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Jeff DeGrange Jeff DeGrange is currently the chief commercial officer of Impossible Objects LLC, a carbon-fiber composites 3D provider. Previously, he was vice president of Production Product and Application Development at Stratasys and a senior technology manager at Boeing’s Research and Technology. During his tenure at Boeing, DeGrange led the effort to certify and qualify additive materials, processes and build the supply chains for additive-manufactured flight hardware used for both commercial and military aircraft. He is past advisory board member for the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry FabLab, past chairman of the Direct Manufacturing Research Center at Paderborn University in Germany and has worked many development efforts from U.S. Department of Defense and Energy. DeGrange has a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from the University of Iowa and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. He is the 2017-18 chair of SME's Additive Manufacturing Community. SME Member Since 2004

Milan BrandtMilan Brandt, PhD, is professor of advanced manufacturing and technical director, Advanced Manufacturing Precinct at RMIT University. He is the leading Australian researcher in the area of macroprocessing with lasers and has conducted work in laser cladding, cutting, drilling, welding, assisted machining and more recently additive manufacture. This has resulted in technological achievements, patents, research papers and commercial products, which have been recognized internationally and nationally in both scientific and industrial circles. Brandt has commercialized the results of his research and also actively promoted the benefits of laser technology to Australian industry through invited presentations, conference papers and industry seminars. He initiated and chaired several international conferences and workshops and has extensive links with many international researchers and organisations. Brandt is a board member and fellow of the Laser Institute of America and honorary fellow of the Welding Technology Institute of Australia. 

Jennifer FieldingJennifer Fielding, PhD, has been with the Air Force Research Laboratory for 10 years, during which she performed hands-on research and program management in diverse fields such as polymer-matrix-composites processing, nanomaterials and multifunctional materials. She holds a doctorate and master’s degree in materials science and engineering from the University of Cincinnati, and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Florida. Currently, Fielding is the deputy program manager for the defense-wide Manufacturing S&T Program for OSD ManTech, which seeks to develop gamechanging manufacturing technologies that apply to more than one service. She is also the program manager for the America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, an interagency, public-private partnership to enable widespread adoption of additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing. SME Member Since 2014

Francesco IorioFrancesco Iorio is a director of research on computational science at Autodesk Research. Iorio's research focuses on software scalability on multicore and many-core systems, artificial intelligence, generative design, hybrid computing, accelerator systems, and general design and exploitation of parallel algorithms on a variety of high-performance platforms. He is the principal investigator for Autodesk project Dreamcatcher research aspects in the field of artificial intelligence and large-scale computing applied to advanced manufacturing. Prior to Autodesk, Iorio was a solution architect for next-generation computing systems at the IBM High Performance Computing Group in Dublin, Ireland, where he was the lead solution architect for all cell broadband engine processor-related projects, with specific focus on accelerating financial, engineering and digital media workloads using hybrid, high-performance computing platforms. Previously, Iorio was a senior real-time software architect at Alias, where he was involved in design and development of high-performance, 3D computer graphics software applications. Iorio received his master's degree in information technology-software engineering from The University of Liverpool, United Kingdom. 

Jason JonesJason Jones, PhD, is the co-founder and CEO of Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies, a 3D printing startup, which is equipping CNC machines with additive manufacturing capabilities. Jones has a doctorate in 3D printing from the University of Warwick and has led millions of dollars of additive manufacturing research during the last decade. He has investigated 3D printing/digital fabrication techniques for multimaterial functional parts and hybrid processing approaches for metals. Jones serves as a task group chair for ASTM where he has led the development of several standards for 3D printing (including ISO 52921). For five years prior to Jone's research appointment, he worked as technical manager in the CNC and 3D printing industry at Unimatic Engineers Ltd. in London. He is the 2015-16 chair of the Additive Manufacturing Community. SME Member Since 2012

Eric KlempEric Klemp, PhD, studied mechanical engineering at TU Clausthal and received his doctorate at the Institute of Mechanical Engineering at TU Clausthal. He was project leader at Bosch and Siemens Household Appliances and later product architect at Rational AG. From 2009-16, Klemp was the commercial director at the Direct Manufacturing Research Center at the University of Paderborn, and since April 2016, he is COO at the voestalpine Additive Manufacturing Center GmbH in Düsseldorf, Germany. SME Member Since 2015 

Brian PostBrian K. Post, PhD, is an associate research staff member with the Manufacturing Systems Research Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Post’s research includes the development of large-scale additive manufacturing processes capable of producing large parts. This system was utilized to print the world’s first 3D-printed car, the Strati, and the ORNL 3D-printed Shelby Cobra. Other projects include the utilization of additive manufacturing systems to develop novel robotic technologies, including underwater manipulation systems and prosthetic applications.

Mihaela VlaseaMihaela Vlasea, PhD, is a new faculty member at the University of Waterloo. She has over eight years of professional and academic experience in designing and building complex mechatronic systems for additive manufacturing applications. Vlasea has helped developed a new powder bed binder-jet system capable of fabricating products ranging from bone and dental implants to lightweight porous materials for aerospace uses for University of Waterloo as well as a laser powder-bed fusion system for the National Institute of Standards and Technology. One of the most exciting projects she is currently involved with is a collaborative venture with researchers, pathologists and orthopaedic surgeons from Mount Sinai Hospital, University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo in manufacturing of bone substitute implants that can be seeded with live cells, and post-implantation, are replaced with the patients’ own tissue. SME Member Since 2015

Christopher WilliamsChristopher Williams, PhD, is an associate professor and the Electro-Mechanical Corp. senior faculty fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech. He currently holds the W.S. Pete White chair for innovation in engineering education. Williams is the director of the Design, Research, and Education for Additive Manufacturing Systems Laboratory (DREAMS Lab), and the associate director of Virginia Tech’s Macromolecules & Interfaces Institute. He holds affiliate faculty appointments in the Department of Engineering Education and the Department of Material Science & Engineering. Williams' additive manufacturing expertise is focused on innovations in additive manufacturing processes and materials; design methodologies and tools to guide additive manufacturing use; and additive manufacturing workforce development initiatives. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed articles and has presented 30+ invited talks. Williams holds a doctorate and master's degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida.