The full list of speakers for Inside 3D Printing Chicago will be announced shortly.
Francis Bitonti Founder & Director, Francis Bitonti Studio Francis Bitonti is ushering in a new manufacturing paradigm through his innovative use of computational design techniques and emerging manufacturing technologies. Bitonti founded Francis Bitonti Studio in 2007 after creating a 3D printed bike rack prototype for the New York City Department of Transportation. Since then, Francis Bitonti Studio has continued to produce novel spaces and products for clients around the world. The studio has been published in outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, V Magazine, Wired, and The New York Daily News and continues to garner global recognition. Bitonti holds a Masters of Architecture from Pratt, where he has also been a visiting instructor, and currently is a researcher at the Digital Arts and Humanities Research Center at Pratt Institute and teaches at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute School of Architecture. His work has been published internationally in many prestigious institutions including the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and most recently has garnered media coverage collaborating with fashion designer Michael Schmidt on a 3D printed gown for fashion icon Dita Von Teese, which received numerous accolades and a great deal of public attention when it debuted at Ace Hotel in March 2013. Francis Bitonti currently lives New York where he runs his design practice.
Richard Buswell Lecturer in the School of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University Richard worked in industry for a construction management organisation for a number of years before becoming starting a career in academia as a Lecturer in the School of Civil and Building Engineering at Loughborough University. He worked on a number of projects including commercial office buildings, sports stadia and pharmaceuticals laboratories. Over the past few years at he has been working with colleagues to develop a full scale additive manufacturing process capable of printing complex components using concrete: 3D concrete printing is one of the leading technologies of its type in the world.
Jonathan Butcher Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University Jonathan Butcher currently directs the Cardiovascular Developmental Bioengineering Laboratory in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University. He joined the department in July 2007 as an Assistant Professor. Prior to Cornell, Jonathan graduated in 2000 with a dual BS/MS in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Virginia, where he studied impact biomechanics at the automobile safety laboratory. Jonathan earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech in 2004, focusing on the mechanobiology of the aortic valve under the mentorship of Dr. Robert Nerem. He won the BMES 2009 Rita Schaffer Young Investigator Award for the unique way in which he has combined developmental biology with engineering for applications in regenerative medicine. Jonathan collaborates with researchers in several departments across campus as well as at the Cornell Veterinary College, Weill Medical School, and Guthrie Clinic in PA. He sits on the scientific committee for the working group for heart valve biology and tissue engineering within the Society for Heart Valve Disease.
S. Scott Crump Chairman of the Board and Chief Innovation Officer, Stratasys Ltd. Scott Crump is the inventor of the 3D Printer. It uses Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) technology. Scott, along with his wife, Lisa H. Crump, are co-founders of Stratasys Inc. Scott has served as the Chairman of the Board since Stratasys' inception in 1988. He continues as full-time Chairman and Head of Innovation for Stratasys Ltd. He has also held the position of company CEO and President from 1988 to 2012. He was also Chief Financial Officer from February 1990 to May 1997. From 1982 to 1988, Crump was co-founder and Vice President of Sales at IDEA, Inc., a public company, which later changed its name to SI Technologies, Inc. Mr. Crump is a mechanical engineer. He completed the Entrepreneurial Executive Management Program at UCLA’s Graduate School of Management.
Joris Debo Creative Director, .MGX by Materialise Joris Debo is the Creative Director of .MGX by Materialise, the consumer goods division of the Materialise group. The .MGX line of design products is currently exported to over 20 countries worldwide; has received many awards, including Good Design and Red Dot Design Awards; is featured in numerous international museums, including the MoMA and Metropolitan museum of arts in New York and the Centre Pompidou in Paris; and regularly appears in top design and decor publications such as: Icon, Surface Magazine, Elle Decor and Vogue Living. Over the course of the years Joris has build up a unique knowledge of 3D Printing for the art, design and fashion world and has worked closely with a number of leading artists and designers, helping them bring their visions successfully to life. As such, he has been at the forefront of many innovations in this industry. Joris holds a Masters degree in design sciences and has shared his passion for 3D Printing by speaking at Pratt Institute, Harvard, Parsons, Columbia university,….
