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 Boaz Almog Boaz Almog is currently a researcher at Tel-Aviv University. From 2001-2002 he worked as a software engineer for Backweb Technologies Inc. Mr. Almog earned his PhD in 2010 and Masters degree in 2004 from Tel-Aviv University where he studied high temperature superconductors and the superconductivity at the interface between a superconductor and ferromagnetic metal in nanostructures. In 2001, he received his B.Sc in Physics and Computer Science from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
 
 Francois Arrien Francois Arrien graduated in 1990 with a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Laval University. Arrien started his career in machine vision and mechanical conception as Product Designer and was quickly promoted to be in charge of Engineering and R&D. In 1999, Mr. Arrien joined AV&R's team and, a few years later, was named Principal Engineer for Mechanical and Robotics. He now is Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Robotic Finishing Centre of Excellence. Under his leadership, revenues associated to Robotic Finishing reached 50% of the company's total revenues. Mr. Arrien's main philosophy is to create the best products by mixing innovation and lean design to meet customers' needs.
 
 Anthony Atala Anthony Atala, M.D., is the Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and the W.H. Boyce Professor and Chair of the Department of Urology at Wake Forest University. Dr. Atala is a practicing surgeon and a researcher in the area of regenerative medicine. His current work focuses on growing new human cells, tissues and organs.

Dr. Atala works with several journals and serves in various roles, including Editor-in-Chief of Stem Cells- Translational Medicine, Current Stem Cell Research and Therapy, and Therapeutic Advances in Urology; as Associate Editor of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, The Journal of Rejuvenation Research, Gene Therapy and Regulation, and Current Reviews in Urology; as Executive Board Member or Section Editor of the journal Tissue Engineering and International Journal of Artificial Organs, and as Editorial Board member of Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy, Biomedical Materials, International Journal of Stem Cells, Stem Cell Review Letters, Tissue Science and Engineering, Journal of Surgical Radiology, the Journal of Urology, Recent Patents on Regenerative Medicine, BioMed Central-Urology, Urology, Current Opinion in Urology, and the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Atala is a recipient of many awards, including the US Congress funded Christopher Columbus Foundation Award, bestowed on a living American who is currently working on a discovery that will significantly affect society, the World Technology Award in Health and Medicine, presented to individuals achieving significant, lasting progress, the Samuel D. Gross Prize, awarded every 5 years to a national leading surgical researcher by the Philadelphia Academy of Surgery, the Barringer Medal from the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons, and the Gold Cystoscope award from the American Urological Association for advances in the field. In 2011 he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Atala was named by Scientific American as a Medical Treatments Leader of the Year for his contributions to the fields of cell, tissue and organ regeneration. Dr. Atala’s work was listed as Time Magazine’s top 10 medical breakthroughs of the year, and as Discover Magazine`s Number 1 Top Science Story of the Year in the field of medicine in 2007. A Time Magazine poll ranked Dr. Atala as the 56th most influential person of the year in 2007. In 2009 Dr. Atala was featured in U.S. News & World Report as one of 14 Pioneers of Medical Progress in the 21st Century, and his work in 2010 was listed by Smithsonian Magazine as one of 40 things to know about the next 40 years. Dr. Atala’ work was listed in the Huffington post as one of 18 great ideas of 2011, and in Time Magazine as one of the top 5 medical breakthroughs of the year.

Dr. Atala has led or served several national professional and government committees, including the National Institutes of Health working group on Cells and Developmental Biology, the National Institutes of Health Bioengineering Consortium, and the National Cancer Institute’s Advisory Board. Dr. Atala heads a team of approximately 300 physicians and researchers. Ten applications of technologies developed in Dr. Atala's laboratory have been used clinically. He is the editor of twelve books, including Principles of Regenerative Medicine, Foundations of Regenerative Medicine, Methods of Tissue Engineering, and Minimally Invasive Urology. He has published more than 300 journal articles and has applied for or received over 200 national and international patents.
 
