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2015 Fall Conference - Speakers

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Will Phillips

VP Technology, INDYCAR

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Daniel Louks

Engine Support Engineer, INDYCAR
Verizon Indycar Series

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Abstract: “Data Acquisition and the Role of Computer Technology in the Verizon IndyCar Series”
Motorsports is about getting the car to perform competitively – better than competing designs. Large amounts of data from over 100 sensors track performance and is optimized through design adjustments to achieve this result. The presentation will highlight the close interaction between the data acquisition and its use to fine tune a competitive racecar. Optimizing this data to improve performance is thus a key capability in this industry. Participants will get a glimpse of the future of manufacturing – as the cost of sensors and data acquisition devices drop, more and more devices – from passenger cars to refrigerators and washing machine to machine tools, will generate lots of continuous data that will be routinely used to optimize their performance. How all of this comes together in the heat of the race will provide a fascinating look at this industry as a harbinger for Smart Manufacturing in Indiana.

Russell Hillenburg

Woven Metal Products, Inc.

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Abstract: “Smart Business in the Oil and gas Fabrication Industry”
Russ Hillenburg from Woven Metal Products, Inc. will present how being smart about managing domestic capacity to respond to urgent orders and routine orders helps him stay competitive, the technology investments that have been required, and the need to maintain skill sets to be competitive.

Tomás Díaz de la Rubia

Chief Scientist & Exec. Director
Purdue Discovery Park

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Abstract: "Smart Challenges"
With a growing population expected to reach 9.6 billion people by 2050, 60% of which is expected to live a middle class lifestyle by the year 2030, the planet faces difficult challenges. These global megatrends drive projected increases in demand for energy, food, water and other resources, which in turn add new stresses to the environment. At the same time, we now live in a world in an era of exponential advances in science and technology. In particular, the emergence of new digital technologies –the so-called Digital 4.0 revolution–promises to transform the way in which society benefits from these advances. Indeed, the future discoveries and innovations that will help solve society’s 21st century grand challenges will emerge not just from advances in the physical and life sciences, but from the convergence of these disciplines with exponentially advancing digital technologies. We explore some examples of how this convergence is leading to new innovation business models, and how it is being exploited by companies worldwide to offer new products and remain competitive. 

Eric Matteson

Plant Leader, Lafayette Engine Facility
GE Aviation

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Abstract: "Brilliant Machines"
Eric was born in Buffalo, New York. He attended the Rochester Institute of Technology and graduated with a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1994. He started his career with GE in 1992 with GE Power Systems in Schenectady NY, and later joined GE Fanuc in 1994 as an application engineer in Albany NY. In 1996, Eric moved to GE Fanuc HQ in Charlottesville, VA where he held various roles including 3 years in a dedicated Six Sigma Black Belt role leading business critical projects.

In 2005, Eric accepted the role as Program Leader at GE Aviation in Durham NC. He led several jet engine assembly programs through periods of significant growth and expansion. Currently, Eric is leading the new GE Aviation Lafayette site start-up project, positioning this new facility to begin production operations in January of 2016.

Eric is married to Jacqueline, and has 3 children: Gabriel 20, Zachary 18, and Erica 17. He likes water sports, outdoor activities, and being creative with his hands. Most of all, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends. 

Stacey M. DelVecchio

Additive Manufacturing Product Manager
Caterpillar Inc.

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Abstract: "Smart Additive Manufacturing"
Stacey DelVecchio will present how Caterpillar uses 3D printing to accelerate manufacturing.

Roy Vasher   

Assistant Professor of Management
Purdue University

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Abstract: "Smart Robotics for Kitting in the Automobile Industry"
Roy Vasher's talk will discuss innovative approaches to use robots for kitting parts for automobile assembly -enabling custom kits to synchronize with line sequences. Such innovative robot assistance can enable increased personalization of manufactured product without increasing costs. Incorporating robots effectively and economically is one of the key challenges in Managing Smart Manufacturing.

Bob Nida    

VP - Organizational Development
Wabash National

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Abstract: "Smart People and Training"

Mr. Robert L. Nida, also known as Bob has been Vice President of Organizational Development at Wabash National Corp. since February 27, 2014. Mr. Nida has been Vice President of Business Development at Wabash National, Inc since February 2008. He served as vice president and general manager, retail at Wabash National since 2008. He is employed at Wabash National Trailer Centers He served as corporate senior vice president at Accuride Corporation in Evansville, Ind. He was Senior Vice President of Accuride Wheels, Gunite & Brillion Iron Works at Accuride Corp. since August 10, 2005. He served as Senior Vice President Gunite & Brillion Iron Works at Accuride Corp. from December 2006 to December 2007. He served as Vice President- Technology at Accuride Corp. since July 2002. He has a Black Belt in Six Sigma, holds certifications as a Quality Systems Auditor for QS9000 and TS16949. Bob graduated from Regent University’s School of Global Leadership and Entrepreneurship with a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership in May 2009. Mr. Nida holds a B.A. in Sociology from Bridgewater College and a Masters in Total Quality Management from Friends University.

Alexander Nazarov   

Chief Engineer - COE
Cummins Inc.

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Abstract: "Customer Expectations and How a Corporate Ecosystem Could Help"
Cummins products are becoming more complex every year and customer expectations are evolving. Why is an ecosystem the answer? Alexander Nazarov, Chief Engineer at Cummins Inc. will discuss this issue.