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Wednesday, August 10

3:00 PM
Registration Open

5:30 - 7:00 PM
Welcome Reception

Thursday, August 11

7:30 AM
Registration Open

8:00 AM
Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM
ITPS Americas Opens - Welcome by Daniel Llaguno, IHEA President

8:40 AM - 12:30 PM
General Session



  • Meagan O'Brien, Engineer & Comedienne

Opening Keynote

  • The New Geopolitics of Energy - Mark Mills, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute & CEO of the Digital Power Group


Policies Impacting Thermal Processes

  • Energy Efficiency - Jay Wrobel, DOE AMO Technical Assistant Program Manager
  • Emissions & Environment (Climate Change) - Chris James, Regulatory Assistance Project
  • Election Overview and How the Results Could Impact our Industry - David Goch, Partner, Webster, Chamberlain & Bean
  • Risk Management - David Walters, Gibson Insurance
  • Convert a Compliance Energy Audit from an Impediment to Opportunity - John Clarke, President of Diamond Engineering

12:30 - 2:00 PM
Lunch & Exhibits

2:00 - 5:00 PM
General Session


Regional Economic Drivers and their Global Impact

  • United States & Canada - Chris Kuehl, President Armada Corporate Intelligence & IHEA's Economist
  • Mexico - Martin Caro, Trade & Investment Commissioner at Promexico & Luis G. Lizcano, Director General, FEMIA
  • South America - Thomas Kreuzaler, Managing Director, SECO/WARWICK DO Brasil
  • Global (China/Europe/India) - Timo Wuerz, Managing Director, CECOF

5:00 - 6:00 PM
Exhibits Open

7:00 - 9:00 PM
Taste of Chicago Dinner & Drinks on the Terrace

Friday, August 12

7:30 AM
Registration Open

8:00 AM
Continental Breakfast

8:15 AM - 12:15 PM
General Session



  • The Truth About Leadership, Chief Master Sergeant (Retired) Robert Vasquez, United States Air Force

Advanced Thermal Processes for Materials, Techniques & Applications

  • The Future of Electrical Power & Emerging Electrotechnologies, Allen Dennis, Technical Director, EPRI
  • Internet of Things
    • The Brave New World of Thermprocessing, Andreas Seitzer, Managing Director of Himmelwerk
    • How Furnace Controls Will Develop in the Next Five to Ten Years, Patrick Torok, Vice President Sales & Marketing Heat Treat North America, United Process Controls, Inc.
  • Advanced Materials/Lighweighting
    • Alan Taub, Chief Technical Officer, LIFT
  • Future Trends in Thermal Process Heating for Manufacturing (ROADMAP Presentation)
    • Danielle Cote, Assistant Research Professor, Science and Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Center for Heat Treating Excellence

12:15 - 1:15 PM
Lunch & Visit Exhibits

1:15 - 4:30 PM
General Session


Emerging Market Dynamics

  • Hot Market Trends in USA, Mexico, Canada, Brazil
    Each Speaker will provide a 15 minute overview of trends in their industries followed by a panel discussion that will cover the topics below:
    • Automotive
      • Aquil Ahmad, Chief Metallurgist, Eaton Corporation, Retired
    • Agriculture/Construction
      • Chad Spore, Supervisor Enterprise Materials Engineering, John Deere Waterloo Works
    • Primary Metals
      • Eugene Arnold, ArcelorMittal USA
    • Oil & Gas
      • Speaker TBD
    • Aerospace
      • Dr. David Furrer, Senior Fellow Discipline Lead, Pratt & Whitney
  • Panel Discussion of End User Topics
    • What they want/expect from suppliers
    • What thermal processing innovations will enable them to move forward
    • What processes may go away as their processes advance
    • What challenges do they have with current processes
    • Efficiency / Productivity / Quality / Emissions discussion

  • Closing Presentation
    • Dan Proft, Radio Host of The Answer on AM 560 in Chicago

4:30 PM
Thank You & Farewell - ITPS Americas Concludes

An optional evening event may be planned for those staying overnight in Chicago.


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