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April 19-23, 2021

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Managing Manufacturing Through COVID-19: A TP3 Framework

September 18, 2020

Prith Banerjee

Prith Banerjee (Chief Technology Officer, ANSYS, Inc.)
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Banerjee brings a unique combination of experience to Ansys – from serving in academia and industry, to leading research labs and large engineering organizations, to founding two startups. He has driven transformational change at large enterprises as the executive vice president and CTO of both Schneider Electric and ABB. Banerjee’s extensive research experience includes leadership positions at Accenture Technology Labs and HP Labs. His academic career includes the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was dean of College of Engineering. During that time, he founded two electronic design automation solution developers, AccelChip and BINACHIP Inc.

Jody Hamilton

Jody Hamilton (Director of Business Development, Tipmont REMC)
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Jody Hamilton joined Tipmont and Wintek in the role of business development director. She was previously with Greater Lafayette Commerce for 24 years, most recently as vice president, economic development. Her new role builds strong relations with existing and new customers throughout Tipmont and Wintek’s service area. She also works closely with the local community leadership to attract new industry and help create economic opportunities.

Blair Milo

Blair Milo (Indiana, Secretary for Career Connections and Talent)
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Blair Milo currently serves as the State of Indiana’s first Secretary for Career Connections and Talent and works to fill an estimated one million job openings over the next ten years. She also serves on the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet, a body dedicated to shaping education and workforce training for a 21st Century workforce.

Rene Yamin

Rene Yamin (Founder & CEO, AkcelitaPrit)
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Rene Yamin is CEO of Akcelita Innovation Labs. Akcelita works building creative solutions to hard to solve business problems using Applied Mathematics, Software and Hardware. Rene was previously President and Chief Innovation Officer- Founder for Celero Health Solutions and holds an ongoing role as Director-Advisory role for V2A Vision to Action Strategic Management Consultants. Rene holds a PhD from Purdue University in Civil Engineering- Construction Management.

Mark Sheets

Mark Sheets (Supply Chain Change & Capability Management, Frito Lay)

Mark Sheets is a Supply Chain Change and Capability Manager at Frito Lay. Highly accomplished and results driven Operations professional with over 35 years of experience developing groundbreaking and transformative strategies, design improvements, and processes which save millions of dollars in costs and drive significant revenue growth. Known for being a truly trusted leader in change management and the supply chain and for training and mentoring large diverse teams to unprecedented success.

Robert Wu

Robert Wu (VP, Production Control & Information Systems, Subaru of Indiana Automotive)

Robert is currently the VP, Production Control & Information Systems at Subaru of Indiana Automotive. Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. is an automobile assembly plant in Lafayette, Indiana. Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA) is home of North American production for the Ascent, Impreza, Legacy and Outback models with more than 6,000 Associates.

Jessica Zak

Jessica Zak (Controller, Tru-Flex LLC)

Jessica has worked as a controller with Tru-Flex LLC since June 2014 and has held previous position as Senior Accountant. She is an experienced Controller and CPA with a demonstrated history of working in manufacturing. Jessica graduated from Purdue University's Krannert School of Management with her BS in accounting and business management.

Kasey Zimpfer

Kasey Zimpfer (Human Resources Manager, BraunAbility)

Kasey Zimpfer serves as Director of Human Resources for the North American Manufacturing Division of BraunAbility, located in Winamac, Indiana. BraunAbility is the world’s leading manufacturer of mobility transportation solutions, including wheelchair accessible vehicles, wheelchair lifts and seating, storage and securement products.

Roy Vasher

Roy Vasher (WHIN Education Consultant)
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In his roles at Purdue, Roy is a consultant that is responsible for development of next-Gen educational programs for manufacturing companies in 10 county area adjacent to Purdue University. Roy is also an assistant professor for Purdue’s Executive Management of Business Administration program and is the instructor for the course “AI for Lean Business”. Roy also provides technical assistance to HDS Mercury, a Silicon Valley start-up company, that is developing a robotics solution for fulfillment centers and manufacturing material handling operations.

