Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur served as the keynote speaker at the 13th Polish--American Conference on Science and Technology being held in Washington, DC. The conference was organized by Ohio State University and the Institute of Aviation of Warsaw.
The purpose of the conference was to exchange ideas and to strengthen cooperation between the United States and Poland in the areas of innovation and high technology. Mike Benzakein, PhD, Director of the Propulsion and Power Center at Ohio State University, served as the conference host. He introduced Congresswoman Kaptur as the keynote speaker to the crowd of approximately 80 Polish and American dignitaries, scientists, engineers, civic leaders, and academics.
Congresswoman Kaptur, who is a co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Poland, represents a large portion of Ohio's 440,000 Polish Americans in the Ninth Congressional District, which stretches from Toledo to Cleveland. She told personal stories of her Polish heritage, family history, and trips to the region. Kaptur also outlined her continued support for collaboration between U.S. and Polish technology, defense, and engineering fields, and commended the Polish military for its contribution and sacrifice to the NATO military missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Congresswoman Kaptur said, "The United States and Poland have had a long-standing relationship and I am excited for the future of the Polish-American technology community and its impact on both countries. The innovative ideas and collaboration that these scientific leaders provide will pave the way for our future."