2021 Keynote Speakers

As a SUR/FIN attendee you have access to both keynote presentations at the event. Hear what these respected industry influencers have to say and walk away inspired, motivated and ready to make a positive impact on your plant.


Brett Smith

Director, Technology  |  Center for Automotive Research

Battery Electric Vehicles…The Tidal Wave of Change

Tuesday, November 2  at  1:00pm

The shift to Battery Electric Vehicles is underway and may cause remarkable disruption in the industry. Traditional supply chains, materials, and manufacturing methods are at risk of being replaced. This Keynote session will highlight the changes and explore likely implications.

Michael Rogers
Practical Futurist


Manufacturing 4.0: What's Happening and What's Ahead?

Wednesday, November 3  at  9:00am

Michael Rogers is a best-selling author, technology pioneer and futurist, who also serves as futurist-in-residence for The New York Times Company. His consultancy, Practical Futurist, has worked with companies ranging from FedEx, Boeing and NBC Universal to Microsoft and Pfizer, focusing on how organizations can think about the future in useful ways.