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ET '21 General Sessions
Twelfth International Aluminum Extrusion Technology Seminar & Exposition

ET '21 General Session Highlights

Opening Keynote Speaker | Tuesday, May 11

Charlie Straface, Hydro

Charles Straface, Business Unit President for Hydro’s general extrusion operations in North America, will provide the Opening General Session keynote address. He has nearly 40 years of experience in the rolling, tubing, and extrusion segments of the aluminum industry in roles ranging from quality and technology manager to operations and general management. Mr. Straface will share Hydro’s view and vision of the aluminum extrusion industry. As the president of the largest extruder in North America, Charlie will provide a unique view as the industry leader.


Closing Keynote Speaker | Thursday, May13

NASA Astronaut, Mike Massimino

Michael Massimino, or Astro Mike, is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University, New York, and a former NASA Astronaut whose tenure includes two Space Shuttle missions to the Hubble Telescope, and four space walks (EVAs) to make critical telescope repairs.

Mike is senior space advisor to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City. He is a frequent news, talk and late-night television guest, a New York Times best-selling author and was a recurring guest on the U.S. Television Show The Big Bang Theory.

He offers his unique perspective on teamwork, innovation and leadership.

Photo Credit: Jeffrey-Schifman for Columbia Engineering


Best Paper Awards

The best of the best are highlighted at ET! Awards for the best papers of the Twelfth International Aluminum Extrusion Technology Seminar will be presented during the General Sessions.

ET Foundation Design Competition Awards

Winners of the 2021 Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition, will be announced. Watch for the 2021 Design Competition Call for Entries coming this fall at!

This is an early preview of the General Session program. Check back often for program updates as they become available.