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Blaine Alderks

Blaine Alderks
Product Development Engineer
Windings Inc.

Blaine Alderks is a product development engineer with Windings Inc. In this role, Blaine helps some of the world's most innovative companies develop new motor designs and meet their cost, quality and delivery expectations. With extensive manufacturing experience in stator, rotor and motor assembly, Blaine is knowledgeable in design for manufacturability, motor topography and project management. Blaine holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering and a minor in medieval history from Iowa State University.


George Bennett

George Bennett
President
Optimal Motion inc.

George Bennett is the president of Optimal Motion Inc., where he works on complex motion systems. He is well known in the world of 'new and different' with 54 patents in motor driver circuitry, sensors, digital and power circuits and motion control. George has a BSEE and a BSME from the University of Michigan. He has worked with over 50 different companies in various management positions, as a consultant, as an employee and as a founder, including 5 startups He now works to help others drive innovative ideas into existence.


Steve Constantinides

Steve Constantinides
Principal
Magnetics & Materials LLC

Steve Constantinides is with Magnetics & Materials LLC, a management and engineering consultancy formed in January 2017. He is a graduate of Alfred University in Ceramic Science. Prior work experience includes 12 years with Corning Inc. involved with glass ceramics, combustion systems design and manufacturing management systems; three years with tungsten carbide manufacturer, GTE Valenite, responsible for modernization and operation of over 40 vacuum and atmosphere heat-treating furnaces at factories in the US, Canada and France; in 1988 Steve joined Crucible Magnetics as Manager of Technology and Quality Assurance in the manufacture of Neo, SmCo and Alnico magnets; from 1992 through 2016, Steve performed process development, product research, engineering and project work associated with Arnold Magnetic Technologies' permanent and soft magnetic materials businesses.


John Davis

John Davis
Hardware and Software Developer
ThreeML LLC

John Davis lives a dual life of engineering and sales - the doctors say they can cure the latter but the former is terminal. In addition to being the second generation owner of Paul Davis Automation - a high tech manufacturer's representative firm focused on motion and industrial automation - John and his team at ThreeML design and implement Linux-based IoT solutions using industrialized versions of the Raspberry Pi and Arduino products.


Christian Fell

Christian Fell
Vice President Technology & Custom Solutions/COO
POSITAL-FRABA Inc.

Christian Fell received his M.S. in Physics from University of Duisburg, Germany in 1996 and a diploma in Medical Physics from University of Kaiserslautern, Germany in 1997. He has over 15 years of experience in the field of magnetic and optical sensors and has worked in R&D, sales & marketing and executive management positions. Today he is responsible for FRABA's OEM business development in the Americas as well as for their global product strategy for POSITAL sensors.


Brad Frustaglio

Brad Frustaglio
Vice President
Yeadon Energy Systems, Inc.

Mr. Frustaglio is a graduate of Michigan Technological University and a registered professional engineer. He has 17 years of experience with YES ™ as an electric motor designer, motor design course instructor, electric motor tester, and software developer. Mr. Frustaglio is a member of MCMA, NSPE, and is a contributor to the Handbook of Small Electric Motors. He is the on-going software developer and software trainer of YES software, an electric motor design tool. He has design expertise in BLDC, PMSM, Single and Polyphase AC Induction, Stepper, Universal, PMDC motors, linear actuators and specialty electromagnetic devices. His design experience includes numerous applications from household appliances, industrial, automotive accessory, automotive traction, medical, and specialty high temperature motors and actuators.


Drew Hines

Drew Hines
Senior Applications Engineer
ACS Motion Control

Andrew graduated from the University of Minnesota with an Electrical Engineering degree. Following which, he began to work for ACS Motion Control as a Control and Applications Engineer. Through this position he has gained hands on experience in diverse areas of automation, including semiconductor inspection and metrology, laser manufacturing, and medical device manufacturing.


Nate Holmes

Nate Holmes
R&D Group Manager, Vision and Motion
National Instruments

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.


Dan Jones

Dan Jones
President
Incremotion Associates

Dan Jones received his BSEE degree from Hofstra University in 1965 and MS Mathematics at Adelphi in 1969. He has over 45 years of experience in the design of precision servo and step motors and has held engineering design and management and marketing management positions at a number of companies. He is recognized as an international authority on electric motors and motion control. He has written 200+ technical articles/papers and held seminars in 10 countries. He is the past president of AIME and a past member of the Board of Directors of SMMA, EMERF and MCA (now MCMA). He is a life member of IEEE and a member of ASME. Dan was also awarded the EMERF 2014 award for “Outstanding Contributions to the Electric Machines Industry.”


Bill Lydon

Bill Lydon
Director
PLCopen North America

Bill Lydon's entire career has been in the automation industry with design engineering and business experience with industrial and building automation ranging from corporate positions to co-founder & president of a start-up company and as an industry consultant analyst and writer. Bill is active in the automation industry as Director of PLCopen North America, editor of Automation.com and the International Society of Automation's InTech magazine providing insights and industry analysis. He also participates in industry standards associations.


