10-11 June 2024 | Sioux Falls, South Dakota


Where: Sioux Falls, South Dakota
When: 10-11 June 2024

Preliminary Schedule*

*Timing and speakers may be subject to change.

Monday, 10 June

Time (CT)SessionSpeaker
5:30 - 8:00 PMOpening Reception
The District
4521 W Empire Place
Sioux Falls, SD 57106
Mayor Paul TenHaken
Eduardo Palacio, IEEE-USA Past President

Tuesday, 11 June

Time (CT)SessionSpeaker
8:00 AMBreakfast and Registration
8:30 AMWelcome & KickoffEduardo Palacio, IEEE-USA Past President
Virtual Remarks from IEEE President Tom Coughlin
Vickie Ozburn, Region 4 Director
Stacy Manni, AFRL Regional Network - Midwest
8:45 AMOpening KeynoteSouth Dakota Representative Tyler Tordsen
9:00 AMEPSCOR, Small Business Administration, and Federal PartnershipsJoni Ekstrum, Executive Director, South Dakota Biotech (moderator)
Sandra Richardson, Ph.D., Section Head, Research Capacity and Competitiveness Section, NSF Office of Integrated Activities
Bryson Patterson, South Dakota Deputy District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration
9:45 AMThe South Dakota Workforce of the FutureDennis Hedge, PharmD., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, South Dakota State University
10:10 AMPartnering TacticsRussell Harrison, Managing Director, IEEE-USA (host)
Michael Channell, Nebraska Indian Community College
Brian McJilton, AFRL Office of Small Business
10:30 AMNetworking Break
11:00 AMBreakout SessionsPanel Discussions
1) Engaging with the Federal Government, From Gaining Specialized Designations to the AwardMatt Francis, IEEE Region 5 Director and President, Ozark IC (host)
Marcella Hurley, South Dakota APEX Accelerator
Lisa Claassen, SBA South Dakota Opportunity Specialist
Garth Wadsworth, Elevate Rapid City
Mike Kiley, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office
2) Utilizing Federal, State, and Local Resources Stoen Mollman, South Dakota SBIR Program Director (host)
Michelle Kakacek, Center Director, South Dakota Manufacturing and Technology Solutions
Ryan Oines, University of South Dakota Discovery District
Craig Bailey, President, Novum Nano
12:00 PMNetworking and Keynote LunchSarah Hughes, Chief of Staff, CHIPS R&D Metrology Program
1:00 PMFireside Chat: AI and the DakotasLuke Lindberg, President and CEO, South Dakota Trade
Dr. José-Marie Griffiths, President, Dakota State University
1:45 PMHow South Dakota can Contribute to CHIPS WorkforceSusan Feindt, National Center for the Advancement of Semiconductor Technology (NATCAST)
Jade Borgeson, Director of Strategic Initiatives, NATCAST
2:15 PMTech Workforce in South DakotaTBA
2:30 PMNetworking Break
3:00 PMBreakout SessionsPanel Discussions
1) Preparing the Next Generation WorkforceJim Stone, Ph.D., Interim Provost, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (host)
Denise Guzzetta, Vice President, Talent and Workforce, Sioux Falls Development Foundation
Antonio de la Serna, Principal Director, Strategic Technology, Siemens EDA
Derek DeGeest, President, DeGeest Corporation

2) Update from North Dakota EnginesAmber Orr, IEEE-USA Vice President, Career and Member Services (host)
Hollie Mackey, Chief Strategy Officer, North Dakota Advanced Agriculture Technology Engine
Cortnee Jensen, Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships, University of North Dakota
4:15 PMWhat’s NextStacy Manni, AFRL Regional Network - Midwest
Brian McJilton, AFRL Office of Small Business
Melissa Carl, Director, Business Development, Career and Member Services, IEEE-USA
5:00 PMAdjourn