Brian Evans Assistant Professor, Metropolitan State University of Denver Brian Evans is an artist working in electronic media and Assistant Professor of Art at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He is the author of Practical 3D Printers, 2012, and Beginning Arduino Programming, 2011, both with Apress Media. His work has been shown at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park, the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, and the University Art Museum at California State University, Long Beach. In 2009, Evans was a resident and contributor to the Grounding Open Source Hardware residency and summit at the Banff New Media Institute in Alberta, Canada. He received an MFA from California State University, Long Beach in 2008, and a BFA from Arizona State University in 2005.
Bill Foster Congressman, 11th Congressional District of Illinois Congressman Bill Foster is a scientist and businessman representing the 11th Congressional District of Illinois. He previously served from March 2008 until January 2011 as the Representative of the Illinois 14th Congressional District. Bill's scientific career was as a high-energy physicist and particle accelerator designer at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab). Bill was a member of the team that discovered the top quark, the heaviest known form of matter. He also led the teams that designed and built several scientific facilities and detectors still in use today, including the Recycler Ring, the latest of Fermilab's giant particle accelerators. When Bill first ran for Congress, his campaign was endorsed by 31 Nobel Prize Winners.
Julie Friedman Steele Co-Founder, The 3D Printer Experience Chicago native Julie Friedman Steele is a change maker and a driven entrepreneur with a mission of improving society by bringing revolutionary 3-D printing technology – only recently made accessible to the general public – to the masses through her new company The 3D Printer Experience, a retail space in Chicago, made possible by The MetaSpace Social Enterprise. Opening the only 3-D printing retail outlet of its kind in the Midwest in her hometown was of upmost importance to Julie, who has become a vital thought leader within Chicago’s growing and constantly-emerging tech industry. In fact, civic contribution is in her DNA – her family’s business, Friedman Properties, has invested decades in quality Chicago real estate development and landmark preservation, particularly in River North. Throughout her life, Steele’s studies have included everything from biochemistry and neuroscience to theater and human behavior. Most recently, Steele lived in Los Angeles where she worked as a writer, producer and editor of the Genesis Award-winning documentary, Best Friend Forgotten, with actor David Duchovny. Steele also counts Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak as a friend and trusted adviser to her thriving business projects. Since recently opening its doors, The 3D Printer Experience has received international, national and local acclaim for its innovative business model and unique consumer-focused approach. Steele is equally passionate about democratizing manufacturing, and she envisions a new industrial revolution in which 3-D printing enables communities all over the world to create and innovate locally for global impact.
Richard Grylls Senior Additive Manufacturing Specialist Optomec Inc. In 2001, Dr. Richard Grylls joined Optomec Inc. to lead materials and process development and application for the LENS technology. In this capacity, Dr. Grylls is responsible for identifying and developing opportunities to implement Optomec additive manufacturing technologies in a wide variety of industries, and he is responsible for research and development of novel processing methods. Dr. Grylls has been Principal Investigator for a number of government-funded programs, including several SBIRs, both Phase I and Phase II, and a NIST Advanced Technology Program. In 2003, Dr. Grylls became the Optomec LENS Team Leader; in 2004, Applications Development Manager; in 2005, Product Manager; and in 2007, Advanced Development Manager.
Michael Guslick Hacker and Engineer, HaveBlue.org Better known online as 'Have Blue', Michael has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a self-taught machinist. With many years of experience (and a spare time business) in modifying and tuning paintball guns, actual firearm gunsmithing was a natural pursuit. Acquisition of a 3D printer 3 years ago eventually led to applying this technology to his many hobbies, and when he successfully printed, tested, and blogged about his 3D printed AR-15 rifle receiver in the summer of 2012, it unwittingly gained worldwide attention and helped launch what some call the '3D printed gun movement'. He also enjoys hacking Stratasys printers and hopes that keynote speaker and Stratasys board chairman Scott Crump won't be too mad at him as a result.
