Speaker Biographies by Last Name
Additive Design & Manufacturing Specialist
Kevin Ayers is a graduate of the University of Illinois, College of Engineering. He has worked as a design and manufacturing engineer for over 31 years with the FBI. Most of that time. He has been directly involved in what is now called additive manufacturing. The FBI was one of the first organizations to use 3D printing technology as end use parts building tens of thousands of parts going back to the early nineties. During that time, Mr. Ayers has been involved as an advisor for the Society of Manufacturing engineers and the AMUG receiving the Dino Award in 2003. In 2014, Mr. Ayers retired from the FBI and worked for SME as the Industry Manager over Additive Manufacturing Industry and as a consulting editor for Advanced Manufacturing Media. In 2017, Mr. Ayers joined Danfoss Power Solutions as an Additive Manufacturing and currently works there involved in AM in metals, polymers, composites, sand, design, and training. He is currently an AM consultant working in AM implementation.
President & CEO
Dr. Dean L. Bartles is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Manufacturing Technology Deployment Group. Prior to this, Dean was President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining. Prior to this position, Dean served as the President of the National Tooling and Machining Association. Prior to that, he recently served as the Director of the John Olson Advanced Manufacturing Center at the University of New Hampshire and was previously the founding Executive Director of the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute in Chicago. Dr. Bartles worked for General Dynamics Corporation for 31 years setting up and running manufacturing operations in Egypt, Turkey, and the US and prior to that he worked for Fairchild Republic Company. He recently served as the 2016-2017 President of the North American Manufacturing Research Institute, the 2016 President of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the founding Chairman of the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition, and the Chairman of the Board of the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining. Dean graduated from Indiana State University earning a Ph. D. in Technology Management with a concentration in Manufacturing Systems.
Alistair Brown is the CEO of LUMENSTREAM, a pioneering energy service company that he launched in 2019 to unlock energy savings for businesses via their LED Lighting as a Service platform. LUMENSTREAM has built a strong rapport with many leading investors and trusted supporters, including Invest NI, Argus Energy Management, Joule Assets Europe, and The Ingenious Group. LED Lighting as a Service is a unique approach for funding energy efficiency projects. LUMENSTREAM provides all of the upfront capital cost, with clients paying a fraction of the energy savings they achieve as a monthly subscription fee.
Senior Director of Manufacturing & Facilities
Kyle Burgin has been with RPC since 2004 and has been involved with the company since 2001. He directs all production, inventory and warehousing at both RPC’s Arizona and Minnesota facilities. Some of his responsibilities include hiring and managing production and warehouse staff, managing operations, setting up production schedules, managing QC standard solutions production, and providing customer technical and sales support. He has an Associate degree in Liberal Arts and General Education and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Northern Arizona University.
|Steve Caudill||Rand McNally|
Trucks, tractors, maps, connected devices, oil and gas, potato chips, silicon chips, educational devices and more have been part of a nearly 40-year career. What Steve likes to do is make things and as the CTO of Rand McNally, he’s leading technology teams making a wide variety of things for fleets, drivers, and supply chain. Steve spent his early career doing signals analysis and cryptographic systems for the NSA, ran start-ups making specialized software and products—many are in use today—in the dot-com boom, and since the early 2000’s, tended toward venerable brands: Frito-Lay, Case IH, Texas Instruments, Rand McNally. Steve is always happy to swap stories of the good, bad, and ugly in technology product making.
EVP/Chief Digital Officer - Industry 4.0
Ben joined Cambria as its EVP and Chief Digital Officer in June 2015. Since joining Cambria, Ben has overseen a transformation that has allowed Cambria to generate more and higher quality product at a lower cost. He has transformed Cambria’s digital capabilities into a customer-centric and scalable operation that uses automation and data to serve the company’s growth. Ben’s career includes service as an Operations Executive for multiple “born in the cloud”, startup businesses and has delivered data and content systems to customers on six continents. He’s owned many facets of technology delivery to customers as part of his Operations experiences. Ben began his career working for the Department of Veterans Affairs. He holds a BS, Business Computer Information Systems from St. Cloud State University.