 Thomas A. (Tom) Badgwell Thomas A. (Tom) Badgwell, Ph.D., P.E., is a Staff Engineer at the ExxonMobil Baytown refinery and an Associate Adjunct Professor at Rice University. He received a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Rice University and MS and PhD degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. Tom’s career has focused on modeling, optimization, and control of chemical processes, with past positions at Setpoint, Fisher/Rosemount, Rice University, and Aspen Technology. He is a fellow of AIChE, where he serves as a Director of the CAST Division. He also serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Process Control, published by IFAC.
 
 Edye Buchanan Edye Buchanan, CMfgT has been a Product Manager with Fives North American Combustion in Cleveland, Ohio for more than 11 years. For the past six years she has concentrated on continuous improvement and applications of their LE, LEx and GLE Ultra Low NOx burner products. Edye has been an active SME member since 1987, serving as a chapter officer for Lorain County Community College (S254), North Coast (134) and Cleveland (3). She has served several terms on the SME Member Council, is a past Chair of the Chapter Enhancement Committee and currently serving her second year on the Constitution and Bylaws Committee. Edye graduated with honors from Lorain County Community College and Kent State University.
 
 Ron Childress Ron Childress graduated in 1979 with a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University.  Ron holds several patents on a novel, fuzzy logic, expert system that solves complex, real-world control problems.  Ron is a managing partner of  DES Global LLC, an advanced controls engineering group with focus on providing energy management solutions for large industrial facilities in the Pulp & Paper,  Petrochemical and Power Generation sectors.  DES Global LLC provides clients with automated, real-time control systems that minimize overall cost of steam and electrical supply for manufacturing.
 
 Lou Dorworth Louis C. "Lou" Dorworth is manager, Abaris Direct Services at Abaris Training. Dorworth has more than 29 years of experience with advanced composite materials and processes. As a Lear Fan alumnus, he was subsequently involved with the Beechcraft Starship 1, Northrop B-2, Bell V-22, McDonnell-Douglas C-17, Boeing 777 and many other aerospace programs. Dorworth's career began as a tool fabricator and pattern maker, and he has subsequently held positions in tool design, manufacturing engineering, M&P engineering, R&D and program management. In 1989, Dorworth began teaching advanced composite-related subjects with Abaris Training. In 1992, he made education a career and has been working at Abaris since then. He became an SME member in 1997, is the current chair of the Plastics, Composites & Coatings Community and is also a current advisor for the Composites Manufacturing Tech Group.
 
 William Estrem William A. Estrem, PhD, is principal of Metaplexity Associates and currently teaches International Operations Management at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. He previously served as an associate professor in the College of Business at the University of St. Thomas where he held the Honeywell Endowed Chair in Global Technology Management. Estrem was the director of the Information Technology Management concentration in the MBA program. He has several years of industrial experience, including an industry analyst with D.H. Brown Associates and an enterprise information architect in 3M's Information Technology division. Estrem joined SME in 1988 and is the current chair of the Product & Process Design and Management Community.
 
 Marshall Gartenlaub Marshall Gartenlaub, PhD, LSME, leads the Applied Competitive Technologies initiative of the California Community Colleges, Economic and Workforce Development Program. His extensive background in engineering, education and business management have contributed greatly to his success as director. Gartenlaub had a PhD in higher education administration from the University Southern California, an MBA from the University of Dallas and a BS in industrial engineering from the University of Oklahoma. He joined SME in 1972 and is the current chair of SME’s Manufacturing Education & Research Community.
 