Daniel Holland Senior Analyst - Industrials, Morningstar, Inc. Daniel Holland is an equity analyst for Morningstar, covering diversified industrial companies. In 2013, he ranked third in the “Electronic and Electrical Equipment” industry in The Wall Street Journal’s annual “Best on the Street” analysts survey. In 2011, he ranked first in the same industry. He has provided insights to CNBC, the Wall Street Journal, and the Financial Times. Prior to joining Morningstar in 2008, he was a senior financial analyst for Hewitt Associates for four years. Before that, he worked as an actuarial analyst with CIGNA Retirement & Investment Services, which is now part of Prudential Financial Services. Holland holds a bachelor’s degree in actuarial science and statistics from Florida State University and a master’s degree in business administration, with concentrations in finance and accounting, from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is a Level II candidate for the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) designation.
Pablos Holman Futurist and Inventor Pablos is a futurist, inventor, and notorious hacker with a unique view into breaking and building new technologies. Pablos is consulting worldwide on invention and design projects that assimilate new technologies - making wild ideas a bit more practical and vice versa. He helped create the world's smallest PC; 3D printers at Makerbot; spaceships with Jeff Bezos; artificial intelligence agent systems; and the Hackerbot, a Wi-Fi seeking robot. Currently, Pablos is working for Nathan Myhrvold at the Intellectual Ventures Laboratory where a wide variety of futuristic invention projects are underway including a fission reactor powered by nuclear waste; a machine to suppress hurricanes; a system to reverse global warming; and a device that can shoot mosquitoes out of the sky with lasers to help eradicate malaria. Pablos is a respected and dynamic speaker. He has informed and entertained audiences at worldrenowned technology summits including United Nations, the World Economic Forum at Davos, The CIA, TEDx and DEFCON on invention, innovation, cyber security and the future of technology.
John Hornick Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, L.L.P. John Hornick is an IP litigator and counselor of broad experience. During his more than 30 years with Finnegan, Mr. Hornick has litigated close to 100 IP cases in more than 30 U.S. federal courts in 18 states; five U.S. circuit courts of appeals; the U.S. Supreme Court; the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC); and others. He has appeared before more than 100 judges, arbitrators, and mediators and has tried cases in all IP areas. He has successfully avoided litigation for clients in hundreds of other disputes. He is recognized as a leading trade secret and copyright litigator by The Legal 500 U.S. Mr. Hornick also focuses on the IP issues of 3D printing. He is a frequent lecturer and writer, having presented or published hundreds of speeches and articles on a broad range of IP topics. He is a principal editor and author of the U.S. section of International Intellectual Property Litigation (FT Law & Tax).
Isaac Katz Electronic Art Boutique Isaac Katz was born in Mexico City where he remained for most of his early schooling. After a year of traveling abroad he graduated from the celebrated University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts with a degree in Animation and Digital Arts. After graduation Isaac pursued a different path, working in finance at a hedge fund in New York City for a couple of years. After that he decided to pursue his true passion and calling; bringing the medium of electronically created art and design to new heights with a new line of jewelry, sculpture and art. Blending technically sophisticated computation with the intuitive eye of an artist, he now has a retail store in Mexico City with plans to expand internationally by the end of the year. Isaac is a pioneer in simulation-based design and in its application to create physical products via 3D printing technology. Isaac has exhibited internationally, most notably in New York City at ArtExpo, at the Cleveland Ingenuity Fest and in his own gallery in Mexico City. He has collectors from the USA, Mexico and Israel.
Thomas Kurfess Professor George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology Thomas R. Kurfess received his S.B., S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from M.I.T. in 1986, 1987 and 1989, respectively. He also received an S.M. degree from M.I.T. in electrical engineering and computer science in 1988. In 1994 he moved to the Georgia Institute of Technology where he rose to the rank of Professor in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering. In 2005 he was named Professor and BMW Chair of Manufacturing in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research. In 2012 he returned to Georgia Tech as a Professor of Mechanical Engineering. During 2012-2013, he was on leave serving as the Assistant Director for Advanced Manufacturing at the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President of the United States of America. Professor Kurfess has served as a special consultant of the United Nations to the Government of Malaysia in the area of applied mechatronics and manufacturing, and as a participating guest at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in their Precision Engineering Program. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences. He has received numerous awards including a National Science Foundation (NSF) Young Investigator Award, an NSF Presidential Faculty Fellowship Award, the ASME Pi Tau Sigma Award, SME Young Manufacturing Engineer of the Year Award, the ASME Blackall Machine Tool and Gage Award, the ASME Gustus L. Larson Award, an ASME Swanson Federal Award, and the SME Education Award. He is a Fellow of the AAAS, the SME and the ASME.
