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Titan Advanced Manufacturing
and Engineering Expo 2024

The Titan Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Expo 2024, set to take place at Cal State Fullerton on April 16, 2024 embodies a fusion of work-based learning with the cutting-edge realms of the manufacturing industry, prioritizing diversity, equity, inclusion, and innovation. Attendees will be treated to a rich agenda that not only showcases educational trajectories from K-12 to collegiate levels, emphasizing sustainable practices, but also underscores the critical alignment of curriculum with practical skills through collaborative efforts between manufacturing industry professionals and educators. This dialogue focuses on enhancing technology proficiency and essential soft skills, ensuring a seamless transition from education to workforce demands. A key focus of the expo is the promotion of equitable career pathways in biomanufacturing, thereby highlighting the importance of workforce diversity and expanding opportunities within the biotechnology field, all while maintaining a balance that ensures the broad spectrum of modern manufacturing and engineering opportunities is fully represented.

Sponsored by:

  • Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) K-16 Grant
  • Global HSI Equity Innovation Hub - CSU HSI Community Grant

Event Partners:

Orange County Department of Education Hexagon - Empowering an autonomous, sustainable future | Hexagon ATC Company Logo


Date & Location

Date: April 16th, Tuesday 
Time: 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Venue: Cal State Fullerton Titan Student Union (TSU) Pavilions 

Cal State Fullerton
800 N. State College Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92831

Registration is free and open to all attendees.
Free Lunch will be provided.

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Event Agenda

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Welcome and Registration
Location: TSU Lobby
Attendees arrive and register for the event.

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Introduction and Keynote Address
Location: Pavilion A

  • Opening Remarks - Introduction to the Expo and Overview of Agenda
  • Keynote Address
    Title: "Busting Myths and Shaping the Future of American Manufacturing"
    Speaker: Michele Nash, Founder and President of ElectroFab Sales

10:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Zone A: Advanced Manufacturing Education Pathways Forum
Location: Pavilion A

  • Introduction to various educational initiatives bridging academia and industry
  • Engage in insightful roundtable conversations between educators and industry professionals
  • Exploring workforce growth, industry insights, and inclusivity in the Biomanufacturing sector
  • Networking opportunities for educators and industry experts

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Zone B: Student Manufacturing Showcase and Innovation
Location: Pavilion B

  • Presentation of cutting-edge projects by student innovators
  • Demonstration of Makerspace creations and graduate research breakthroughs
  • Featuring student research projects in 3D bioprinting, synthetic biology, and eco-friendly solutions, spotlighting the next wave of bio-innovations
  • Engagement with next-generation engineers and their tech-driven progress

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Zone C: Technology Demonstrations by Manufacturing Industries
Location: Pavilion C

  • Showcase of latest advancements in automation, robotics, additive manufacturing, IoT-enabled machinery, and more
  • Interactive demonstrations and live presentations by industry experts
  • Exhibiting cutting-edge biofabrication and 3D bioprinting techniques from industry specialists
  • Q&A session for participants to gain insights into transformative technologies

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Lunch Break and Networking
Location: TSU Pavilion B
**Free Lunch will be Provided**

  • Informal networking session.
  • Opportunity to explore exhibitors and connect with industry partners.

Event Details

Keynote Address

Title: Busting Myths and Embracing Opportunities: The Future of Manufacturing in America
Speaker: Michele Nash, Founder and President of ElectroFab Sales
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Abstract: Michele Nash will bust the myths and misconceptions surrounding the future of manufacturing in America and highlight the resurgence of manufacturing jobs, emphasizing that they are neither dull, dirty, nor dangerous. With the rise of reshoring and advanced manufacturing, there is a notable upswing in manufacturing within the United States. The COVID-19 pandemic underscored the critical role of domestic manufacturing in safeguarding the health and welfare of Americans, as well as national security. However, amidst this era of creative disruption, adequate preparation for the evolving manufacturing landscape is lacking. Michele will spotlight the abundant opportunities in manufacturing, valued in billions of dollars, poised to create millions of jobs. To harness these opportunities, a concerted effort is needed to equip individuals with the necessary skills through education, workforce training, and apprenticeships. Moreover, bringing manufacturing back to the United States holds the potential to mitigate global pollution, given the nation's comparatively eco-friendly production practices. Leveraging the largest market in the world, proximity to manufacturing centers becomes imperative for sustained growth and competitiveness.

