2017 MForesight National Summit


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The Honorable Chris Coons (DE)
Senator Chris Coons has worked hard to earn a reputation as a principled, pragmatic legislator eager to find bipartisan solutions to the issues confronting Delaware and the nation. Serving on the Appropriations, Foreign Relations, Judiciary, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Ethics committees, Senator Coons is uniquely positioned to nurture American innovation and make the United States more competitive in the global market. He is the ranking member — the top Democrat — of two subcommittees: the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Bankruptcy and the Courts, and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government.

Committed to fulfilling the economic potential of American innovation, Senator Coons has introduced legislation and worked aggressively for a series of measures designed to help create jobs and grow our economy, including a comprehensive overhaul of the nation’s patent system, new protections for American intellectual property, and critical investments in research and development.

Chris is a graduate of Amherst College with a B.A. in Chemistry and Political Science, and earned his law degree from Yale Law School and a Master’s in Ethics from Yale Divinity School.
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The Honorable Tom Reed (NY)
Tom Reed was first elected to the House of Representatives in a special election in November 2010. Since then, he has stood with the people of the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes Region, and Western New York. By focusing on job creation and helping those in our communities including students, senior citizens, and veterans, Team Reed strives to make New York a better place in which to live and work.

Tom currently represents New York’s 23rd District. He serves as a member of the Ways and Means Committee, which is responsible for addressing issues of tax policy, trade, health care, and Social Security. He sits on the Trade, Health, and Human Resources subcommittees. He serves as Co-Chair of the Congressional Diabetes Caucus, the House Manufacturing Caucus, and the Problem Solvers Caucus.

The mission that drives Tom is to continue to be accessible and help anyone in need. Tom and his team have completed more than 10,000 constituent cases, resolving issues with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Veterans Administration (VA), Social Security Administration (SSA) and other federal agencies.

A caring and accessible leader, Tom values the thoughts and concerns of the people from across the district, which is why he has held more than 200 public town hall meetings since taking office.

Tom remains committed to championing job creation by tackling our national debt, reducing burdensome regulations on small businesses, developing an “all of the above” energy policy, and reforming our tax code.

He is the youngest of 12 children raised by Tom Sr. and Betty Barr Reed. Tom’s father was a career Army officer, who worked his way through the enlisted ranks, and was a decorated veteran of both World War II and the Korean War. Tom married his wife, Jean, in 1996. Tom, Jean, and their two children, Autumn and Will, currently live in Corning, in the house built by Tom’s grandfather in the early 1920s.

Tom graduated from Alfred University in 1993 and from Ohio Northern University College of Law in 1996. His legal career began shortly thereafter in Rochester. In 1999, he returned to his hometown of Corning. After opening a private legal practice, Tom also began a business in real estate. He successfully ran for mayor and served as Mayor of Corning from 2008-2009. Tom helped change the political climate in Corning, and is now working to do the same in Washington.
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The Honorable Tim Ryan (OH)
The Honorable Tim Ryan is now serving in his eighth term as Representative for Ohio’s 13th District. Congressman Ryan currently serves as a member of the House Appropriations Committee which controls the expenditure of money by the federal government. Ryan also serves as co-chairman of the Congressional Manufacturing Caucus and remains a leader in the fight to strengthen America’s manufacturing base and reform U.S. trade policies. The House Manufacturing Caucus examines and promotes policies to help American manufacturers find trained, educated workers, continue to lead the world in developing new industrial technologies, operate on a level playing field with their foreign competitors, and obtain the capital they need to thrive.

Ryan is the author of A Mindful Nation: How a Simple Practice Can Help Us Reduce Stress, Improve Performance, and Recapture the American Spirit and The Real Food Revolution: Healthy Eating, Green Groceries, and the Return of the American Family Farm.