Ulf Lindhe Business Development Manager, netfabb Ulf Lindhe is an Engineer and Business Developer with a passion for growing technology companies from zero to success. Ulf received his M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineer and Naval Architecture at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden and have an extensive background from offshore, aerospace and ship design before coming to the 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing industry in early 2002. Ulf was head of sales and marketing at Arcam AB in its early years of fast growth building an international market for its Electron Beam Melting Additive Manufacturing machines for orthopaedic implants and aerospace components in titanium. Ulf joined the FIT Group of companies in 2008 and acts as Business Development manager for netfabb. netfabb provides innovative software solutions that reduces production costs and increases efficiency in 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing. netfabb is a spin-off from the manufacturing at FIT and the netfabb software bridge the gap between content and machines. Software solutions from netfabb ranges from file fixing and direct communication with 3D printers to professional solutions for production and digital materials.
Hod Lipson Associate Professor, Cornell University Hod Lipson is the program chair for Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo. He is an associate professor and the director of the Creative Machines Lab at Cornell University. He coauthored the book, Fabricated: The World of 3D Printing, which was published February 4 by John Wiley & Sons.
Jesse Louis-Rosenberg Co-founder and Chief Science Officer, Nervous System Jesse Louis-Rosenberg is an artist, computer programmer, and maker. In 2007 he co-founded Nervous System, where his official job title is Chief Science Officer. Jesse is interested in how simulation techniques can be used in design and in the creation of new kinds of fabrication machines. He studied math at MIT and previously worked at Gehry Technologies in building modeling and design automation.
Dr. Conor MacCormack Co-founder & CEO, Mcor Technologies Ltd As former site manager for a 5th Framework European project with Airbus, principal investigator with SPS Technologies in the US in the aerospace sector, and with a PhD in mechanical engineering, Dr. MacCormack co-founded Mcor Technologies with his brother, Fintan, in 2005. Their vision was to democratize innovation by creating a set of accessible tools based on paper-based Selective Deposition Lamination (SDL) technology that would provide the freedom to innovate in an unlimited way. Dr. MacCormack has served as Mcor CEO since 2007, during which time the company has run a very lean operation, launched industry-changing products, won national competitions and industry awards and generated worldwide recognition and demand. Previously, Dr. MacCormack worked as a consultant with such notable companies as Boston Scientific, ABS Pumps, Aisle Master, Mantis Cranes, Tanco Autowrap, Keenan Systems and Dromone Engineering.
Jesse McGatha Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Jesse is a 16 year veteran at Microsoft, currently with the Startup Business Group. In his career he’s acted as a developer, tester, project manager, game designer, architect, manager, and technical writer according to the needs of his projects. He worked for 7 years in games, where he worked on scalable websites, network games, 3D graphics, game design, and intuitive user experiences. Then he joined the Windows printing team for the next 5 years to work with a wide range of major software and hardware partners to deliver big improvements in the 2D print infrastructure in Windows. After that, he spent a few years building the HTML5-based app-building platform for Windows. Lately, his interests have turned to 3D printing and its usefulness in the consumer market as well as in enterprises. As an avid indie developer, crafter, and tabletop game designer, he finds hundreds of uses for 3D printing in the home and is keen to make this technology ever more accessible to even the most casual user.
Scott McGowan Vice President of Marketing, Solid Concepts Inc. Scott McGowan built a career in marketing communications and branding in the business to business arena. McGowan joined Solid Concepts in 2007 as the Director of Marketing to overhaul the marketing and branding efforts to clearly communicate a complex product offering. He headed the efforts of creating the rapid prototyping off-shoot company, ZoomRP.com, a self service 3D printing website that is now a successful enterprise. He led the creation of new marketing collateral and a new Solid Concepts website that remain unmatched in the industry, and developed marketing strategies to fuel Solid Concepts sales organization with quality prospects. As a marketer, he is proactive in knowing what is going on within the company, and brings those stories to the public, translating for the media what the company does. He places a strong emphasis on uniformity within the Solid Concepts brand and keeps the brand relevant.
