TFCutting-edge industry trends can pose challenges and opportunities for organizations, but only if they know how to take advantage of them.

For the second straight year, AEM is working to help member companies discover and manage those opportunities through its Thinking Forward series of events.

This year's kick-off event is set for Tuesday, April 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) – National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Participants will tour NREC, the epicenter for autonomous technology, offering world-leading expertise in autonomy, sensing, perception and machine learning. They will also experience what it’s like to travel and innovate at the speed of sound as they join five members of the CMU Hyperloop team as they share their competition journey.

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“Thinking Forward events give participants an opportunity to explore a wealth of emerging trends and technologies that are poised to transform the equipment manufacturing industry,” said AEM Senior Director of Membership and Engagement Paul Flemming. “Last year’s events were well received, and AEM is committed to building on the success of the program. Thinking Forward marks a significant shift in focus on the part of AEM from member orientation to thought leadership. We are providing a vision for the future of the industry through these events.”

This year, the series of seven events will include tours of some of the country’s top innovation centers, including 3M’s Innovation Center in Minneapolis, and Autodesk’s Gallery and Pier 9 Workshop in San Francisco. To see a full lineup of the exciting AEM Thinking Forward locations and speakers on tap for 2018, visit or watch the video below...

Companies that are currently not AEM members but are curious about joining can attend an event in their area and connect with a member of the membership team. Pre-registration is required for all attendees, as space is limited.

Interested parties can register by contacting AEM Senior Director of Membership and Engagement Paul Flemming (, tel:414-298-4150).

For more information on AEM's Thinking Forward series of events, subscribe to the AEM Industry Advisor.