Roy Vasher

Angus McLeod (WHIN Education Consultant, VP of Coaching at AMA)

In his position with Purdue, he brings together a wealth of experience in corporate leadership at Board Director level, in thirteen companies in the UK and USA., with development and manufacturing experiences including roofing, membranes, adsorbents, wound-dressings, nano-engineering including sensors, thick-film electronic printing, environmental technologies and magnesium melting/casting. His consultancy work includes national Government, CBRE., Johnson & Johnson Medical, British Aerospace and Glencore-Xstrata where he has delivered management & leadership development as well as leadership coaching. He does ongoing work with leadership on four programs at Wharton College. He is author of books, now in many languages including ‘Performance Coaching’, Self-Coaching Leadership and Me, Myself, My Team’. He supervises PhD students at the Business School of Birmingham City University, UK. He has over 20,000 graduates from his web-based trainings and designs digital apps for leadership and for Small & Medium-Sized Manufacturing Enterprises via Gnowbe.com

Ananth Iyer

Ananth Iyer (Senior Associate Dean, Susan Bulkeley Butler Chair in Operations Management and Operations Management)
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Professor Iyer is the Susan Bulkeley Butler Chair in Operations Management at the Krannert School of Management. He is the Department head of the management department. He is currently the Director of DCMME (Dauch Center for the Management of Manufacturing Enterprises) and the GSCMI (Global Supply Chain Management Initiative). From 2012 to 2016, he was the Director of Purdue NExT - a University wide modular online interactive courses for global distribution. He was the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs (2011-2013) and Director of DCMME and the founding Director of GSCMI (2006-2011) at the Krannert School of Management. Previously, he was Purdue University Faculty Scholar from 1999-2004.

Industry Expert Discussion: TP3 Technology, People, Process, Products Managing People Panel Discussion
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Managing Manufacturing Agility

Managing Manufacturing Agility

Friday, September 27, 2019

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Angus McLeod

Angus McLeod (WHIN Education Consultant, VP of Coaching at AMA)
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In his position with Purdue, he brings together a wealth of experience in corporate leadership at Board Director level, in thirteen companies in the UK and USA., with development and manufacturing experiences including roofing, membranes, adsorbents, wound-dressings, nano-engineering including sensors, thick-film electronic printing, environmental technologies and magnesium melting/casting. His consultancy work includes national Government, CBRE., Johnson & Johnson Medical, British Aerospace and Glencore-Xstrata where he has delivered management & leadership development as well as leadership coaching. He does ongoing work with leadership on four programs at Wharton College.
He is author of books, now in many languages including ‘Performance Coaching’, Self-Coaching Leadership and Me, Myself, My Team’. He supervises PhD students at the Business School of Birmingham City University, UK. He has over 20,000 graduates from his web-based trainings and designs digital apps for leadership and for Small & Medium-Sized Manufacturing Enterprises via Gnowbe.com

Ananth Iyer

Ananth Iyer (Senior Associate Dean, Susan Bulkeley Butler Chair in Operations Management and Operations Management)
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Professor Iyer is the Susan Bulkeley Butler Chair in Operations Management at the Krannert School of Management. He is the Department head of the management department. He is currently the Director of DCMME (Dauch Center for the Management of Manufacturing Enterprises) and the GSCMI (Global Supply Chain Management Initiative). From 2012 to 2016, he was the Director of Purdue NExT - a University wide modular online interactive courses for global distribution. He was the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs (2011-2013) and Director of DCMME and the founding Director of GSCMI (2006-2011) at the Krannert School of Management. Previously, he was Purdue University Faculty Scholar from 1999-2004.

His teaching and research interests are operations and supply chain management. Professor Iyer's research currently focuses on analysis of supply chains including the impact of promotions on logistics systems in the grocery industry, and analysis of the impact of competitors on operational management models and the role of supply contracts. His other topics of study include inventory management in the fashion industry, effect of supplier contracts, and use of empirical data sets in operations management model building.