Mike Moceri Co-Founder, The 3D Printer Experience Mike Moceri’s goal is to change the world in a positive, collaborative and socially responsible way through technology, and he sees The 3D Printer Experience as a perfect model for incorporating innovative tools with innovative ideas and people, in order to take steps toward achieving this goal. Moceri, a native of metro Detroit, is a born creator. Following in the footsteps of his entrepreneur parents, he started his first LLC at age 17. After attending DePaul University, Moceri left to pursue his dream of impacting social change in Chicago and beyond. He is propelled by imagination and possibility and by the goal of turning passive consumers into active producers. As a trusted voice in the technology space, Moceri has been featured in numerous tech industry publications, blogs, websites and events. He was instrumental in open source development for the MakerBot and RepRap 3D printing communities, and an innovator in the process and experience of Kinect 3D scanning and printing.
Christopher O’Dea Contributing Editor, Korn Ferry Institute’s Briefings on Talent & Leadership Chris is Contributing Editor of Korn Ferry Institute’s Briefings on Talent & Leadership, concentrating on manufacturing, technology and innovation. He serves on the Dean’s International Council of The University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, which encompasses the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and The Harris Energy Policy Institute, a collaborative research initiative with Argonne National Laboratory.
Bre Pettis CEO, MakerBot Bre Pettis has led MakerBot, a global leader in 3D printing technology, as CEO since its beginning in 2009, but has a long history of making things and inspiring others to make things. Prior to co-founding MakerBot, Pettis co-founded the Brooklyn hacker collective NYC Resistor, where MakerBot technology was first concocted, tested, and proven. He was instrumental in building the first prototypes of MakerBot’s 3D printers, and has become known worldwide as a leading evangelist for personal manufacturing. In 2012, Bre was honored with the Disruptive Innovation Award from the Tribeca Film Festival, for "creating an entire ecosystem for desktop 3D printing." He has been a highly sought-after speaker and interview subject, gracing the cover of numerous magazines (most recently WIRED), and been a guest on The Colbert Report, Last Call with Carson Daly, and many more. MakerBot was featured in the October 2012 edition of Fast Company as a 2012 Innovation by Design awardees, as well as in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Economist, Engadget, Make: Magazine, Rolling Stone, Time, IEEE Spectrum, CNN, Financial Times, NPR, Vogue Italia and many others. Bre lives in Brooklyn with his partner Kio Stark and their daughter, Nika.
Michael Raphael Founder & Owner, Direct Dimensions, Inc. Michael Raphael founded Direct Dimensions, Inc. (DDI) in 1995 as an engineering company to provide a “one-stop shop” for 3D technical services, product representation, sales, and support for all types of 3D scanning and measurement solutions. Over the past 18 years, DDI has expanded significantly to provide the most comprehensive advanced 3D scanning imaging technologies, digital modeling capabilities, and dimensional analysis software solutions for the widest range of applications and industries. Today Direct Dimensions employs over 25 technical and professional staff and performs hundreds of 3D scanning and modeling projects every year using widest variety of solutions with special emphasis on close-range 3D scanning solutions. See www.directdimensions.com for much more information. Michael started in the field of 3D metrology in 1985 as an engineer responsible for solving aerospace manufacturing problems at what became Lockheed Martin Corporation. While there, Michael helped develop and became the first user and customer of a revolutionary new portable three-dimensional industrial measurement technology, called the FaroArm, sold today throughout the world. Following several years of in-plant development, Michael left aerospace to form Direct Dimensions, Inc. in 1995. Michael graduated from Virginia Tech with BS degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics in 1985, followed by a Masters of Engineering Administration from George Washington University in 1990.
