Bill Browne - Director of Client Services - Manex Consulting
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
Joe Katzman - Founding Editor - Defense Industry Daily
Joe is an entrepreneur, intrapreneur, and subject-matter expert, with a long history involving new internal and market-facing products. His diverse skill set includes organizational analysis & strategy, product management, industrial process improvement, I.T. and Web 2.0, journalism, global military affairs and technology, geo-political analysis, and top-tier training & presentation skills. He has worked at Ernst & Young and KPMG to advise start-ups, large corporations, and governments; and is currently the Founding Editor of Defense Industry Daily. Return to Schedule
Mike Appio - Department Head, Manufacturing & CNC Technology Program - DeAnza College
Mike Appio is the department head at of the Manufacturing and CNC Technology program at DeAnza College. He has a degree in Tool and Die making as well as many certifications in CNC machining and programming, which earned him a spot as a Modelmaker at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. After two stints for a total of fifteen years at NASA, Mr. Appio decided it was time to for a change of scenery and started a machining business specializing in medical research and development. In addition to his business, Mr Appio has taught National Tooling and Machining Association and Machinist Joint Apprenticeship Committee apprenticeship classes.
Mr. Appio is currently one of two community college members representing the 2013 Americas HAAS Technical Education Council as well as establishing DeAnza College as the first community college in California to become a DMG/Mori Seiki Educational Partnership Program.
Simon L. Engel - President - HDE Technologies, Inc
Mark Brinkerhoff, PE - President - Fusion Design, Inc.
Simon L. Engel, President , HDE Technologies, Inc. provides classroom and hands on training and technical support in the fields of laser welding, cutting and drilling. The company is an approved supplier to most major corporations in the Automotive, Medical Device, Pharmaceutical, Aerospace, and Electronic Components industries. Simon L. Engel earned the B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, in Canada. He owned and operated HDE Systems, Inc., a laser systems and contract laser applications, for over two decades in Sunnyvale, CA. HDE Systems Inc. was the first company in the laser industry that offered completely integrated laser systems. Prior to starting his own business, he was the Laser Applications Lab manager at GTE Sylvania, Mtn. View, CA and Caterpillar Tractor Co. in Peoria, IL. He is also the Past Technical Director and Principal instructor of laser courses at EPD of the University of Wisconsin. To his credits are 8 US Patents and numerous technical publications. He is also one of the authors of the AWS C7.4/C7.4M:2008 Laser Welding Standards, and the AWS C7.2M:2010 Recommended Practices of Laser Beam Welding, Cutting and Allied Processes. He is the member of AWS, LIA and SME (life member). Return to Schedule
Mark Martin, PhD - Director - Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Development - Laney College
Dr. Martin’s career has been focused on manufacturing and engineering design. He is currently the Director for Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Development at Laney College in Oakland, CA. His work is to build upon Laney’s established manufacturing programs to create advanced and innovative training programs to meet the needs of local industry. This work includes implementing nationally recognized credentials such as NIMS (machining), AWS (welding), and MSSC (manufacturing) - as well as apprenticeships - in the Bay Area. He works closely with other community colleges, universities, industry organizations, school districts and WIBS to promote and support manufacturing.
Prior to working in manufacturing workforce development, Mark worked in product development and manufacturing at a number of companies, including founding Design4X, which focused on manufacturing and engineering education for engineers and the general public. His efforts on developing online courses included the award-winning site “How Everyday Things Are Made” (http://manufacturing.stanford.edu).
