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U.S. Dept. of Commerce official to speak at Georgia Southern manufacturing awards dinner

Jamie Estrada, deputy assistant secretary for manufacturing at the U.S. Department of Commerce, will speak at the annual Manufacturing Industrial Management Program’s Achievement and Awards Dinner at Georgia Southern University on Thursday, March 22, at 6:30 p.m.

‘The annual Achievement and Awards Dinner honors students who, each year, demonstrate academic and leadership abilities in the classroom,” said Waldo Meeks, coordinator of the Manufacturing/Industrial Management Program. ‘We also honor our alumni whose abilities showcase the training they received in the program. It’s exciting to be part of a program that has developed so many successful graduates.”

Meeks noted that he is especially pleased to have Estrada as the evening’s speaker. Estrada manages competitiveness issues for U.S. manufacturing companies in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. As manager of twelve industry teams, he works with U.S. and foreign government and industry leaders on international trade policy issues, including opening new overseas markets, expanding opportunities in existing markets and addressing tariff and non-tariff barriers. Previously Estrada worked for the Intel Corporation, including the company’s Government Affairs office, where he consulted on several policy issues, including U.S. competitiveness in manufacturing, R&D funding and tort reform.

‘The Achievement and Awards Dinner is an excellent opportunity for industry leaders to learn more about Georgia Southern’s Manufacturing Industrial Management degree program,” said Phillip Waldrop, professor of mechanical and electrical engineering teachnology. ‘It’s the only program of its type in the state of Georgia, and it is uniquely capable of addressing industry’s need for hands-on technical management graduates in manufacturing engineering, quality, production supervision, safety, and related leadership positions.”

Tickets for the dinner, which will take place in the Nessmith-Lane Building, are $25 for the general public and $5 for students. They are available at or by calling 912-681-5828. To ensure availability, please purchase tickets by March 9.

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