 Matt Hilgendorf Matt Hilgendorf, CMfgT, chief metrologist at Caterpillar Inc., manages a team of 10 quality engineers, manufacturing engineers and supervisors, and an indirect team of nearly 75 people. Hilgendorf is also responsible for metrology strategy and capital execution for Caterpillar’s Advanced Components and Systems Division. He began his career at Caterpillar as manufacturing systems research and development engineer. In 2008, Hilgendorf was promoted to a lead operations position, where he took on several special assignments in manufacturing engineering before being promoted to his current position. Hilgendorf, who joined SME in 2001, served as the student chapter chair for Kettering University S041, a chapter he helped revitalize. While at Kettering, Hilgendorf was awarded SME Education Foundation scholarships for three consecutive years, including the Directors Scholarship. He is a past member of the Student Relations Committee, the Member Needs Task Force and a current member of the Brand Task Force. Hilgendorf has been appointed to the SME Member Council three times — in 2007, 2009 and 2010. Currently, he has an active role in the SME Leadership Series as a key presenter/speaker. Hilgendorf was also instrumental in revitalizing the Greater Peoria Caterpillar No. 31 chapter. He has a bachelor’s in manufacturing engineering and mechanical engineering from Kettering University. Hilgendorf was elected to SME’s Board of Directors for 2012-2013.
 
  Dexter C. Hulse, is an Associate Professor at the University of Cincinnati, teaching courses in manufacturing and computer Aided Design. Mr. Hulse has over 25 years of manufacturing experience with international known companies such as Lockheed Martin, Alcon Surgical, National Mine Service Company, and Mill’s Pride. His varied experience includes production of inner ocular lenses, mining machinery, and uranium enrichment. He owned and operated his own machine shop producing parts for the railroad industry, local firms, Reliance electric, Tecumseh, and contacts for the US Government producing parts for tracked vehicles in Desert Storm. He has over 20 years of college teaching experience and 5 years teaching at an Ohio career center. Mr. Hulse has presented at SME annual Summit conference events including Los Angeles, California, and Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. He has been recognized by SME and NAIT, and obtained over $650,000 in donations from industry for the program he teaches in.
 
 Eric Kam Eric Kam product manager, AutoForm Engineering GmbH, has been active in the forming and fabricating community providing training, consulting and leadership since 1994. Sheet metal stamping design, formability, press engineering and maintenance, tool and die fundamentals, die processing and layout, and simulation experience has brought him to numerous automotive OEM, Tier 1 suppliers, aerospace and materials suppliers, both domestic and globally. Kam, who joined SME in 1998, is the former chair of the F&F Community and current co–chair of the Stamping & Dies Tech Group.
 
 Marie Laird Marie Laird is a Supply Chain Professional working in the biotechnology sector at Luminex Molecular Diagnostics. As Logistics Manager she is responsible for process improvement, procurement, production planning, inventory control, international distribution and other logistical matters for the Toronto operations. Previously Marie worked for Coca-Cola Ltd. Marie has been a member of SME since 2009 and during that time has been Chair of the Toronto Chapter as well as a co-founder of the Take Back Manufacturing movement that SME Toronto spearheaded in 2011 and continues to lead today. Marie has a talent for seeing the big picture and applying an interdisciplinary approach to root-cause analysis, problem solving and process development. She enjoys creating unique methods to improve value chains and business processes. Marie’s passions include scuba diving, the outdoors and travel. Marie is a PADI Staff Instructor and has lived and worked in several countries including Chile, South Korea, Thailand and Honduras. Marie currently resides in Toronto, Canada where she is inspired by learning and discovery.
 
Joseph Lampinen Joseph Lampinen is a Director in the Engineering CoE for Kelly Services Inc. and has been with Kelly for 14 years. He is responsible for strategic development of engineering services for manufacturers across the Midwest and western US and Canadian markets, consulting with clients in selecting and implementing our offerings in project services, consulting and outsourcing, talent acquisition. Special focus on sustainability, plant/facilities, manufacturing engineering, quality engineering. Joseph is an active member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Association for Facilities Engineering, American Society for Quality and International Facility Management Association. He is a LEED® Green Associate, SME Green Manufacturing Specialist Certificate holder and is an IFMA-certified Sustainability Facility Professional. Joseph earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Illinois University and has completed a Green Enterprise Development program at Purdue University.
 
