The Center for High Performance Manufacturing (CHPM) at Virginia Tech will host its fall meeting on Nov. 10 and 11 at the Holiday Inn (formerly the Four Points Sheraton) in Blacksburg.

"If you need a helping hand to improve your operations, this two-day meeting is an excellent opportunity for those in the manufacturing community to observe the workings and work products of the CHPM through presentations," said Robert Taylor, interim director and research professor of Virginia Tech's Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

In addition to academic presentations, two distinguished keynote speakers from the manufacturing community will be present. Tim Baechle, manufacturing manager of General Electric, and Jim Talley, director of aircraft systems engineering of General Dynamics will speak. "They will shed valuable light on how their companies have used the latest technologies to improve their operations," Taylor said.

The state of Virginia launched CPHM in July of 2001, using its Commonwealth Technology Research Fund. Virginia Tech leads the center and James Madison University, the College of William and Mary, and Virginia State University participate.

CHPM works to help manufacturing firms research, develop, and implement new processes, methods, and technologies in order to stay competitive in today's dynamic manufacturing environment. Work is performed in wide variety of areas, ranging from supply chain design and flexible automation to rapid prototyping and low-cost composite manufacturing.

The meeting is open to the general public. There is no cost to attend but registration is required. For more information and to register, visit

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