Tesla Inc. CTO and Co-Founder JB Straubel Announced as 2017 Keynote Presenter at UBM’s Inaugural Advanced Design & Manufacturing (ADM) Cleveland


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Event to Feature Leader in Automotive and Alternative Energy and Over 25 Hours of Free Conference Content

Santa Monica, CA (February 22, 2017) – UBM is pleased to announce that Chief Technical Officer (CTO) and co-founder of Tesla Inc., JB Straubel, will be the featured keynote presenter at the inaugural Advanced Design & Manufacturing (ADM) Cleveland, Northeast Ohio’s only comprehensive design and manufacturing event. Straubel will discuss trending industry topics that include batteries, energy storage and solar power at ADM Cleveland, which takes place on March 29-30, 2017, at the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland, OH.

“I’m looking forward to attending the event since manufacturing technology is a critical area of focus in decreasing cost and ramping output. This is an area where the best engineers can solve exciting problems, build amazing machines, and have a higher impact than most people expect,” said JB Straubel, CTO and Co-Founder, Tesla Inc.

In addition to a robust free content offering, ADM Cleveland will feature a diverse expo floor with five dedicated industry zones that include Automation & Robotics, Design Engineering, Medical Technology, Packaging, and Plastics. To learn more about the expo floor, top exhibitors and sponsors, please visit: admcleveland.com

Keynote Presenter: JB Straubel, Chief Technical Officer (CTO) and Co-Founder, Tesla Motors

JB Straubel, Chief Technical Officer (CTO) and co-founder of Tesla Motors, has had a lifelong interest in electric vehicles, including rebuilding an electric golf cart at the age of 14 and building a hybrid trailer system that he designed while in college at Stanford, where he received a B.S. in Energy Systems Engineering and an M.S. in Energy Engineering with an emphasis on energy conversion. In 2008, Straubel was chosen by the MIT Technology Review as the #1 innovator on its “35 under 35” list and UBM’s own Design News named Straubel the “Engineer of the year” in 2009. More recently, Strabuel was ranked #2 on Fortune’s “40 under 40 most influential business and innovation leaders.”

Today, as CTO of Tesla Inc., Straubel manages the technical direction and engineering design of Tesla products, including battery technology, power electronics, motors, software, firmware and controls. He also created and manages many important Tesla initiatives, including the Tesla Energy business providing grid storage for commercial utilities and residential consumers; the worldwide Tesla Supercharger network of fast DC chargers; and the Tesla Gigafactory. Straubel has also served on the Board of Directors for Solar City and is a lecturer at his alma mater, Stanford University.

“We are ecstatic about the addition of industry visionary JB Straubel, to the lineup for ADM Cleveland. As the keynote speaker, Straubel will share his unmatched insight and experience in the automotive, battery, manufacturing, and energy industries with our audience,” said Nina Brown, Vice President, Events, UBM. “2017 is a banner year for content and education at UBM that began in Anaheim with award-winning television personality and special effects master, Jamie Hyneman, as the event keynote. We plan to continue this trend of providing exciting, high-impact informative content offerings throughout the year with the addition of JB Straubel in Cleveland.”

In addition to Straubel’s keynote presentation, ADM Cleveland is providing more than 25 hours of free educational conference content to all attendees. Focused on automotive, medtech, and smart manufacturing, ADM Cleveland conference content will offer the opportunity to take a closer look into the latest challenges, trends and innovation within industries significant to Northeast Ohio. To learn more about the ADM Cleveland conference series, please visit: admcleveland.com/education.

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About Advanced Manufacturing Expos & Conferences
UBM’s Advanced Manufacturing portfolio is the leading B-to-B event producer, publisher, and digital media business for the world’s $3 trillion advanced, technology-based manufacturing industry. Our print and electronic products deliver trusted information to the advanced manufacturing market and leverage our proprietary 1.3 million name database to connect suppliers with buyers and purchase influencers. We produce more than 50 events and conferences in a dozen countries, connecting manufacturing professionals from around the globe. The Advanced Manufacturing portfolio is organized by UBM Americas, a part of UBM plc (UBM.L), an Events First marketing and communication services business. For more information, visit ubmamericas.com.

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UBM Americas, a part of UBM plc, is the largest business-to-business events and trade show organizer in the U.S. Through a range of aligned interactive physical and digital environments, UBM Americas increases business effectiveness for both customers and audiences by cultivating meaningful experiences, knowledge and connections. UBM Americas has offices spanning North and South America, and serves a variety of specialist industries with dedicated events and marketing services covering everything from fashion, tech and life sciences to advanced manufacturing, cruise shipping, specialty chemicals, powersports and automotive, concrete, hospitality, cargo transportation and more. For more information, visit: ubmamericas.com.

February 22, 2017