 David Leigh David Leigh is president of Harvest Technologies, a rapid prototyping service bureau with a core business in functional prototypes and production using the SLS and SLA systems. Leigh graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1991 with a BS in mechanical engineering. He worked at DTM Corp. in Austin, Texas, as a co-op student and upon graduation focused on process development and field service. Leigh was on the original team that brought the Sinterstation 2000 to market in the early 1990s. He left DTM and started Harvest Technologies in 1995. Since then, Leigh has been active in the SLS User's group, NASUG, 3DSUG and the 3D System's World Conference. He currently serves on the external advisory council for the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Texas and was recently honored as Outstanding Young Mechanical Engineer by the Mechanical Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni. He continuously works with the department and serves as a resource for continued development and utilization of the SLS process at UT. Leigh, who has been an SME member since 1996, is the current chair of the Rapid Technologies & Additive Manufacturing Community.
 
 Shaiw-Rong (Scott Liu) Dr. Shaiw-Rong (Scott) Liu is the inventor of the new class of cutting tool materials known as Hyper-Carbide. Dr. Liu received his PhD in Material Science from the University of Cincinnati in 1978. He has more than 35 years of industrial R&D experience, being employed at Special Metals (Superalloys), Rogers Tool Works (Cemented Carbides and Coated Tools), General Electric’s Aircraft Engine Group (engine material and components), Accutech (Cemented Carbide Tools), SR Engineering (Super-hard Tool Materials), Allcomp (Carbon-Carbon Composites & Metal Matrix Composites), Genius Metal (Super-hard Cutting Tool Materials) and SRL Nano (Hyper-Carbide Cutting Tools). When he was a lead engineer at General Electric in 1989, he was in charge of two self-initiated programs of non-oxide ceramic reinforced composites funded by GE and the US Air Force. The developed material was described as the most possible choice for non-lubricated bearing material of the next generation of fighter jet by GE design engineers. Dr. Liu also had 4 years of R&D experience in cemented carbide tools at Rogers Tool Works. He developed their 379 and WX177 carbide grades for commercial application.
 
 Dolores Lystad Dolores Lystad will celebrate 22 years at the Boeing Company commercial side in November of 2012. Beginning in the Interiors Responsibility Center as an Assembly B Mechanic producing stowbins in 1988, Dolores accepted the challenge to continually try new processes and move around the shop. As time and family allowed, she continued taking classes at the community colleges. In 1994, Dolores was laid off, and able to make use of a re-training program. She transferred to the University of Washington in the summer of 1994 and completed a BA in Business in 1996. After graduation, Dolores returned to Boeing and a few months later applied for and hired into a Manufacturing Engineer position. This is where her interest really took off. Dolores worked several jobs early in her career in plastics ejection, electronics soldering, and assembly but there was so much she wanted to learn about the manufacturing parts and engineering processes. Through the Boeing Learning Together and Oregon Institute of Technology Program, Dolores started learning the vast knowledge base that is Manufacturing Engineering. This Dolores says improved her abilities as well as opened up opportunities to expand her career. Dolores graduated in 2005 with a BS in Manufacturing Engineering Technology degree, followed by a Masters Degree in 2007. As a student at OIT, Dolores became a Student SME member and later took the SME MfgT exam. Dolores' SME certificate hangs at her desk and in her words she is "happy to be a member of such a prestigious Engineering community". Today, Dolores works as a Functional Test Engineer working multiple improvement projects that use her skills from experience, education and SME.
 
