2018 MForesight National Summit


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Blake Moret
Chief Executive Officer & Chairman, Rockwell Automation
Blake Moret is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Rockwell Automation. He assumed the role of CEO on July 1, 2016 and was elected Chairman of the Board effective January 1, 2018.

As CEO, Blake leads the world’s largest company focused on industrial automation and information, dedicated to making our customers more productive and the world more sustainable. He is passionate about Rockwell Automation’s vision of The Connected Enterprise and is leading its acceleration through innovation and an in-depth knowledge of our customers’ business needs. Blake has proven himself to be an exceptional leader with a deep understanding of the company’s values, culture, people, technology, and customers.

In his previous role, he served five years as senior vice president of Control Products and Solutions (CP&S), one of the company’s two business segments.

Blake has 32 years of broad experience with the company including leadership roles in solutions, services, and product groups. He began his career in 1985 as a sales trainee, and subsequently served in senior positions across the organization, including international assignments in Europe and Canada.

Blake is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology, where he earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He is currently on the National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and previously served as Chair of the Board of the NAM Manufacturing Institute. Additionally, he is a member of the Business Roundtable and serves on the board of the ARMI Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute / BioFab USA. Blake is also on the Board of Trustees of the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha, and is a Trustee of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee.
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Willy Shih
Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Management Practice in Business Administration, Harvard Business School
Willy Shih is the Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Management Practice in Business Administration at the Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He is part of the Technology and Operations Management Unit, and he teaches in the MBA and Executive Education Programs. His expertise is in manufacturing and product development, and he has written or co-authored numerous cases and teaching materials in industries ranging from semiconductors, information technology, consumer electronics, aerospace, transportation equipment, manufacturing processes and tools, and intellectual property. His paper, “Restoring American Competitiveness,” co-authored with Gary Pisano, won the 2009 McKinsey Award. His book, “Producing Prosperity – Why America Needs a Manufacturing Renaissance,” co-authored with Gary Pisano, has called attention to the link between manufacturing and innovation. His paper on the challenges of reshoring was featured in the Fall 2014 issue of the Sloan Management Review.

Prior to coming to HBS in 2007, Willy spent 28 years in industry at IBM, Digital Equipment, Silicon Graphics, Eastman Kodak, and Thomson SA. He worked in product development and manufacturing in a wide range of areas including computer systems, scientific instruments, semiconductors, digital cameras, optical discs and software systems. Reporting to him have been major manufacturing operations in the United States, China, Ireland, Japan, and Mexico, as well as global sales and marketing operations.

Dr. Shih is on the Board of Directors of FLEX Inc., a large manufacturing and supply chain services provider. He has S.B. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.
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Dean Kamen
Founder, FIRST Robotics, President, DEKA Research & Development Corporation
Dean Kamen is an inventor, an entrepreneur, and a tireless advocate for science and technology. His roles as inventor and advocate are intertwined-his own passion for technology and its practical uses has driven his personal determination to spread the word about technology''s virtues and by so doing to change the culture of the United States.

He holds more than 440 U.S. and foreign patents, many of them for innovative medical devices that have expanded the frontiers of health care worldwide. While still a college undergraduate, he invented the first wearable infusion pump, which rapidly gained acceptance from such diverse medical specialties as chemotherapy, neonatology, and endocrinology. In 1976, he founded his first medical device company, AutoSyringe, Inc., to manufacture and market the pumps. At age 30, he sold that company to Baxter International Corporation. By then, he had added a number of other infusion devices, including the first wearable insulin pump for diabetics.

Following the sale of AutoSyringe, Inc., he founded DEKA Research & Development Corporation to develop internally generated inventions as well as to provide research and development for major corporate clients.

Notably, Kamen was awarded the National Medal of Technology in 2000. Presented by President Clinton, this award was in recognition for inventions that have advanced medical care worldwide, and for innovative and imaginative leadership in awakening America to the excitement of science and technology.

In addition to DEKA, one of Kamen’s proudest accomplishments is founding FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an organization dedicated to motivating the next generation to understand, use, and enjoy science and technology. Founded in 1989, this year FIRST will serve more than 300,000 young people, ages 6 to 18, in more than 60 countries around the globe. High-school-aged participants are eligible to apply for more than $16 million in scholarships from leading colleges, universities, and corporations. Studies have shown that FIRST Alumni are highly motivated to pursue careers in science and engineering, thus fulfilling Dean's goal of inspiring the next generation of technological leaders.
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Sridhar Kota
Executive Director, MForesight: Alliance for Manufacturing Foresight
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 technology think-and-do tank focused on enhancing 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). He 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 has authored over 200 technical papers, 30 patents on mechanical and bio-inspired engineering systems. He is the recipient of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Machine Design Award, Leonardo da Vinci Award, and Outstanding Educator Award. 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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Ian P. Steff
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing, U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, Industry & Analysis
Ian Steff was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing at the U.S. Department of Commerce in June 2017. He oversees a broad portfolio of national programs aimed at increasing the global competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers. Managing a staff of 45 Industry & Analysis professionals within the International Trade Administration, he is among those senior officials responsible for executing the Administration’s plans to foster growth in U.S. manufacturing jobs and investments.

