Distinguished academics and industrialists will deliver the speeches. Confirmed Speakers are shown below, but the list is still under development.

Keynote speakers

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Joseph Beaman

Earnest F. Gloyna Regents Chair in Engineering
Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Joseph J. Beaman holds the Earnest F. Gloyna Regents Chair in Engineering and served as Department Chair for Mechanical Engineering between the years of 2000 and 2011. His career work has been in both manufacturing and control, and he is licensed as a Professional Engineer in the State of Texas. His specific manufacturing research interest is in Solid Freeform Fabrication, a manufacturing technology that produces freeform solid objects directly from a computer model of the object without part-specific tooling or knowledge. Professor Beaman coined this term in 1987. One of the most successful Solid Freeform Fabrication approaches, Selective Laser Sintering, was a process that was developed in his laboratory.

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Ryan Javis

Vice President & General Manager
Siemens Digital Industries

Ryan Jarvis is Vice President and General Manager of Digital Industries Services for Siemens USA with over 25 years of experience consulting clients in manufacturing optimization.  In his current role leading Siemens Digital Enterprise Services, Ryan has launched Siemens’ consulting and implementation team focused on delivering digital transformation across US manufacturing in addition, he manages their organization responsible on lifecycle services & support of Siemens Digital Industries.  Prior to this role, Ryan headed Siemens Vertical Markets team with a strategic focus on Food, Beverage, and the Consumer Products Industry.

Prior to joining Siemens, Ryan was on the executive leadership team at Entegreat Inc., a consulting and integration firm specializing in manufacturing ERP, MoM, and Operational Intelligence within the broader manufacturing Industry. In addition, he also has roots in the automotive industry where he managed several corporate accounts for Rockwell Automation including Ford Motor Company, Magna International, and Lear Seating.

Industry Day Speakers

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Mario Santillo

Robotics Research Leader
Ford Motor Company

Mario Santillo received the B.S. degree in Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2003, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2005 and 2009, respectively. Mario currently leads the robotics research efforts within Ford Motor Company’s Research & Advanced Engineering Organization, where he focuses on the development and application of advanced control methods and artificial intelligence algorithms to next-generation robotic technologies in manufacturing and package-delivery automation.

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Wendy Serra

Director of Advanced Manufacturing Services
Jacobs Engineering

Wendy has over 22 years of Manufacturing experience and has served as both a consultant and in managerial roles for major manufacturing and automotive OEMs such as Rivian, Tesla, Ford Motor Company and Chrysler, as well as federal clients such as the United States Army.   Although she specializes in everything from new facility design to plant launch and operations support, her emphasis is on concurrent design of product and process and facility and assembly systems to help clients create robust systems in a virtual environment.


Ben Messick

Director of Technology
ATCO Industries

Ben is an experienced Launch Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the automotive industry. Skilled in Management, Continuous Improvement, Microsoft PowerPoint, Software Development, and Microsoft Office. Strong business development professional with a Master's degree focused in Data Science and Business Analytics from Wayne State University.


Steffen Klawitter

Digital Enterprise Architect

Steffen is a Digital Enterprise Lead Architect with experience in leading international teams to create long-lasting business value for large enterprises. Proven track record in areas like solution & enterprise architecture, product lifecycle management (PLM), application lifecycle management (ALM), digital twin & virtual commissioning, industrial internet of things (IIoT), trusted traceability/blockchain and artificial intelligence/machine learning / deep learning.