Avi Reichental President and CEO, 3D Systems Avi Reichental has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of 3D Systems NYSE: DDD since September 2003. Under Avi’s leadership, 3D Systems’ emerged as a global 3D content-to-print leader that is redefining and shaping how we design, produce, consume and live our lives. Through his passion to democratize the ideation-to-production process, the company has evolved and expanded its business model from a supplier of 3D printers to a provider of end-to-end solutions that are transforming entire industries by empowering professionals and consumer worldwide to create and make. Prior to joining 3D Systems, for more than twenty-two years, Avi served in various senior executive positions with Sealed Air Corporation NYSE:SEE a leading provider of food safety and security, facility hygiene, and product protection solutions worldwide, most recently as Corporate Officer, Vice President and General Manager of Sealed Air’s Shrink Packaging business. Avi is a passionate maker and community service leader. He is the recipient of the regional 2011 E&Y entrepreneur of the year award, two Innovator Awards and holds 25 U.S. patents. His activities include several non-profit board memberships including NCOHF: America’s ToothFairy, frequent speaking engagements in various entrepreneurship organizations and participation in several Harvard Business School Case Studies. Avi currently serves as faculty co-chair of the Additive Manufacturing Program at Singularity University.
Ralph L. Resnick President & Executive Director, National Center for Defense Manufacturing & Machining (NCDMM) and Founding Director, National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII) Ralph Resnick joined the National Center for Defense Manufacturing & Machining (NCDMM) in September 2008 as Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, and Director, Corporate Development. A professional with over 35 years of manufacturing experience, Mr. Resnick is responsible for providing technical leadership within NCDMM, promoting its mission with external stakeholders and adding new insight to the NCDMM business strategy. Mr. Resnick attended Bucknell University and was a design and project engineer for several leading machine control manufacturers.
Aric Rindfleisch Professor of Marketing and Executive Director of the Illinois MakerLab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Aric Rindfleisch has been researching and teaching new product development for over 15 years. His current research focuses on collaborative innovation, customer co-creation, and the maker movement. Over the past three years, he has been heavily involved in the 3D printing community and built an early MakerBot Cupcake in 2010. Earlier this year, he co-founded the world’s first business school based 3D printing laboratory the Illinois MakerLab. Aric has a PhD from the University of Wisconsin, and MBA from Cornell University, and a BS from Central Connecticut State University. Prior to joining the University of Illinois, he served on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin, University of Arizona, Tilburg University, and Korea University.
Jessica Rosenkrantz Co-founder and Creative Director, Nervous System Jessica Rosenkrantz is an artist, designer, and maker. In 2007 she co-founded Nervous System, where she currently works as Creative Director. Her work explores how simulations of natural processes can be used in design and coupled with digital fabrication to create one-of-a-kind, customized products. She studied biology and architecture at MIT and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Vishal Sachdev Director, Illinois Makerlab and Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Vishal Sachdev (@vishalsachdev) co-founded the Illinois MakerLab, the world’s first business school based 3D printing laboratory. He is interested in new approaches to learning, including “Learning by making”. He has a particular interest in digital making, with applications for interacting with the Internet of things. Besides his interest in the Maker movement, he is researching the role of technology in enabling new approaches to teaching and learning. He is applying learning from this to structuring environments that enable students to learn in online /blended environments, with a focus on peer-learning, that can scale. He is also exploring the gamification of education to create more engaging learning environments, with digital badges. He received his PhD from the University of Texas at Arlington, and teaches IT strategy, data modeling and analytics.
Michael Schmidt Fashion Designer, Michael Schmidt Studios Michael Schmidt is a clothing and jewelry designer known for his work in a variety of innovative materials. Based in Los Angeles, his studio collaborates with the top performers in entertainment, including Madonna, Cher, Lady Gaga, Fergie, Rihanna, Janet Jackson, and many others. His work has appeared in innumerable world tours, films, museums, and magazines. In 2013, Schmidt designed a fully articulated 3D printed gown for burlesque icon Dita Von Teese in collaboration with architect Francis Bitonti and Shapeways printers.