Speaker Bio: Michele Nash is the founder and president of ElectroFab Sales, a sales agency specializing in helping manufacturers select the right processes for their products since 1985. She is a director on the board of the San Diego Inventors Forum, on the Advisory Board of the American R & D Institute, as well as an advisor to the board of the San Diego chapter of SME. Michele is the author of "Rebuild Manufacturing – the key to American Prosperity," which is a sequel to the 2009 and 2012 editions of "Can American Manufacturing Be Saved? Why We Should and How We Can" available at She currently writes blog articles for Michele earned a B.A. from San Diego State University and is a 1994 graduate of San Diego’s leadership program (LEAD San Diego). She earned a certificate in Total Quality Management in 1993 and a Yellow Belt in Lean Six Sigma in 2014.

Zone A: Advanced Manufacturing Education Pathways Forum (Pavilion A) 

In Zone A, educators and industry professionals will engage in insightful roundtable conversations, exploring various topics aimed at enhancing manufacturing education pathways. From fostering industry-academia collaboration to addressing emerging technologies and workforce development strategies, this forum provides a platform for meaningful dialogue and knowledge exchange. Each roundtable discussion, moderated by experienced facilitators, explores specific themes such as innovative teaching methods, diversity and inclusion in STEM, and workforce development strategies in manufacturing. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of how these programs bridge academia and industry, fostering the creation of agile, tech-savvy professionals ready to navigate the manufacturing landscape. Importantly, the goal is to unify educators and industries to revamp the K-16 manufacturing curriculum with advanced technologies and practical skills, ensuring alignment with future workforce needs. This session serves as a pivotal meeting point for merging education with real-world manufacturing applications, offering interactive discussions and networking opportunities.

To learn more about the Roundtable Discussion Topics: Click Here

Zone B: Student Manufacturing Showcase and Innovation (Pavilion B)

Zone B showcases the inventive minds of student innovators as they unveil their groundbreaking manufacturing projects. From ingenious Makerspace creations to pioneering graduate research breakthroughs, this exhibit embodies the field's rich diversity and exponential growth. Immerse yourself in the world of tomorrow's engineers as they unveil the potential of cutting-edge AR/VR technologies and offer insights into how their work reshapes the manufacturing landscape. Explore the diverse pathways to manufacturing careers, spanning from hands-on projects to advanced biomanufacturing initiatives. Experience firsthand the transformative impact of academic endeavors that seamlessly blend tradition with the relentless drive of technological progress. Step into the forefront of educational manufacturing innovation and witness the boundless possibilities that lie ahead.

Zone C: Technology Demonstrations by Manufacturing Industries (Pavilion C)

In Zone C, the attendees will have the opportunity to witness cutting-edge manufacturing technologies in action, including advancements in automation, robotics, additive manufacturing, IoT-enabled machinery, and more. Industry experts and representatives from leading manufacturing companies will showcase these technologies, providing valuable insights into their applications in various fields, including biomedical, biomanufacturing, and beyond. Through interactive demonstrations and live presentations, participants will gain firsthand experience and understanding of how these technologies enhance productivity, efficiency, and product quality in diverse manufacturing processes. Additionally, attendees can explore work-based learning opportunities as industry professionals share their experiences and offer guidance on career pathways within the manufacturing sector. This session promises to be an engaging and informative experience, providing valuable exposure to the transformative power of technology in shaping the future of manufacturing across multiple industries.




Contact Informtion
Faculty Coordinator: Dr. Sagil James, Email:, Phone: 657-278-3337
Student Coordinator: Rahul Pashpuleti, Email:, Phone: 657-525-9147
K-16 Pathway Project Coordinator: Arthur Guzman, Email:, Phone: 657-278-6857