Bryce Brumm

Bryce Brumm (President, Standard Industrial Supply & Standard Manufacturing Inc.)
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Bryce Brumm the President of Standard Industrial and considers himself fortunate to lead his team towards the goal of providing "Solutions for Manufacturing".  He loves the Lord, his family, and his community and is a 1995 Graduate of Purdue.

John Funcheon

John Funcheon (President, Kokusai Inc.)
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John Funcheon is the President of Kokusai, Inc, where he has been since 2002. Prior to that he has been responsible for Manufacturing and Operations at companies making products ranging from Recreational Vehicles to complex million-dollar machinery. John has implemented 80/20 methodologies as well as InLining techniques. John graduated from Purdue University in 1984 with a degree in BSIM and later added and MBA from Indiana University.

Mike Ryba

Mike Ryba (Senior Manager, RPA Practice Lead, Centric Consulting)
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Mr. Ryba is currently the Senior Manager and RPA practice lead for Centric Consulting. Mike attended Roosevelt University where he received a Bachelors degree in Computer Science. Prior to working at Centric Consulting, Mike had many positions. He worked as the Executive Services Senior Manager for NCR Corporation in 2015, and worked as Manager of Governance and Configuration Management at Gogo. He has been working at Centric Consulting since 2017.

Natalie Heustis

Natalie Huestis (Manager Employee Initiatives, Skillful Indiana)
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Natalie Heustis is the Manager of Employer Initiatives for Skillful Indiana working with partners and employers to adopt skills-based talent management practices. Natalie has extensive knowledge of the workforce system, employer engagement, and career pathways from her experience at the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. She also serves as President of the Indiana Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration and a school board member for Invent Learning Hub in Indianapolis, IN.

Natalie holds a Masters in Public Administration from John Jay College, City University of New York,  as well as dual Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice and a minor in Dance from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Tim Lawrence

Tim Lawrence (Senior Vice President)
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Tim Lawrence was appointed senior vice president, Operations in September 2017. Prior to joining Hillrom, Mr. Lawrence spent 15 years in various positions with increasing responsibility at Baxter International Inc., including most recently as corporate vice president for Operations where he oversaw 60 manufacturing plants spanning 30 countries. Earlier in his career, he served as a general manager for Precision Components International, part of The Wertheimer Group, and for Pratt and Whitney. Prior to his business career, Mr. Lawrence was a commissioned infantry officer in the U.S. Army. He holds a bachelor's degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a master's degree in management from Purdue University.

 

Monique Apter

Monique Apter (Vice President of Sales, HDS Global)

Ms. Apter is currently the Vice President of Sales for HDS Global. Monique attended the University of Delaware where she received a degree in psychology. Prior to working at HDS, Monique was the Vice President of Enterprise Sales & Marketing at Dasan Zhone Solutions for 4 years. She was also a National Sales Director at Rethink Robotics for three years prior to that. She has been working at HDS since 2018.

Roy Vasher

Roy Vasher (WHIN Education Consultant)
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In his roles at Purdue, Roy is a consultant that is responsible for development of next-Gen educational programs for manufacturing companies in 10 county area adjacent to Purdue University. Roy is also an assistant professor for Purdue’s Executive Management of Business Administration program and is the instructor for the course “AI for Lean Business”.

Roy also provides technical assistance to HDS Mercury, a Silicon Valley start-up company, that is developing a robotics solution for fulfillment centers and manufacturing material handling operations.

Roy’ previous experience included 19+ years at Toyota Motor Manufacturing & Engineering, North America in Kentucky. His roles at Toyota included the General Manager of Information Technology for Toyota’s North American Manufacturing business as well as Project General Manager for Toyota’ Supply Chain reengineering program.

Roy co-authored the book Toyota's Supply Chain Management: A Strategic Approach to Toyota’s Renowned System.

Dilip Chhajed

Dilip Chhajed (Associate Dean of Online Programs & Strategic Innovations)
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Dilip Chhajed is Associate Dean for Online Programs and Strategic Innovations at Krannert School of Management, Purdue University. Professor Chhajed is leading the development and launch of all online programs and new initiatives that have long term implications for the Krannert School.

