2018 Annual Meeting

2018 Annual Meeting

FEBRUARY 28 - MARCH 2, 2018 (Wednesday-Friday)

The RWMA Annual Meeting is the platform for idea generation and exchange by the industry leaders. A three day event filled with networking and speakers' sessions where the most compelling industry topics are discussed.

The intrinsic value of the RWMA meeting is the opportunity to hear various perspectives, from the best minds of the industry, in a non-competitive platform. Speakers will soon be announced.

Meeting attendees and guests will enjoy water views of the Gulf Coast during meetings and social functions.


Registration is open and can be completed in two ways:

• Online at  RWMA Annual Meeting Online Registration

• By Fax or Email complete the RWMA Registration Form (PDF)

Hotel Information

The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club
501 5th Avenue NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Hotel Reservations - aws.passkey.com/event/49142698/owner/6106/landing/

Group Reservations Coordinator contact information,

Toll-Free Reservation Center: 1-888-303-4430
Hotel Phone: 727-894-1000
Nightly Rate: $249

Meeting attendees are responsible for making their own hotel reservations
Meeting attendees may extend their stay (3 days pre- & post meeting) via telephone


Jerry Gould – EWI

Jerry Gould is the Technology Leader for resistance and solid-state welding activities conducted at EWI. With a focus on resistance spot welding, particularly of coated and advanced high-strength steels, Jerry has led studies detailing process investigations, weldability of various materials, and weldability of various stack-up and geometry configurations. He has also added resistance welding of aluminum as a recent focus. Further research includes hybrid processing (specifically resistance heating + other forging methods) as well as alternate processing using resistance heating. He has published over 140 technical papers and articles on various aspects of resistance welding, solid-state welding, and welding metallurgy. He holds six patents, has authored or co-authored 20 EWI Cooperative Research Reports, and was the recipient of the 2014 Elihu Thomson Resistance Welding Award.

Menachem Kimchi – Ohio State University

Menachem Kimchi was a lecturer at Ohio State for three years before becoming a clinical professor in Welding Engineering education in 2015. Previously, he was a principal research engineer, technology leader, and business development manager for EWI, and has published over 80 technical papers in resistance and solid-state welding processes of advanced materials. His research areas include resistance welding solutions for advanced high strength steels, resistance spot welding of hot-stamped boron steel with Zn and Al-Si coatings, resistance spot welding of complex stack-ups, development of a new method for welding aluminum to steel by resistance welding, and resistance spot welding aluminum to steel by the CD process.

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