Will showcase global industry leaders, offering insider insights into how 3D Printing is changing our industries and our lives. Click on their name to learn more about the keynotes.
Principal & Office Director
Chief Business & Marketing Officer
Senior Business Development Manager
Wilfried Vancraen, Msc MBA
Materialise CEO Fried Vancraen began his career in 1985 after graduating with a Master of Science in Electro-Mechanical Engineering. Working as a Research Engineer and Consultant at the Research Institute of the Belgian Metalworking Industry, Fried discovered 3D Printing. Passionate about this new technology and firm in his belief that it could help create a better and healthier world, he founded Materialise in July 1990.
In recent years, Fried has been awarded the RTAM/SME Industry Achievement Award, the highest honor in the 3D Printing industry, and has been selected as the most influential person in Additive Manufacturing by industry professionals and TCT Magazine. He has been listed as one of the 5 leading players in his sector by the Financial Times, and is also the recipient of a 2013 Visionaries! Award from the Museum of Art and Design in New York.
Aalpen Patel, MD
Dr. Aalpen Patel is currently the Chairman of Radiology and Medical Director of the 3D Laboratory for the Geisinger Health System. His interests lie in electrical engineering, 3D Printing, machine and deep learning, biological process mathematical modeling, dialysis access management and interventional oncology. He trained at Temple University Hospital and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and began his career in 2001 as Assistant Professor of Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, as well as being an Interventional Radiologist at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
Bart Van der Schueren
Bart Van der Schueren is currently the Executive Vice President of Materialise and has been with the company since the beginning. He received his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at KU Leuven in 1990, and worked with the University as a research assistant, completing his PhD in Direct Metal Sintering while helping to set up (what do you mean by set up?) Materialise. He joined Materialise in 1995 to head the prototyping group. He has since held several positions, and has been a driving force behind large-scale series manufacturing and co-creation.
Benjamin Chang, MD, FACS
Dr. Benjamin Chang is currently Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery in the Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, as well Program Director of the Penn Plastic Surgery Residency and Associate Chief of Plastic Surgery. Together with Dr. Scott Levin, he co-directs the Hand Transplant Programs at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Chang received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and completed his general surgery and plastic surgery residencies at New York University Medical Center.
Bill Hartman is currently the Director of Global Transformative Technologies for Knees at Zimmer Biomet. He started working at Zimmer Biomet in 1987 while studying engineering at Purdue University, and has held several roles at the company over the years. These roles include Product Manager for Knees, Director of Extremities Marketing, Director of Signature Operations and Director of Global Primary Knee Marketing.
Brigitte de Vet
Brigitte de Vet is currently the Vice President of Materialise Medical and a member of the company’s Executive Committee. She has almost 20 years of experience in the healthcare and life science sector, and has held several positions at Johnson & Johnson, ultimately serving as General Manager for Cordis in Germany and VP EMEA for Cordis Neurovascular. She also served as CEO of the Acertys Group. Brigitte received a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from HEC Liège, and an MBA from INSEAD.
Bryan Crutchfield is currently the Vice President and General Manager of Materialise North America. Before joining Materialise, Bryan held several senior executive positions including General Manager of Engineered Fasteners & Components-NAFTA at TRW, Vice President of Sales/Marketing at Android Industries and Director of Sales at ThyssenKrupp Budd. Bryan received his Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Western Michigan University’s Haworth College of Business, and his Master’s degree in Business Administration from Lawrence Technological University.
David is currently the Director of Clinical Research for Abbott-Tendyne, where he is developing a transcatheter mitral valve replacement system for the treatment of mitral regurgitation. David has worked in the cardiovascular medical device field for 28 years with companies such as Eli Lilly and Company, Guidant Corporation, St Jude Medical and Sunshine Heart. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy and an MBA from Purdue University.
David Zopf, MD, MS
Dr. David Zopf is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Michigan. He is involved in medical device development and tissue engineering for several applications within the field of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. His other interests include pediatric congenital and craniofacial malformations, artificial organs, biomechanics, tissue engineering and biomaterials, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Dr. Zopf received his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine, and completed his residency at the University of Michigan.
