MCMA is proud to have the finest minds in the industry teaching our Certified Motion Control Professional courses. They represent some of the leading companies in motion control. You’ll get to learn directly from these experts and ask practical questions related to your particular challenges.
Senior Engineer, Motion Control Specialist
Mark Holcomb joined Celera Motion in 2015 where he is working with Engineering, writing automation test software and also with Customers, assisting them in solving their motion control needs. Mark began his professional career at CSA Engineering (now Moog) where he worked on active systems product development, including active isolation platforms and reaction mass cancellation devices. He then founded a consulting company, focusing much of his work at KLA-Tencor doing modal testing, and servo loop modeling, tuning and testing. From there he joined AeroJet Corp, where he modeled actuation devices used on board kinetic warheads. In 2011, Mark returned to KLA-Tencor, assisting in development of a 450 mm stage. He received his Master of Science degree from the University of Buffalo.
Group Manager, Vision & Motion, Embedded Systems R&D
Nate Holmes is the R&D group manager for motion and vision product lines at National Instruments. Prior to joining R&D he spent time as a group manager and senior product manager in marketing for various embedded systems products including EtherCAT and Expansion I/O in addition to Motion and Vision. He joined National Instruments in 2007 as a member of the Application Engineering department where he worked as the Vision and Motion Team lead and was actively involved in supporting NI’s efforts with FIRST robotics. Nate received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida.
Product Line Design Manager
Keith H. Knight is currently the Engineering Manager for the Kerk product line of HaydonKerk Motion Solutions. In addition to his current management role he has taken the lead on a new focus in systems level projects for Ametek’s MCS division, and Ametek has recently promoted three of his white papers; “Navigating The Complexities of Motion Systems from Definition to Completion”, “Supporting Linear Motion: A Complete Guide to Implementing Dynamic Load Support for Linear Motion Systems”, and “Lead Screws 101: A Basic Guide to Implementing a Lead Screw Assembly for Any Design”. Prior to his current role, Keith was the Engineering Lead for HaydonKerk and has spent his entire career in the arena of motion control. Prior to his professional career Keith graduated with honors from Wentworth Institute of Technology of Boston MA with a BS in Electromechanical Engineering.
Product Training Engineer
Yaskawa America, Inc.
With a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, Matt Pelletier has been with Yaskawa America since 1999. Matt has worked extensively with Product Engineering to develop interactive hands-on training for Servo Tuning, IEC 61131, PLCopen, and advanced programming workshops for Rotary Knife applications and PackML. Matt has also created a library of training videos with hands-on access to remote servo and controller equipment. These courses are available free of charge on Yaskawa’s website (www.yaskawa.com). Otherwise known as "Matt Servo", he is a specialist in the application of Yaskawa Servos and Motion Controllers in a variety of industries, authoring several articles in various publications.
Product Marketing Manager
Marissa K. Tucker is responsible for Parker Electromechanical Division's Control and HMI product portfolio where her duties include creating alignment between key market segments, new product development, and product messaging. Marissa has experience within the controls industry for 5 years with a rich history in both the technical and business side. As graduate in mechanical engineering, she gained both her electrical motion control knowledge beginning as an applications engineer at Galil Motion Control. Marissa’s interests lead her into distribution where she gained both customer-facing and field application exposure during her tenure at Steven Engineering. In Marissa’s current position she continues to work directly in the market to produce control and HMI products that focus on both capability and ease of use.
Jim Wiley is a Product Manager for servo and stepper drives with Parker Hannifin Corporation's Electromechanical and Drives Division, where he has spent his entire twenty-year motion control career. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Jim joined Parker's Daedal Division as an engineer.