Ryan holds a law degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly the Franklin Pierce Law Center), and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.
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The Honorable Gary Peters (MI)
As a Senator representing Michigan, Gary Peters is focused on bolstering advanced manufacturing, spurring innovation and revolutionizing the future of mobility. Last year, he worked to help pass the bipartisan American Innovation and Competitiveness Act to set federal science research and development priorities and strengthen American manufacturing through programs like the Manufacturing Extension Partnership. Peters serves on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, where he works to support manufacturers and workers as they develop cutting-edge innovations, including connected and self-driving vehicle technologies that will make vehicles safer, smarter and more efficient. Peters is currently working on bipartisan legislation to advance the safe development, testing and deployment of automated vehicle technology on our roads.
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Kristen Baldwin (DoD)
Ms. Kristen J. Baldwin was appointed the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering in January 2016 while continuing as Principal Deputy, SE. She is the principal systems engineering advisor to the Secretary of Defense and is responsible for establishing and executing engineering policy and oversight across the Department. Her oversight includes concept engineering and analysis, design, development and manufacturing, and independent program review and assessment of the Department’s major acquisition programs. She leads more than 40,000 Defense acquisition professionals in the DoD Engineering (ENG) and Production, Quality, and Manufacturing (PQM) workforce. Ms. Baldwin also serves as the acting Defense Standardization Executive. She oversees the DoD strategy for Trusted Systems Design.
A member of the Senior Executive Service (SES), Ms. Baldwin leads modeling and simulation, system security engineering, program protection, system of systems engineering, and systems engineering research and development initiatives. She oversees the DoD Systems Engineering Research Center, a university-affiliated research center dedicated to advancing systems engineering methods, processes, and tools, and the MITRE National Security Engineering Center, a DoD federally funded research and development center.

Ms. Baldwin has been with the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) since 1998, where she has led the application of capabilities-based planning in the acquisition process and served as Deputy Director, Software Engineering and System Assurance. Before working with OSD, Ms. Baldwin served as a science and technology advisor in the Army’s Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans. Ms. Baldwin began her career at the U.S. Army’s Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center, Picatinny Arsenal.
Ms. Baldwin was a recipient of the Meritorious Presidential Rank award in 2014, in recognition of exemplary service.
Ms. Baldwin received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in systems management from the Florida Institute of Technology.
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Jim Davis (UCLA)
Jim Davis is Vice Provost, IT and CTO at UCLA with broad responsibilities focused on the investment and deployment of information technology in the university's academic research, education, and public service mission. He has accountability for university-wide planning and strategic investment in computational research, research informatics, educational technologies, mobility applications, research and education data strategies, privacy/security and internal and external community partnerships. Jim oversees UCLA’s Institute for Digital Research and Education (IDRE)

Jim co-founded the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) and is currently on the SMLC Board and is responsible for SMLC’s technical and strategic direction as SMLC’s CTO. The SMLC was recently selected to lead the DOE’s Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute. Other Boards include the Manufacturing Leadership Board, an international organization of manufacturers and the Governing Boards of the UCLA IS Associates and Southern CA CIO Executive Summit. Jim is a past Chair of the Board of Directors of CENIC (Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California), the non-profit corporation responsible for network connectivity and services to all higher education and K-12 institutions in the State of California.

Jim is also on UCLA’s engineering faculty where he has done research and consulted extensively on intelligent systems, monitoring and control, and data/modeling systems across diverse industries including chemicals, refining, paper, packaging, metals and glass. Jim has work experience with Amoco Chemicals.
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Justin Fishkin (Local Motors)
Justin Fishkin is Chief Strategy Officer of Local Motors, a technology company that has decentralized the development, production and commercialization of vehicles. Local Motors’ platform combines open co-creation with local micro-manufacturing to bring hardware innovations (like the world’s first 3D-printed cars) to market at unprecedented speeds.

Justin marries a lifelong dedication to sustainability and making a difference in the world with a background in finance and investing. Prior to joining Local Motors, he served as the Senior Portfolio Manager of Carbon War Room, an organization founded by Sir Richard Branson to incubate and scale profitable solutions to climate change.  He began his career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and later became an investor. He graduated with a degree in economics from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina and is a native of Washington, D.C.
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Sridhar Kota (MForesight)
Sridhar Kota is the Herrick Professor of Engineering, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. He is the founding Director of MForesight: Alliance for Manufacturing Foresight – a federally-funded national think-and-do tank focused on accelerating technological innovation to enhance U.S. manufacturing competitiveness.