Research Vice President, Future Operations
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|Joseph Etris||Gemba Systems|
VP of IoT Solutions
Joseph Etris is the Vice President of Industrial Internet of Things for Gemba Systems Inc, which offers guidance, tools, and hands-on support in the selection and implementation of Industry 4.0 technologies. Previously, Joseph served as an engineering manager for the Powertrain Division of Continental. Joseph led a team to digitize the plant, capturing energy consumption and production data at the machine level. The initiative led to significant energy savings, emission reductions, and the facility became the second plant in North America to be awarded with the Continental “Green Plant Label.” Joseph has an MBA and is certified in Business Analytics from the Darla Moore School of Business. He is married with three boys.
|Dion Eusepi||Stanley Black & Decker|
Director of Enterprise Architecture, Data & Cloud Integration Platforms
Dion Eusepi is an insightful technologist, thought leader, and pragmatic innovator in connected device and API ecosystem enablement, cloud native application platforms, and edge device integration architectures. His work in the connected ecosystem space spans multiple vertical industries including retail, healthcare, finance, communications, media, entertainment, and automotive. His contributions in the connected vehicle-connected consumer space include large enterprise players like General Motors and Ford Motor Company with a focus on developing game-changing digital products and platforms with cloud native architecture that integrate broad and deep API ecosystems, continuous deployment models, AI, and IOT technologies to create a holistically integrated consumer and partner experience.
|Steve Gray||NXP Semiconductors|
VP, IT - Global Research & Development
Over his 20+ year career in semiconductors, Steve has worked in manufacturing, software, analytics, and IT positions both in engineering and leadership roles. Steve previously had global responsibility for the IT systems in all 8 of NXP’s factories, and currently has responsibility for the product development and high performance compute solutions used by NXP’s global engineering teams. NXP is global semiconductor company creating solutions that enable secure connections and infrastructure for a smarter world. NXP focuses on research, development, and innovation in our target markets.
|Robert Joseph||Team MindShift|
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|Todd Kackley||Bell Flight|
EVP & CIO
Todd Kackley was named executive vice president and chief information officer (CIO) for Bell in January 2020 and is a member of the Bell executive leadership team (ELT). He is responsible for developing and executing a highperformance information technology (IT) and digital strategy, ensuring business systems, infrastructure, cybersecurity and development capabilities are aligned for the needs of the business today and in the future. Previously, Todd worked at Textron Systems as part of their ELT as vice president and CIO leading the digital transformation of manufacturing and engineering. Todd championed enterprise organizational transformation to enable common processes and systems. Todd spent a portion of his early Textron career as part of the Bell IT leadership team as director of IT business process integration. He was also a director of IT at Textron, overseeing the enterprise SAP Center of Excellence. Before joining Textron, Todd held various leadership positions during his 18-year career in both consulting and working for companies. He focused on IT strategy and enterprise system implementations both in the United States and internationally. Todd earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan and his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Baker College. He also completed Textron’s Senior Executive Leadership Programs at Duke University and the University of North Carolina. Todd currently serves on the governing body of the Washington D.C. Evanta CIO Forum.
|Dr. Don Kinard||Lockheed Martin|
Dr. Don Kinard is a Senior Fellow for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Production Operations and has been with LM for 36 years. Don supports Digital Transformation as well as programs such as F-35. Prior to his current assignment he was lead for the F-35 production rate transition program and earlier the Director of F-35 Production Engineering responsible for Joint Strike Fighter Tooling, Planning, Manufacturing Engineering, and Aircraft Systems Testing. Before joining F-35 in 2004 Dr. Kinard held various positions in both Engineering and Manufacturing during his 18 years on the F-22. Don is also the lead for the LM Corporate Fellow’s Manufacturing Team whose objective is to develop and share engineering, manufacturing, and sustainment technologies throughout all of the LM business units. His technical interests include materials and structures, digital thread integration, Industry 4.0, manufacturing technology, manufacturing system design, and production management.
