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Keynotes

Wednesday, June 2

11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Welcoming and Opening Keynote | Rigorous Creativity for Structural Engineers?

In this keynote presentation, Oliver Broadbent asks the question - can we bring the same rigor to our creative thinking as we bring to the analytical and technical thinking on our projects? His answer is, emphatically, yes. Oliver will present approaches that he uses with leading engineering firms to enhance the way their teams integrate more creative thinking into their work. From working with the individual to whole-system and culture-change approaches, Oliver will show that it is possible to take a rigorous approach to creativity in structural engineering, which can serve us in a time when new thinking is needed like never.

Key Topics:

  • A practicable model for developing individual engineering creativity.
  • Applying a systems model to develop creativity in engineering practices.
  • Building a creative culture in the organization.

Oliver BroadbentOliver Broadbent, Director at Constructivist Ltd, works with leaders, teams, and organizations to help them build their creativity. He trains engineers and architects in conceptual design and works with universities to create innovative new approaches to engineering education. Oliver is a recipient of the 2020 Sir Misha Black Award for innovation in design education. Oliver is also the creator of Eiffel Over, a blog and podcast about engineering, creativity, and practical philosophy.

Thursday, June 3

11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Keynote | Digital Revolution Can Change the World

Boeing is in the midst of a digital revolution and wants to leverage it to Change the World. In this digital revolution, structural engineers are exploring digital twins to monitor structures for damage, design products, and design the systems that build and maintain those products. Structural engineers who design and build buildings and bridges are also exploring digital twins in order to monitor structures for damage and the difference between design and as-built. Experiments in non-destructive evaluation show how an accurate digital twin can pinpoint damage location and extent. Hear what Boeing is doing in this area.

Key Topics:

  • Boeing's history of digital evolution and revolution.
  • The value of digital twins/threads.
  • The future vision for the digital revolution.

Stacie SireStacie Sire, Director of Structures Engineering, Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA)

Stacie received a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Structural Engineering (1996) from Georgia Tech. She later received a Masters in Mechanical Engineering (2000) and a Masters in Business Administration (2004) from University of Washington (UW). She received a certificate from UW for Aerospace Industry Manufacturing Seminar (2014) and one from Harvard Business School for completion of the Advanced Management Program (2015).

Stacie started her Boeing career in February 1997 she started as a structural design engineer and worked as a stress analyst on 777, 787, and product development. Currently, she is the Director of Structures Engineering for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. She is responsible for ensuring structural integrity, functional excellence, developing and providing technical talent (~3,000 engineers), tools and processes to all BCA programs. She is the Boeing Executive Focal for Georgia Tech and currently on the Georgia Tech College of Engineering External Advisory Board as well as an Emeritus member of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering External Advisory Board. Stacie also is the American Society of Civil Engineers Executive Sponsor for Boeing.

Friday, June 4

3:15 – 4:15 pm

Closing Keynote | The Secret to Everything!

Engineering is an ever-evolving discipline. Advances in material science, construction methods, analytical tools, and design methodologies continue to provide opportunities for improving upon what has been accomplished in the past. The most impactful innovations tend to be supported by sound research and the collaboration of a broad group of stakeholders.

Recognized as an industry leader, innovator, and a three-time Newsmaker of Engineering News Record Magazine including ENR’s Award of Excellence, Ron Klemencic will share insights into the magic which fuels innovation. In his presentation, Ron will review how some of the most impactful innovations in recent years were developed, and he will speculate as to what areas are ripe for the next wave of advancements.

Ron KlemencicRon Klemencic, P.E., S.E., NAC, NAE, Hon. AIA, Chairman and CEO, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Inc.

Graduating Purdue University with a BSCE in 1985, and UC Berkeley with an MSSE in 1986, Ron is now Chairman and CEO of Magnusson Klemencic Associates, an internationally acclaimed structural and civil engineering practice. In addition, Ron served as Chairman of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat for five years and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Charles Pankow Foundation, the most influential research funding organization supporting building construction in the United States. His presentation is intended to inspire, motivate, and cause all who attend to look at the world a bit differently.

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