Before joining the U.S. Department of Commerce, Steff served as the state of Indiana’s first Chief Innovation Officer under then-Governor Pence and subsequently Governor Holcomb. He was Executive Vice President for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) and the state’s senior advisor for science, technology, and advanced manufacturing. Steff oversaw Indiana’s strategy regarding science and technology economic development and was directly responsible for the implementation of the Governor’s billion-dollar innovation and entrepreneurship initiative. He worked to expand investments and public-private partnerships throughout the state in information technology, life sciences, composite materials, nanotechnology, energy storage, advanced manufacturing, and the Internet of Things.

Steff served on the Board of Directors of the Battery Innovation Center in Southern Indiana, the Dean of Engineering’s Advisory Council at Purdue University, and the Vice Chancellor for Research’s Advisory Board at IUPUI. Steff also served on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation.

Prior to his roles in the state of Indiana, Steff worked for the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) in Washington, DC for nearly a decade. At the SIA, he served as an elected officer and vice president of global policy and technology partnerships. He was chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the United States Information Technology Office in Beijing. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors and the Advisory Board of Rochester Institute of Technology’s School of Microelectronics.

Steff graduated Magna Cum Laude from American University with a B.A. in International Studies. He also completed graduate work at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., and received a M.A. in International Science and Technology Policy from George Washington University.
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Rob Atkinson
President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)
As founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), Robert D. Atkinson leads a prolific team of policy analysts and fellows that is successfully shaping debate and setting the agenda on a host of critical issues at the intersection of technological innovation and public policy. He is an internationally recognized scholar and a widely published author whom The New Republic has named one of the “three most important thinkers about innovation,” Washingtonian Magazine has called a “Tech Titan,” and Government Technology Magazine has judged to be one of the 25 top “Doers, Dreamers and Drivers of Information Technology.”

Atkinson holds a Ph.D. in city and regional planning from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he was awarded the prestigious Joseph E. Pogue Fellowship. He earned his master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Oregon, which named him a distinguished alumnus in 2014.
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Sue Babinec
Senior Commercialization Advisor, ARPA-E, Dept. of Energy
Sue Babinec is a Senior Commercialization Advisor at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), and is responsible for the Energy Storage portfolio (both transportation and the grid). She helps lead ARPA-E's Technology-to-Market effort, which focuses on preparing breakthrough energy technologies for the transition from lab to market. Prior to ARPA-E, Babinec served as Technical Director for A123 Systems, Inc., where she led research groups innovating in Li-Ion materials and cell technologies and also developed an analytical organization in support of the company’s global business.

Babinec spent the first 20+ years of her career at The Dow Chemical Corporation, where she was awarded the Inventor of the Year and was the company’s first woman Corporate Fellow. Her role also included Scientist Partner to the Dow Venture Capital Organization-Physical Sciences, leading technical analysis of investment opportunities and hands-on partnering in start-up investments. Babinec also co-invented a low-cost display technology that was spun out as the venture-funded Aveso Displays.

She holds 40+ patents and has authored or co-authored dozens of journal articles and book chapters on her areas of expertise. She is an active member of The American Chemical Society, The Materials Research Society and The Electrochemical Society.
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Joe Beaman
Professor & Earnest F. Gloyna Regents Chair in Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
Professor Joseph J. Beaman joined The University of Texas at Austin faculty in 1979 after receiving his Sc.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Mechanical Engineering. His career work has been in both manufacturing and control. His specific manufacturing research interest is in Additive Manufacturing (AM). Professor Beaman was the first academic researcher in the field. One of the most successful AM approaches, Selective Laser Sintering, was a process that was developed in his laboratory. He was one of the founders of DTM Corporation (now merged with 3D Systems), which markets Selective Laser Sintering.

Professor Beaman has also worked extensively with the special metals processing industry to develop next generation process control for super alloys and titanium alloys. Dr. Beaman is a Fellow of both ASME and SME.

He is presently technical editor of the Journal of Dynamic Systems Measurement and Control of ASME. He was chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas from 2001 to 2012. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineers in 2013, received the FAME award in Additive Manufacturing in 2014, elected National Academy of Inventors in 2015, and received the SME Albert M. Sargent Award in 2016.
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William B. Bonvillian
Lecturer, MIT

William B. Bonvillian is Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Science Technology and Society and Political Science Departments, and is a senior director at MIT’s Office of Digital Learning working on a workforce education research project. Prior to this position, from 2006-17, he was Director of the MIT’s Washington, D.C. Office. In this position he worked to support MIT’s strong and historic relations with federal R&D agencies, and its role on national science policy. He has assisted with major MIT technology policy initiatives on energy technology, the “convergence” of life, engineering and physical sciences, advanced manufacturing, online higher education and its "innovation orchard" project on startup scale-up.

