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NSF National Center for Supply Chain Automation Annual Symposium for Faculty and Industry Professionals

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April 8-10, 2019
McCormick Place
2301 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60616

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Register now by contacting Elaine Gaertner at or 408-623-8611

Join fellow members of the Supply Chain Automation (SCA) partnership as we gather once again to share resources, best practices and expertise within the field.  The symposium will feature presentations by National Science Foundation representatives and academic colleagues on successful grant solicitation.  Additional agenda items will include industry speakers representing their company's use of material handling methods and the requirements that they have for various levels of employees.  


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The Symposium sessions will be held in conjunction with ProMat 2019, the largest showcase for supply chain professionals in North and South America.  ProMat features a 60,000 square foot industry innovation center representing the latest advances in automaton.  Attendees at the SCA Symposium must also register for the ProMat show.  There are no registration fees for either event.  Registration in the SCA Symposium is accomplished by contacting Elaine Gaertner at or 408-623-8611.   Registration at ProMat can be found by browsing to



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SCA sessions will also feature the results of the ongoing partnerships with the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council and the Material Handling Industry Association to establish a national industry certification for supply chain technicians.  The Certified Automation Technician (CAT) Industry Certification will feature 3 critical work modules.

A nationally portable, industry-recognized certificate will be earned upon successful completion of the three CAT modules

Participants are invited to become a part of the National Center for Supply Chain Automation academic community.  The SCA has implemented a model supply chain 2 year degree to meet the need for educated technicians in the field.  More information about the Nation Center for Supply Chain Automation can be found at

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Must I register for both the SCA Annual National Symposium as well as ProMat?
Yes, registration at ProMat can be found by browsing to  Registration in the SCA Symposium is accomplished by contacting Elaine Gaertner at or 408-623-8611.

What are the local transportation/parking options for getting to the event?
The McCormick place site for this information is located at

Where do I report to when I arrive at the event?
See the draft agenda at this site.

Who do I contact if there are follow up questions?
Send an email message to


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These activities are sponsored by the National Science Foundation‚ Advanced Technological Education Program under Award No. 1601452. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.