Chief Technology Officer
Raj Manchanda serves as the Chief Technology Officer at the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE North America). Raj is responsible for overseeing technical aspects and technological resources and establishing technical programming strategy and execution for the Society. His team also ensures technical relevancy by conducting research to ensure SAMPE NA’s technical programming is relevant to market needs. Prior to joining SAMPE, Raj was a training/brand/alliance executive at HYTORC – an industrial bolting systems manufacturer. Additionally, he served on the staff of ASME for 20+years. Raj holds a MBA from Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business and a Mechanical Engineering degree from Boston University. He is a member of SAMPE, ASME, SME, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, MRS, and CESSE. He was honored to be elevated to Fellow Grade by ASME recently.
Digital Factory Leader
Sidra Maryam is a Manufacturing Systems Manager at Siemens. She is responsible for all digitalization initiatives for her product line, directly involved in all steps from requirement specification to solution implementation and change management. She has a passion for using technology and data to improve business and production processes. Sidra has held several roles in operations and has been with Siemens since graduating from Penn State University in Industrial Engineering about 9 years ago.
|Karen Matthews||Purpose Driven Consulting|
Founder & CEO
Karen Matthews is the Founder and CEO of Purpose-Driven Consulting (PDC), a provider of tailored technical, business and career development services and training. Prior to PDC, she held senior positions in Corning Incorporated’s Science & Technology Division, most recently working in early-stage markets, innovation and disruptive technologies for the optical communications sector to identify and help implement new growth opportunities in both wired (fiber, cable and connectivity) and wireless. Her focus on moving concepts through to commercialization remains, with a current emphasis on Agile Technology Transfer, Digital Transformation, 5G, the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 Innovation. Karen, a native of Baltimore, MD, began her academic career at the US Naval Academy, received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Morgan State University and an MEng and PhD in Electrical Engineering and an MBA, all from Cornell University.
|Marcelo Mendonca||General Motors|
Technical Leader, Manufacturing 4.0 Data Analytics
Marcelo Mendonca has over two decades of international experience in the Automotive Manufacturing industry. His career expands over several positions of increased responsibility in South America, Asia, Australia, and United States. Marcelo combines his Manufacturing domain knowledge with his Data Analytics/Science skills to bridge the gap between manufacturing and technology. In his current Manufacturing 4.0 role, Marcelo has been leveraging the power of big data to solve real business problems.
|Gilbert Meyer-Gauen||National Oilwell Varco|
Director, Asset Management
Dr. Gilbert Meyer-Gauen is the Director of Asset Management at National Oilwell Varco (NOV), a leader in the design, manufacture, sale, and service of oilfield equipment. He leads a team of software, reliability and implementation engineers who develop and implement software applications that reduce equipment downtime and improve reliability at NOV's manufacturing facilities. His group is currently working on a new suite of software products that are tightly integrated with NOV's industrial big data platform (NOV Max™) and will provide preventive, predictive and condition-based maintenance capabilities in one easy to use software suite. Dr. Meyer-Gauen has a Master of Science and a Ph.D. from the Technical University Braunschweig in Germany.
|Edward Morgan||Revitalize Charging Solutions|
Edward Morgan is the Founder and CEO of Revitalize Charging Solutions (RCS). His entrepreneurial experience includes EM Computers which he sold in 2006 and Compuworks which he exited in 2004. Edward also served as a Senior Technical Engineer with AT&T Corporation, where he headed Network Infrastructure & Deployment and was the SME on CPE equipment. Prior, he was a 2nd Level Manager responsible for new product innovation and testing. Edward also served in the US Navy in Information Technology.