In industry he has worked on a number of different projects, from medical devices for pain reduction, ICU monitoring, and blood analysis to mass customization of consumer products to sensor systems for satellites. He has worked for, or consulted with, a number of companies – including Texas Instruments, Marlow Industries, HP, ABB, Toshiba, In-Focus, Agilent, Raytheon, and others. Dr. Martin received his BSME from the University of Oklahoma, MSME & MBA from MIT, and PhD in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. Return to Schedule
Guna Selvaduray, PE - Professor, Materials Engineering - San Jose State University
Dr. Guna Selvaduray, PE is an educator, researcher and consultant. He is Professor in Materials Engineering. He initiated the Microelectronic Packaging concentration area within the MSE Program. The highly successful interdisciplinary Biomedical Devices Graduate Concentration Area was also developed and established by him. He is currently in the process of developing the College of Engineering's B.S. Bioengineering program. Dr. Selvaduray holds a B.Eng., Mechanical Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan. (1969)
, M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, U.S.A. (1976), and a
Ph.D., Metallurgy, Stanford University, Stanford, U.S.A. (1978).
Prior to joining the university, he worked in industry for 10 years. Dr. Selvaduray was selected as San Jose State University's Presidential Scholar for the 2003~2004 Academic Year. In Fall 2003 he was awarded a Recognition Grant by SJSU's College of Engineering. In 1997 he was awarded the SJSU College of Engineering's Excellence in Scholarship Award, and The California Emergency Services Association's Gold Award. He has also been the recipient of the Japanese Government (Mombusho) Scholarship (1964-1969) and the Fullbright-Hayes Fellowship (1974-1976).
Mark Brinkerhoff, PE, is president of Fusion Design, Inc., Campbell, CA. Mark has obtained eight patents for mechanical devices and systems. Previously, Brinkerhoff was an engineering and model shop manager at Amdahl Corporation and a manufacturing engineer at Hewlett Packard Company. He has 29 years of experience developing both products and production machines. While earning his degree at California Polytechnic State University and the College of the Siskiyous, Brinkerhoff participated in a co-op program at Schlage Lock company. Since joining the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 1995, he has been active in Silicon Valley Chapter 98, where he previously served as treasurer and has coordinated many factory tours throughout the Bay Area. He has also been a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Laboratory Robotics Interest Group and TELTECH. Brinkerhoff is an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America.
Michael D. Keer - Founder and CEO - Product Realization Group
Michael has over 20 years of High Technology business leadership experience bringing new products to market. As founder of the Product Realization Group (PRG), Michael created the end-to-end outsourced services model that accelerates New Product Introduction (NPI). The PRG model enables rapid and cost effective introduction of products to the market, regulatory compliance, manufacturing, service, and lifecycle support. Engagements are tailored to fit business and product profiles. Twenty PRG companies currently deliver services to over four hundred clients.
Prior to the PRG, Michael was CEO of SofTEQ, an Enterprise Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) services company, where he delivered services for a broad range of technology based businesses in the medical, networking, telecom, defense, and consumer industries including Pacific Biosciences, Savi Technology, Lab126 (Amazon), and Solta Medical. Prior to joining SofTEQ, he was Director of Operations for Paramit Corporation, an Electronic Manufacturing Service provider, where he delivered services for leading edge clients such as Intuitive Surgical, DVD Play, Harmonic, and KLA-Tencor, and also held Operations Management and Engineering positions for SemiPower Systems (motor control), Ericsson/Raynet (telecom), and NCR (computer systems). He has been directly involved in multiple new high-tech electronic product introductions focused on minimizing investment, accelerating time-to-market, lowering risks, and maximizing profits.
Chuck Alexander - Product Manager Additive Manufacturing - Solid Concepts Inc.
Nathaniel Arnaldo - Business Development Manager - Arrk Product Development Group
Chuck Alexander, Product Manager in the Additive Manufacturing (AM) product line at Solid Concepts Inc (SCI) . The AM products include StereoLithography SLA, Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS), Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), and PolyJet.Mr. Alexander was P&L manager at SCI AM operations for 18 years, responsible for quality, process and cost control, in order to grow our market and make a profit for the AM products. Before coming to SCI, Mr. Alexander worked at 3D Systems for 5 years in Application Engineering and Product Management helping define, introduce, sell and support the first AM equipment and process – SLA.
