NOVEMBER 5-8, 2018
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.
Jon Battles is the Director of World Wide Robotics Advanced Technologies. Jon is a 13-year veteran with Amazon and has served in numerous engineering director roles. Jon has directed the North American Operations Engineering Organization consisting of Real Estate, Engineering, Packaging Engineering, Control Engineering, Facilities and Start Up teams with over 1,200 associates. He was appointed Corporate Integration Manager for the Kiva Robotics Systems acquisition and managed the design engineering applications for Amazon Fulfillment. In addition, he has overseen more than three billion dollars of capital investment and tens of millions of square feet of real estate expansion.
In his current role, Jon is leading Amazon’s Advanced Technology group responsible for developing Amazon’s next generation of fulfillment technologies. Jon leads a diverse team of engineers in Robotics, Autonomous Vehicles, Mechatronics, Vision/Machine Learning, Additive, Advanced Automation Controls, Packaging Automation, Program Management and Safety. Jon operates two R&D centers in Seattle, Washington, and Milan, Italy. He is also a member of the InMoov Human Factors 3D-printed robotics organization.
Prior to joining Amazon, Jon served 25 years at Hallmark Cards, Inc. in Kansas City, Missouri, holding numerous positions in Market Research, Product Development, Business Intelligence, Distribution Facility Management, Industrial Engineering, and Supply Chain Engineer Consulting. Jon solved a 25 year-old engineering challenge to automate Hallmark’s greeting card fulfillment by deploying mini loads, carousels, RF pick carts, advanced slotting, and high-speed item sortation to process 600,000 greeting card packages a day.
Jon is a recognized leader and innovator in the material handling industry. He has subject matter expertise in high-speed sortation, robotics, ASRS, simulation, system engineering, hardware development, auto Id, facility design, packaging automation and supply chain design. Jon has designed over 150 facilities and contributed to 50 patents, 18 of which have been granted while at Amazon. Jon serves on the Board of Directors for the Robotic Industries Association, as well as University of Washington’s Mechanical Engineering External Advisory Board.
Jon holds a BS in Business Management and Computer Science from Columbia College. He has also studied at the Georgia Tech Logistic Institute.
Studied mechanical engineering at Aachen University of Technology. Worked in the Daimler-Benz Group of companies as a plant manager. Implemented many changes in high tech industries as consultant. Joined BOGEN Electronic GmbH in Berlin, Germany as external director in 2008. Managing director since 2013. Enjoys family, travel and is looking forward to a travel to the magnetic north and south poles.
Thomas J. Burke is the OPC Foundation President & Executive Director. Mr. Burke has a bachelor’s degree in theoretical mathematics, John Carroll University (Ohio) and a master’s degree in computer engineering, University of Dayton (Ohio). Mr. Burke has spent most of his career developing hardware, software and firmware for industrial automation, beginning his career at Rockwell Automation. He is the founding father of the OPC Foundation (1995) and spearheaded the vision of OPC and has pioneered OPC UA as the foundation and solution for multivendor multiplatform secure reliable information integration interoperability from the embedded world to the enterprise.
Steve 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, passive electronic components and manufacturing management systems. He then joined tungsten carbide manufacturer, GTE Valenite, and was responsible for modernization and operation of over 40 vacuum and atmosphere heat-treating furnaces at factories in the USA, Canada and France. In 1988 he 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 management for Arnold Magnetic Technologies’ permanent and soft magnetic materials businesses. He was Director of Technology at Arnold from 2005 through 2016. In January 2017, Steve formed Magnetics & Materials LLC, a management and engineering consultancy with business description available at magmatllc.com.