|Wesley Mukai||Rockwell Automation|
Wesley Mukai, is Chief Architect for Rockwell Automation software. He is responsible for the technical software vision and strategy of Rockwell Automation and directs cross-business and cross-region teams to develop platform, systems, and solutions. Prior to Rockwell Automation, Wes served as CTO, GE Transportation Digital Solutions, where he led GET’s digital technology and software vision, strategy and architecture. He was also responsible for leading UX, platform and cloud engineering and operations. Prior to GE, Wes was Vice President, HANA Cloud Computing, at SAP, where he was responsible for architecting and building the largest HANA system in the world and the foundation for the HANA Enterprise Cloud. Wesley brings a wealth of experience in the high-tech industry across the networking, computing hardware, telecommunications, and software industries. He has held various senior management positions at Cisco Systems, Infogear Technologies, and PwC and currently serves as a board advisor for MSRcosmos. Wesley has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
|Aneesa Muthana||Pioneer Service Inc.|
CEO, President, and Co-Owner
By the time she was 23, Aneesa Muthana had taken the lessons she’d learned in her parents’ shop to become co-owner and CEO of Pioneer Service, Inc. Nearly three decades in leading in an industry traditionally reserved for men has taught Aneesa the necessity of effective outreach and advocacy. In addition, Aneesa contributes regularly to Modern Machine Shop on a variety of topics and serves on several boards: National Association of Manufacturing (NAM) and the Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA). She’s won numerous awards including the Manufacturing Institute’s Award, 2019 NAWBO Woman Business Owner of The Year, Crain's 2019 and 2020 Notable Woman in Manufacturing, and SWE “Women Engineers You Should Know.” In her personal life, she always finds time for faith, family, and her two grandchildren, who remain the light of her world.
|Ashok Palani||Dell Technologies|
Director of Business Transformation
Ashok Palani is Director, Business Transformation for Dell Technologies. In this role, Ashok is directly responsible for digital transformation initiatives specifically in the post-purchase experience of the customer journey as part of Dell Technologies’ new Apex business model. Ashok believes in challenging the status quo with data-driven decision-making in service of delivering stakeholder outcomes (team, customer, shareholder, supplier, society) and greater customer relevance. Since joining Dell Technologies in 2007, he has held several leadership roles in Global Operations, CoC (Center of Competence) and Business Transformation. Prior to joining Dell Technologies, Ashok held leadership roles in semi-conductor, automotive and management consulting in Fortune 200, mid-size and small-size companies. Ashok holds MS Industrial Engineering degree from University of Texas at Arlington, BE Production Engineering degree from Madras University, India and an executive education on Disruptive Strategy from Harvard Business School.
|Jan Pingel||Ingersoll Rand|
Product Leader, Digital Solutions
Jan Pingel is the Product Leader, Digital Solutions at Ingersoll Rand, a global manufacturer of industrial equipment for air, fluid, energy, and medical technologies. Prior to this, Jan was Product Director, Process History and Analytics at Honeywell Process Solutions, and prior to this position, Jan was the Product Leader, Information Software, Manufacturing Intelligence, and Historian Software at Rockwell Automation. Jan is responsible for connectivity to the entire portfolio of compressed air equipment by delivering digitally enabled solutions and services for customers. Product strategy, innovation, design, IoT, Edge to Cloud, and Machine Learning/Digital Twin are a combination of passion and job responsibility. Jan Pingel has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Technical University of Denmark. Outside his role at Ingersoll Rand, Jan is also a co-Founder of Industry 4.0 Club, a peer-lead organization of manufacturing leaders and professionals, dedicated to engaging the power of diverse worldwide talent to accelerate the global evolution to Industry 4.0.
|Ben Polak||Boston Consulting Group|
Ben Polak is a Partner based in BCG's Dallas office. He is a core member of the Industrial Goods and Operations practice areas and works primarily with clients in the automotive, aerospace and defense, and engineered products sectors. Since joining BCG in 2014, Ben has worked extensively across operations topics, including operations strategy, product development and industrialization, supply chain planning and logistics, and complexity optimization. He also served as the acting supply planning leader for a $15B Tier 1 automotive supplier. Ben was a Leaders for Global Operations fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he earned an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and an MS in Mechanical Engineering. He also has a BS in Physics from Haverford College.
Group VP of Energy & Manufacturing Insights
Kevin Prouty is Group Vice President for IDC Energy and Manufacturing Insights. He is responsible for managing a group of analysts that provide research-based advisory and consulting services that will enable energy executives in oil and gas and utilities to maximize the business value of their technology investments and minimize technology risk through accurate planning. Kevin's research specialties are Utilities, Manufacturing, Enterprise Applications, and Product Innovation research. Before joining IDC he was SVP of Research at Aberdeen Group. He also spent over five years as Sr. Director of Manufacturing and Energy Solutions at Motorola and was the resident expert on technology’s role in continuous improvement. Prior to Motorola, he was Research Director for Manufacturing and Automotive at AMR Research and Gartner, where he spent a cumulative six years. Leading up to his research role, Kevin spent over 15 years as both a user and system integrator of operations software. Twelve of those years was as a plant manager and project manager at a global manufacturer, managing a large workforce and business that produced tooling for automotive and industrial companies. He was responsible for all automation of the facility and energy plant, including integration of automated process and information systems into all aspects of the business. In addition, Kevin helped lead the re -engineering team that implemented ERP and shop floor systems throughout the company. Kevin also managed the building, start up, and initial operation of a plant in China from 1992 to 1993.