Prior to joining Krannert, he was Professor of Information, Operations, Supply Chain and Analytics in the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. At Illinois, he has been Associate Head and Executive Director of Masters Programs. In this administrative role, he managed four and lead the formation of three new Master of Science programs: MS in Technology Management, MS in Management and the fully on-line MS in Strategic Brand Communication, which jointly offered with the college of Media.

He earned his PhD at Purdue University, MS from UT-Dallas and B. Tech from IIT Bombay. He has taught at the University of Warsaw, Poland; Sogang University, South Korea; Purdue University; and GISMA in Hanover, Germany. His current research and teaching interests are in product design and healthcare operations. He is an associate editor of Decision Sciences, and has served on the editorial boards of INFOR, MS&OM and International Journal of Operations, and Quantitative Management. He has co-edited (with Tim Lowe) the book titled, "Building Intuition: Insights from Basic Operations Management Models and Principles."

Manufacturing Competitiveness: Technology, Agility, & Personalization

Manufacturing Competitiveness: Technology, Agility, and Personalization

Friday, September 28, 2018

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James Keppler

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James Keppler (vice president of integrated supply chain & quality, Whirlpool):

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In his position with Whirlpool, Keppler heads the company’s North American Integrated Supply Chain and Quality organizations, which includes the manufacturing, logistics, planning, trade-partner customer support, and quality functions. Among his accountabilities in this role is leading the execution of the company’s “Invested in America” strategy, which includes the investment of approximately $1 billion in our U.S. manufacturing facilities during the past 5 years. He also has accountability for the strategic development of global supply-chain initiatives to drive operating excellence across the global operations for Whirlpool.

In his previous assignment with the company, Keppler served as vice president of Manufacturing with responsibility for our 13 manufacturing facilities in North America. Before joining Whirlpool, he served in various manufacturing-leadership roles in the automotive industry, including senior vice president, North American Operations for International Automotive Components, where he was responsible for 32 manufacturing facilities located in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

In the community, Keppler serves on various charitable and industry boards. He currently is vice chairman for the Lakeshore Excellence Foundation, which supports the local public schools, and also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Whirlpool Foundation and United Way of Southwestern Michigan. In addition, he represents Whirlpool Corporation on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Manufacturers.

Cory Wykoff

Cory Wykoff (Packaging Department Manager, Pepsico, Purdue Grad (Engineering)):
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Cory Wykoff is the packaging department manager for Frito Lay at the Frankfort, Indiana facility. He is responsible for the annual of packaging of ~1.5 billion bags of chips that delight the consumer.

In addition to overseeing the packaging department, Cory also led the site automation project that transformed the facility to utilize industry leading automation which improved the site performance and winning culture.

Cory assumed the role in early 2016 and held various other manufacturing and warehouse roles within Frito Lay starting in 2008. Prior to Frito Lay, he held various roles with Aerofil Technology Inc. from 2005 – 2008.

Cory attended Purdue University from 2000 – 2004 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering.

Dr Satya Ramaswamy

Dr. Satya Ramaswamy (Executive Vice President, Mindtree Limited):
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Dr. Satya Ramaswamy heads Mindtree’s Enterprise Reimagination Business, an entrepreneurial business unit that is on a mission to help clients reimagine their businesses across multiple industries including the Manufacturing industry, by leveraging Digital technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Blockchain and Big Data. In a career spanning 25 years, Dr. Satya has rich leadership experience in engineering, product management, corporate strategy and general management. 
 Prior to his current role in Mindtree, Dr. Satya was Senior Vice President and Global Head of Digital business in TCS, where he entrepreneurially built the Digital business from the ground up to a fully scaled global organization over a seven-year period, and helped TCS win several recognitions. Prior to TCS, Dr. Satya founded a successful digital technology startup in Silicon Valley and was in the founding team of another startup in Boston. Earlier in his career, he has held leadership roles in IBM and Motorola. Dr. Satya is recognized as a thought leader with publications in Harvard Business Review Digital and has been quoted widely in global media. He is an innovator with ten granted US patents. 
 
