International Users Conference '22

Third Wave Systems is excited to bring back our coveted International Users Conference! Join us as we bring together the brightest minds to share insights, strategies and successes in advanced machining modeling. The conference will be an excellent opportunity to meet your peers from across the manufacturing community and experience advances in machining. You’re even invited to compete in our own version of Shark Tank! 

Learn about powerful new innovation, meet dynamic industry leaders, and experience much more networking time. This year’s conference is unlike any prior–and is designed to help you move from fast-to-market to first-to-market!

  • Create a World-Class Teams
  • Increase Your Profits
  • Transform Your Business


The brightest minds from industry leaders will share their unique approaches to innovative machining and show you how reducing design time will increase your profit margins.

If you are interested in presenting at the conference, please reach out to us at [email protected].


View detailed agenda below.

*Please note that agenda is subject to change.

Tuesday, May 17   

12:00 – 1:00 pm: Lunch (Location: Atrium)

R&D UPDATE (1:00 PM – 05:15 PM)

Location: Kings I & II

1:00 – 1:15 pm: Introductions from Third Wave Systems CEO, Kerry Marusich

1:15 – 2:45 pm: Machining Modeling Technology for Nickel Superalloy Components in Small Turbine Engines

2:45 – 3:00 pm: Break

3:00 – 3:30 pm: Precision Machining of Composite Structures

3:30 – 4:00 pm: Modeling Tools for the Drilling of Polymer Matrix Composites

4:00 – 4:15 pm: Break

4:15 – 4:45 pm: Other Projects

4:45 – 5:15 pm: Discussion of future work


Location: Garden Gazebo – The Inn at St. John’s

5:30 – 8:30 pm: Welcome reception
Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

Wednesday, May 18 – “The Present”   

7:30 – 8:45 am: Breakfast (Location: Atrium)


Location: Galilee

8:45 – 8:55 am: Welcome from Third Wave Systems CEO, Kerry Marusich

8:55 – 9:05 am: Conference Introduction

9:05 – 9:30 am: Third Wave Systems Journey of Rebranding

9:30 – 9:55 am: What is Innovation?

9:55 – 10:15 am: Break


10:15 – 10:40 am: Mr. David Casey, MTEC Project Manager – Mitsubishi Materials U.S.A.
“Helping Overcome the Gut Feel with In-Depth Machining Analysis”

10:40 – 11:05 am: Mr. Ezhil Viswanathan, Vice President – FPT Industrie
“Evaluating Toolpath Quality before Getting on the Production Floor”

11:05 – 11:30 am: Dr. Ray Dick, Executive Director – RD Solutions
“Project MFG – Leverage for Manufacturing Workforce Programs”

11:30 – 12:50 pm: Lunch (Location: Atrium)

12:50 – 1:50 pm: JEOPARDY!

1:50 – 2:10 pm: Break


2:10 – 2:35 pm: Mr. Jesse Trinque, Sales Engineer – Mastercam/CNC Software
“Taking Mastercam 5-axis Toolpaths to the Next Level with Production Module”

2:35 – 3:00 pm: Mr. Dennis Noland, Sr. R&D Engineer – Niagara Cutter
“Influence of Geometry Attributes on Tool Performance”

3:00 – 3:25 pm: Mr. Avery Hartley, Student – University of Kentucky
“High-speed In-situ Characterization of Friction and Chip Formation Behavior of Inconel 718”

3:25 – 3:45 pm: Break

3:45 – 4:10 pm: Mr. Jeff Tessier, Chief Engineer – TavaTek
“Process Strategy Development – AdvantEdge and Production Module Together”

4:10 – 4:35 pm: Dr. Jaydeep Karandikar, R&D Staff – Oak Ridge National Laboratory
“Material Model and Stability Boundary Identification using Active Learning”

4:35 – 5:00 pm: Mr. Christian States, Manufacturing Engineer – Rolls-Royce
“Using Production Module to Collaborate with Tooling Suppliers to Find New Tooling”

DINNER (6:00 PM – 9:30 PM)
Location: Full Throttle (Buses leave from the hotel at 6:00 pm)

6:30 – 9:30 pm: Networking event at Full Throttle. Dinner and drinks will be provided.
Meet in the hotel lobby at 5:45 pm to hop on the bus for the event.

Thursday, May 19 – “The Future”   

8:00 – 9:00 am: Breakfast (Location: Atrium)


Location: Galilee

9:00 – 9:15 am: Opening Remarks, Kerry Marusich, President Third Wave Systems

9:15 – 10:00 am: Third Wave Systems R&D Projects Overview


10:00 – 10:25 am: Dr. Sekhar Rakurty, Senior Research Engineer – The M. K. Morse Company
“Understanding the Effects of Minimum Quantity Cutting Fluid Application using FEM”

10:25 – 10:50 am: Mr. Chris Short, Manufacturing Engineer – Rolls-Royce
“Improving Throughput with Reduced Tool Changes”

10:50 – 11:10 am: Break

PART QUALITY (11:10 AM – 12:05 PM)

11:10 – 11:15 am: Why focus on part quality?

11:15 – 11:40 am: Mr. Gregory Corson, Graduate Research Assistant – University of Tennessee, Knoxville
“Physics-Guided Machine Learning for IBR Milling”

11:40 – 12:05 pm: Mr. Tak Aoyama, Vice President – OSG Tools
“An Approach To Thin Wall Machining In Precious Materials”

12:05 – 12:55 pm: Lunch (Location: Atrium)

12:55 – 1:30 pm: Introduction to Distortion Deflection Modeling

1:30 – 2:20 pm: SHARK TANK

2:20 – 2:35 pm: Until next time

Accommodations & Travel

The International Users Conference 2022 will be held at The Inn at St. John’s, Plymouth Michigan, USA.

We have a block of rooms reserved at $169/night at the conference, which includes breakfast and Wi-fi. You must book by May 2, 2022 to receive the discount.


    • Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DFW) is 21 miles from the hotel
    • The hotel has complimentary parking


To attend the 2022 Third Wave Systems International Users Conference, please complete the registration. If you have any questions please email us at [email protected]. While there is no cost to attend the conference, registration for each attendee is required.


Maybe we have already answered your questions! View our FAQs:   

  1. Will Third Wave Systems provide accommodations?

While the conference is free to attend, each attendee is responsible for booking and paying for their hotel room at a special group rate for the event.

2. Will transportation be provided by Third Wave Systems?

Transportation is not provided to/from the Inn at St John’s.

3. Is there any registration fee associated with attending the conference?

There is no registration fee or associated costs for attending the International Users Conference. 

4. What is the deadline for registering for the conference?

The deadline for registration is Monday, May 2nd.

5. How do I confirm a government room rate with the hotel?

Please contact Kris O’Brien ([email protected])