Derek Steinbacher, DMD, MD, FACS
Dr. Derek Steinbacher is currently the Director of Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery at Yale University, School of Medicine, Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery, and Chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. His interests lie in facial aesthetic, cleft, craniofacial and maxillofacial surgery, rhinoplasty, orthognathic surgery, cosmetic surgery of the face and body, and facial reconstruction. Dr. Steinbacher received his MD from Harvard Medical School and his DMD from the University of Pennsylvania, and completed the plastic and reconstructive surgery program at Johns Hopkins Hospital and training in oral/maxillofacial and general surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Ferenc Pankotai is currently the General Manager for Rotating Component, Additive Manufacturing and Global Tooling at Solar Turbines, a Caterpillar company. He has more than 20 years of experience designing and managing global gas turbine manufacturing, and has been with Solar Turbines since 1998. Ferenc received his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with a specialization in Turbo Machinery and Aerospace from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics in Hungary, as well as a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with a specialization in Design Manufacturing from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in the USA.
Kyle VanKoevering, MD
Kyle VanKoevering is a chief resident in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Michigan. He studied biomedical engineering at the University of Michigan and completed his medical degree at the University of Virginia. He will be completing a fellowship in Anterior Skullbase Surgery at Ohio State University next year. His areas of research interest focus on translational applications and outcomes of 3D modeling, printing and molding technologies.
Lonnie Love, PhD
Lonnie Love is currently a Corporate Fellow and Group Leader of ORNL’s Manufacturing Systems Research Group. With over 20 years of experience in the design and control of complex robotic and hydraulic systems, Lonnie is now the project lead for the Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) program at ORNL which focuses on large-scale, high-speed composite additive manufacturing that is now being commercialized by Cincinnati Incorporated. Lonnie was ORNL’s 2014 Distinguished Research Scientist, 2009 Inventor of the Year and he has over 30 invention disclosures and patents, and 75 peer-reviewed publications.
Michael Barthold is currently the Global Leader of the TruMatch CMF patient-specific products and services for Depuy Synthes Medical Devices, a division of Johnson & Johnson. With over 17 years of experience in the healthcare and medical device industry, Michael has been responsible for various roles, including project management, research and development, operational management and leadership of the development of a global business model focused on personalized products and services made possible with Additive Manufacturing, CAD/CAM software and PLM software. Michael received his Bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University.
Michael Whitens is currently the Global Director for Ford’s Vehicle and Enterprise Sciences at Ford’s Research and Innovation Center. With over 30 years of experience in the automotive industry, Michael has spent the majority of his career at Ford Motor Company in various Body Engineering disciplines, as well as spending three years as the Mustang PVT Manager for the Bullitt and Mach I models. Michael received his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University, and his Master’s degree in Engineering Management from Wayne State University.
Mohammad Ehteshami is currently the Vice President of GE Additive, with a focus on the additive product strategy. Since beginning at GE Aviation as a design engineer in 1984, he has held several roles within the company, such as Manager of Development Assembly and Instrument Operations, Manager of the Combustor Design Engineering Center of Excellence, Vice President of Engineering for GE Oil and Gas, and Vice President and General Manager of Engineering for GE Aviation. Mohammad received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Old Dominion University and his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.
Peter Weinstock, MD, PhD
Dr. Peter Weinstock is currently the Chair and Executive Director of Boston Children’s Hospital Simulator Program (SIMPeds), a Senior Associate of Critical Care Medicine, and an Associate Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School. SIMPeds forms the core of a dedicated SIMDesign lab that fuses engineering, robotics and special effects to produce lifelike patient reproductions for a wide range of applications that improve clinical performances and outcomes. Dr. Weinstock has also developed sustainable medical simulation ecosystems into medical centers and regional healthcare systems across the world, and is the founding president of the International Pediatric Simulation Society (IPSS).
Rob Gorham is currently the Executive Director of America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute at the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM). He has previously held positions such as the Director of Operations and Deputy Director of Technology Development at America Makes, as well as leading the NCDMM, Siemens and Deloitte teams in the creation of the America Makes Digital Storefront. He was also the Senior Manager of the Manufacturing Exploration and Development Group at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics – Advanced Development Programs. Rob received his Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University, and his Master’s degree in Engineering Management from Southern Methodist University.