 Dr. Satya holds an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and a Ph.D in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai. He is based out of Mindtree’s Silicon Valley office.

Lou Rives

Lou Rives (President, Versa Tech Automation):
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He is a founding partner of Versa Tech Automation established in 1978 and a graduate in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kentucky.

The company provides engineering and design-build services to Manufacturing and Process Industries and to the US Department of Defense. The company services include design and implementation of IoT, providing Plant-wide Ethernet networks connecting the front office to the plant floor equipment. Software implementations range from Realtime and Historical data collection from the manufacturing equipment to commissioning of Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) for plant planning and control.

Roy Vasher

Roy Vasher (WHIN Education Consultant, Co-Author “Toyota Supply Chain Management” book):
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In his roles at Purdue, Roy is a consultant that is responsible for development of next-Gen educational programs for manufacturing companies in 10 county area adjacent to Purdue University. Roy is also an assistant professor for Purdue’s Executive Management of Business Administration program and is the instructor for the course “AI for Lean Business”.

Roy also provides technical assistance to HDS Mercury, a Silicon Valley start-up company, that is developing a robotics solution for fulfillment centers and manufacturing material handling operations.

Roy’ previous experience included 19+ years at Toyota Motor Manufacturing & Engineering, North America in Kentucky.  His roles at Toyota included the General Manager of Information Technology for Toyota’s North American Manufacturing business as well as Project General Manager for Toyota’ Supply Chain reengineering program.

Roy co-authored the book Toyota's Supply Chain Management:  A Strategic Approach to Toyota’s Renowned System.

Angus McLeod

Angus McLeod (WHIN Education Consultant, VP of Coaching at AMA):
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In his position with Purdue, he brings together a wealth of experience in corporate leadership at Board Director level, in thirteen companies in the UK and USA., with development and manufacturing experiences including roofing, membranes, adsorbents, wound-dressings, nano-engineering including sensors, thick-film electronic printing, environmental technologies and magnesium melting/casting. His consultancy work includes national Government, CBRE., Johnson & Johnson Medical, British Aerospace and Glencore-Xstrata where he has delivered management & leadership development as well as leadership coaching. He does ongoing work with leadership on four programs at Wharton College.
He is author of books, now in many languages including ‘Performance Coaching’, Self-Coaching Leadership and Me, Myself, My Team’. He supervises PhD students at the Business School of Birmingham City University, UK. He has over 20,000 graduates from his web-based trainings and designs digital apps for leadership and for Small & Medium-Sized Manufacturing Enterprises via Gnowbe.com

Arun Gupta

Arun Gupta (IBM Watson Consultant)
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Arun Gupta, Ph.D., CSCP is a proven leader with extensive and progressive experience managing and leading complex global initiatives. Certifications include: APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, SAP Certified Associate, IBM Certifications: Watson APIs, Watson on-premise tools, Design Thinking, Blockchain. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Computer Science

The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX; Master of Engineering (M.Eng.), Computer Science, The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX

Arun is currently with North Carolina University as a consulting research associate with the supply chain resource cooperative. Most recently, Arun was the Sr. Managing Consultant, Cognitive Computing CoC at IBM.

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Shan Sheridan

Jody Hamilton (GLC, Tipp. County), and Shan Sheridan (Clinton County)

Paul Jackson

Paul Jackson
Benton County Economic Development

Christy Householder

Christy Householder

DCMME 30th Anniversary | The Future of Manufacturing

The Future of Manufacturing

Friday, September 29, 2017

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Ben Wrightsman

Ben Wrightsman (COO of the Battery Innovation Center):
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Ben Wrightsman is a strategic industry executive with over 15 years of experience in high tech manufacturing, electronics, and product development companies. He is passionate about finding and utilizing untapped resources and capabilities within a company to open up new opportunities for growth and revenue generation. His diverse background in executive leadership, engineering, business development, and supply chain provides him with opportunities to tackle problems at various levels. Additionally, Ben has held key positions within leading electronic contract and large format lithium battery manufacturers along with several small business ventures and startup companies. 

