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“Insights on Affordability: Engineering and Supply Chain Partnerships”

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Session Abstract: Building a culture of affordability among key stakeholders in engineering, supply chain, and suppliers is important given the extent of outsourcing that Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s) have done in past years. This session will discuss value engineering best practices, the skills and capabilities that engineers at OEM’s need to be successful, and a question and answer session.



Speaker Bio: Ms. Arianna Kalian '93 is the director of value engineering at Sikorsky, A Lockheed Martin Company. She leads the cost and productivity organization within engineering and technology to support programs and supply chain to meet the company’s affordability goals. Her responsibilities include the creation and deployment of processes and tools to drive and support a cost culture in the design, estimation, build, and sourcing of Sikorsky's products.

Ms. Kalian began her career at General Motors (GM) as a body structures engineer, and progressed to roles of increasing responsibility in engineering, manufacturing, and program management. She held engineering, manufacturing, and plant management positions on GM’s electric vehicle program, and was on an overseas assignment at Opel in Germany as lead body engineer. Ms. Kalian’s executive positions at GM included director of vehicle architecture, vehicle line director for the 2006 Buick Lucerne and Cadillac DTS, and director of continuous improvement. She joined UTC Power in 2008 as vice president of engineering and manufacturing. In 2013, through a UTC divestiture, Ms. Kalian became a part of ClearEdge Power, where she served as senior vice president of operations.

She was named executive sponsor for the Sikorsky Engineering and Technology Diversity Council at the end of 2015 and received a LM Diversity and Inclusion award in 2016.

Ms. Kalian earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering, summa cum laude, from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and Science, a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from Columbia University, and a Master of Science in engineering science (management of technology) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. A registered professional engineer, she holds two U.S. patents in the application of aluminum technologies.

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