Dr. Giulio Corradi is ISM (Industrial Scientific Medical) System Architect based in Munich, Germany. He brings 25 year of experience of management, software engineering and development of ASICs and FPGA in industrial, automation and medical systems specifically in the field of control, communication, machine intelligence, DSP algorithms, and functional. In the years 1997 – 2005 he managed several Research European Funded projects for train communication networking and wireless remote diagnostic systems. From 2000-2005 he headed the Train Communication IEC61375 Conformance Test standard. In 2006 Giulio joined Xilinx Munich where leading the technical activities on Industrial Networking, Motor Control Xilinx reference platforms, certifying Xilinx tools on IEC61508 and ISO26262, providing customer guidance on functional safety applications. More recently Giulio interests focused in providing analytics for Xilinx edge platforms and RealTime mixed criticality systems. Giulio is a recurrent keynote speaker at IEEE conferences. In his spare time he practices swimming and playing piano.
Jeremy Drury is Vice President at IoT Diagnostics who is "connecting prediction to production" with the Industrial Internet of Things. In 2018, Jeremy has been featured on 151 Advisers' "Real World IoT" podcast, was a keynote speaker at the National Fluid Power Association's Annual Conference, provided a key learning session at Noria's Reliable Plant Conference, and was most recently featured as an IoT Ecosystem though-leader at the Sensors Expo Conference in San Jose. His experience solving complex industrial problems with simple, niche solutions has bolstered business for end-users, distributors, and OEMs around the world.
Mr. Frustaglio is a graduate of Michigan Technological University and a registered professional engineer. He has 18 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 aerospace, household appliances, industrial, automotive accessory, automotive traction, medical, and specialty high temperature motors and actuators.
Michael Giunta is an experienced Sales Manager and degreed Mechanical Engineer with 20 years of experience in the automation industry. Deeply involved in the industrial automation industry, process control market, and military and aerospace. Michael joined Macron after many years as a Regional Sales Manager/ Managing Partner for Exlar Corporation and Stober Drives, Inc.
After completing my mechanical engineering degree from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, I’ve embarked on a career in the electrical and automation industries for the past 24+ years. I’ve held positions in application engineering, product marketing, and technical sales at various automation and control companies. I’ve been at Balluff for the last 5 years in technical sales roles and now lead a sales team focused in specific market industries and product solutions.
Mr. Holcomb studied at the University of Buffalo, receiving his Master of Science degree in 1994. Mark began his professional career at CSA Engineering in Palo Alto, California (now Moog). While at CSA, Mark worked on active systems product development, including active isolation platforms and reaction mass cancellation devices. In 1997 Mr. Holcomb started his own consulting company, focusing much of his work at KLA-Tencor. From 1997 to 2009, Mark consulted for KLA-Tencor doing modal testing, and servo loop modeling, tuning and testing. In 2009, Mark joined AeroJet Corp in Sacramento Ca, where he modeled actuation devices used on board kinetic warheads. Two years later in 2011, Mark returned to KLA-Tencor, assisting in development of a 450 mm stage. In October of 2015, Mark joined Celera Motion where he is working with Engineering, doing servo tuning for motors and mechatronics hardware, with manufacturing, writing automation test software, and also with sales and application engineering, writing motor analysis software and assisting customers in finding the best solution for their motion control needs.
Keith H. Knight is currently the Product Line Design Manager for 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.
Kevin Kurtz is a magnetics applications engineer in Louisville, KY, working in magnetic design for over 5 years. Electrical engineer by education, graduating with a Master of Engineering and a Bachelor's of Science from the University of Louisville, minoring in physics. He is currently pursuing his PhD.
Damien Lawhorn is a PhD student and NASA GF in the SPARK Laboratory under the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Kentucky. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kentucky in 2017. Damien worked as a modeling intern in the Simplorer development team at ANSYS headquarters in Canonsburg, PA. There he developed power electronic models that are used in various applications such as aircraft power systems. Damien was awarded a graduate fellowship from NASA KY in 2018 funding research into electric aircraft technologies. Most recently, Damien worked as an electric aircraft research and development intern at NASA's Glenn Research Center where he contributed to developing flight quality motor drives for NASA's first all-electric aircraft, the X57 Maxwell. His current research interests are power electronics and drives for electric traction and propulsion in aircraft and racecars. Additionally, Damien studies renewable energy generation and integration.
