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NextFlex Workshop: FHE Applications for Aerospace

Seattle, Washington


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Join us in Seattle to participate in a technical workshop and professional education program focused on FHE technologies, enjoy the Museum of Flight, tour Boeing’s commercial jet assembly plant, tour the University of Washington’s Roll-to-Roll center, take in three technical sessions with over 20 speakers and a poster session, and network with fellow attendees.

About the Workshop
The FHE Applications for Aerospace workshop will explore applications, opportunities, and challenges for flexible hybrid electronics in Aerospace and Aviation, including commercial and military aircraft, UAVs, and space. The workshop will feature technical presentations on the state of the art, R&D and manufacturing activities, and application needs and requirements. Presentations will include goals and objectives identified by the commercial manufacturers, Department of Defense, and NASA speakers.


  • Nils Bergstrom, Operations Manager, BAE Systems
  • Derek Doyle, Agile Manufacturing Lead, Team Tech Advisor, Space Vehicles Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratories
  • Dan Gamota, Vice President, Engineering and Technology Services, Jabil
  • Scott Johnston, Associate Technical Fellow, Boeing
  • Andy Kwas, Director of Engineering and Technology, Northrop Grumman
  • Ben Leever, Government CTO, NextFlex and Acting Technical Director, Manufacturing & Industrial Technologies Materials & Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratories
  • Scott Miller, Director of Strategic Programs, NextFlex
  • Jeff Stuart, Emerging Operational Technology, External Research and Collaboration Lead, Lockheed Martin
  • Chris Williams, Associate Professor and the Electro-Mechanical Corporation Senior Faculty Fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering,  Virginia Tech
  • John Williams, Associate Technical Fellow, Boeing




Monday, April 1, 2019
Boeing Staff, NextFlex Members and Non-Members Welcome
Cost: $200 Members, $400 Non-Members; Free for Boeing Staff
FHE PRO is a professional education program designed to immerse participants in the current state-of the art and future possibilities of Flexible Hybrid Electronic technologies, manufacturing processes, and applications. Through technology familiarization overviews, hands-on activities, and design thinking sprints, participants will discover how flexible hybrid electronics can be integrated into product designs to achieve flexible, stretchable, conformable form factors that are quick to market and at lower cost. For senior engineers, product developers, researchers, and business developers.


Welcome Dinner at the Museum of Flight
NextFlex Members and Non-Members Welcome
Cost: Included in Workshop Fee

The Museum of Flight is the largest independent, non-profit air and space museum in the world! With over 175 aircraft and spacecraft, tens of thousands of artifacts, millions of rare photographs, dozens of exhibits and experiences and a world-class library, this event promises to be both educational and memorable. The event includes The event includes a welcome address by Dr. Leo Christodoulou, Chief Technologist, The Boeing Company, and a dinner buffet in the museum’s main hall.


Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Tour of Boeing’s Everett, WA Facility
NextFlex Members and Non Members Welcome
Cost: $26 per person, includes tour and lunch

Deadline to Register: March 25 (on-site registration is not available)    

Visit North America’s only publicly available commercial jet assembly plant tour and view the Boeing twin-aisle airplanes before they take to the sky, including the 787 Dreamliner, 777, 767, and 747.

7:30AM–8:00AM — Load tour buses at Museum of Flight

8:00AM–10:00AM — Travel to Everett

10:00AM–12:00PM — Factory Tour (No cell phones, cameras, or other electronic devices allowed)

12:00PM–1:00 PM — Lunch at the Future of Flight Museum

1:00PM–2:30PM — Breakout groups at Future of Flight Museum in Everett

  • Supplier Management (SM) presentation and discussion on how to become suppliers
  • Discussion of technology gaps/opportunities observed during tour

2:45PM–3:30PM — Membership discussions regarding technology and how it can be implemented

3:30PM–5:30PM — Load tour buses at Everett and depart for Seattle


Wednesday, April 3, 2019
NextFlex Workshop at Boeing’s Customer Experience Center
NextFlex Members and Non-Members Welcome

8:00AM–8:30AM — Registration and Breakfast

8:30am–8:40AM — Welcome

Session I: FHE for Future Factory

This session will explore both how advanced manufacturing concepts such as in-situ process monitoring can deliver increased autonomy to FHE manufacturing as well as how FHE devices can provide revolutionary capability on the factory floor.  Presentations will cover topics such as monitoring worker health status in confined spaces, preventing injury through the use of soft robotics, and advanced optical techniques to increase FHE process yield.

