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Mihaela_Vlasea (1).jpgMihaela 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 the 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 orthopedic 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


Past Chair

simkin.jpgZach Simkin is the President of Senvol, the industry leader in data for additive manufacturing. At Senvol, Zach spearheaded the creation of Senvol Indexes, which are the first commercially available data sets for additive manufacturing material characterization. Zach’s particular area of focus is on commercializing additive manufacturing data in ways that are valuable to the industry. Zach is fully engaged in a variety of leadership activities throughout the additive manufacturing industry. He serves on the Governance Board of America Makes, as well as on the organization's Data Schema Working Group. Additionally, Zach serves on SME’s additive manufacturing Advisory Board, and he is a member of ASME’s Technical Advisory Panel for additive manufacturing, the ASTM F42 Committee for Additive Manufacturing Technologies, and the SAE AMS-AM Additive Manufacturing Committee. He has been published in top industry journals and has also been a featured speaker at numerous industry trade shows and conferences, such as RAPID, the Chem Show, and AM3D. Zach received a BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and an MBA from the Wharton Business School.


Vice Chair

Christopher_Williams.jpgChristopher 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.



Tracy AlbersTracy Albers, PhD is the President and CTO of Rapid Prototype and Manufacturing LLC (rp+m). In this role she is responsible for developing and executing rp+m’s business strategy, which focuses on capitalizing the use of additive manufacturing in a production environment. Since taking the helm at the Avon Lake-based company in January 2015, Dr. Albers has increased the company’s profitability through significant improvements to business operations and implementation of a creative approach to partnerships. Under her leadership, rp+m is pioneering AM use in qualified production applications for the aerospace, defense and automotive industries. Prior to joining rp+m, Dr. Albers worked for GrafTech International, a $2B global materials company. During her 10 years there, Tracy directed R+D and commercialization efforts for two business units: the first one focused on new materials for the carbon fiber composites industry, and the second one on advanced materials for energy storage applications. Dr. Albers also led multiple initiatives that strategically partnered with multiple national laboratories, including Oak Ridge National Labs. The Cleveland, Ohio native currently serves on the Steering Committee for Team NEO’s Additive Manufacturing Cluster. She speaks regularly at advocacy events—locally and nationally—and has led large collaborative partnerships with America Makes, the National AM Innovation Institute, which is based in Youngstown, Ohio. Dr. Albers was recognized as a leader for women in manufacturing with a 2013 STEP Award from the Manufacturing Institute. In 2015, she was profiled by Crain’s Cleveland Business in its series, “Who to Watch: Manufacturing.” In 2017, Dr. Albers was recognized for her business leadership by Crain’s Cleveland Business as a distinguished “Top 40 Under 40.” Also that year, she was recognized for her leadership in technology by the women’s advocacy group, “Women in 3D-Printing.” Dr. Albers received her PhD degree in Physical Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh and two BS degrees in Chemistry and Exercise Physiology from Baldwin-Wallace College. She lives with her family in Westlake, Ohio.


barnes.jpgJohn Barnes is the Founder of Metal Powder Works and Managing Director of The Barnes Global Advisors, the leading consultancy in additive manufacturing. Previously, he was Vice President of Advanced Manufacturing & Strategy at Arconic Titanium & Engineered Products where he helped shape the R&D budget and activities across manufacturing operations and influenced future business. There he worked with Airbus to qualify the first Titanium additively manufactured parts for series production. Prior to Arconic, he was Director of the High-Performance Metal Industries Program for CSIRO, the national science agency for Australia where he oversaw the R&D and Commercialization activities and investments in the program’s two principal areas: Metal Production & Interface Design and Additive Manufacturing. His aerospace background includes lengthy positions at AlliedSignal (now Honeywell) Engines where he supported gas turbine Advanced Technology and was Program Manager of Marine Engines programs and as Senior Manager for Manufacturing Exploration and Development at Lockheed Martin Skunk Works. At Lockheed Martin, he was responsible for developments in advanced polymers, composites, carbon nano tubes, novel titanium production and processing, additive manufacturing of both polymer and metallic systems and low observable manufacturing methods. Primarily, John has a background in materials performance and processing relationships but has led groups to develop low emission combustors, advanced polymers, and low observable technology. John has 3 US patents, 5 International patents pending, has given numerous invited presentations is published internationally. In 2014 he was awarded Purdue University’s Outstanding Materials Engineer of the Year and was given an Adjunct professorship at RMIT. In 2015, he became an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at Monash University. In 2017, the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University appointed him an Adjunct Professor of Materials Engineering. John holds a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering and an M.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from Purdue University.