 Donald Majcher Donald Majcher (Ohio Aerospace Institute) Vice President, Technology & Innovation Partnerships, OAI Don Majcher is a senior executive with 30 years of broad business experience working with manufacturers and other organizations to develop technology, build partnerships and alliances, drive transactions to drive growth. In his work with aerospace suppliers as Vice President of Technology & Innovation Partnerships at OAI, Mr. Majcher is responsible for identifying, architecting and executing opportunities for new technology, identifying sources of open innovation, providing commercialization services, managing private / public partnerships, developing supply chain for leading aerospace primes, and advocacy for the aerospace industry. Don also manages OAI’s industry membership program which is the largest of its kind in the Midwest and includes 85 leading global, national and regional companies that participate in the aerospace market. Mr. Majcher received his B.S. degree in chemistry and political science from Muskingum College and an M.B.A. degree from Case Western Reserve University. Don has held Senior Management positions with global Fortune 500 companies and has previously consulted with McKinsey & Company.
 
 Brian McHugh Brian McHugh holds a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Laval University in Quebec City. Since then, his main focus has been Robotics technologies for applications ranging from Palletizing / De-palletizing to Deburring, Profiling and Automated Visual Inspection. Mr. McHugh spent the first 10 years of his career heavily involved in the packaging industry where he was responsible for the introduction of new robot technologies to North American Corporation. Now, with AV&R Vision & Robotics, Mr. McHugh is specializing in Gas Turbine applications for Aerospace and Energy which have complex production environments and require high precision manufacturing.
 
 Johnathan McKee Johnathan McKee, co-author of The New Breed, Understanding and Equipping the 21st Century Volunteer, is a leading authority on this new generation of young professionals who he calls, “the texting generation.” His website and blog draw an average of 125,000 people a month. He has written nine books about connecting with young people, and he speaks to over 15,000 parents, youth workers and volunteer managers each year. Jonathan is the president and owner of TheSource4Parents.com and TheSource4YM.com.
 
 Mark Michalski Mark Michalski is Director of Technical Operations for MKS Instruments, a leading provider of instrumentation for the manufacture of semiconductor and thin film products. Michalski is responsible for all manufacturing engineering and technical operations at four MKS facilities in the Boston area. Prior to joining MKS, Michalski held positions as Director of Operations at Bel Fuse, a DC to DC converter manufacturer, and Vice President of Operations at Acumentrics Corporation, an advanced fuel cell provider. Michalski also served in technical management positions at Zoll Medical and BBN Advanced Computers.

Michalski has been a member of the SME since 1992. Since joining the SME, Michalski has held several leadership positions. Locally, Michalski served as Executive Board Member and Chair Boston Chapter 33. Nationally, Michalski has been a member and subsequent chair of the Manufacturing Enterprise Council and as co-chair of the One SME Committee, co-authoring the white paper and rollout plan to combine the Chapters and Technical Communities resources to further leverage the strength of our overall membership. Most recently Michalski has been chair of the SME Leadership Series development team, as well as a primary speaker at several dozen series events. In 2009 Michalski served as chair of the Chapter Enhancement Committee, in 2010 served as Member Council chair and is currently a member of the SME Board of Directors.
 
 Rick Neff Rick Neff is Manager of Market Development at Cincinnati Incorporated, manufacturer of press brakes, shears, lasers, material handling and software. Rick has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University. He worked for three Fortune 500 companies applying, selling and marketing technology driven products before joining Cincinnati in 1993. Rick has managed Cincinnati's introduction of fiber lasers, linear motor drives, PC controls and modular material handling systems, which are helping Manufacturers be competitive in a global market.
 
 Paul Nutter Paul Nutter is an Associate Professor in the Department of Technological Studies at Ohio Northern University. He has been teaching Manufacturing Technology curriculum since 2000, including courses in advanced CAD, manufacturing simulation, manufacturing management, quality assurance and work measurement. Paul has 26 years experience in manufacturing and industrial engineering, primarily with Rockwell Automotive. He is a Certified Manufacturing Engineer (CMfgE) by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and also a Certified Quality Engineer (CQE) and Certified Quality Auditor (CQA) by the American Society for Quality. Paul is active in the Society of Manufacturing Engineers as faculty advisor for SME Student Chapter S186, is currently chair of the SME Automated Manufacturing and Assembly Community, and has served as chair on the 2007 and 2008 SME Simulation Technical Group, on the 2006 SME Member Council, and the 2005 Student Relations Subcommittee (chair). He has also participated on various committees for annual conferences and youth activities, and received the 2009 national SME Award of Merit.
 