Between 2009-2012 Prof. Kota served as the Assistant Director for Advanced Manufacturing at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). In this role, he developed policy recommendations and implementation strategies to enhance U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, and to foster innovation-based manufacturing and commercialization of emerging technologies. Kota played an instrumental role in initiating and launching President Obama’s National Manufacturing Innovation Institutes. He orchestrated other initiatives including National Robotics Initiative, and National Digital Engineering and Manufacturing.

Kota authored over 200 technical papers, 30 patents on product design, bio-inspired engineering systems and soft robotics. He is the recipient of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Machine Design Award, Leonardo da Vinci Award, and Outstanding Educator Award. His research work was featured in popular press including Aviation Week, BBC, Business Week, CBS, CNN, NASA Films, New York Times, NPR, Popular Science, Scientific American etc. He is the founder and CEO of FlexSys Inc., that developed the world’s first modern aircraft with shape-changing wings.
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Harry Moser (Reshoring Initiative)
Harry founded the Reshoring Initiative to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. after working for high end machine tool supplier GF AgieCharmilles, starting as President in 1985 and retiring 12/31/10 as Chairman Emeritus. Largely due to the success of the Reshoring Initiative, Harry was inducted into the Industry Week Manufacturing Hall of Fame 2010 and was named Quality Magazine’s 2012 Quality Professional of the year. Harry participated actively in President Obama’s 1/11/12 Insourcing Forum at the White House, won The Economist debate on outsourcing and offshoring, and received the Manufacturing Leadership Council’s Industry Advocacy Award in 2014.

Harry is frequently quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, New Yorker and USA Today and seen on Fox Business, MarketWatch and other national TV and radio programs. He received a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MS in Engineering at MIT in 1967 and an MBA from U. of Chicago in 1981.
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Chad Moutray (NAM)
Chad Moutray is chief economist for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), where he serves as the NAM’s economic forecaster and spokesperson on economic issues. He frequently comments on current economic conditions for manufacturers through professional presentations and media interviews. He has appeared on Bloomberg, CNBC, C-SPAN, Fox Business and Fox News, among other news outlets.

Prior to joining the NAM, Mr. Moutray was the chief economist and director of economic research for the Office of Advocacy at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) from 2002 to 2010. In that role, he was responsible for researching the importance of entrepreneurship to the U.S. economy and highlighting various issues of importance to small business owners, policymakers and academics. In addition to discussing economic and policy trends, his personal research focused on the importance of educational attainment to both self-employment and economic growth.

Prior to working at the SBA, Mr. Moutray was the dean of the School of Business Administration at Robert Morris College in Chicago, Ill. (now Robert Morris University of Illinois). Under his leadership, the business school had rapid growth, both adding new programs and new campuses. He began the development of an M.B.A. program that began accepting students after his departure and created a business institute for students to work with local businesses on classroom projects and internships.

Mr. Moutray is a former board member of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE). He is also the former president and chairman of the National Economists Club, the local NABE chapter for Washington, D.C. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from Eastern Illinois University. He is a Certified Business Economist™, where he was part of the initial graduating class in 2015.

In 2014, he received the Outstanding Graduate Alumni Award from Eastern Illinois University, and in 2015, he accepted the Alumnus Achievement Award from Lake Land College in Mattoon, Ill., where he earned his associate’s degree in business administration.
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Michael Nicholas (Microsoft)
Mike Nicholas is Director of Manufacturing Programs for Microsoft. In this role, Mike develops global strategy and solutions for Microsoft Services for the Manufacturing Industry team. The Manufacturing team is focused on providing the technology solutions and services, infrastructure and robust security offerings that allow manufacturers to transform with digital capabilities that drive bottom-line impact. Recently, Mike partnered with a leading professional services firm to develop a Digital Capability Center at Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) to the showcase the impact of Digital Manufacturing and provide training across the entire value chain.

Mike’s career at Microsoft started as the founding member of the Business Strategy Consulting group that partnered with executive leadership of Fortune 500 companies taking them beyond traditional analysis by using practices focused on maximizing profitability of existing and emerging businesses. He led a 16-month engagement with a leading Automotive OEM by working with the CEO and senior business leadership teams to develop and implement new business and technology strategies. Mike also was the senior member of the Adoption and Change Management Global Practice responsible for leading employee-based technology adoption programs that translate into tangible ROI from their Microsoft investment.

