The High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HI-TEC) is a national conference on advanced technical education where technical educators, counselors, industry professionals, and technicians can update their knowledge and skills. Charged with Educating America's Technical Workforce, the event focuses on the preparation needed by the existing and future workforce for companies in the high-tech sectors that drive our nation's economy. HI-TEC will uniquely explore the convergence of scientific disciplines and technologies including: Advanced Manufacturing; Aerospace; Agricultural, Environmental, and Energy; Biomanufacturing, Biotechnology, and Engineering; Geospatial; Information, Communications, and Security; Learning and Evaluation; Micro- and Nanotechnologies; and Optics and Photonics. The conference is supported by the National Science Foundation as well as by contributions from corporate and industry partners. This year’s conference will be held from July 21-24 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago, Illinois.