2018 Speakers

Meet the innovators and thought leaders driving the digital revolution. Learn, connect, and be inspired by the brightest minds in technology and manufacturing.

Jason Waack

Vice President of Technology

Pillar Technology

    Dr. Louay M. Chamra

    Dean of the School of Engineering and Computer Science

    Oakland University

      Michael Gray

      Senior Director of Programs


      Vicky Rad

      Deputy Director, Department of Planning and Economic Development

      Macomb County Planning and Economic Development

      Dr. Julie R. Bartholomew

      Chief Innovation Technology Officer

      RPG | IMX

      Dr. Murthy Kolluru

      Chief Mentor, Soothsayer Analytics & Founder, INSOFE

      Soothsayer Analytics

      Dr. Peter Wawrow

      Director, Applied Research and Development

      St. Clair College

        Robert T. Ruffini


        Fluxtrol, Inc.

        Cynthia Hutchison

        Senior Director

        Automation Alley

        Saleem Chaudhary

        Net Ops Automation Architect

        Ford Motor Company

        Tony Vernaci


        Aerospace Industry Association of Michigan

        Scott Ellsworth

        Managing Director


          Kevin Aretha

          Industry Sales Manager

          Rockwell Automation

          Andrew Kalinowski

          International Businesss Development Manager

          Thunder Technologies LLC

          Darrell Kleinke

          Director of Engnineering Graduate Programs

          University of Detroit Mercy

          John Patrick Hitch

          Senior Technology Writer


          Dr. Patricia A. Chatman

          Dean, School of Business, Entrepreneurship, and Professional Development

          Henry Ford College

          Craig Niese

          Manager, Process Technology & Development

          General Dynamics Land Systems

          Lynn Bishop

          Vice President of Engineering Services

          Pratt & Miller Engineering

          Dr. Ryan Nelson


          Michigan Institute of Urology

          David Pistrui, Ph.D.

          Industry Liaison and Clinical Professor of Engineering

          University of Detroit Mercy, College of Engineering & Science

          Mark Barrott


          Plante Moran

          Sassa Akervall


          Akervall Technologies Inc.

          Adam Ludwig Brown

          US Marketing Manager


          Bryan Crutchfield

          Vice President and General Manager - North America


          Mike Folster

          General Manager


          Don Loepp


          Plastics News

          Noel H Nevshehir

          Director International Business Services and Industry 4.0 Strategic Partnerships

          Automation Alley

          David K. Dorner


          DornerWorks, Ltd.

          Kevin Kerrigan

          Senior Vice President, Automotive Office


          Carl Vause


          Soft Robotics

          Michael Mahfet


          Ascent Aerospace

            Chris Dole


            Soothsayer Analytics

            Kelly MacVoy Guffey

            Chief Revenue Officer

            DWM Holdings

            Scott Perdue


            Configit Inc.

            Mark Lezotte


            Butzel Long

            Brandon Evans

            Automation Engineering Manager


            Steven Merahn, MD

            Chief Medical Officer

            Centria Healthcare

            Kevin Bester

            Director of Data & Analytics


            Jeff Simek

            General Manager - Operations

            RCO Aerospace & RCO Engineering

            Daoxia Ding

            Industry 4.0 Lead, Senior Consultant

            P3 North America

            Jeff Gibson

            Director of Advanced Business Strategy

            Herman Miller

            Kurt Dykema

            Director of Technology


            Matt Ebrom

            IoT Solution Architect


            Ryne DeBoer

            Vice President of Business Development

            Morey Corporation

            Jeff Hauser

            Senior Vice President, Business Development and Marketing

            Right Management - Great Lakes Region

            Jennifer Tisdale

            Associate Principal of Cybersecurity Research, Automotive & Defense

            GRIMM Cyber Research

            Radha Krishnan

            President and CEO

            Detroit Engineered Products (DEP)

            Ty Smith

            Supervisor - Risk Advisory Services

            RSM US

            Michael Arena

            Chief Talent Officer

            General Motors

            Rehan Hasan

            Co-founder & COO

            Kenzie Academy

            John Healy

            Vice President and Managing Director, Kelly Outsourcing and Consulting Group

            Kelly Services, Inc.

            Fred Bellio

            Managing Partner & Co-Founder


            Bala Shetty

            Partner & Co-Founder


            Jean-Levy Beaudoin

            VP, Platforms and Innovation


            Jason A. Tyszko

            Vice President U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Center for Education and Workforce

            US Chamber of Commerce Foundation

            Christopher Koch

            Senior Field Application Engineer

            Robert Bosch LLC

            Jay Douglass

            Chief Operating Officer

            Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM)

            Karthik Gopalakrishnan

            Head of Business - Connected Solutions & IoT

            Robert Bosch LLC

            Dale Kirk

            Vice President of Engineering


              Lisa Lunsford


              Global Strategic Supply Solutions (GS3 Global)

              Brad Ferguson

              Vice President, Technical Sales Americas


              Rodney Rusk

              Industry 4.0 Business Leader

              Bosch Rexroth

              Andreas Hassold

              Connected Industry Consultant

              Bosch Rexroth

              Bob Brincheck

              Business Transformation Director


              Scott Kraemer

              Production Development Engineer


              Fabian Borowski

              Industry 4.0 Project Manager, North America

              Robert Bosch LLC

              Prashant K Dhingra

              Machine Learning Lead


              Benjamin Simon

              Special Agent

              Federal Bureau of Investigation, Detroit Field Office

              Elizabeth Griffith

              Director of Engineering

              Faurecia Interior Systems

              Dr. Richard Davies

              Director of Strategic Planning for Energy and Environmental Sciences and Deputy Director for the Sustainable Transportation Program

              Oak Ridge National Laboratory

              Dr. Marco Kampka

              Head of Gear and Transmission Technology

              Fraunhofer USA

              Jeff Brum

              Senior Technology Consultant

              Mechdyne Corporation

              Clara Tu

              Program Management and International Education

              Fraunhofer Academy

              Dr. Jun Ni

              Shien-Ming (Sam) Wu Collegiate Professor of Manufacturing Science and Professor of Mechanical Engineering

              University of Michigan

                Dr. Craig Blue


                Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program Oak Ridge National Laboratory

                  Matt Tyler


                  Red Rabbit Automation & Vickers Engineering

                  Grace Yuhua Hsia

                  Co-Founder and CEO

                  Warmilu LLC

                  Rebecca Taylor

                  Senior Vice President

                  National Center for Manufacturing Sciences

                  Floyd Dickson

                  Vice President

                  Tutelar Technologies Inc.

                  Timothy Commins

                  Engineering Manager

                  Benteler Automotive

                  Carrie Uhl

                  Vice President, Purchasing and Supply Chain

                  Magna International

                  C.S. Tremblay



                  Helena Leurent

                  Head of Shaping the Future of Manufacturing and Production, Member of the Executive Committee

                  World Economic Forum

                  Dr. Frank W. Gayle

                  Deputy Director, Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office

                  National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

                  Kylee Guenther



                  Kevin Lasser


                  JEMS Telehealth

                  Jeff Burnstein


                  Association for Advancing Automation (A3)

                  Brian Gilmore

                  Chief Technology Evangelist - IoT


                  Tom Kelly

                  Executive Director and CEO

                  Automation Alley