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Guest Spotlight

Ron Burton & Avery Caughenbaugh, Transportation Research Center

Ron Burton is executive vice president of the Transportation Research Center, the Ron Burton, Transportation Research Centerlargest independent vehicle test facility, research and development, and proving grounds in the U.S. A 32-year veteran, Ron has program management oversight in injury biomechanics, vehicle crashworthiness and biomechanics, advanced crash-avoidance technology, and human factors programs. Ron has been a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers since 1998 and has chaired SAE task groups in active safety and dummy testing and evaluation. He is a key contributor to the design and development of TRC’s 540-acre Smart Mobility Advanced Research and Test Center, or SMARTCenter. Ron received a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s of science degree in business administration from Wright State University.

Avery Caughenbaugh, Transportation Research CenterAvery Caughenbaugh has been TRC’s marketing specialist since 2017. Her responsibilities are in customer service, social media, public relations, events and conferences and facility tours.  She began her career at TRC as a Durability Test Driver before she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in strategic communications at Ohio State.

Key topics:  autonomous vehicles, smart corridors, mobility 

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Manufacturing Tomorrow is a podcast series brought to you by the Ohio Manufacturing Institute at The Ohio State University. Featuring the perspectives of manufacturing leaders, we focus on the advanced manufacturing innovations, solutions and partnerships that exist in our region now and that will propel industry in the future.

Our guests include the unsung heroes of advanced manufacturing, from company C-suite executives and engineers to industry-facing academics, supportive government agencies and regional economic development organizations. Interviews cover the latest topics on products, processes – and groundbreaking relationships –the best manufacturers engage in to infuse entrepreneurialism in their daily operations.

Our mission is threefold: to provide a voice to small and large manufacturers, educate the public on the value of manufacturing innovation to the U.S. economy, and showcase how Ohio’s technology resource support providers (e.g., higher education, technical centers, and MEPs) boost advanced manufacturing solutions. We ask guest speakers about what catalysts are needed to collaborate on new products and processes, how to reduce academic-industry barriers, and the types of technical resources that can truly bolster manufacturing productivity. 

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