Gregory Theyel - Program Director of Biomedical Manufacturing
Network and Advisor for the Tech Futures Group- Keynote Speaker
Mr. Theyel has worked for over 15 years with large and small biomedical technology companies assisting with business, technology, and production planning. Gregory earned a doctorate from Clark University, has published widely in operations and management journals, and teaches courses in industrial engineering and business strategy.
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
JoAnne Moody - SME SV Conference Co-Chair, Zeta Scientific LLC
Ms. Moody, SME SV Conference Co-Chair, has over 35 years experience adhesives, coatings, smart materials, and medical device materials. Ms. Moody has worked for 3M, Boston Scientific, Raychem Corporation (now Tyco Electronics), and EndoSonics Inc. As principal at Zeta Scientific LLC. industry experience in consumer, food, and medical device companies - from small startups to large international corporations. Ms. Moody has a special talent at assisting companies in early phase product
development, design for manufacturing as well as design transfers to
Ms. Moody earned her BA degree in Chemistry from Hamline University, St. Paul, MN and MS degree in Chemical Engineering & Material Science from the 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). Return to Schedule
Harry Wachob - Founder and President, Bio2Device Group
Harry Wachob is the Founder and President of the Bio2Device Group. The B2DG is 12 years old and has over 1600 members who are in various life science industries and corporate positions. Harry is an experienced engineering leader in materials science, biomedical device engineering and R&D. He has directed and mentored multidisciplinary teams in solving complex technical issues in order to improve the safety, reliability, and performance of medical devices. Previously, he was the Managing Materials Scientist at Xoft, and Director of Engineering for Aerogen, a biopharmaceutical company specializing in novel aerosol drug delivery. Prior to that, Harry was Managing Engineer at Exponent/Failure Analysis Associates where he guided research and development, and product failure investigations covering a broad range of medical and industrial applications. He received a BS, MS and PhD in Materials Science & Engineering from Cornell University.
H. Roger Tang, PhD - Principal, H R Tang Consulting
Roger has spent his entire professional career applying engineering principles to creating tools for studying biology and solving medical problems. Currently, he specializes in providing Project Science, Engineering, and Management support to life sciences and medical technology companies as an independent consultant. Previously, Roger managed the Research Group and ideation activities at Molecular Devices. The Research Group’s primary mission is to provide scientific guidance and support in developing hardware and software tools to meet the unique needs of biology research scientists, primarily utilizing optical detection, imaging, and electrical measurement technologies. Roger's industrial career started in 2001 at a biotechnology startup, Signature BioScience, which developed some of the first label-free assay technologies based on bioimpedance. Signature’s technologies were eventually commercialized as the CellKey® 96 and 384 Systems, currently part of the Molecular Devices portfolio. Before his industrial career, he was an Assistant Adjunct Professor in Radiology at the University of California, San Francisco, where his research focused on cancer imaging (primarily using x-ray CT and molecular imaging). Roger received his PhD in Bioengineering from the Joint Graduate Group in Bioengineering at the University of California at Berkeley and San Francisco in 1998. He also holds an MS in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona and a BS in Applied Physics from the California Institute of Technology.
Aaron Joseph - Biomedical Engineer, Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
Aaron is a biomedical engineer with over 15 years of experience in medical device development over a wide range of technologies, from complex capital equipment to disposable devices. His product development experience includes a digital x-ray fluoroscopy system, laser eye surgery system, heart-lung bypass machine, robotic catheter system, drug inhaler device, x-ray catheter for brachytherapy, and endoscopy instrument with RF ablation. Aaron specializes in product validation, risk management, and other design controls for medical device development. At Intuitive Surgical, he helps engineering teams comply with quality system requirements while developing new surgical tools and software for robotic-assisted surgery. Previously as a consultant, Aaron worked with product development teams in performing risk analyses, designing test plans, developing new test methods, writing and executing test protocols, refining product requirements, supporting regulatory submissions, and training R&D staff. He has broad experience implementing and managing design controls at large and small companies. He received a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Rice University and a MS degree in Bioengineering from the University of Washington.
Raya Zion - Career Services and Biomedical Engineering Technology Program Manager, Laney College
RAYA ZION has been in workforce development for the past 20+ years, starting as a manager of a staffing agency, moving from there to recruiting in the biotech industry, then into work at local county government agencies specializing in the job placement of retrained workers. While employed by the San Mateo County Central Labor Council, Raya was the job developer and business services representative for the Biotech Workforce Network (BWN) which focused on retraining dislocated workers via a collaborative which included Skyline College, Ohlone College, Alameda County WIB and San Mateo County WIB. This Biotech Workforce Network facilitated the re-training and employment of over 600 people into technician level positions with in the life sciences industry sector. Due to the Biotech Workfoce Network's achievements, the Alameda County WIB won the national award from the U.S. Department of Labor for "Building an Industry Driven Workforce Investment System." After six years with San Mateo County workforce development, she was tapped by Alameda County to lead their CleanTech and BioTech initiatives.
Presently, at Laney Community College, she engages with life sciences companies in providing industry education and job opportunities for graduates from Laney College's Biomedical Engineering Technology, as well as its Bio-mandufacturing Certificiate programs. Her workforce development experience is supplemented by her love of music. In addition to hosting a weekly radio show, she is the lead vocalist and manager of the Tribal Blues Band and The Groove Objective. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology from San Francisco State University.
Guna Selvaduray - Director - SJSU Biomedical Engineering
Guna Selvaduray, director, Biomedical Engineering, joined San Jose State University in Fall 1984. He obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science & Engineering from Stanford University, and his B. Eng. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology. Prior to joining SJSU he worked in industry for 10 years. His research interests include materials issues for biomedical implants, Pb-free solders, corrosion, and surface and interfacial interactions, among others. He has been leading the College of Engineering’s development of curricula and research capabilities in biomedical engineering and biomedical devices, including the B.S. and M.S. Biomedical Engineering programs. His research and scholarly activities have attracted funding from a variety of government agencies and private companies. He has over 100 publications and has made over 120 technical presentations. Guna is also a consultant to industries in the USA and Japan.
Cynthia Cook - Chair - SME Silicon Valley Chapter Chair
Cynthia Cook is the Chair of the SME 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
Wendy Plew - Career Technical Education Specialist - California Teachers Association
Wendy Plew is a former Science and Robotics teacher who now works as a Career Technical Education specialist for the California Teachers Association. An important piece of her work is helping to foster new Manufacturing career pathways and help to connect together education and industry throughout California. As a school board trustee in Campbell Union High School District she has been successful in assisting the district in obtaining a California Career Pathways Trust grant to start a “Design for Manufacturability” pathway from two CUHSD school, articulating to De Anza College or San Jose State.
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