graduate of New York University where he first received in 1990 a Bachelors with concentrations in Bioelectronics, Computer Science and Network Television Broadcasting. In 1994, also from New York University, he received his Masters in Telecommunications Engineering.

Sean Petterson

Sean Petterson is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for innovation in hardware, and is currently CEO of StrongArm Technologies. Sean's interest in human augmentation and a personal drive for improving lives through design help steer a human-centered design culture at StrongArm, where they are inventing the future for the industrial workforce. 

Paula Rimer

Paula Rimer has 25 years of experience in business and entrepreneurship. In 1989, along with her partner and husband Eric Shkolnik, Paula co-founded IDCS, a technology company that employed hundreds of people, generated revenues over $15MM, and served the country’s largest financial firms. In 2011, Paula and Eric entered industrial food manufacturing after successfully launching Crepini, a first-of-its-kind branded product.The duo strongly believed that the American market would enjoy crepes as much as Europeans have for thousands of years. Crepini, which currently employs 30 people is growing fast, producing 12,000 crepes per hour. As CEO of Crepini, Paula is dedicated to the communities her company serves, as well as to the ever-expanding Industry and Specialty Food Association. She focuses on Crepini’s social and environmental impact, and has transformed her company into a certified B Corp.

Justin Stanwix

Justin Stanwix has been the Chief Revenue Officer of Nanotronics Imaging since 2015. Prior to joining Nanotronics, he served as Director of Special Projects at eBay developing new corporate strategies for innovation, recruiting and retention, and acquisitions. One of his key projects was Friends of eBay. Prior to joining eBay, Justin served as Marketing Director at Gust. He started his career in architectural and zoning consultation, where he ultimately raised and deployed a $200 million fund to acquire vertical development rights in Brooklyn and Queens. He serves as a Board Director of Pressly and the Motwani Jadeja Foundation, sits on the Advisory Board of Pioneer Works, and is a Creative Time Ambassador. Justin is a contributor to Risk & Reward, FoxBusiness’s show on technology, venture capital, and alternative assets, and was published and covered by Forbes.