 Brian Peshek Brian Peshek is a journeyman diemaker by trade, having served an apprenticeship with Chrysler Corporation, where he built and repaired large Class A surface automotive stampings dies and hemming operations. After leaving the company in 2009, he formally studied quality systems and acquired his Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Subsequently, at Case Western Reserve University, he managed a Department of Labor funded research project that studied the health of the U.S. automotive supply chain. In that study firms were benchmarked in areas such as Lean, product and process innovation, workforce development. Currently, Brian is Manager of Lean Manufacturing for Artiflex Manufacturing, a firm that specializes in low-volume stamping and tooling, mostly for the automotive OE niche and post-production service part markets. Peshek, who joined SME in 2009, is chair of the Forming & Fabricating Community and co–chair of the Stamping & Dies Tech Group.
 
 Dean Phillips Dean Phillips has over 20 years of experience in managing sales staffs and manufacturing managers for OEMs of the manufacturing industry. He is a specialist in implementation of green manufacturing, lean enhancement and automation. He has been a sales and service engineer and manager for Niagara, Bliss and Clearing manufacturing companies, a product sales manager with Tennsmith, Piranha / Allsteel and a national sales manager with SEYI. Dean is currently a sales engineer with LINK Electric and Safety (LINK Systems) and serves as the Chairman for SME- Chapter 43 Nashville.
 
 S. Joe Quin Dr. S. Joe Qin is the Fluor Professor of Process Engineering and Vice Dean at the Viterbi School of Engineering at University of Southern California. He obtained his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Automatic Control from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, in 1984 and 1987, respectively, and his Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Maryland at College Park in 1992. Dr. Qin’s research interests include statistical process monitoring and fault diagnosis, model predictive control, system identification, run-to-run control, semiconductor process control, and control performance monitoring. He is a Co-Director of the Texas-Wisconsin-California Control Consortium where he has been principal investigator for 17 years. He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the 2011 Northrop Grumman Best Teaching award at Viterbi School of Engineering, the DuPont Young Professor Award, Halliburton/Brown & Root Young Faculty Excellence Award, NSF-China Outstanding Young Investigator Award, a Chang Jiang Professor by the Ministry of Education of China from 2007-2010, and an IFAC Best Paper Prize for the model predictive control survey paper published in Control Engineering Practice. He is currently an Associate Editor for Journal of Process Control, IEEE Control Systems Magazine, and IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, and a Member of the Editorial Board for Journal of Chemometrics. He served as an Editor for Control Engineering Practice and an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology. He is a Fellow of IEEE.
 
 Ray Rubocki Ray Rubocki is a manufacturing engineer-controls for Cooper Power Systems. Rubocki has been involved with designing, building, improving, maintaining, programming, documenting and operating automated machinery for various companies, including Rexnord, Johnson Controls – Battery, Infinite Systems, ABB Robotics, Kearney & Trecker and GAF. His automation projects have included robots, CNC machining centers, vision systems, industrial networks, PLCs, computers, pneumatics, hydraulics, motor controllers, spray systems, welding, material handling and assembly. Rubocki earned his BS in electrical engineering technology from Bradley University in 1974. He has been an SME member since 1984 and is the current chair of the Robotics & Flexible Machinery Tech Group, which is part of SME’s Automated Manufacturing & Assembly Community.
 