Prior to Microsoft, Mike worked at Cisco Systems as a member of the Internet Business Solutions Group responsible for helping customers realize the benefits of technology, networking and new business models. His professional career started as a Chemist with Lilly Industries as the leading scientist on a research team responsible for the development of automotive coatings.

He has an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the University of Michigan, an M.B.A from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a Masters of Engineering Management from Northwestern University’s Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science.
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David Ollila (Skypoint Ventures)
David Ollila is the President and Chief Innovation Officer of Skypoint Ventures. A serial innovator and entrepreneur, he holds 12 patents on everything from sporting goods to wearable technology. He will bring his expertise and wealth of experience to Skypoint’s portfolio companies, helping them innovate, create value, and grow. In addition, he will lead the charge in developing the Ferris Building into an innovation hub that attracts talent and investment from across Michigan and beyond.

Before joining Skypoint, David was the Founding Director of Invent@NMU, a nationally recognized innovation and commercialization center located at Northern Michigan University. It has helped aspiring inventors get their ideas to market and spurred economic development in the Upper Peninsula. Having been so successful, the model is now being considered for statewide expansion. In addition, David has been invited to the White House on several occasions for his work to improve and grow the economies of rural areas.

When he is not inventing or consulting with innovators and entrepreneurs, David likes to spend his time outdoors. He enjoys exploring the U.P., adventure motorcycle touring and family soccer tournaments.
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Gary Pisano (Harvard Business School)
Gary Pisano is the Harry E. Figgie Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. He joined the Harvard faculty in 1988. Pisano’s research, teaching, and consulting have focused on technology strategy, the management of innovation and intellectual property, competitive strategy, and manufacturing and outsourcing strategy. His work on these issues spans a range of science and technology based industries including aerospace, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, specialty chemicals, health care, nutrition, computers, software, telecommunications, and semiconductors.

Pisano is the author of over 70 articles and case studies. His "Restoring American Competitiveness" (co-authored with Willy Shih) won the McKinsey Award for best article published in Harvard Business Review in 2009. He is also co-author of the award winning article, "Dynamic Capabilities and Strategic Management" (Strategic Management Journal, 1997), one of the most widely cited publications in economics and business since 1995. His article "How to Capture Value from Innovation: Shaping Intellectual Property and Industry Architecture" (California Management Review) was a finalist for the 2008 Accenture Award. He has also written case studies on such companies as Amazon, BMW, Fiat-Chrysler, IBM, Intel, Jet Blue, Merck, Eli Lilly, Vertex, Teradyne, Flextronics, Virgin Group, and VF Brands. He is an author of six books including The Development Factory; Operations, Strategy, and Technology; Science Business: The Promise, The Reality and The Future of Biotech and, most recently, Producing Prosperity: Why America Needs a Manufacturing Renaissance.

Professor Pisano serves as an advisor to senior executives at leading companies throughout the world and has served on the Board of Directors and Advisory Boards of a number of start-up companies. He is a co-founder along with chemistry Nobel Laureate Richard Schrock and others of XiMo AG, a developer of specialty catalysts for the pharmaceutical and fine chemicals industries (www.ximo-inc.com). He also recently co-founded an importer of fine European textiles for the home decoration market (www.viewofcortina.com). He speaks widely at industry conferences and to senior executive audiences. Professor Pisano holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and B.A. in economics from Yale University.
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Mike leads the corporate office of Government Relations, Regulatory Affairs and Strategic Initiatives in the U.S. for GLOBALFOUNDRIES (GF), the nation’s largest contract semiconductor chip maker. In his role, Mike is responsible for strategic plan development and execution to support business needs, policy development and lobbying, directly interfacing with top administration officials and lawmakers on a federal and state level. Mike is currently leading initiatives that are focused on developing and scaling innovations in the areas of education and workforce development; full spectrum, distributed power grids; supply chain development; cyber security and ensuring technology access for the U.S. government. Mike serves as a private sector advisor to the U.S. Government in the areas of Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy (MIBP) and Advanced Manufacturing, providing an in-depth understanding on issues central to the nation’s defense and maintaining its leadership in technology development and innovation.