Sarah Ahlberg, PhD
Sarah Ahlberg is currently the Research Manager for Anatomy and Device Interactions within Medtronic’s Coronary and Structural Heart Business. The team is responsible for researching everything from patient anatomies and access routes to inform device/delivery system design, to how transcatheter heart valves interact, fit and function in a post-implant setting, in addition to assisting with patient screening for clinical trials. Her previous roles with Medtronic include working as a research scientist in the AF business and Heart Valve Therapies business. Sarah received her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, and performed graduate work in the Visible Heart Lab.
Saravan Kumar is currently the Vice President of R&D and Operations at 4C Medical Technologies, a company developing an innovative solution for the treatment of mitral valve regurgitation. Prior to 4C Medical, Saravana served as Senior Director of R&D and Operations at Conventus Orthopaedics, and led engineering teams at St. Jude Medical for the successful development and commercialization of a transcatheter aortic valve replacement technology. Saravana received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, his Master’s degree from the University of North Carolina, and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Delhi in India.
Severine Valdant Zygmont
Severine Valdant Zygmont is currently the President of OPM Biomedical and a member of OPM’s Board of Directors. She has over 15 years of experience in the field of high-performance thermoplastics and over 12 years of leadership experience in operations management, advanced manufacturing, business planning and capital formation. She was also named one of the “7 Top Women in Manufacturing” by CNNMoney. Severine received her Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure en Génie des Systèmes Industriels, and her Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Industries Chimiques.
Stefaan Motte is currently the Vice President of Materialise Software and a member of the Executive Committee of the company. He also leads the “Powered by Materialise” partnership program, which allows companies to embed Materialise technology into their own solutions. Before joining Materialise, Stefaan served as manager of the system security and cryptography competence center at NXP Semiconductors, as well as being a software architect and project manager at Philips Electronics. He received his Master’s degree in both Mathematics and Computer Science from KU Leuven in Belgium, where he has been appointed Fellow of the Faculty of Science.
Frank Rybicki, MD, PhD
Frank J. Rybicki, MD, PhD is Professor and Chair of Radiology at the University of Ottawa and Chief of Medical Imaging at The Ottawa Hospital. Dr. Rybicki globally introduced wide-area detector CT to radiology in 2007, and since the technology has been adopted to become a medical standard for appropriate patient care. Dr. Rybicki is a recognized leader in medical 3D printing and is the past-chair of the Radiological Society of North America Special Interest Group on 3D printing. He is the Editor-in-Chief of 3D Printing in Medicine.
Ed Stefanowicz is the Team Leader for the Geisinger Health System Radiology 3D Imaging Lab, and is registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist’s for Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Radiography. Under Ed’s guidance, the health system has successfully integrated a dedicated 3D post processing lab that is staffed 24/7 and currently processes over 1,400 clinical MRI and CT scans per month. In addition to clinical on-screen 3D imaging, the lab also produces clinical 3D printed models that are used for surgical planning, education, and clinical engineering.
Ed has been practicing as a clinical Radiologic Technologist for the past 11 years.
Greg Thompson is currently the global product manager for 3D Printing at Proto Labs. Thompson has held product leadership roles at General Mills, Polaris, and Andersen Windows along with running his own successful product consulting business. Thompson holds a BS, MS, and MBA in engineering and finance.Ed has been practicing as a clinical Radiologic Technologist for the past 11 years.
Joe Inkenbrandt is a technology enthusiast and is currently the CEO and co-founder of Identify3D, a company dedicated to protecting digital integrity from conception to manufacturing. He has a broad background with years of experience in hardware and software engineering, protocol security, intellectual property licensing, and business development. His vision is to bring concepts and methods of digital content management from mature industries and adapt them to the digital manufacturing world. Joe holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.
Dee Dee Wang, MD
Dee Dee Wang, M.D., FACC, FASE, FSCCT is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine and completed her internal medicine residency and served as chief medical resident at the University of Michigan. She completed her general cardiology fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital, and went on to do an additional fellowship in Advanced Cardiac Imaging with an emphasis on structural heart and transcatheter valve replacement therapies.