Mark Nehrkorn

Mark Nehrkorn
Director RCC Safety
SICK Inc.

Mark Nehrkorn is the Director for the Safety RCC at SICK Product & Compentence Center Americas based in Minneapolis, MN. He has over 28 years of machine safety relating to safety control systems and is an active member of several ANSI technical committees for machine safety. Mr. Nehrkorn is a TÜV certified Functional Safety Expert (TÜV Rheinland, Machinery).


Craig Nelson

Craig Nelson
Sr. Product Manager
Siemens

Craig Nelson is a senior product marketing manager for SINAMICS high performance servo and vector drives in the Motion Control Business of Siemens Digital Factory. Craig has been with Siemens for over twenty-five years and, in previous roles, has held engineering positions in the field and in system design. He has expert knowledge of AC and DC drives across various applications and is an avid promoter and presenter of new motor and drive technologies.


Dal Ohm

Dal Ohm
President
Drivetech, Inc.

Dr. Dal Y. Ohm is founder and president of Drivetech since 1997, a Washington DC-based consulting company in the area of Motor drives, Servo systems, Grid-connected Inverters and Power Electronics hardware and software. He developed various traction motor drives for electric trucks, buses, motor cycles and farm equipment. Previously he was with Kollmorgen (Technical Director), Baldor Electric, & Electrocraft Corporation. He also taught engineering courses at Universities including San Jose State University, and lead many short courses and workshops at major conferences. He received Ph.D and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University. He is inventor of several patents and has authored more than 50 technical articles.


Jarrod Orszulak

Jarrod Orszulak
Encoder Manager
Everight Position

Mr. Orszulak is a partner at Everight Position Technologies Corporation. Everight Position distributes rotary encoders, linear sensors and liquid level sensors for use in a wide variety of applications, from industrial automation to defense. By working one-on-one with customers we seek to understand an applications need and can offer multiple solutions. Mr. Orszulak's previous positions include being a Product Manager at POSITAL-FRABA Inc and a joint position as a Research Engineer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the New England University Transportation Center.


Jeffrey Phillips

Jeffrey Phillips

Jeffrey Phillips is a lead consultant for OVO Innovation. Jeffrey has led innovation projects for Fortune 500 firms, including T. Rowe Price, John Deere, GlaxoSmithKline, Hewlett-Packard, U.S. Bank, AIG, Raytheon and others, government entities within the Department of Defense, academic institutions and non-profits based on OVO Innovation's Innovate on Purpose™ methodology. Jeffrey has led projects using a range of innovation methods and techniques, including scenario planning, ethnography, voice of the customer, lead user analysis, jobs to be done and the customer experience journey. He has facilitated the development of thousands of ideas, many of which have become new products and services.

Jeffrey has led innovation training and leadership development programs in the United States, Western Europe, the Middle East, South Africa, South America and Southeast Asia, leveraging OVO's packaged Innovation Advocate training as well as developing customize curricula. He taught a recurring MBA program in Mexico City. Jeffrey is the author of three books, two about innovation and one about strategy. OutManeuver, published in February 2016, focuses on the strategic concept of maneuver and how firms like Airbnb, Uber, Zara, Tesla and others use agility, speed and innovation to disrupt existing industries. Relentless Innovation, published in 2011, examines the reasons 3M, P&G, Apple and Google can sustain innovation over time while others can't. Finally, Make us more Innovative, defines much of the original OVO Innovation methodology. He has contributed to several other books about innovation, most notably the book Open Innovation and Crowdsourcing.

Jeffrey's blog about innovation, Innovate On Purpose, is ranked as one of the top blogs about innovation on the web. He also contributes to other innovation-oriented websites such as Innovation Management and Innovation Excellence, and writes a weekly column for Inc.com. Jeffrey has an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and an undergraduate degree in engineering from the University of Virginia.


Christopher Ras

Christopher Ras
Director of R&D Engineering
Dexter Magnetic Technologies

Mr. Ras graduated from the University of Illinois with a BS in Mechanical Engineering prior to beginning his career as an Applications Engineering at Dexter Magnetic Technologies. Mr. Ras maintained a focus of technical development during his nearly 20 year tenure at Dexter. He has been intimately involved in the design and precision manufacture of numerous high powered magnetic assemblies utilized in the Semiconductor, Oil and Gas, Medical, and Aerospace industries. Today Mr. Ras leads Dexter's technical directives as the Director of R&D Engineering. He is the primary inventor of two US patents related to magnetic assemblies and has co-authored an IEEE paper related to advanced magnetic gear design.


