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Collaboration on Quality in the Space and Defense Industries Forum

March 14 - 16, 2023

Cape Canaveral, Florida  

Tuesday Sessions

Sessions: Tuesday, March 14

Keynote Speaker: Willie Lyles, Director of Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate, NASA JSC
Featured Speaker: Brian Kubik, VP, Quality & Mission Success, Missiles and Fire Control, Lockheed Martin

Session 1: Choice of Panel or Training/Workshop
  • Panel: Making the Case for Early Engagement of Quality in the Program Lifecycle
  • Training/Workshop: Supplier Evaluation - Basics to Hidden Secrets

Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Timothy R. McRae, SES, Program Director for GMD, MDA
Featured Speaker: Wayne Monteith, President and General Manager of National Aerospace Solutions, LLC

Session 2: Choice of Panel or Training/Workshop
  • Panel: Keeping Up with Supply Chain Risk Management
  • Training/Workshop: Successful Strategies to Enable a Quality Culture
Wednesday Sessions

Sessions: Wednesday, March 15

Keynote Speaker: Michele Miller, VP of Security and Mission Assurance, Ball Aerospace
Featured Speaker: Chris DeLuca, Director for Specialty Engineering, DoD Office of the Executive Director for Systems Engineering and Architecture 

Session 3: Choice of Panel or Training/Workshop
  • Panel: Industry Associations and Their Role in the QA Universe 
  • Training/Workshop: Audit Best Practices, Defect Trends and Corrective Action Tips

Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Mark Bontrager, Technical Director, Launch and Range Operations, Space Systems Command, U.S. Space Force 
Featured Speaker: Gina Woullard, VP, Mission Assurance, Aeronautics Systems, Northrop Grumman

Session 4: Choice of Panel
  • Panel 1: Challenges with Retention and Recruitment of the QA Workforce
  • Panel 2: New/Young Quality Professionals
Thursday Sessions

Sessions: Thursday, March 16

Keynote Speaker: Janet Sellars, Director of HR, NASA Kennedy Space Center
Keynote Speaker: Michael Shields, Executive Director, Quality Assurance, DCMA

Session 5: Panel
  • A Quality Mindset for Cybersecurity Challenges