Dr. Wang is a Level 3 Cocats trained in Echocardiography (with 3D TEE), Nuclear, and Cardiac CTA; and a Level 2 Cocats trained in Cardiac MRI and Cardiac PET. She specializes in Interventional Imaging in Structural Heart Interventions including Transcatheter mitral valve replacement therapies, tricuspid interventions, mitral e-clip, complex TAVRs/adult-congenital cases, LAA interventions, and ASD/PFO closures.
Dr. Wang’s research interests are focused on advancing patient safety and procedural outcomes utilizing 3D+4D imaging and 3D printing for high-risk Structural Heart Interventions. She is currently the Director of Structural Heart Imaging at Henry Ford Hospital’s Center for Structural Heart Disease, Medical Director of 3D Printing at the Henry Ford Innovations Institute, Clinical Assistant Professor with Wayne State University’s School of Medicine and the Director of the Cardiac CT CoreLab at Henry Ford Hospital’s Center for Structural Heart Disease.
Adam Shallenberg, P.E.
Adam Shallenberg, P.E. is the Engineering Manager for the hip segment at DJO Surgical in Austin, Texas where he has worked for eight years. Adam has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arkansas and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas. Adam works closely with a team of design surgeons and leads a team of engineers to develop and launch new hip implant and instrumentation products. The team’s most recent release is the EXPRT™ Revision Hip system which is a full-line revision product with anatomically inspired design and improved efficiency requiring only two pans of instruments. Adam will discuss how Materialise analysis tools and services were leveraged to ensure the streamlined system provides excellent anatomic fit and covers a wide variety of anatomic sizes and shapes.
Gaston Bernier DMD, FADQ
Dr Bernier implemented several iniatives in 3D Printing since 2013. His clinical research’s cover the extended field of anaplastology, and he will become in 2018 the next President of the International Anaplastology Association. Dr Bernier lead the CHUQ Hospital medical 3D Printing Innovation program and he recently shape into a common project numerous interests from physicians, engineers and biologists involved at CHUQ Hospital and Laval University.
Ed Tackett is the previous Director of the National Center for Rapid Technologies, RapidTech (NSF DUE ATE 1104305). He began his technical career in 1983 with the U.S. Navy, working on several special projects for the Chief of Naval Operations in Anti-submarine warfare and Combat Air Intercept. Mr. Tackett was active in the military intelligence and counter-terrorism intelligence community as well as shipboard air warfare (AW) operations for Commander Task Group 76.4. He has designed and developed the additive manufacturing infrastructure for the San Diego Technology Incubator, Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) in San Diego, CA, the RapidTech National Science Foundation Center at the University of California Irvine, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, and the Additive Manufacturing Competency Center at the University of Louisville. His projects have included funding through the Department of Defense’s Technology Reinvestment Program (TRP), the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST) lab builder program, National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers (NCATC), the Center City Development Corporation (CCDC), National Science Foundation ATE program (NSF-ATE), California State Chancellors Office Industry Driven Regional Collaborative (IDRC). He has over 25 years’ experience in technology management in the additive manufacturing, economic development and education. He has been involved in several patent research and product design efforts through his tenure with the San Diego Technology Incubator, the Centers for Applied Competitive Technologies at San Diego City College and the National Science Foundation Center RapidTech. He has authored customized training guides, curriculum, instructional support materials and process guides for several of the major AM equipment manufactures and has close relationships with equipment vendors and industry insiders. He is currently the Director of Educational Programs at the University of Louisville Additive Manufacturing Competency Center. The Additive Manufacturing Competency Center offers advanced training for AM professionals. The AMCC is a fully equipped learning laboratory that includes the latest AM technologies, machining, metrology and powder handling systems where he is the Director of Educational Programs for Additive Manufacturing.
David is Director of Fabrication Operations for GM Global Design, which includes responsibility for GM Design’s Mechanical Assembly, 3D Printing Lab, and the Metal, Wood, Plaster and Paint shops. This talented workforce combines precision craftsmanship with cutting edge technology in its service to GM’s design centers around the world.