Ben attended Purdue University at Indianapolis and majored in Electrical Engineering, where he was co-captain of the Electric JAG (Indy) Car Team. He is APICS-CPIM accredited, has professional work training from Lushin/Sandler President’s Sales Training, and is a dedicated Lean Six-Sigma Black Belt.

Doug Mansfield

Doug Mansfield (CEO, Kirby Risk)
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Mr. Mansfield, a Purdue University alumnus, is the CEO of Kirby Risk Corporation. Kirby Risk Corporation is a multi-faceted company, dedicated to understanding and meeting its business partners' needs with innovative and efficient solutions. Its networks of resources provide customers with reliable technical assistance, logistics management, and communications systems.

With its main focus on solutions which help customers meet productivity standards, Kirby Risk provides a wide range of services, including quality electrical supplies, electrical apparatus sales and repair services, wiring harness/cable manufacturing and quality industrial component manufacturing.

Kirby Risk Corporation is financially and strategically focused on helping customers address the growing competitive pressures to reduce costs, conserve resources, improve productivity and reduce the time to manufacture goods and services. They can provide total cost of ownership solutions, such as asset and integration management and consulting services that will allow manufacturers to quickly respond to industry trends.

Michael Fornasiero

Michael Fornasiero (Program Manager, Workforce Development and SMM Engagement, UI LABS)

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Michael Fornasiero is the Program Manager of Workforce Development and SMM Engagement at UI LABS.  In his role, Michael is responsible for the development of strategy and programs focused on workforce development, and advancing the adoption of new technologies by small to midsized manufacturers. Workforce development programs focus on building both awareness and capabilities in students and workers that engage with digital manufacturing and design technologies, along with helping industry and academic leaders understand how emerging technologies are impacting jobs and their organizations.

Prior to joining UI LABS in 2016, Michael was a mechanical engineer at GE Global Research in the Manufacturing Processes Lab where he worked on challenges in additive manufacturing, non-traditional Machining, automation, and simulation. He has a master’s in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic (NSF GK-12 Fellow) and a bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, Michael and his twin brother sold over $100,000 in stainless steel pocket combs under their joint venture Hudson Design and Manufacturing.

Ben Larson

Ben Larson (Plant Manager, Evonik Corporation)
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Ben Larson is a plant manager at Evonik Corporation, specializing in HPAPI Production. Prior to working for Evonik, he was a senior project engineer at Eli Lilly. He hold a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Purdue University.

David Nedohin

David Nedohin (President, Scope AR)
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David Nedohin, president of Scope AR, brings more than 20 years of experience in business development to drive the company’s vision to revolutionize the world of industrial training, maintenance and field support. In this role, David works with some of the world’s leading global companies including Boeing, Toyota, Lockheed Martin, Cenovus, and CNAQ, among others.

After receiving a Civil Engineering degree from University of Manitoba, David moved into entrepreneurship starting a number of successful companies ranging from engineering consulting, to construction, and technology.

Additionally, David serves as the Vice-Chair at Inner City Agency Foundation (ICAF), a joint initiative that combines the efforts of seven inner city agencies to fundraise for and provide a network of services to alleviate poverty-related problems such as housing, addiction, healthcare, nutrition and education in Edmonton.

He is also a 3x world curling champion and national team member for 10 years in waterskiing.

Tong Jin Kim

Professor Tong Jin Kim (Associate Professor, Purdue University)
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Tong Jin Kim is an Associate Professor of Industrial Design in the Department of Art & Design. He received his M.S. in Engineering, Design, and Innovation from Northwestern University in 2010 and his B.A. in Industrial Design from the University of Bridgeport in 1998.

Prior to joining Academia, he has also worked at consultancy and corporate for more than 18 years as a design leader, delivering leading edge products and business solutions. His works has won many design awards and holds more than 50 US patents. He has been involved with various universities and design communities, giving lectures on design thinking and coordinating creative workshops for non-designers and community organizations. TJ's research interest is the commercialization of design and building design platforms and communities that helps students to develop their own products and establish a company in collaboration with others, allowing students to gain real industry experience and knowledge by practicing design as a part of a business solution.

