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Invited Speakers

Satish Bukkapatnam

Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering and Director TEES Institute for Manufacturing Systems 

Texas A&M University, USA


Bio: Satish T. S. Bukkapatnam received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in industrial and manufacturing engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. He currently serves as Rockwell International Professor with the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering department at Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA. He is also the Director of Texas A&M Engineering Experimentation Station (TEES) Institute for Manufacturing Systems. His research in smart manufacturing addresses the harnessing of high-resolution nonlinear dynamic information, especially from wireless MEMS sensors, to improve the monitoring and prognostics, mainly of ultraprecision and nanomanufacturing processes and machines, and wearable sensors for cardiorespiratory processes. His research has led to over 160 peer-reviewed publications (101 published/ accepted in journals and 68 in conference proceedings); five pending patents; $6 million in grants as PI/Co-PI from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the private sector; and 14 best-paper/poster recognitions. He is a fellow of the Institute for Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE), and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), and his work has been recognized with Oklahoma State University regents distinguished research, Halliburton outstanding college of engineering faculty, and Fulbright-Tocqueville distinguished chair awards.


Bill Green

Distinguished Engineer & Chief Technologist:

Supply Chain Optimization, Sustainability and Protection



Bio: Bill is a technical executive within IBM Systems Supply Chain, responsible for implementing new technology to optimize supply chain, packaging and distribution, as well as improving supply chain's sustainability practices. 25 Years in the field of Supply Chain Distribution. Recipient of the Dr. Mark E Dean Black Engineer of the Year Legacy Award in 2020. Chairman of the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) Global Board of Directors. Appointed IBM Master Inventor in 2018 for innovation leadership with 28 issued patents. Creator of IBM’s Packaging Sustainability Strategy that has eliminated more than 9000 tons of packaging waste. BS and MS in Packaging Engineering from Michigan State University, and a proud Spartan!  


Asela Kulatunga

Professor, Department of Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering

University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka



Bio: Dr. Asela Kulatunga is a professor in Manufacturing & Industrial Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. Processes PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia 2013 and was a gLink Erasmus Mundus Research Fellow at the University of Bremen Germany in 2015. Dr. Kulatunga has published several books/book chapters, and more than eighty journal and conference papers has served in many local and international forums in the area of Sustainable development and he is one of the pioneer researchers in Sustainable Manufacturing and Life Cycle Analysis.


KC Morris

Leader, Life Cycle Engineering Group

National Institute of Standards and Technology



Bio: KC Morris is a research science and technology leader at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).  She applies her background in computer science, information modeling, and knowledge representation to solve industrial challenges in the manufacturing sector while ensuring that new practices lead to more competitive and sustainable manufacturing. KC began her career developing foundational standards for sharing product designs and expanded over 30 years to many of the standards used today for integrating manufacturing systems into broader digital ecosystems providing foundations for the 4th industrial revolution.  KC leads an award-winning team that contributes to smart and sustainable manufacturing systems from the shop floor through integration with the enterprise and supply chain. She serves on the executive committee of ASTM International’s E60 Committee on Sustainability, is vice-chair of ASTM E60.13 on Sustainable Manufacturing, is a technical expert to ISO TC 184 on Automation systems and integration, and serves on the board of directors for SME’s North American Manufacturing Research Institute (NAMRI).  KC served as an ASME Congressional Fellow during the 116th Congress (2018-2020) in the Office of Congressman Tom Reed where she focused on US manufacturing policy and led the US Congressional House Manufacturing Caucus.


Haresh Malkani

Chief Technology Officer

Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII)



Bio: Haresh was appointed Chief Technology Officer of CESMII The Smart Manufacturing Institute in March 2018. Haresh oversees the technology mission, roadmap and objectives of CESMII and is responsible for developing the institute’s project portfolio for Smart Manufacturing technologies spanning advanced sensors, controls, modeling, analytics and platforms for manufacturing. He also oversees the development and application of the nation’s first interoperable, collaborative Smart Manufacturing Innovation platform for industrial applications. Haresh brings three decades of experience in industrial RD&E covering development and deployment of Smart Manufacturing technologies. Prior to joining CESMII, he was the Director of Digital Manufacturing & Automation Technologies at Arconic/Alcoa where he was responsible for developing the organization’s strategy for smart manufacturing and deploying solutions that drove productivity across the company’s discrete and hybrid operations. He holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Maharaja Sayajirao University (India).


David C. Rummler

Managing Director

CleanTech Strategy

Bio: David is an advisor/mentor to Clean Technology Air, water & waste; Energy Efficiency; Green Building; Energy Storage and Transportation ventures. He is on multiple advisory boards of clean technology ventures including Cyber Tran International an ultra-light rail venture, Bert Thin Films a break-through in front side metallization paste for solar modules/cells and spin-off of University of Louisville and Edison2 a next-generation autonomous vehicle and winner of the 2010 Automotive X Prize and Full Harvest a business to business fresh produce venture that just received $2M seed funding.

David is a frequent speaker/moderator in industry and investment forums. Representative engagements include moderating Global Networks: Driving Innovation throughout the Value Chain panel at The Sustainable Corporation 2012; Entrepreneurship panel at the University of Louisville Renewable Energy 3 2017 workshop; and Clean Technology Investment Opportunities at Keiretsu Forum 2013 Pitch Me Green.

David’s education experience includes advanced mathematics, global entrepreneurship, strategic management and sustainability on the faculties of San Jose State and San Francisco State and Stanford University. He has developed a new business modeling methodology being adopted by each of his advisees to disrupt incumbents in the market. The methodology includes integrated market, development, value chain, cost/resource and pricing/revenue models.