More than 400 GM salaried and UAW represented GM employees who work under David’s leadership range in disciplines of highly skilled craftsmen who create and finish concept cars, show cars, design models, 3D printed parts and components for prototype vehicles, as well as restoring and maintaining GM’s historic car collection.
During his 33 year career with GM, Bolognino has held various positions ranging from Vehicle Architectural Manager, Concept Vehicle Project Manager, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Vehicle Integration Engineer, Validation Engineer for GM’s first electric vehicle, Project Coordinator at GM Research and Development Laboratories, and as a Project Manager for GM Motorsports.
David has overseen several important projects for GM including the construction of the Cadillac Sixteen concept vehicle, the Bonneville racing program and the restoration of the 1-Millionth Corvette – which fell into the sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green in 2014. Most of the restoration and repairs are performed at GM Design’s historic Mechanical Assembly, which has been a part of the organization since the 1930s, and specializes in custom projects such as the creation of concept vehicles, and maintaining and restoring of the company’s ‘crown jewel’ historic cars such as the 1959 Stingray Racer, Mako Shark, Manta Ray, and Aerovette Corvettes.
As a third-generation skilled trades autoworker, he is passionate about an apprenticeship program he guides to develop the next generation of metal, wood and paint tradesmen who play a vital role in the vehicle development process.
Always curious about how things worked and blessed with an aptitude to fix broken mechanical devices, Bolognino, after a brief time in the machinery building industry, began his GM career in 1985, serving an apprenticeship in the Experimental Automotive trade. A Detroit-area native, he earned his undergraduate degree in engineering at Lawrence Technological Institute and received a GM Fellowship to attend the University of Michigan where he earned a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is named on multiple US patents.
Since January 1, 2016 Volker Hammes is Managing Director of BASF New Business GmbH, Ludwigshafen/Germany. He is particularly responsible for Business Build-up of innovative material solutions for E-Power Management, Organic Electronics, 3D-Printing (Additive Manufacturing), and Wound Care. Additionally, since September 1, 2017 he is also Managing Director of BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH, Heidelberg/Germany.
Volker Hammes holds a Master of Science degree with first-class honors in Mechanical Engineering/Plastics Technology from Aachen University.
Blake Norquist is a Certified, Licensed Orthotist and Occupational therapist with 25+ years in the medical industry. Healthcare Executive with repeated success in identifying new opportunities for company growth. Whether with a product, department, or division, he has a proven ability to formulate the strategy and goals, then execute that plan to fruition. As he has progressed from clinician to leadership roles, Norquist models a strong work ethic and loyalty to those around me, while welcoming the input of others and adapting to industry changes. Responsible for Sales of Phits Custom Orthotic Technology and Business Development of Sales Partners and OEM's for North America. Help bring Central fabrication of Custom Phits technology to the U.S. Identifying, hiring and supporting North America agents to drive sales. Identify high potential territories to develop and initiate, prospect and execute direct sales opportunities within the medical asnd clinical fields.
Jeff Robertson has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University and an MBA from Arizona State University. He served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps, achieving the rank of Captain. Jeff various finance roles at Fiat Chrysler including manufacturing finance. His current role is technical business development manager for Simufact Engineering. Jeff Robertson has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University and an MBA from Arizona State University. He served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps and worked in manufacturing finance at Fiat Chrysler. His current role is technical business development manager for Simufact Engineering. Jeff Robertson has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University and an MBA from Arizona State University. He served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps, achieving the rank of Captain. Jeff held various finance roles at Fiat Chrysler including manufacturing finance. His current role is technical business development manager for Simufact Engineering. In that role, Jeff works with customers to solve technical challenges associated with their metal manufacturing processes including additive manufacturing, forming, and welding. He and his team prescribes manufacturing process finite element analysis simulation solutions to simulate the process and mitigate customer challenges.
Andreas Saar is a Vice President in the Manufacturing Engineering Solution business segment of Siemens PLM Software. In his current role, Andreas is responsible for the Additive Manufacturing Program Initiative within Siemens PLM Software which includes the definition, implementation and market introduction of a global end-to-end additive manufacturing solution based on Siemens software and technology. In this role, Andreas also coordinates and manages Additive Manufacturing research, technology adoption, and partner / vendor relationships across Siemens business units.