barrie.jpgFatmata Barrie, PhD, is a Materials and Process Engineer within Boeing’s Research and Technology (BR&T) Organization and serves as Boeing’s on-site focal at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. At Boeing, her efforts have largely been focused on the evaluation and implementation of the metals powder bed technologies. Barrie holds a doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida, and master's and bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Texas A&M and Carnegie Mellon University, respectively.


Milan_Brandt.jpgMilan Brandt, PhD, is a professor of advanced manufacturing and technical director, Advanced Manufacturing Precinct at RMIT University. He is the leading Australian researcher in the area of macro processing 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 organizations. Brandt is a board member and fellow of the Laser Institute of America and honorary fellow of the Welding Technology Institute of Australia. 


Coyne-Jennifer_110x132.jpgJennifer Coyne is the Associate Director of Programs at The Barnes Global Advisors where she oversees project development and project execution. Previously, she spent over 13 years at GE Transportation (now Wabtec Corp) where she led the Global Additive Manufacturing Team and oversaw Additive Engineering Design, Prototyping, and Parts Production for GE Transportation’s global additive manufacturing efforts. She formed the original AM team at GE Transportation and successfully led the launch of over 50 production additive parts and opened 4 global labs in the US and India with a wide range of metals and polymers 3D printing capabilities. Prior to her start in Additive Manufacturing, Jennifer led the PLM launch at GE Transportation, held several roles in Systems Engineering specializing in locomotive Traction, Propulsion Systems, and Energy Storage Reliability. She started her career with GE as part of the Edison Engineering Development Program, a 2-year training program designed for professional development through intense technical training and business-critical assignments including On-Shore Wind and Diesel Engine Emissions Design Engineering Roles.

Jennifer currently serves as an SME Additive Manufacturing Community Advisor, has 7 US patents. She’s also received multiple recognition awards including one of Railway Age’s Top Women in Rail 2020, 2017 GE Transportation’s Women in Technology Award, and the 2013 GE Transportation Innovation Engineering Award. Jennifer holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Grove City College and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.


crutchfield.jpgBryan Crutchfield joined Materialise in September 2011 and is based in Plymouth, Michigan. Crutchfield leads the North American operating unit and focuses on overall strategy for business development and client relationships at the senior-most levels of our customer base. Crutchfield brings experience as an executive leader in automotive, manufacturing and software industries. His results-focused leadership style has made him successful in strategic planning, P&L management, profitability/productivity improvement, and cost control programs. Prior to joining Materialise, Crutchfield held several senior executive positions including General Manager Engineered Fasteners & Components-NAFTA at TRW, Vice President of Sales/Marketing at Android Industries and Director of Sales at ThyssenKrupp Budd. Crutchfield holds a Master of Business Administration from Lawrence Technological University and a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from Western Michigan University’s Haworth College of Business.


stacydelvecchio.jpgStacey DelVecchio is the Additive Manufacturing Product Manager for Caterpillar Inc. leveraging the technology in all spaces, including New Product Introduction, supply chain and operations. Her team is focused on deploying the technology by working with Caterpillar product groups on design for additive. DelVecchio manages the Additive Manufacturing Factory which has a wide range of printing capabilities. She was the keynote speaker at the 2017 Additive Manufacturing User Group Conference and has been quoted in numerous technical magazines on 3D printing. In her 30 years at Caterpillar, DelVecchio has held numerous positions in engineering and manufacturing including the build and start-up for a greenfield facility in China. Previously, she was the Hose & Coupling Engineering Manager, as well as the New Product Introduction Manager for Cat Fuel Systems. She also managed the project management office for Caterpillar engines. More recently, DelVecchio developed an engineering pipeline strategy to ensure the best engineering talent is available to meet global enterprise needs. DelVecchio holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. She was the 2013-2014 president of the Society of Women Engineers She was name a fellow of the society in 2015 and was received the society’s Advocating Women in Engineering Award in 2018. DelVecchio is the secretary of the Women in Engineering Committee for the World Federation of Engineering Organization, representing the American Association of Engineering Societies and is championing global expansion of the Society of Women Engineers. She has spoken in a dozen countries on the value of gender diversity in engineering and continues to advocate for women.


