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
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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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Brench Boden

Digital Enterprise Lead
Air Force Research Lab
Air Force Manufacturing Technology Program
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Brench Boden is the senior technical advisor for Digital Enterprise in the Air Force Research Laboratory Manufacturing Technology Program. His responsibilities include strategic planning, technology roadmapping, and program development across a diverse technical spectrum focused on driving earlier analysis of producibility into systems engineering practice, digital engineering of acquisition and support analyses to impact AF weapon system programs, and elevation of digital posture of suppliers in the industrial base. He is an original author of the AF Digital Thread vision and was formerly Chief Technology Officer for the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute. He advises numerous AF and DoD organizations and Manufacturing Innovation Institutes on digital transformation topics.

Brench is the twice former chair of the Advanced Manufacturing Enterprise Subpanel under the Joint Defense Manufacturing Technology Panel, and former co-chair of the Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Committee under the NDIA Manufacturing Division.

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Ryan Jarvis

Vice President & General Manager
Siemens Digital Industries
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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.

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Mario Santillo

Robotics Research Leader
Ford Motor Company
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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.

Industry Day Speakers


Mark Dolsen

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Mark Dolsen is President of TRQSS Inc., a supplier of automotive seat belt systems located in Tecumseh, Ontario Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Kettering University (formerly General Motors Institute), a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Wayne State University, and a Ph.D. in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at Wayne State University. Dr. Dolsen has over 30 years of experience working in the automotive parts industry in engineering and management positions. He is a member of IIE, SAE, ASQ, and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario, Canada.

Tom Hoffman

Tom Hoffman

Portfolio Development Executive and Director of Business
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Tom Hoffman’s journey in manufacturing began in 1982 officially from a work life perspective however being from the Detroit area it is more or less a part of daily life whether it was working on cars in the garage or at my fathers machine shop. It all led to becoming involved in Digital Manufacturing. The journey started on mainframe CAD systems (Applicon), then to simulation tools (Tecnomatix Robcad) on workstations and subsequently the transition into a PLM world (Siemens Teamcenter) and helping customers unlock the Digital Twin capabilities through a strong knowledge of the various digital threads that can show the value from virtual to real and the subsequent connection supporting IIoT.


Lindsay Klee

Innovation, Commercialization & Technology Transfer Leader

Dedicated professional with experience in innovation, commercialization, healthcare & life science-related ventures, growth planning, investment strategy, operations, regulatory/reimbursement implementation/strategy, technology transfer, innovation/commercialization leadership, project management, business planning, product development, growth, and strategic development of early-stage, mature, and evolving hospital/healthcare, med device, life science/bio tech, healthcare innovation, and r&d enterprises. Skill set associated with multi-functional team leadership, FDA compliance, deal strategy, financial management, portfolio management, early-stage product development, & inter-disciplinary communications involving C-suite and fiscal executives, scientists, academic administrators, payors, physicians, and investors.

Angie Lafferty

Angie Lafferty

General Manager, Engineering & Skilled Trades
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Angie leads a diverse team of engineers and skilled trades in a high volume production plant that utilizes various types of automated systems. She has 25 years of experience designing parts and processes in a lean manufacturing environment which produces seat belt assemblies for the automotive industry utilizing the Toyota Production System. Angie has led the design, development and implementation of multiple automated systems over the years that all require high levels of performance and reliability to ensure product quality.

Ben Messick

Benjamin Messick

Director of Technology
ATCO Industries
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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.

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Raymond Monroe

Panelist, Joint Defense Manufacturing Technology Panel, Metals Sub-panel
U.S. Department of Defense

Raymond W. Monroe joined the Steel Founders' Society of America SFSA as Executive Vice President in 1988. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University, an M.S. in Engineering Science from the University of Alabama (Birmingham), and a Phd in Manufacturing Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic University.

Raymond supports the U.S. Department of Defense as a panelist for the Joint Defense Manufacturing Technology Panel- Metals Sub-panel. This panel reviews the DoD MANTECH projects for advanced manufacturing. He is the instigator for the Steel Performance Initiative, a DoD program to invest in advanced specialty steel technology for U.S., domestic producers to meet strategic DoD requirements.


Sam Phillips

Digital Enterprise and Services at Siemens Digital Industries USA
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Sam Phillips is an expert in Industry 4.0/5.0. In Siemens, He helps customers realize the full potential of Industry 4.0 and IoE. My work has also continued in the education arena with Wayne State University - co-founding and developing the Smart Manufacturing Demonstration Center, and IndustryX with my friends and colleagues of the Industrial Engineering School.

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Wendy Serra

Director of Advanced Manufacturing Services
Jacobs Engineering
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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.