Aaron Frankel has 20 years of experience in the PLM software industry and has held various positions in engineering services, product management, and marketing – all focused on helping manufacturers take advantage of the latest digital manufacturing technology. Aaron has a background in product development and manufacturing and has worked with many customers in a variety of industries to implement PLM solutions. He is currently a senior director of marketing responsible for Siemens digital manufacturing software solutions that include Additive Manufacturing, Tecnomatix, NX for Manufacturing and Teamcenter.
Dr. Cary Baur is Manager of Applications Development - Polymer at EOS North America. Cary’s team works directly with customers to enable new applications by providing customized consulting and training programs to transform their product portfolio through AM. In this role, Cary is also responsible for developing partnerships and long-term projects and is currently serving as technical project lead for customers that are implementing EOS polymer technology into their business such as Under Armour, Smith & Nephew, Ford and others.
Prior to working at EOS, Cary was the senior leader of polymer AM at Arconic’s Technical Center, where he oversaw AM research efforts in the polymer materials and aerospace divisions. His achievements included designing a new polymer resin for casting applications that lowers cost and increases part quality, and developing isotropic finishing, a post-processing technique that decreases the number of manual hours needed to obtain optimal surface finish.
Cary is the co-founder of Adaptive 3D Technologies, a company that has earned over $1.5 million of National Science Foundation (NSF) funding in addition to private funding to develop materials with advanced mechanical properties, such as softening with applied body temperature to improve comfort, fit, and performance of printed apparel products.
Cary also serves as an advisor to the Advanced Manufacturing and Nanotechnology division at the NSF, where he oversees funding and research initiatives for small businesses innovative research (SBIR) grants aimed at advancing the additive manufacturing industry.
Cary earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Clemson University and his doctorate in polymer chemistry from The University of Texas at Dallas.
Current Chief Commercial Officer of Impossible Objects Incorporated, a 3D Composites Chicago company responsible for product and business development, former Stratasys VP of production application engineering and Boeing research and technology senior leader for advanced manufacturing materials and technologies.
Jeff is the past Chairman of Society of Manufacturing Engineering (SME) Additive Committee, former Chairman of the Germany’s Direct Manufacturing Research Center (DMRC), technology advisor to National Science Foundation, Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, University of Iowa College of Engineering and board member to Precision ADM in Winnipeg, Canada.
Jeff holds multiple patents and has a master’s in mechanical engineering from Washington University and bachelor’s in industrial engineering from the University of Iowa.
Howard Rhett is the Technical Support Leader for Viridis3D, a Boston-area company that is paving the way for robotic 3D printing in metal casting applications. With 30 years of experience in the manufacturing technology sector, including manager roles at several leading 3D printer companies, Howard has unique experience into how additive technologies are shaping the future of manufacturing. The Viridis3D RAM system currently serves the foundry market. Howard received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Massachusetts.Jeff is the past Chairman of Society of Manufacturing Engineering (SME) Additive Committee, former Chairman of the Germany’s Direct Manufacturing Research Center (DMRC), technology advisor to National Science Foundation, Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, University of Iowa College of Engineering and board member to Precision ADM in Winnipeg, Canada.
Amy Alexander is a Senior Biomedical Engineer in the Mayo Clinic Department of Radiology’s Anatomic Modeling Lab in Rochester, Minn. In her role, Amy converts 2-D radiological images into 3-D models and patient-specific surgical cutting guides. These life-size, patient-specific models and guides help surgeons from different specialties prepare for complex procedures. Additionally, these 3D prints form a communication bridge for patients regarding their personal surgical plan. Amy holds a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) and a Master of Science in Engineering Management from MSOE’s Rader School of Business. She is a member and subcommittee chair of engineering and technician education for both the SME Medical 3D Printing Workgroup and the Radiological Society of North America’s 3D Printing in Medicine Special Interest Group, and is certified in Additive Manufacturing through SME. She is an active member of MSOE’s BME Industry Advisory Committee, BMES, RSNA, HIMSS, and SME.