 Stephen Scanlon Stephen Scanlon is a patent attorney in the Cleveland office of Jones Day, a worldwide law firm. In his twenty six years of experience in patent law, he has written and prosecuted hundreds of patent applications at the United States Patent & Trademark Office. Stephen has also advised clients on matters of patent infringement, patent licensing, and international patent practice. In addition to three years of engineering experience in construction management, he has worked with a great variety of technologies, including manufacturing engineering, and has been a member of SME since 2009. Stephen frequently speaks to bar associations and other lawyer's groups on matters of patent law.
 
 Kay M. Simecek Kay M. Simecek graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in Graphic Design. She started her career at Health Care REIT, Inc. in Toledo as the Graphic Designer/Marketing Coordinator. In 2010, she moved to the Cleveland area, and now works downtown at Karen Skunta & Company. In that time she has participated in the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and has been successful in managing numerous freelance projects. Kay enjoys helping clients understand the importance of graphic design and the role it has for a company and its corporate image.
 
 Mike Simecek Mike Simecek is a 2009 graduate from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Design. During college Mike was involved in many extra-curricular activities including a Co-op position at the Electric Vehicle Institute working on hybrid vehicles and leading and participating in the BGSU Motorsports Club. Since graduation Mike has worked at Q-Lab Corporation for two years as a Manufacturing Engineer in Westlake Ohio. Mike's experience at Q-Lab also includes 6 years of part time summer work as a Mechanical Assembly Technician prior to his college graduation. Currently Mike holds an executive board position in Cleveland's SME Chapter 003. Mike enjoys solving mechanical problems, making processes more efficient and working with his hands.
 
 Nigel Southway Nigel Southway, the Owner of Nexus Consulting Service, has more than 30 years broad business experience and provides coaching and education on Business Productivity Improvement and Advanced Manufacturing Engineering to all types of business sectors and industries. He helps clients develop a strategy and a vision to attack waste, capture productivity improvements, increase profits, and become more competitive in the global market. Nigel is a product of the British Graduate Engineering Apprenticeship Award program with British degrees in both Engineering and Management Science, and a Masters Degree in Management studies from Bristol. After a career as an engineering manager and change agent at Motorola in the mid-80s, he co-authored the textbook Cycle Time Management: The Fast Track to Time-Based Productivity Improvement, on the concept and implementation of business cycle time reduction. The book is one of the advanced thought-wares toward what later developed into the more commercial LEAN thinking concepts and application. He has an energetic personality with powerful interpersonal, communication and conceptual Planning skills. He has a proven track record as a manufacturing engineer, technical operating manager, Consultant, Advisor, Educator. Facilitator, coach, change agent, team coordinator and project manager of productivity, continuous improvement and technology transfer. He has been an architect of change for several major manufacturing companies on organizational change and improvement. LEAN, Six Sigma, ERP, DFM, NPI, Technology Transfer, Plant re-organization and relocation.

Nigel’s consulting and management experience is global and spans a wide range of industries: automotive, aerospace, avionics, high-tech electronics, eood, pharmaceuticals, consumer products and appliances as well as steel and mining and a variety of service industries. He has served clients in Canada, USA, Asia and Europe. Some of his more prominent clients include; J.M. Schneider Inc, Procter and Gamble, Morton Metalcraft, Inter-City Products, FABCO, Thompson Pipe & Steel. ECCO, A 0 Smith, Ever-Ready Battery, Grote Industries, NBS, Royal Canadian Mint, BFL, Inland Steel, British Airways, BTR, Baxter, Ciba Corning, Citibank, Royal Ford, GE MARCONI, NOMA, Tectrol, Tiercon, ACS, Imperial Rubber, GTD, VERTIGO, Canadian Pools, Telephoto and SXA. He continues to coach business leaders and develop and deliver Education workshops to clients and He has developed a unique facilitation style that is effective in making change happen. He also continues to write and deliver articles on LEAN thinking.

