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Dean Bartles

President & CEO 

Manufacturing Technology Deployment Group, Inc. 


Bio: Dr. Dean Bartles is a seasoned operations professional with four decades of management experience in manufacturing and technology. He is currently the President and CEO of the Manufacturing Technology Deployment Group, Inc., a not-for-profit holding company of both the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) and Advanced Manufacturing International, Inc. (AMI). Since 2010, Dr. Dean Bartles served as a board member for NCDMM before joining as the President and Chief Executive Officer in May 2019. Prior to this, he served as the President of the National Tooling and Machining Association and was previously the Director of the John Olson Advanced Manufacturing Center at the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Bartles was the founding Executive Director of the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute in Chicago and the Chief Manufacturing Officer of UI LABS. Dr. Bartles worked for General Dynamics Corporation for 31 years where he was responsible for setting up and running manufacturing operations in Egypt, Turkey, and the United States. Between 2001 and 2014, Dr. Bartles increased sales at General Dynamics Corporation from $135 million to over $600 million. Before his time at General Dynamics Corporation, Dr. Bartles worked for Fairchild Republic Company as an Industrial Engineer for approximately 5 years. Dr. Bartles served as the 2016-2017 President of the North American Manufacturing Research Institute, the 2016 President of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the founding Chairman of the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition, and the Chairman of the Board of the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining. Dean graduated from Indiana State University earning a PhD in Technology Management with a concentration in Manufacturing Systems. Dr. Bartles’ skills in advanced manufacturing technology areas include Digital Manufacturing, Model Based Enterprise, Industry 4.0, smart manufacturing, Additive Manufacturing, advanced robotics, and brilliant factory concepts.


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.


Raj Gopalaswamy

Global Technology Director of New Domains





Bio: Dr. Raj Gopalaswamy is Global Technology Director (GTD) of New Domains at Novelis. New Domains serves as a catalyst for accelerating innovation and sustained footprint reduction for Novelis, leading key initiatives such as ERASE (Energy Reduction and Sustainable Engineering), AI & Modeling, and R&D Ecosystems. He is responsible for developing strong partnerships with research institutes to enhance Novelis’ capabilities in the areas of Sustainability, surfaces, battery materials, high throughput research and other areas. Prior to this role Raj was GTD of Can and Specialties R&D and prior to Novelis he was at Coca-Cola’s Global Packaging R&D where he led strategic programs in metal, plastics and other packaging. Before Coke he was at Rexam Beverage Can Company where he developed new products for global customers in metal packaging. His academic background is a PhD in Engineering Sci & Mechanics from Penn State and an MBA in Economics & Finance from Chicago Booth.


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!  


Mark Jolly

Professor and Director of Manufacturing

Cranfield University, UK



Bio: Mark is Professor and Director of Manufacturing. He has 40 years’ experience in manufacturing. He spent 13 years working in industry in automotive and tier 1&2 suppliers into manufacturing both in the UK and abroad before moving into academia in 1995. In 2012 he joined Cranfield after 17 years at the University of Birmingham. He has managed over £17.5 M of research projects since 1999 and has over 350 publications, technical reports, articles and books. He is Director of the recently announced UKRI Transforming the Foundation Industries Research and Innovation Hub (TransFIRe), co-Director of the Circular Economy Network plus in Transport Systems (CENTS), and co-Director of the Engineering and Physical sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing which offers a triple degree with the Universities of Warwick and Exeter. Mark has sat on the EPSRC Peer Review College since 2003 and sits on the council of the Cast Metals Federation, is a reviewer for the European Space Agency (ESA) and Enterprise Ireland. He is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Environmentalist and sits on the Society for the Environment Honorary Fellows Panel. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), and is the chair of the Materials Processing and Manufacturing leadership group. He also sits on the IOM3 Sustainable Development, Light Metals Groups. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Cast Metals Engineers (ICME). Mark was Chair of the Solidification Committee of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS, USA) for two years until 2018.


Asela Kulatunga

Professor in Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering, Faculty of 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.


Josh Werner

Assistant Professor, Department of Mining Engineering

University of Kentucky



Bio: A professional engineer with 15 years of deep expertise, Dr. Joshua Werner has worked across the spectrum of metallurgical engineering as both an academic and industrial engineer. He served as a process engineer for seven years at Honeywell Electronic Materials before embarking on an academic career in extractive metallurgy at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Werner is passionate about the development and design of advanced green technologies for the recovery of critical and valuable elements. His experience spans all levels of technology development from theory to lab scale and pilot plant design and commissioning. 


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.