Session Chairs: Benjamin Leever, NextFlex; Dan Gamota, Jabil; John Williams, Boeing

8:40AM–8:50AM — Session I Introduction

Session I Talks

8:50AM–9:10AM — “Flexible Hybrid Electronics for Production Efficiencies”

9:10AM–9:30AM — “Confined Space Monitoring Systems for Maintenance Operations”


9:30AM–9:50AM — “FHE for Industrial Internet of Things”

9:50AM–10:10AM — Coffee Break

Session I Talks Continue

10:10AM–10:30AM — “FHE in Composites Manufacturing”

10:30AM–10:50AM — “Exoskeleton for Injury Prevention on Manufacturing Floor”

  • TBD

10:50AM–11:00AM — Session I Q&A

Session II: FHE for Next Generation Space

This session will address in-space manufacturing, planetary requirements, multi-functional additive manufacturing/printing for satellites, and human monitoring in-space

Session Chairs: Scott Miller, NextFlex; Derek Doyle, USAF; Andy Kwas, Northrop Grumman

11:10am – 11:20am – Session II Introduction

Session II Talks

11:20am – 11:40am

  • Jesse Tice, Principal Scientist, Northrop Grumman

11:40am – 12:00pm

12:00pm – 12:20pm — “Optically Reconfigurable Smart Deployable Materials for Satellite Antenna Applications”


  • Dr. Christopher Williams, Associate Professor and the Electro-Mechanical Corporation Senior Faculty Fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech

12:40PM–1:40PM — Lunch to include Keynote Speakers:

“Printed Electronics: Equipment, Processing and Application Development”
Update on NASA’s plasma jet printer and demos with printed gas sensors, supercapacitors, triboelectric power generators, and radiation sensors.

  • Dr. Meyya Meyyappan, Chief Scientist for Exploration Technology, NASA’s Ames Research Center

“Direct Write Printing for Space Applications”
Applications NASA has been working on at Goddard, with an emphasis on 3D nonplanar surfaces.

  • Beth Paquette, Aerospace Engineer, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Session II Talks Continue


  • Erik Handy, Principal Scientist, SI2 Technologies


  • Dr. Max Shulaker, Assistant Professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL), Massachusetts Institute of Technology


2:40PM–2:50PM — Session II Q&A

2:50PM–3:00PM — Day One Wrap-Up

3:00PM–4:00PM — Individuals drive to University of Washington

4:00PM–5:00PM — Tour of University of Washington’s Roll to Roll Center

6:00PM–8:00PM — Dinner at IVARS in Seattle, WA
(attendees must register and pay by March 25)


Thursday, April 4, 2019
NextFlex Workshop at Boeing Customer Experience Center
NextFlex Members and Non-Members Welcome

8:00AM–8:30AM — Registration and Breakfast

8:30AM–8:40AM — Welcome

Session III: Conformal/Flexible Electronics and Antennas for Aircraft

This session will address FHE aerospace application needs related to; conformal antennas, new FHE capabilities in lightweight UAVs, UAV autonomy, low-cost aircraft, and commercial aircraft production

Session Chairs: Nils Bergstrom, BAE Systems; Scott Johnston, Boeing

8:40AM–8:50AM — Session III Introduction

Session III Talks

8:50AM–9:10AM — “Liquid Metal Deposition”

  • Denis Cormier, Earl W. Brinkman Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology

9:10AM–9:30AM — “FHE Qualifications for Aerospace Applications”

  • Jeff Duce, R&D Design Engineer, The Boeing Company

9:30AM–9:50AM — “DW Antenna for Aerospace Applications”

  • Rob Greenlaw, Director of Operations and Engineering, CVD MesoScribe Technologies Corp.

Session III Talks Continue


  • Adam Ehrmantraut, Principal Electrical Engineer, Electronic Systems Division Group Lead, Aurora Flight Sciences — A Boeing Company

10:30AM–10:50AM — “In-Mold Electronics an Enabling Technology”


  • David Keicher, Vice President, IDS, Inc.

11:10AM–11:20AM — Session III Q&A

11:20AM–12:30PM — Poster Session

12:30PM–1:30PM — Lunch

  • 1:30PM–3:30PM — Technical Breakout Sessions
    For NextFlex Members and Government Only



  • Early Bird Member until March 1: $250
  • Early Bird Non-Member until March 1: $350
  • Regular Member after March 1: $300
  • Regular Non-Member after March 1: $400
  • Walk-in Member: $350
  • Walk-in Non-Member: $450
  • All government partner attendees admitted free of charge


  • Cost: $200 Members; $400 Non-Members; Free for all Boeing Staff (Separate registration and payment required. Click “Tickets” and scroll down to select FHE PRO ticket)

Tour of Boeing’s Everett, WA Facility 

  • Cost: $26 per person– includes tour and lunch (Separate registration and payment required. Click “Tickets” and scroll down to select Boeing Tour)

Dinner at IVARS: 

  • $50 per person, includes three-course dinner and soft drinks only. Must register by March 25. No walk-ins allowed. (Separate registration and payment required. Click “Tickets” and scroll down to select Dinner)


We are holding a block of rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn Seattle/Renton located at1801 East Valley Road, Renton, WA 98057, from Sunday, March 31 to Wednesday, April 3 at $169 per night. To make a reservation call the hotel directly before March 4 at 425-430-1414 and ask for group code NF0331. If you need any assistance, please reach out to: Connor Reichenbach, Director of Sales – or 425-917-8510.

Other nearby hotels:

Springhill Suites Seattle South Renton
200 SW 18th Street
Renton, WA 98057

Larkspur Landing Renton
1701 East Valley Rd.
Renton, WA 98055

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