BSEE Purdue University / MBA Indiana University. 35+ years experience in process and plant automation, motion control and information technology. Supporting customers with a unique blend of technical expertise and sales professionalism, my passion at this point in my career is to transfer knowledge and experience to our sales force and align our product development effort with customer needs to ensure meaningful and successful new product introductions to the market.
Dr. Atef Massoud is the Automation Engineer Manager for Omron Automation Americas, based out of the Chicago area. He and his team apply their combined 100+ years of experience in industrial automation to solve the needs of Omron’s top and most challenging customers. Dr. Massoud himself specializes in design, development, and implementation of motion control and servo systems across multiple industries such as printing, packaging, and manufacturing. Leveraging advanced control algorithms, custom kinematics, real-time programming and vibration testing/control techniques, Dr. Massoud has led his organization to over 8 years of growth in the motion market across the Americas. Dr. Massoud attained his Ph.D. in Dynamics, Control and Robotics, from McMaster University (Canada). He also has a M.Sc. and B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cairo University (Egypt). He is affiliated with the IEEE Robotics and Automation Association, and EtherCAT Technology Group. He has 4 patents and more than 15 industry publications.
Working closely with ecosystem partners, customers and product teams Rashmi is responsible for proving forefront solutions and partnerships combining IoT, AI and Edge as well as other emergent technologies at Microsoft.
Rashmi has been at the forefront of telecoms and IP media for over 20 years, managing network applications, cloud, media, IoT and M2M businesses for HPE during the last 6 years, where most recently she was the Head of AI Solutions for High Performance Compute solutions.
Rashmi previously led Motorola's worldwide System Integration portfolio and was instrumental in deploying some of the first expert and AI systems in 2G, 3G and 4G networks. She owns six international patents for intelligent optimization, automated network health and monetisation of traffic on telecom networks.
Rashmi has a doctorate in Artificial Intelligence on Multi-Agent Reasoning Systems, from Exeter University, UK and an MBA from Warwick University, UK.
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.
Kumar Rajasekhara started his professional career as a Machine Design Engineer for the packaging and steel industries. For the last 33 years, he has been working in the coil and motor winding industry in engineering, sales, and operations positions. Furthermore, his career has been focused on working for manufacturers of winding and automation machinery. He has led Marsilli North America since 2004 and has launched subsidiaries in India (2006) and Mexico (2016) for the Marsilli Group of companies, headquartered in Castelleone, Italy. He has made several technical presentations, including one at the ITEC 2016 conference in Michigan. Kumar holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering-Machine Design Concentration from the Univ. of North Carolina-Charlotte and an MBA from Loyola College in Maryland.
“Is this machinery safe?” Functional Safety standards and principals provide concise methods to answer this question, and also the means to demonstrate that functional safety has been achieved. But functional safety compliance can also provide significant improvements to the bottom line by streamlining machinery access, reducing Mean Time To Repair (MTTR) and by removing incentives to bypass safety procedures or technologies. Functional Safety principals provide tools to improve both safety and productivity, and this is fundamentally changing the way manufacturers are applying safety systems today.
Mr. Nikunj Shah is Development & Certification Manager for the Low Voltage General Motion Control Drive products in the Motion Control business of Siemens Industry, Inc. in the Atlanta area. He has over 17 years of experience of R&D, Product Development & Certification of Power Electronics Converters & applications. Mr. Shah is also actively involved in the development & maintenance of many national & international industry standards for example UL, IEC, NEMA, IEEE, CSA etc. as related to low voltage drives & power electronic converters, and represents Siemens on many Standards Technical Panels, Committees & Working Groups. Mr. Shah has a Master’s Degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering and is also a distinguished Senior Member of IEEE.
