JoAnne Moody - Senior Product Development Chemist, Liquidity Corporation - SME Annual Conference Co-Chair and Event Director
JoAnne Moody, SME Co-Chair Annual Conference and Event Director, is an expert in product development, adhesives, coatings, and medical device materials. Ms. Moody has worked for, or consulted with a number of companies including 3M, Boston Scientific, Raychem Corporation (now Tyco Electronics), EndoSonics Inc. Ms. Moody earned her BA degree in Chemistry from Hamline University, St. Paul, MN and MS degree from the Chemical Engineering & Material Science Department, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. Ms. Moody has served as Silicon Valley SME Chair, Conference Chair, Chair-Elect, and Newsletter Editor as well as delegate board member for the Silicon Valley Engineering Council (SVEC) and member of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Return to Schedule
Bill Browne - Director of Economic and Workforce Development - Manex Consulting - Master of Ceremonies
Mr. Browne has over 32 years of extensive manufacturing experience and expertise in general management, manufacturing operations, quality systems, engineering, product development and continuous improvement initiatives, including Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma. He has led numerous process improvement initiatives resulting in top-line and bottom-line growth across a range of industry sectors and geographies, including China, Hong Kong and the UK. Prior to joining Manex, Mr. Browne was General Manager at Triangle Coatings, Inc. where he was responsible for managing two manufacturing operations. Mr. Browne has also held executive management positions with Morgan Crucible, Consolidated Container Company and Mattel, Inc. Mr. Browne has led numerous Lean Manufacturing, quality (ISO 9001, 8D), product optimization, consumer pricing and workforce development programs that achieved dramatic improvements in productivity and competitiveness. Mr. Browne has also achieved the Six Sigma Master Black Belt (SSMBB) and Certified Design for Six Sigma (CDFSS). Mr. Browne holds an MBA from the University of Detroit, and a BS in Engineering Arts from Michigan State University. Return to Schedule
Mike Prokosch - Manufacturing Engineering Section Leader - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Mike leads a multi-disciplined R&D manufacturing organization at LLNL that specializes in prototyping and product development for LLNL programs. Capabilities range from electronics design/prototyping, to general fabrication, large scale machining, laser welding, diamond turning and additive manufacturing. Mike has over 35 years of R&D manufacturing experience and has close interactions with other DOE and UK manufacturing organizations. Mike is closely involved in advanced manufacturing process development activities at LLNL, with a special interest in additive manufacturing. Return to Schedule
Sean Finn - F3 & Associates, Inc.
F3 & Associates is a privately held professional service provider based in the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California. The company holds US patents and trademarks that combine high definition 3D scanning and precise Industrial 3D printing. www.f3-inc.com Return to Schedule
Eric Appelblom - Precision Plastics
Precision Plastics, founded in 1943, has been a stable, technical oriented, plastic injection molder serving the OEM community for the last 61 years. Focusing on customer service, quality, and on time delivery. Precision has built its reputation as one the premier plastics processors of engineering resins serving the electronics, medical, consumer, and other industries. We pride ourselves as being a one stop shop, offering full services which include design, tool and die construction, rapid prototyping, part production, decorating, packaging, and distribution. We also offerer services in China, which include tool construction and production. At Precision plastics, we pride ourselves as being a company that turns plastics ideas into reality. www.precision-plastics.net Return to Schedule
Larry Lewis - President - Phoenix Automation - SME Robotics Conference Session Chair
Larry heads the Phoenix Automation team. He has over 25 years experience working in robotics and automation. Phoenix supply’s automation components are used in factory and lab automation. Phoenix has multiple types of technology including Vacuum, pneumatic and electronic components enabling them to create pre-engineered and custom complicated Hybred (EoAT) End of Arm Tooling systems, turning a robot arm into a robot solution. We supply what you need for automated machinery and to dress out your robot. Return to Schedule
James Farmer - District Manager - Fanuc Robotics
James Farmer has over 16 years with Fanuc in various rolls, His is currently the district manager and has had responsibility for sales, both domestic and international. Fanuc has over 250,000 robots installed worldwide making them the market leader in robotics. FANUC robots have payload capabilities ranging from 0.5kg to 1,350kg working in a wide range of industries including aerospace, automotive, consumer goods, education, food, metal fabrication, medical, pharmaceutical, solar panel, and many other industries. Return to Schedule
Ingo Rupport - Regional Sales Manager - Schunk Grippers
Ingo Ruppert joined SCHUNK in 2009 with over a decade of experience in the manufacturing industry. He serves as the Regional Sales Manager for Clamping Technology and Gripping Systems on the West Coast. Ingo is an expert in automation components especially grippers and other EOAT solutions. SCHUNK is the leading competence leader in this field and employs over 2000 people worldwide. Return to Schedule
Glen Langstaff - COO & VP Operations - RAM Mechanical
Cynthia Cook - Chair - Silicon Valley Chapter 098 of SME and SME Annual Conference Co-chair
Glen Langstaff is the COO & VP of Operations at RAM Mechanical, a roboticintegrator and mechanical contractor located in the Central Valley with
domestic and international customers numbering over 1,100. He has over 35years executive and technical management experience in the medical devices, defense, steel processing, food processing, research & development, andconstruction industries. Glen is a veteran of organizational development,quality / process improvement, organizational restructuring, Engineeringmanagement, and international / domestic market development.
Prior to RAM, Glen was responsible for directing all maintenance, repair and operations, Engineering support, and design / construction projects for the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Before joining LBNL, Glen was Vice President for an electronics defense contractor, and the CEO / President of an equipment integration corporation that provided technical solutions tocomplex food processing and packaging challenges at Fortune 500 companies. In addition he was Plant Manager of a large steel processing facility in theSan Francisco Bay Area, and Product Assurance Manager at a major defense contractor producing tracked vehicles. He started his career in Engineeringdesign and management at a small medical devices firm in the Bay Area producing high precision magnetic medical and chemical pumps. BS in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineeringfrom the University of California at Berkeley. Return to Schedule
Cynthia Cook, Chair, SME's Silicon Valley Chapter, a 401(c) non-profit. Ms. Cook is focused on acquiring and providing knowledge and connections for leading edge product development, manufacturing, student outreach and workforce development in the community. Ms. Cook has over 17 years in manufacturing including lean, quality and new product introduction with Acuity Lighting, and Carrier Corporation.
Ms. Cook earned her Bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA and MS degree in Management Science from the University of Dayton's School of Engineering, Dayton, OH. Ms. Cook has served as Silicon Valley SME Chair-Elect. Ms. Cook is a senior member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, served in several leadership positions within the Dayton, OH chapter, and holds a SixSigma green belt. Ms. Cook is a member of ASQ. Return to Schedule