Prior to joining GF, Mike was a senior Congressional staffer, running offices in both the U.S. Senate and House. Prior to his work in Congress, he spent nearly 3 decades in manufacturing and as an Executive Officer for the nation’s oldest industrial union, was responsible for all of the union’s operations in the Northeastern United States. An expert in organizational development and effectiveness, Mike and has led initiatives in total workplace redesign and the development of innovative workplace safety cultures, helping to make U.S. manufacturers and businesses globally competitive.
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David Vasko (Rockwell Automation)
David A. Vasko is director of Advanced Technology at Rockwell Automation. He is responsible for applied R&D and Global Product Standards and Regulations within Rockwell. He is responsible for developing and managing technology to enable the future generation of Rockwell Automation’s industrial automation products.

David is a member of the NIST VCAT (Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology). He is on the boards of the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) the Milwaukee Institute, He is a member of the Wisconsin Technical Council, the US National Committee and serves on Technical Advisory Groups in the US National Committee for industrial control and communications. He serves in leadership positions within the IEC and is a member of the IEC Strategic Evaluation Group (SEG7) focused on Smart Manufacturing and Industrie 4.0, the Industrial Internet of Things. He is a senior member of the IEEE.

He has authored 20 papers, contributed to 3 books and holds 50 US patents, in industrial communications, distributed control, agent technology and functional safety. He was recognized as Rockwell Automation’s Engineer of the Year in 2005 for his contribution to the development of a CIP Safety communication protocol.
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Jeff Wilcox (Lockheed Martin)
Jeffrey (Jeff) Wilcox is Vice President for Engineering and Program Operations for Lockheed Martin. In this capacity, he is responsible for the effectiveness and efficiency of the engineering, program management, production operations, and sustainment functions across the enterprise.

Previously, Mr. Wilcox served as Vice President for Corporate Engineering. In that role, he was responsible for the engineering enterprise, ensuring that the right people, processes, tools and technologies were in place to successfully deliver innovative engineering solutions to customers’ most complex challenges. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Mr. Wilcox served for 17 years with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). 

Mr. Wilcox earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical engineering from Case Western Reserve University and his Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Drexel University. He holds an honorary doctorate of engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.

He is chairman of the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership National Advisory Board and serves on the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Board as well as on multiple industry and university advisory boards. Mr. Wilcox is an adjunct professor at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
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Christie Wong Barrett (Mac Arthur Corporation)
Ms. Wong Barrett is the Chief Executive Officer of Mac Arthur Corporation, a mid-sized manufacturing company headquartered in Michigan with operations in the U.S., Mexico and Poland.

Mac Arthur Corporation designs and manufactures labels, tags, and die-cut components serving automotive and industrial customers around the world in more than 22 countries, For more than 40 years, MacArthur Corporation (www.macarthurcorp.com) has provided label, tag and die-cut solutions to some of the largest OEMs and Tier 1’s in the automotive industry, electronics and industrial manufacturers, and consumer product companies. Mac Arthur Corporation is a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), a certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE), and a certified Women Owned Small Business (WOSB).

Ms. Wong Barrett’s diverse career includes positions at global management consultancies McKinsey & Company and Charles River Associates, and engineering roles at Raytheon Company and Schlumberger. Ms. Wong Barrett’s business experience spans the gamut of strategy, operations, innovation, globalization, and organizational performance. She has worked in over 20 countries on complex business issues.

She has an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Ms. Wong Barrett has served on a number of advisory boards to advance innovation and competitiveness across the U.S. manufacturing sector including the White House President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, U.S. Department of Commerce Manufacturing Council, MForesight leadership council (a National think tank for Manufacturing innovation), FlexTech Alliance Industrial Board for Flexible Hybrid Electronics, and the University of Michigan Tauber Institute of Global Operations. In addition, Ms. Wong Barrett presently serves on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council and is an active participant with the Great Lakes Women’s Business Council and APACC. She is also an active volunteer and board member for non-profits in her local community.
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