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Student Shop Managers Consortium (SSMC) is a community of practice for personnel in academic making environments and affiliates.

Theme:
SHOP LIFE AFTER COVID

JULY 28, 2021
9am - 1pm CT
VIRTUAL - VIA ZOOM

The Seventh Annual Shop Managers Conference, SSMC2021, will take place July 28, 2021 virtually via Zoom! 

The SSMC Conference is designed to bring Student Shop managers and directors together to discuss important safety issues and concerns in student shops across the nation. In addition, the conference focuses on space and equipment management. SSMC 2021 will offer presentations and discussions with student shop peers from colleges and universities throughout the United States.

CONFERENCE AUDIENCE

Faculty, staff and students who oversee, utilize or consult with academic making environments such as machine shops, wood shops, sculpture studios, theater shops, and makerspaces. EHS and Risk Management personnel with making environment oversight responsibilities.

Conference Goal

Continue development of a professional community that brings together personnel from student shops and making spaces from a broad array of post-secondary educational institutions and disciplines to share case-studies and discuss common challenges such as: safety, training, inclusion, technology, finances, and equipment.

Conference Focus

The focus of this year’s conference will center reopening student shops after the restrictions of the Covid pandemic. This half day virtual conference will offer presentations with Q&A sessions, a panel discussion and small group breakout sessions. The break sessions will afford the opportunity for discussion of panel topics and those additional topics raised by attendees. Further review of these discussions by the whole conference will focus on setting goals for further work by the members of SSMC to expand on the mission of the SSMC.

TOPICS:

  • Shop Life after COVID: Worries, concerns, solutions
  • COVID implementations: What worked? What will you keep?
  • How will your shop management change?
  • 3rd Party Software Solutions: Examples of software options that have helped with shop/equipment management, tracking training, etc.
  • Remote design team support
  • Shop Accessibility - Physical Distancing


Conference FORMAT

ZOOM Video Conferencing

This conference will occur using ZOOM video conferencing, with brief presentations or panel discussions preceding a group discussion about each topic. A link to the conference will be sent out in a separate email before the conference.


SAVE THE DATE

Hosted by: 
Washington University - St. Louis, Missouri

Summer 2022 - July 19-21, 2022


SPONSORSHIP

If you are interested in sponsoring the next conference in 2022

CLICK HERE!

Registration:

REGISTER TODAY!

Registration Fee:

$FREE for current active members
$25 for non-members - comes with a year membership

Deadline, July 27th 


PROGRAM

CLICK HERE for a more detailed Program agenda

9:00 am CT - Welcome
Amy Kavalewitz, SSMC President

9:10 am CT - Guest Speakers
MODERATOR: Amy Kavalewitz, Rice University

Joey Gottbrath, Technical Lab Director, Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, University of California, Berkeley
Topic/Focus: Output Shop – Jacobs Project Support

Ray Krajci, Operations Engineering Manager, Sears think[box], Case Western Reserve University
Topic/Focus: New Processes and Procedures – Tried and Tested at Sears think[box]

10:30 CT - Panel Discussion
MODERATOR: Mo Haroun, Columbia University

Danny Blacker – Engineering Design Supervisor, OEDK, Rice University
Topic/Focus: Virtual Support and Training – How to support teams remotely – Technicians/Lab Assistants

Molly Sanford – Fabrication Director, College of Design, University of Minnesota
Topic/Focus: Physical Accessibility in Shops with Physical Distancing

Ann Walsh - Studio manager for FLIV Woodshop and Rinehart Sculpture Studio, Maryland Institute College of Art
Topic/Focus: Challenges and Solutions for Returning to the Shop Post Pandemic

11:30 am CT - Break-out Sessions

MODERATORS: The Panelists

Guests can pick topic discussions they are interested in joining - Two 30-minute Break-out Sessions

Break-out session 1: Danny Blacker 
Topic/Focus: Virtual Support and Training – How to support teams remotely – Technicians/Lab Assistants

Break-out session 2: Molly Sanford 
Topic/Focus: Physical Accessibility in Shops with Physical Distancing

Break-out session 3: Ann Walsh 
Topic/Focus: Challenges and Solutions for Returning to the Shop Post Pandemic

Break-out session 4: Joey Gottbrath
Topic/Focus: Output Shop – Jacobs Project Support

Break-out session 5: Ray Krajci
New Processes and Procedures – Tried and Tested at Sears think[box]

12:30 pm CT Wrap-up

Group Discussion takeaways
MODERATORS:
Mellissa Goldman, University of Virginia and
Anne Henly, University of Minnesota

Closing Remarks/Reminders/Announcements
Amy Kavalewitz,
SSMC President




SSMC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. USA

info@myssmc.org