International Mechanical Engineering
Congress & Exposition®

David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA

November 9-15, 2018
November 11-14, 2018



Opening Keynote

Frank DeMauro

Frank DeMauro
Vice President and General Manager
Advanced Programs Division
Space Systems Group
Orbital ATK

Commercial Approaches to On Orbit Logistics and Satellite Servicing

Frank DeMauro is the Vice President and General Manager of Orbital ATK’s Advanced Programs Division where he is responsible for the program execution, business development and financial performance of the company’s Human Space Systems, Satellite Servicing and Commercial Communication Satellite business segments. These business segments include some of Orbital ATK’s largest and most important programs such as NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) and Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV) programs.

Previously, Mr. DeMauro managed the Human Space Systems business area and served as the Program Director of the CRS program where he managed the development, production and delivery of multiple Cygnus spacecraft and oversaw several successful cargo delivery missions. A long time Orbital ATK employee, Mr. DeMauro has also held the position of Vice President of Engineering as well as numerous leadership and program management positions in Orbital ATK’s commercial communications satellite group. In his nearly 30 year career, Mr. DeMauro has also held positions in Subsystem Development, Systems Engineering, and Business Development.

Mr. DeMauro has received the NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal, the National Space Society Space Pioneer Award, and the Pete Rustan Civil Space “Courage to Innovate” Award. As a member of the Cygnus team, he has also received the AIAA Space Systems Award and the RNASA Stellar Award for the COTS Development Program.

A native of New Jersey, Mr. DeMauro holds a B.S. Degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Rutgers University.

Vijay Kumar

Vijay Kumar
Nemirovsky Family Dean of Penn Engineering

University of Pennsylvania

AI, Robotics, Automation and the Future of Work

We are living in a world where exponential growth in computing, communication and storage are driving a new irrational exuberance in technology. The graduating engineers in 2018 will see computers that are six orders of magnitude faster than when they were born. Clearly no exponential can be forever! But there is no doubt that this growth is leading to automation which is already having a transformational effect on our society. What does this mean for the future of mechanical engineering and related disciplines? This talk will debate the basis for the irrational exuberance, especially in the area of autonomous drones and self-driving cars, and opportunities for engineers and engineering education.

Vijay Kumar is the Nemirovsky Family Dean of Penn Engineering with appointments in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, Computer and Information Science, and Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Since 1987, he has served Penn Engineering in many capacities, including Deputy Dean for Research, Deputy Dean for Education, Chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics and Director of the GRASP Laboratory, a multidisciplinary robotics and perception laboratory. Dr. Kumar has served as the assistant director of robotics and cyber physical systems at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (2012 – 2013). He received his Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 1987.

Dr. Kumar maintains an active research portfolio with interests in robotics, specifically multi-robot systems, and micro aerial vehicles. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (2003), a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (2005) and a member of the National Academy of Engineering (2013). Dr. Kumar is also the recipient of the 1991 National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator award, the 1996 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching (University of Pennsylvania), the 1997 Freudenstein Award for significant accomplishments in mechanisms and robotics, the 2012 ASME Mechanisms and Robotics Award, the 2012 IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Distinguished Service Award, a 2012 World Technology Network Award, a 2014 Engelberger Robotics Award and the 2017 IEEE Robotics and Automation Society George Saridis Leadership Award in Robotics and Automation.