Prior to that position, he served for seventeen years as a senior policy advisor in the U.S. Senate. His legislative efforts included science and technology policy and innovation issues. He worked extensively on legislation creating the Department of Homeland Security, on Intelligence Reform, on climate change, on defense and life science R&D, and on national competitiveness and innovation legislation leading to the America Competes Act in 2007.

He is the author of three books, including the new MIT Press book (with Peter Singer), Advanced Manufacturing - the New American Innovation Policies (Jan. 2018).

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Chris Conrardy
Executive Director, LIFT Manufacturing Institute
Chris Conrardy is the interim Executive Director of LIFT, a Manufacturing USA public-private partnership geared toward advancing America’s leadership in manufacturing technology. To join LIFT, Mr. Conrardy has taken a hiatus from his decade-long role as Chief Technology Officer and Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at EWI in Columbus Ohio.

Mr. Conrardy serves on multiple boards of start-up companies and university centers. Prior to joining EWI, he was a partner in a technology start-up company which develops software products for manufacturing automation, process monitoring, and quality tracking applications. He also worked as a researcher in a corporate R&D center for a company that built systems for the nuclear/fossil power generation and off-shore oil industries.

Mr. Conrardy holds BS and MS degrees in Welding Engineering from Ohio State University and has over 50 technical publications, presentations, awards, and patents.
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Fred Keller
Founder and Chair, Cascade Engineering
Fred Keller started Cascade Engineering in 1973 with a belief that business can complement financial performance with important work in the social and environmental arenas. Driven by this belief, a small team of six employees has grown to be a company of 1,700 people serving a worldwide customer base.

With a passion for making a positive impact, Fred is a trustee for the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and is an Executive-in-Residence at the Center for Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan - Ross School of Business. He has served as board chair for the U.S. Department of Commerce – Manufacturing Council and served 14 years on the W.K. Kellogg Foundation – Board of Trustees as a trustee and former chair. Fred has been part of many community organizations and change initiatives including Talent 2025 and K-Connect.

Fred has been a visiting lecturer at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University since 2002, where he currently teaches two courses on social entrepreneurship. Fred earned a B.S. in materials science and engineering from Cornell University and an M.S. in business management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
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Jill Sorensen
Director, SCRA Entrepreneurial Programs, SC Launch
Jill Sorensen is a senior innovation manager with over twenty-five years of experience in emerging technology, intellectual asset, business, start-ups and economic development management. As the Director of SCRA’s Entrepreneurial Programs, Jill oversees entrepreneurship investments in the life science, IT, advanced manufacturing and material science sectors to promote innovation and economic development in South Carolina.

Prior to joining SCRA, Jill directed Bilyan, LLC, an innovation management consultancy. Jill has advised clients ranging from individual inventors and start-ups to national and international clients across the health, energy, transportation and manufacturing sectors. Jill co-founded and directed BEVI, the Baltimore-Washington Electric Vehicle Initiative, since 2008. BEVI is a division of the non-profit Electric Vehicle Association of the Greater Washington DC area (EVADC). In additive manufacturing, Jill co-founded for profit entities and provided strategic advisory services to non-profit entities promoting local advanced manufacturing capabilities.

Before Bilyan and BEVI, Jill served as Executive Director of the Johns Hopkins University Technology Transfer (JHTT) office, now Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures (JHTV). Jill continues as part-time faculty at Hopkins teaching innovation management. Before moving to Maryland to join Hopkins, Jill worked for 18 years at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), six years directing its technology transfer office and twelve years as in-house intellectual property counsel.

Jill earned her J.D. from DePaul University, her B.A. from Northwestern University, pursued graduate studies in chemistry at the University of Illinois, and was a visiting scholar to the University of Oxford in 2004 and 2007. Jill has served as a panel and sole arbitrator in commercial disputes for the past twenty-five years, is a registered patent attorney in the United States, and is registered in the US to practice law in Illinois.
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Oisin Lunny
Master of Ceremonies
As a recognised mobile expert and thought leader, Oisin Lunny
has hosted, moderated and given keynote presentations at
over 200 conferences in every corner of the world.

Oisin is Chief Evangelist at OpenMarket, helping the biggest brands in the world use mobile messaging to connect with their customers in the moments when it counts.

Oisin’s background of over 25 years in technology and media includes roles as UK Managing Director for the world’s largest social space for teens, and Global Product Manager for Media Services at Europe’s largest network operator.

Oisin speaks and moderates at conferences globally, maintaining a parallel profile as a film composer, producer, and DJ. Oisin has spoken at over 200 conferences, contributes to The Guardian and Digital Doughnut, is the music editor of PHOENIX Magazine, sits on advisory boards for SXSW and The Economist Big Think, and was named the #5 most engaged marketer in the UK by LinkedIn.
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