The Investment Casting Institute’s VIRTUAL By Joseph E. Fritz, Executive Director

has endured a cold war, global conflicts, disease and now, a global pandemic. Through all of this, the Institute has remained steadfast in meeting its commitment to both its Mission and its Members. This year is no exception. In April, when it became unsafe to gather, we held our


Annual General Meeting and all Board of Directors Meetings virtually. When we cancelled the Business & Leadership Development Conference, we countered with our first webinar series. When we postponed our regional meetings, our 20th Industry Certification Course and the World Conference to 2021, we nearly ended up with a program devoid of technical content. If we allowed this to happen, it would be another “first” for the ICI, but not the kind of “first” for which we

e’ve come a long way since the Investment Casting Institute’s formation in 1953. Since then, the ICI has witnessed and undergone many changes. It

would be proud. It is true that any group of people, with the appropriate skillsets, could make up a trade association staff, but it takes very special people to make up the highly cohesive work group that I have the good fortune with which to work. This year’s Virtual Technical Conference and 3D Expo is testimony to this team, who effectively did 18 months’ work in 3 to ensure that the ICI offers a technical program in 2020, albeit virtual. As I write these words, we are still one week away from

the event’s kickoff on October 13, and there is still a lot to do, but I can rest assured that everyone’s efforts will not have been in vain, and that the event will be a great success. So it is with great confidence that I congratulate Barbara Tiseo, Erin Almaleh, Nora D’Ambra and Margureta Watson on a successful event, even before opening ceremonies. Thank you for all you do.


11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Opening & Annual Awards Ceremonies: Innovator of the Year, Hall of Honor and Casting Contest Tim Sullivan, ICI President, Hitchiner Manufacturing Russ Gallagher, ICI Director, BESCAST, Inc.

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS Dr. Leroy Chiao: Endeavor to the Next Level! What does it take to jump to the next level? It takes

the right kind of leadership to foster a culture, which emphasizes the rigor of operational excellence, but also encourages using collaboration, curiosity and creativity to take calculated risks and novel paths. It is also vital that your enterprise stays up to date on technology and innovation trends, to stay in the lead position. During spaceflight, operational decision-making can make the difference between life and death, success and failure – especially during a crisis.

14 ❘ October 2020 ® But in some cases, it is the novel solution that saves

the day. In this presentation, Dr. Leroy Chiao shares provocative and awe-inspiring stories from his four space missions, including nail-biting tales of real emergency situations, and shows audiences how lessons learned from spaceflight can impact their organizations. Using his personal experience as the commander of a 193- day mission aboard the International Space Station, he illustrates how reaching for the stars is important, but even more so is honing the skills required to not only stay alive, but thrive. Through awe-inspiring stories of his time in space and breathtaking photos, Chiao looks at what is coming around the bend and how organizations can take advantage of the next technological phase and form the right culture to jump to the next quantum level!

Please note agenda abstracts may not be printed in their entirety due to space limitations. Please refer to the ICI Technical Conference Proceedings Book for the full abstracts.


Relentless in Our Commitment

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