Keynote speakers: Sami Atiya, President, ABB Robotics & Motion division
Mike Rowe, Executive Producer & Show Host
Join us as we wrap up ABB Customer World with two very special keynote presentations. Sami Atiya, President, ABB Robotics & Motion division, will share his vision on how to succeed in the changing global manufacturing landscape and workforce readiness. Executive Producer & Show Host Mike Rowe will share the surprising lessons he learned working as a perpetual apprentice.
Manufacturing is undergoing profound transformation driven by shorter product lifecycles, mass customization and increasing regulation. Sami will discuss the consumer-driven shifts in manufacturing digitalization, the role of automation and robotics in remaining globally competitive and how these changes are leading to more and attractive jobs for workers. Important issues they will tackle include the need for practical vocational training for the jobs of the future, the reinventing of education to support lifelong learning, and the coming opportunities for upskilled, intelligent jobs as repetitive, unsafe tasks become increasingly automated.
Mike, best known as the “dirtiest man on TV,” a title he earned on the hit TV series Dirty Jobs, has had hundreds of jobs and relished his role as a chronic freelancer. He has narrated hundreds of documentaries about space, nature, dinosaurs, and how stuff works. Most recently, you can find Mike on Facebook’s groundbreaking series Returning the Favor or listen to him on his podcast The Way I Heard It for the curious mind with a short attention span. In addition, Mike runs the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity that works to debunk myths and misperceptions about the skilled trades and help close the skills gap. The mikeroweWORKS Foundation has granted, or helped facilitate the granting of, more than $5 million in technical and vocational education for trade schools across the country. As a workforce champion, Mike has long been a voice for sensible approaches to the challenges facing US workers.