Meet the Stars of 3D Printing: Aerospace event to highlight career opportunities in AM

March 18, 2021

Women in 3D Printing (Wi3DP) Next Gen has announced its second ‘Meet the Stars of 3D Printing: Aerospace Edition’ will feature a panel of speakers from Airbus, NASA, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman. The event will take place online on March 23, 2021, from 7–9 pm EST.

The Wi3DP Next Gen events serve to highlight career opportunities in the Additive Manufacturing industry, bridging the gap between academia and industry with a supportive professional network.

“Today, we are facing a widening skills gap, especially in the United States and Europe. If not solved, manufacturers may strain their workers, resulting in higher turnover, lower-quality output, and potentially loss in profit causing them to lose their competitive edge, which affects local economies,” stated Nora Touré, founder of Women in 3D Printing.

“Deloitte estimates put the labour shortage at potentially 2.8 million by 2028,” Touré continued. “Time is ticking, the current workforce is ageing, and there aren’t enough qualified applicants to replace them. And whenever there’s an economic crisis, like the COVID-19 pandemic we’re currently facing, manufacturers and their workforce suffer in large numbers, and that is terrifying.”

Wi3DP Next Gen was launched in January 2021 through the first Meet the Stars of 3D Printing event, which spotlighted young professionals from LEGO, Tapestry, SpaceX, New Balance, and Facebook. The significant interest from the student community in AM was exemplified by the, approximately, 470 registrants for this inaugural event.

Meet the Stars of 3D Printing: Aerospace Edition will be joined by Celina Gratton, Project Manager at Airbus; Colette Fennessey, Associate Director of AM at Raytheon; Sarah Ludeman, AM Engineer at NASA; and Anna Sailor, Principal AM Process Engineer at Northrop Grumman. Following a panel discussion, a live conversation will take place on Remo platform, allowing attendees the opportunity to speak directly and network with the current and next generation of women in aerospace Additive Manufacturing.

The two-hour event will be moderated by Sanjana Narayanan, high schooler and head of Wi3DP Next Gen Career Development.

“We want to help our next generation of 3D printing workforce understand the applications, opportunities, and challenges awaiting for them if they decide to take a step into this direction,” added Narayanan.

As a community-based organisation, Women in 3D Printing serves the AM industry with resources to build a more equitable future. Wi3DP Next Gen brings together a community in regular global, virtual events to share experiences, successes, ongoing work, and forward-looking strategies.

Further information and registration details are available here.

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