Keynote Lectures

Challenges and Opportunities of Meeting Industry Needs

Monday, August 19, 1996, 9:30-10:20am
Crystal Cove Auditorium

Gerry Rescigno
Black & Decker Corp


Black & Decker is well known as new products company and has been working to become world class in speed, quality and cost of getting new products to market. One of the limitations has been the integration of all the hardware and software tools towards accomplishing speed, optimization and design automation. In this talk, we will explore the challenges and opprotunities of becoming world class in producing new products for the marketplace.


Mr. Rescigno received his BS in Physics from St. Joseph's Univ. in 1962 and MS in Physics from Drexell Univ. in 1968. He has been with Black & Decker for 32 years and over the last 26 years has been involved in analysis, simulation and systems simulation. He is currently an Engineering manager at Black & Decker and is in charge of the Black & Decker's program in Analysis and Reliability. He also serves on the Advisory Board to Engineering Research Center and Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Maryland.

Continuum for Intelligent Machine Operation

Tuesday, August 20, 1996, 9:30-10:20am
Crystal Cove Auditorium

Dr. Delbert Tesar
Carol Cockrell Curran Chair for Engineering
University of Texas, Austin.


The field of machines is on the verge of a revolution in the level of intelligence which will become possible during the next decade. The whole is a continuum from enhanced performance (precision, quality, speed), reconfigurability for fault tolerance and rapid product change over, to condition based maintenance (to predict and reduce life cycle costs). This continuum can represent an organizing paradigm for a whole new level of excitement in the field, convince young people of its merits for their personal commitment, and warrant major national investment to put U. S. industry in an international leadership position.


Professor Tesar is Director of the Robotics Research Group at the University of Texas at Austin, which occupies a 16,000 square feet laboratory using $3,500,000 of research equipment, performs $1,800,000 of annual funded research with 32 graduate students and a staff of 7 supported by DOE, DARPA, NASA, JSC and the State of Texas. His research concentrates on the design, operation and integration of robotic systems for use in space, manufacturing plants, battlefield operations, nuclear facility maintenance and decomissioning, and micro-surgery. He has over 140 publications, has contributed over 50 position papers and 100 reports on all aspects of robotics and machine design.

Automotive Information Integrated Engineering

Wednesday, August 21, 1996, 9:30-10:20am
Crystal Cove Auditorium

Dr. William F. Powers
Vice President-Research
Ford Motor Company


Global automotive companies are relying increasingly upon integrated computer and communications technology to deal with a rapidly changing global marketplace. The major business drivers are product development speed and efficiency, emerging markets, and technology. Utilizing the typical automotive business timeline, examples will be presented to illustrate the application and integration of emerging information technologies to the total automotive business.


William F. Powers has been with the Ford Motor Company since 1979. On Febraury 1, 1996 he was elected Vice President- Research. Prior positions at Ford include: Program Manager for the Lincoln Mark VIII and Executive Director of Information Technology. Prior to joining Ford, he was a Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Computer, Information and Control Engineering at the University of Michigan from 1968-80, and a consultant on the Space Shuttle Program from 1970-79. He received his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering in 1963 from the University of Florida, and his Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics in 1968 from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, and IEEE Fellow, and serves on numerous government, university, and professional society committees.