I was born and raised in electric motor repair and manufacturing industries. I have spent the past 10 years working in electrical steel, both in sales and technical roles. Most recently I have helped build a new division for the Cogent business which is inclusive of electric motor lamination and prototype manufacturing for specialty applications.
Leo Stocco is the co-founder and Director of R&D of Orbitless Drives in Vancouver Canada. He developed the Orbitless drive in 2014 which has had its first US patent issued in 2018. He is currently working with micro-motor and tier-1 automotive companies to bring the technology to the medical device and automotive markets. He as also a professor of electrical engineering at the University of British Columbia where he specializes in robotics, control, rapid prototyping, and bio-medical technology.
With a degree in Electrical Engineering from Milwaukee School of Engineering, Micah Stuedemann has been with Yaskawa America since 2013. Micah started out as a Software Engineer in the Custom Firmware Group in the Inverter Drives Division of Yaskawa. After 2 years he transitioned to the Motion Group Division as a product training engineer. He has worked closely with the other trainers and product engineering groups to update current classes and create new eLearning videos. His latest achievement was creating hands-on training for G-Code Control for the MPiec Controllers. In his free time Micah prefers to either build spare parts for his RC planes using his 3D printer or enjoy the outdoors on his motorcycle.
Peter Swift joined B&R Industrial Automation in 2014 after graduating from the University of Minnesota with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. As an Applications Engineer, Peter developed control system software for packaging and metal forming systems. He transitioned to Sales to support direct and distribution business in the growing Minnesota market before joining B&R’s Technology Engineering Group. As a Technology Engineer, Peter promotes nationwide adoption of innovative technologies- and specializes in Linear Transport Systems. In his free time, he enjoys sailing, skiing, and spending time with his wife and family.
Robert B. Trask, PE is a Senior Systems Architect with BECKHOFF. Trask has worked at Beckhoff since 2003 and facilitates high level automation systems planning for leading machine builders and manufacturers. A seasoned presenter on new automation technologies, Trask has led numerous leading edge technological projects at Beckhoff North America, including the advancement of innovative concepts such as object-oriented programming (OOP), Industrie 4.0, Industrial Internet of Things, cloud-connected manufacturing systems and more. Trask is also the North American Representative for the EtherCAT Technology Group. Trask holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University and has nearly 30 years of experience with automation, industrial controls and systems planning. Trask is a registered professional engineer.
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.
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.
A senior degreed engineer in both, electrical and mechanical engineer with 30 years practical experience in design, fabricate and test electrical motors. Dr. Vasile is the (co) author of more than two dozen of technical articles and several books for student use in electrical motors and related fields. His past employments included titles as a Faculty Professor and Engineering Manager among others.
Marcel joined B&R over 8 years ago at their Midwest regional office in Chicago, IL as Application Expert for Packaging. In his current role as a Solutions Architect, he works closely with the sales and engineering team reviewing customers' application requirements and provides technical expertise on new and existing B&R technologies. He also works very closely with R&D at the global B&R headquarters in Eggelsberg, Austria to specify new technologies, functionality and software to meet the needs of the North American market. More recently working on projects focused on virtual commissioning, simulation and the digital twin.
Dr. Yongbin Wei is currently a Senior Director of Engineering with Qualcomm Research of Qualcomm Incorporated. At Qualcomm research, Yongbin has been leading new technology development over the years on system design, standardization and product development for cdma2000, 4G LTE, and recently the cutting-edge 5G New Radio technology. He has authored more than 20 journal and conference papers, and holds more than 200 US issued patents with many more pending. Yongbin received Bachelor and Master degrees from Univ. of Science and Technology of China, and Ph.D. degree from Purdue University, all in Electrical Engineering.
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 a sales application engineer, then moved into marketing and product management roles for the precision linear mechanics products. Jim spent three years in Asia doing market and business development before moving to Parker’s Compumotor facility, taking on roles in product management for controls and then as application engineering manager. Throughout his career, Jim has led hundreds of technical and product training classes for distributors and customers.