List of Awards and Accomplishments:

  • Holds 55 US Design Patents, 4 US Utility Patents, and 6 Patents pending
  • Worked on projects for Global companies, such as, Google, LG, Sony, Motorola, Sharp, etc.
  • Won 15 International Design Awards and 14 National Design Awards; Including
  • 2016: International Design Award and Competition, “A” Design Award, Platinum award
  • 2015: International Design Award, IDEA Award, Bronze award
  • 2012: International Design Award, Good Design Award
  • 2011: International Design Award, CES Innovation Award, Award and Exhibition
  • 2010: Business Plan Competition, University of Pennsylvania, 1st Place
  • 2009: National Design Award, Houseware Design Award, Award Winner
  • 2005: International Design Award, IDEA Award, Bronze Award
Scott Hartford

Scott Hartford (ITAMCO)
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Scott Hartford is a Purdue alumnus who obtained a degree in Mechanical Engineering and graduated with a MBA degree from the Kelley School of Business at IU Bloomington. He is specialized in project management and was one of the project management associate directors for Zimmer Biomet; he also worked for the Office of Technology Transfer at the University of Notre Dame as a licensing associate.

John Annakin

John Annakin (Chief Revenue Officer, Clear Object)
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As Chief Revenue Officer for ClearObject (formerly CloudOne Corporation), John lead all sales and business development. Under John’s leadership, ClearObject is Inc. Magazine's fastest-growing IT company in Indiana for the 4th consecutive year (2014-2017). In 2015 and 2016, ClearObject was also named a Red Herring Top 100 Global Award Winner. Finally, ClearObject was named to the Deloitte Tech Fast 500, Entrepreneur 360, and CRN Next Gen 250 in 2016.

ClearObject is an IoT systems innovator helping the world’s best companies connect their bold ideas to the internet of things.

He has over 25 years of enterprise selling and sales team management experience in the application software, cloud services and platform/software-as-a-service space. Before joining ClearObject, John was the Director of Enterprise Sales for Scribe Software Corporation, the leading data integration solution for Microsoft’s Dynamics business applications, where he built a global, enterprise sales team. Prior to Scribe, he was the Director of Strategic Accounts at Newmarket International (acquired by Amadeus Company), the leading software vendor for the hospitality and travel industry; before joining Newmarket, John was the Channel Sales Manager at Navisite, (acquired Time-Warner Company), which is a leading application hosting provider (what we used to call cloud services).

He is a Boilermaker, holding a bachelor’s degree in industrial management and a minor in computer science from Purdue University.

Pamela Fisher

Pamela Fisher (Director of Economic Development & Special Initiatives, Indiana Department of Transportation)
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Pamela Fisher, the Indiana Department of Transportation’s Director of Economic Development & Special Initiatives, is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) experienced in leading competitive economic development projects and advocating for manufacturers with complex state and federal regulatory compliance, logistics and permitting processes.

She has led multi-agency teams through site selection, incentive negotiations and regulatory permitting processes for more than $7B in high-profile competitive economic development projects, ranging from clean-tech start-up companies to Fortune 50 corporations, including General Motors, Nestle USA, Subaru-Toyota joint venture, Cummins, Progress Rail Manufacturing, Amazon.com, Abengoa Bioenergy of Indiana and GE Aviation.

Fisher represented the Indiana Economic Development Corporation on Indiana’s interagency team that managed all aspects of site development, including transportation improvements, utility infrastructure, permitting and construction scheduling, for Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC’s new facility in Greensburg, IN.

At INDOT, Fisher is responsible for assessing the agency’s role in economic development opportunities that will further advance the state’s economy. She serves as INDOT’s liaison with businesses, site consultants, and state and local economic development officials.

She received her MBA from Anderson University and obtained certificates from the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute and the National Transportation Advanced Leadership Institute.

Student presenting their poster

Poster Competition

Student winners:

1st place Christine Rasquinha

2nd place Shekhar Kumar Jha

3rd place Deepali Jain