Michael Stanley Associate, CIVC Partners Michael is an associate at CIVC Partners, a middle market private equity firm based in Chicago that invests primarily in business services and financial services. At CIVC, he evaluates new investments and works closely with a number of the firm’s portfolio companies. Prior to joining CIVC, he was a Senior Associate Consultant at Bain & Company, a global management consulting firm where he advised clients in various industries on growth strategy, M&A, and operations. Michael has followed the 3D printing industry closely for the last three years, and received his BSE in Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science and Economics from Duke University.
Cydni Tetro Founder, 3DPlusMe and Consultant, Disney Cydni Tetro consults with Disney on technology commercialization including 3D print projects such as D-TechMe. Over the course of her career she has helped dozens of startups successfully build, launch, sell and market new products and services. She has served as CEO of a media company, was COO for FamilyLink.com, a social network for families with over 80 Million users, which was the fastest growing website in the country during her time. Prior to that she was CMO/co-founder for NextPage where she directed the strategy and execution of NextPage’s product and marketing initiatives. She has been recognized as a v100 Top Venture Entrepreneur, in the Utah Business 30 Women to Watch and was a Finalist in the Stevie Awards for Top Women Entrepreneur. She has her MBA and BS in Computer Science from Brigham Young University.
Mike Vasquez Additive Manufacturing Technology and Material Specialist Dr. Mike Vasquez is an Additive Manufacturing specialist experienced in pushing the boundaries of advanced 3D printing technology. He has worked side-by-side with some of the top machine manufacturers, material producers and end users in the industry, consulting with them to identify novel applications, test new materials, and develop frameworks to maximize R&D efficiency and boost ROI. During his career, Mike has worked with companies including 3M, Burton Snowboards, New Balance and Easton. He has published several technical papers and articles on 3D printing and has spoken extensively on the subject. Currently, Mike advises companies on how to best approach, integrate, and expand the technology to meet their business objectives. Mike completed his PhD at Loughborough University in the UK specializing in Additive Manufacturing and Sports Technology. He received his BS/M.Eng from MIT in Materials Science and Engineering.
Turlif Vilbrandt Founder & CTO, Uformia With the rest of the team at Uformia, Turlif currently spends his waking hours building a new class of holistic and responsive 3D modeling applications and frameworks targeting massive design complexity and additive manufacturing. Turlif is a founder and CTO of Uformia, a 3D software startup in Norway that is dedicated to developing and evangelizing volumetric and constructive approaches to design, manufacturing and simulation. For over two decades, he has researched and developed computational methods and design processes that can exactly describe the physical complexity and quality of natural and real objects. Turlif has proposed a "physical Turing Test", where human made objects converge and even become indistinguishable from natural ones. This unique approach has taken Turlif across diverse projects, multiple disciplines and around the globe. In addition to Uformia, Turlif manages and contributes to several open source and international standards organizations including HyperFun.org, the ISO and ASTM Committee on Additive Manufacturing Technologies, and the co-authoring of an ethical copyright license, CGPL.org, aimed at addressing the unique issues surrounding "bit to it" technologies, such as 3D printing (recently illustrated by the controversy surrounding 3D printed weapons).
Len Wanger Portfolio Manager and Technology Analyst, William Harris Investors, Inc. Len Wanger has followed the additive manufacturing and 3D printing sector since the mid-1990's. He is currently a Portfolio Manager and Technology Analyst at William Harris Investors, Inc. He was previously head of engineering and product design for drug discovery predictive data mining software at MDL Information Systems (a Reed Elsevier company). Len has been an advisor and director at several technology companies, including Vitalstream, Patra Corporation and dbTech. He helped found and advise the Wanger Family Fablabs at both the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago as well as the National Science Museum (Madatech) in Haifa, Israel.
Leon Wong Director, PARC, a Xerox Company With an extensive background in business, product development, and entrepreneurship in the high-tech industry, Leon identifies, evaluates and recommends emerging technology and market opportunities at PARC. He currently focuses on the areas of advanced manufacturing, mobile health and energy. Before joining PARC, Leon was a director at Microchip Technology, where he led a team responsible for product management, product marketing, and worldwide business development. Prior to Microchip, he was a chip design lead at several networking semiconductor startups, including Centillium Communications, which went IPO in year 2000. Leon received his MBA from Harvard Business School and B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley. He has six U.S. patents.
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