Siddharth Ravikumar

Siddharth Ravikumar
Managing Consultant - IIoT
Kalycito

Siddharth is the Managing Consultant - IIoT at Kalycito with focus on solution building in the real-time industrial networking and IIoT space. He has in-depth knowledge of networked industrial products and has worked on all phases of the product life cycle for customers in the European and US markets. Current focus areas are in convergence of industrial communications to OPC-UA TSN and enabling cloud based business models for industrial customers through micro-services, smart contracts and blockchain.


Thomas Schliesch

Thomas Schliesch
Head of Research and Development
Max Baermann GmbH

Thomas Schliesch graduated in Physics from university of Hamburg in 1988 and joined Max Baermann GmbH, which is a well known manufacturer of bonded magnets in Germany, in 1989. Since 1993 he has been head of research & development at Max Baermann GmbH. Thomas has filed various patents for permanent magnetic systems. A major part of his work has been devoted to electromagnetic design and the development of specific methods for bonded permanent magnets. He is member of the IEEE Magnetics Society, The UK Magnetics Society as well as the International Compumag Society. Thomas has given many lectures at national and international conferences and released a multitude of articles about bonded permanent magnets.


Alex Shikany

Alex Shikany
Director of Market Analysis
Association for Advancing Automation (A3)

Alex Shikany is the Director of Market Analysis for the Association for Advancing Automation (A3). In his position, he researches and reports statistics for the global motion control, robotics, and machine vision and markets. Alex also develops market opportunity studies and white papers for the automation industry on key issues such as the impact of robots on employment, and the emergence of collaborative robotics. In addition to his research, Alex runs the day to day operations of AIA, the world's largest vision and imaging trade group. He is also a frequent speaker at industry events around the world. Alex is a graduate of Michigan State University's Broad MBA program, where he majored in Marketing and Finance. He also received his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from MSU. Alex has eight years of experience in Marketing, Brand Strategy, and Market Research.


Stan Trout

Stan Trout
Owner
Spontaneous Materials

Stan's professional life, just over forty years, has been almost evenly divided between the permanent magnet and rare earth industries. For the last fourteen years, he has run a consultancy called Spontaneous Materials serving clients in these industries on a wide variety of technical and commercial projects. His previous employers include Molycorp, Magnequench, Hitachi Magnetics, Crucible Magnetics and Recoma. Dr. Trout is a registered professional engineer, in Pennsylvania and Colorado, holds a B. S. in Physics from Lafayette College and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in Metallurgy and Materials Science. He is a member of the MC&MA, EMERF, the UK Magnetics Society and a senior member of the IEEE Magnetics Society.


Nishant Unnikrishnan

Nishant Unnikrishnan
Applications Engineer
Yaskawa America Inc.

Dr. Nishant Unnikrishnan earned his doctoral degree in 2006 from the University of Missouri – Rolla (now Missouri University of Science and Technology) specializing in Adaptive Controls. He has been working with Yaskawa America Inc., Waukegan, Illinois since 2007. Dr. Unnikrishnan is an Applications Engineer at Yaskawa. His main duties involve specifying functional requirements for automation products and solutions, testing and evaluating new products, and supporting customers who have challenging motion control applications. Lately, Dr. Unnikrishnan has been involved with a program that promotes controlling robotic mechanisms through motion controllers and using the motion controller's software interface for programming purposes.


Julian Weinstock

Julian Weinstock
VP Products & Innovation
Robotiq

Julian Weinstock is the VP of Products and Innovation at Robotiq, a leading developer of plug-and-play components for collaborative robots, with a mission to free human hands from repetitive tasks. In this role, Julian spearheads the product line vision and strategy. He is passionate about innovation at the intersection of business, technology, and design, regularly experimenting with form and function to transform new ideas into inspired products – products that useful, usable, feasible and affordable. Julian is an accomplished product leader who has defined, launched, and scaled innovative, category-defining products both in start-ups and in Fortune 500 companies. Prior to Robotiq, he led multiple robotics and software products at Rethink Robotics, Microsoft, and Open Market among others. Julian holds a B.S. in EE/CS from the Technion and a M.S. in Management and Technology from MIT.


Zhao Wan

Zhao Wan
Research Assistant
North Carolina State University

Zhao Wan received his Bachelor's degree in 2011 from Yanshan University in China, and is currently pursuing a PhD degree in electrical engineering in North Carolina State University, under the advisement of Dr. Iqbal Husain. Since 2014, he has been working on a NSF sponsored project to design novel direct drive motors. In 2015, he worked as an R&D intern at ABB US Corporate Research Center. His main research interest is design of permanent magnet machines for electric vehicle traction applications.


Matt Zupan

Matt Zupan
Systems Engineer
Micron Manufacturing

Matt Zupan is a Sr. Systems Engineer at Micron Manufacturing, Inc, where he integrates machine and measurement monitoring technologies. His projects aim to turn real-time information into faster company decisions. Matt is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he earned degrees in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering and Economics and completed coursework in cyberphysical systems. He currently is a teaching assistant within Microsoft's TEALS program.


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