Nigel has been a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineering for many decades and assists on LEAN thinking and implementation and related Business Improvement topics and is SME Chair in 2012 and a member of the SME Executive committee and is a leading advocate for the Take Back Manufacturing forum. He is currently consulting and Educating worldwide on Business Improvement Initiatives, Joint Ventures, New Product Introduction Systems and Global Technology Transfer projects; with a particular emphasis in China and Russia and of course CANADA.
 
 Brock Strunk Brock Strunk is currently a senior structures engineer at Erickson Air-Crane Helicopter’s Inc. Previously, he worked as a level 3 stress engineer at Spirit AeroSystems, an engineering manager at Adam Aircraft and a Senior Structures Engineer at Columbia Aircraft. At Adam Aircraft, he directed a team of engineers and manufacturing technicians who worked to improve the aircrafts' fuselage manufacturing process time and reduce the part's weight. Strunk has also developed numerous composite repair techniques and structural testing procedures for aircraft structures for both Adam and Columbia Aircraft. During his tenure at Adam and Columbia Aircraft, he played a key role in helping these companies certify the Adam 500 and Columbia 300, 350 and 400 aircraft with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. Strunk earned a BS in manufacturing engineering and a BS in mechanical engineering from the Oregon Institute of Technology. He joined SME in 1999 and is a current member of the SME Member Council in addition to vice-chair of the PCC Community. In 2008, Strunk was awarded SME's Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award.
 
 Chad Smith Chad Smith is the co-author of the third edition Orlicky's Material Requirements Planning (Ptak and Smith, McGraw-Hill, 2011) and a Partner with the Demand Driven Institute. Chad is a thought leader in demand driven supply chain and manufacturing planning, scheduling and execution systems. Chad is also an internationally recognized expert in the Theory of Constraints. His clients include Boeing, Intel, Unilever, IBM, Ditch Witch, Erickson Air Crane and LeTourneau Technologies.
 
 Paul Thieken Paul Thieken is responsible for product marketing and management in Cree’s LED Components business. Prior to joining Cree in 2006, he worked for Nortel Networks in various engineering, marketing and management positions with specific emphasis on developing and bringing new technologies to market including fiber optic transport and other data networking technologies. Paul also worked for General Electric’s Microelectronics Center developing semiconductor technologies. Paul has a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University and an MBA from Duke University.
 
 Dan Waldorf Dan Waldorf, a professor in industrial and manufacturing engineering, joined the faculty of Cal Poly State University in 1998 after two years in Chicago as a Quality/Manufacturing Engineer at ATF, Inc., a supplier of specialty cold-formed and machined components for automotive applications. At ATF he implemented process control technologies, taught and instituted quality control systems, and designed experiments in a traditional manufacturing environment. He received his Ph.D. in industrial engineering in 1996 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where, as a graduate student, he taught quality and applied statistics and researched machining models for monitoring and control. At Cal Poly, Dr. Waldorf has taught and developed courses in manufacturing process design, computer-aided manufacturing, tool engineering, quality engineering, and metrology. He has participated in numerous activities related to the improvement of teaching methods, teaching assessment, and curriculum design. He is currently the faculty advisor for the student chapter of Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). His research interests are in metal cutting process modeling, tool wear, cutting tool design, and engineering education.
 
 Phillip Waldrop Phillip Waldrop, Ph.D., retired May 2011 after 16 years at GSU, but remains a teacher of online graduate courses (Lean and International Mfg). He previously served LTV Aerospace & Defense as development manager (Spain Operations); IMIP/TechMod Manager (B-2 Aircraft Program); Manager – Manufacturing Technology (Missiles Division); and spent 14 additional years teaching. He has been a member of SME since 1976, currently serving as MCON and appointed member of MER committees; member of ASEE and ATMAE (Association of Technology, Management, & Applied Engineering), Laureate member- Epsilon Pi Tau International Honorary for Professions in Technology. He is also the co-author of the books “Lean World Class Manufacturing” and “The Lean World Class Manufacturing Enterprise” and is the author or co-author of numerous papers and articles.