Nathaniel Arnaldo has 14 years of experience in the Rapid Prototyping and Tooling Industry. While working for Arrk Product Development Group he served as lead program manager for 10 years. As a program manager Nathaniel would manage the project from start to finish and be the eyes and ears for his customers. Nathaniel lead in writing, implementing and launching Arrk’s ERP system. Nathaniel also lead in writing work instructions, implementation, training personnel and launching ISO procedures to help Arrk become an ISO certified company. Nathaniel currently serves as a business development manager. As a business development manager Nathaniel keeps up on industry trends, such as additive manufacturing, design and development. Nathaniel serves as a partner to his customers and is continually looking for ways to add value.
Wayne Firsty - VP Engineering and Product Realization - Creation Technologies
Wayne Firsty joined the Creation Technologies executive bringing with him over 15 years of manufacturing, operations, and engineering management leadership. He has experience driving product realization success by leveraging various engineering, manufacturing and supply chain strategies and tactics. Prior to Creation, Mr. Firsty held VP and Director positions at high-tech OEMs including Fabric7 Systems, Procket Networks, and Amber Networks. He also served as GM of Flextek Components, an enclosure company, and Plant Manager for multiple divisions of Stanley Works.
Mr. Firsty has both an MBA and a MS in Manufacturing from M.I.T., Bachelors degrees in Finance from Wharton and Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania Engineering School. He is has a CIRM certification from APICS.
JoAnne Moody - Senior Product Development Chemist
, Liquidity Corporation - SME Co-Chair Annual Conference 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).
Cynthia Cook - Chair - SME Silicon Valley Chapter Chair
, SME Co-Chair Annual Conference
Cynthia Cook, Chair, Society of Manufacturing Engineering'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.
Gerard Bessette - SME Annual Event Master of Ceremonies and SME Tour Director
Gerard Bessette is transitioning into becoming a Manufacturer Representative, providing innovative solutions to high tech companies in Silicon Valley. Previously, Gerard was the Sales and Marketing Manager for Ozen Engineering, the ANSYS Channel Partner in California. Ozen Engineering provides software, support, training, and services for ANSYS products. Gerard maintained and created new sales channels, while educating customers on the benefits of simulation analysis to compress manufacturing schedules and improve product quality. Prior to Ozen Engineering, Gerard was a Banking Center Manager where he opened and grew a new branch. Gerard holds a Bachelors of Arts in Economics from San Jose State University and a Masters in Business Administration from Golden Gate University.
John (Jay) H. Morewood - Owner - Zip-Bit, Inc.
Jay Morewood is owner of Zip-Bit, Inc., one of the nation’s few independent, full-service providers of 3D engineering services, 3D digitizing and 3D printing. Zip-Bit has worked on projects for military, aerospace, transportation, medical, consumer manufacturing and a variety of other industries. Jay has been working in the technology industry since 1976, getting his start working at ARGUS, a small firm creating IR/UV focused light equipment used in printed circuit board manufacturing, plastics production and printing applications using UV ink, then moving on to RCA Labs at the David Sarnoff Research Center in Princeton as a MTS, working in materials science, lab automation/robotics, laser technology for video discs, and 3D holographic video. He also worked as a contract systems programmer for AT&T and DEC and as a staff engineer at SUN before devoting full time to 3D rapid prototyping in 2006.
Ric Leyva - Automation Business Development Manager - Valin
Ric Leyva is the Automation Business Development Manager for Valin, a leading technical solutions provider for the technology, energy, life sciences, natural resources, and transportation industries. Valin offers personalized order management, on-site field support, comprehensive training, and applied expert engineering services utilizing automation, fluid management, precision measurement, process heating, filtration, and fluid power products. Ric has served in a variety of roles including Sales, Engineering and Management and has been consistently bringing leading edge technologies to the manufacturing environment. Ric and Valin specialize in solving problems by applying off the shelf solutions and complete systems that allow quicker times to market for manufacturers and equipment builders.