Lead Digital Transformation Leader
Brent has held several supply chain leadership roles with Caterpillar over the last 14 years and is currently the Digital Operations & ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) Strategy Lead for ACM (Advanced Components Manufacturing). He leads a talented team of cross functional supply chain and manufacturing experts who are responsible for the strategic development and implementation of ACM’s Digital Transformation Strategy from a people, process and technology perspective. Brent is a retired U.S. Marine Infantry Officer (Mustang).
|Sherrika Sanders||Manner Polymers|
Sr Technical Engineer
Sherrika received her undergraduate degree from Xavier University of Louisiana in Chemistry. After receiving a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry and completing postdoctoral research, Sherrika enjoyed a 9 year career as a Senior Scientist, Technical Services Scientist, and Group Leader for The Dow Chemical Company. Following her tenure at Dow, Sherrika became the R&D Director at Authentix, Inc. located in Dallas, TX. In this role, she managed development, formulation, scale-up, quality and commercialization of markers for authentication solutions while also leading the Environmental, Health and Safety function for the Company. In 2017, she was recognized as a “Hidden Figure of Dallas” for her many contributions to science and technology. In 2018, during Women’s History Month”, Sherrika was listed as 1 of 20 “Most Influential Women in Manufacturing”. Currently, Sherrika has returned to the plastics industry as the Senior Technical Engineer for Manner Polymers in McKinney, TX. She was most recently named as one of “The Top 50 Advanced Manufacturing, Supply Chain & Logistics Influencers” by Warner Communications. Given the breadth of her role, no two days are the same. Each day is exciting and provides a unique opportunity to make a difference within the company and the customers they serve.
Research Director for Product Innovation Strategies
John Snow is Research Director for Product Innovation Strategies, part of IDC’s Future of Industry Ecosystems practice. Mr. Snow’s research includes product design, simulation, and innovation, with specific focus on strategies and technology that improve cost, time, and quality of new product development and introduction. After starting his career as a mechanical engineer, Mr. Snow has worked for the past 30 years in the IT industry at startups and established global companies developing product design and manufacturing software, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Enterprise Content Management (ECM), and Service Lifecycle Management (SLM) solutions for a variety of industries including automotive, aerospace and defense (A&D), high-tech, medical, and heavy equipment. His roles have spanned sales, product management, partnerships, and marketing. Most recently, Mr. Snow served as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO)at Centerity Systems (AIOps & ITOM) and prior to that as CMO of CaseBank Technologies (AI-driven troubleshooting and fault isolation). He has been instrumental in executing successful technology mergers and acquisitions. • M.A. in Religion, Leadership, and Business Ethics from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute • Frequent speaker, presenter, and moderator at industry events.
Lead Manufacturing Engineer
Robert Stucky is a Lead Manufacturing Engineer at SylvanSport in Brevard, North Carolina. He has a passion for increasing efficiency and reducing waste, and he is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. Before working for SylvanSport, Robert gained engineering experience in the turbomachinery manufacturing, defense/aerospace, and semiconductor manufacturing industries. Robert holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Baylor University with minors in Business Administration and Mathematics. He currently resides with his wife in the Asheville, North Carolina area, and in his free time he enjoys traveling and playing sports such as disc golf, soccer, and volleyball.
Global Director & GM Connected Solutions Business
Wade Wessels is global director and GM of Donaldson’s Connected Solutions Business. He has 18 years of experience in high-tech development beginning at Donaldson with earlier roles in engineering and business development. Wessels rejoined the company in 2017 from six years in applications and marketing management at Honeywell, where he became systems leader for sensing and IoT. Wessels has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University and a master’s in business administration from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.