gorham.jpgRob Gorham is the Executive Director of America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute at the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining. He previously served as the Director of Operations and Deputy Director of Technology Development where he led the development of a robust member-driven additive manufacturing road mapping methodology and shaped the America Makes’ project call process that has resulted in a $100M research and development portfolio. Rob also led the NCDMM, Siemens, and Deloitte team in the creation of the America Makes Digital Storefront, an innovative PLM-based data management tool to access and consume America Makes’ intellectual capital assets. Prior to joining America Makes, he was Senior Manager of the Manufacturing Exploration and Development Group at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics – Advanced Development Programs, also known as The Skunk Works. In this position, Gorham was responsible for leading the transition-focused development and application of affordable manufacturing technologies for Lockheed Martin. He holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University and an M.S. in Engineering Management from Southern Methodist University.


Graves-Andrew.jpgAndrew Graves has been working in RP/AM/3D-Printing since 1990 - starting with 3D Systems in the UK and moving to 3D Systems Corporate in Valencia, CA in 1996. He was part of the development teams for the SLA5000, SLA7000 and Viper Si2 systems as well as the 3D Lightyear software. After 3DS, he set up the 3rd party maintenance & support company, TCST with a group of other talented ‘ex-3D’ people and developed the removable recoater blade system for large-frame SLA systems. He then spent 5 years with Solid Concepts in Valencia, CA – now Stratasys Direct Manufacturing – and was involved in various R&D projects, researching new technologies, and responsible for the day-to-day running of 26 SLA systems. He joined the DSM team in January 2017 as Equipment Partnership Manager with the remit to seek out new systems, new technologies and potential partnerships for DSM Additive Manufacturing – to boldly go where no materials manufacturer has gone before. He is a 2015 recipient of AMUG’s “DINO” award.


Lee-Ellen_110x132.jpgDr. Ellen Lee is the Technical Leader of Additive Manufacturing for Research & Advanced Engineering at Ford Motor Company, responsible for leading the technical development of advanced polymer additive manufacturing (AM) materials and technologies for functional use in the automotive sector. She established Ford’s dedicated AM research program in 2014 to enable its use to drive product innovation, enhance quality, and improve efficiency and flexibility in manufacturing. In her current role, Dr. Lee sets the strategic direction for polymer AM and its integration across the enterprise through activities including training and education, standardization and qualification, and development of the AM technology roadmap. Dr. Lee received her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University and her Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. She serves on the board of directors for SPE’s AM SIG and as an advisor for SME’s AM Technical Community, in addition to having a history of participation and advisory with organizations including America Makes, USCAR, and SWE.


murray.jpgJay Murray is a longtime champion of additive manufacturing technologies with an economics degree from the University of Iowa. Currently Senior Channel Manager for Desktop Metal, Jay started his career in 3D printing as Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Met-L-Flo, a full-service plastics prototyping service bureau in Illinois. Jay learned the power of 3D printing there firsthand, helping companies like GE Appliance change the way they developed new products. He later joined MasterGraphics and Graphics Systems Corporation, where he sold 3D Systems and Stratasys technologies. Jay then lead EnvisionTEC as their Director of North American sales for MCAD until advancing to metal additive technology sales for Desktop Metal.


Alison ParkAlison Park is the Deputy Technical Fellow of Materials and AM at NASA. She is a part of the NASA Office of Chief Engineer’s division called NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC). Alison’s roles and responsibilities include strengthening its technical capabilities related to Additive Manufacturing, deepening its knowledge base by broadening its perspectives, working with NASA centers to execute technical assessment and support projects for various NASA programs.

Prior to her NASA assignment, she was the Technical Program Manager at Aerojet Rocketdyne responsible for capturing and managing R&D projects to mature AM technologies. She provided leadership and technical guidance to existing and emerging Space rocket engine programs in the area of advanced materials and manufacturing. She holds a B.S in Materials Engineering from Purdue University and a M.S in Aerospace Materials Engineering from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).


Brian_Post.jpgBrian 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.