Daniel Cooper

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

University of Michigan



Bio: Dan Cooper is an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering department at the University of Michigan. He heads the Resourceful Manufacturing and Design (ReMaDe) group, which is dedicated to pursuing environmental sustainability through process innovations in resource efficiency and optimized manufacturing and recycling supply chains. Dan’s work is at the nexus between Industrial Ecology (IE) and Engineering: he uses IE methodologies such as material flow analyses and life cycle assessment to identify opportunities and quantify impacts at the process, factory, and supply chain scale, and then pursues an experimental and mechanistic modeling approach to generate the knowledge underlying those opportunities. Dan received all his degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cambridge before completing a post-doc at MIT. He is the recipient of the 2020 ASME Ben C. Sparks Education Medal, and the 2020 SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award.


Nancy Diaz-Elsayed

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

University of South Florida




Bio: Dr. Nancy Diaz-Elsayed is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida (USF) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. She leads the Smart and Sustainable Systems Laboratory (S3 Lab) where her research group applies data-driven methods and develops IoT applications to enable the design of sustainable systems. Her projects have spanned discrete and continuous processes, including tool condition monitoring for CNC machining, the characterization of health monitoring capabilities for production equipment, the sustainable design of integrated wastewater management systems, and the development of a digital twin for remote energy monitoring. Dr. Diaz-Elsayed leads the Women in Advanced Manufacturing (WIAM) Forum organizing committee of ASME’s Manufacturing Engineering Division and is a recipient of the 2021 William R. Jones Outstanding Mentor Award from the Florida Education Fund. She holds a M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.


Amin Mirkouei

Assistant Professor, Department of Nuclear Engineering & Industrial Management

University of Idaho



Bio: Dr. Amin Mirkouei is an Assistant Professor at University of Idaho, certified Professional Engineer (PE), and experienced Technologist. I have 10+ years’ experience contributing/leading cross-disciplinary projects in renewable materials, sustainable/clean energy systems, design and manufacturing, cyber-physical control and optimization, and operations research, particularly renewable fuels, green chemicals, and rare earth elements/minerals from various waste streams (biomass feedstocks, plastics wastes, e-wastes, and animal manure). Currently, I am a major advisor in Industrial Technology, Technology Management, Mechanical Engineering, Biological Engineering, and Environmental Science programs at University of Idaho. I have served as federal/state agency panelist, editorial board member, conference/symposium organizer, and journal/conference reviewer. I have published and co-authored 40 articles in scientific journals and peer-reviewed conference proceedings. I also received several honors/awards/grants from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, National Science Foundation, and United States Geological Survey.


Julius Schoop

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

University of Kentucky



Bio: Julius Schoop is a Materials Science and Manufacturing Process expert with combination of applied and theoretical knowledge of advanced manufacturing processes. Following his undergraduate studies in Chemical Physics (B.S., Centre College, 2011) and doctoral studies in Materials Science and Engineering (Ph.D., UK, 2015), Dr. Schoop was a postdoctoral research associate at the Institute for Sustainable Manufacturing (ISM) at the University of Kentucky.

In 2016, Julius Schoop joined TechSolve, Inc. in Cincinnati, OH as Program Manager and Principal Engineer. At TechSolve, Dr. Schoop worked on wide range of applied manufacturing projects, from developing and commercializing technology for sustainable, near-dry machining processes, to serving as principal consulting engineer on major machinability and process development studies. Through his experience as process expert consultant for both small/medium manufacturers as well as large companies such as GE Aviation, Dr. Schoop has established a broad range of practical skills and in-depth knowledge of advanced jet turbine and automotive powertrain machining and finishing processes.

In 2018, Dr. Schoop joined the University of Kentucky’s Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) and Institute for Sustainable Manufacturing as Assistant Professor of Sustainable Manufacturing, with a research and teaching focus on Digitally-Enabled Manufacturing and Advanced Surface Finishing and Engineering via computationally-efficient process models.


Peng (Edward) Wang

Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Department of Mechanical Engineering

University of Kentucky



Bio: Dr. Peng (Edward) Wang joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Kentucky since August, 2019. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 2017. His research interests are in the areas of stochastic modeling and machine learning for machine condition monitoring and performance prediction, manufacturing process modeling and optimization, and human-robot collaboration. Dr. Wang has published over 30 peer-reviewed papers in journals such as CIRP Annals-Manufacturing TechnologyIEEE Transactions of Automation Science and EngineeringSME Journal of Manufacturing Systems, and gets over 3,000 citations according to Google Scholar.  He is the recipient of the Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 2022, Best Student Paper Award from the IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE) in 2015, the Outstanding Technical Paper Award from the SME North American Manufacturing Research Conference in 2017, 2020, and 2021, the Best Paper Award from CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems in 2020.


Yiran (Emma) Yang

Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial, Manufacturing, & Systems Engineering

University of Texas at Arlington



Bio: Dr. Yiran (Emma) Yang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial, Manufacturing, & Systems Engineering, at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). She obtained her Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering & Operations Research from University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 2019, a M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University Northwest in 2015, and a B.S. degree in Vehicle Engineering from Beijing Institute of Technology in 2013. She has previously worked on research projects in additive manufacturing and sustainable manufacturing sponsored by NSF and U.S. DOE. At UTA, Dr. Yang is dedicated to performing fundamental research on sustainability practices in additive manufacturing, and leveraging the research findings in the education and mentoring of STEM students to form a strong future workforce in advanced manufacturing.