IDEAS: The Innovation + Design Series

Participants A-L | Participants M-Z

Courtney Macavinta
The Respect Institute

Courtney Macavinta is co-founder and president of The Respect Institute. She is a domestic violence survivor whose multi-racial family struggled amid substance abuse, incarceration, high-school dropout, teen pregnancy, and poverty. As a teen, her mission became to create a world where respect is the status quo. A dedicated "respectologist," she designs tools for youth and their influencers to build self-respect so they can end cycles of disrespect and thrive. She created the Respect Rally for youth; a popular blog for girls and women, RespectRx; and best-selling book for teens, RESPECT. She is focused on discovering high-impact platforms—from "sticky" educational programs to social media—that support rapidly teaching people how to effectively practice The Respect Basics to change their worlds inside and out. She has been featured by CNN, ABC, National Public Radio, USA Today, Teen Vogue, Glamour and others. Working in online media since 1994, she got her start at Wired magazine, was one of the first staff reporters for, and was editorial director of the groundbreaking and Webby-nominated online network, ChickClick. She has a bachelor of journalism from San Francisco State University and is a certified co-active coach and leadership graduate through the Coaches Training Institute. She lives in her native San Jose with her husband, former pro athlete Jeremy Cleland, and son Tru.

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Linda Maepa
ElectronVault, Inc.

Linda Maepa co-founder and COO, ElectronVault, Inc. and co-founder and CEO, ElectronVault Energy Systems (Pty) Ltd. ElectronVault is expert in the design and manufacture of high-reliability, large-format energy storage systems. By designing cost-efficient systems that allow electric vehicles to be sold cost-competitively with gasoline vehicles, ElectronVault now has technology in production-ready vehicle battery systems on the roads of the United States, Europe, and Asia. At ElectronVault, Maepa focuses on operations, alliances, and technology. From Johannesburg, South Africa, she leads ElectronVault Energy System’s push into the grid-scale storage space. Maepa earned a degree at Caltech as a geobiologist focused on protein coevolution with Earth’s early atmosphere. Her professional experience encompasses consulting to high-tech manufacturing and state government and, in academia, genomics, seismology, and paleomagnetics. She is also a small-scale organic farmer and volunteers at the board level for nonprofits.

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Jim Mainard
Head of Production Development
DreamWorks Animation

Jim Mainard joined the DreamWorks team in its early inception more than 11 years ago. He currently serves as the head of production development for DreamWorks Animation. In this capacity, he is the executive responsible for the transition to 3D (stereoscopic) filmmaking. Prior to this he served as DreamWorks head of research and development, responsible for establishing and delivering on the strategic vision for the software tools used to produce its computer-generated films. He joined DreamWorks as a systems engineer in 1997, creating the animation tools for its first feature film, The Prince of Egypt.

Mainard joined the entertainment industry after 13 years in aerospace. During his tenure at TRW, he served as principal systems engineer for the Hubble Space Telescope ground station planning systems. Among many opportunities while there, he was the project manager of the mapping, cartography, geodesy, and imaging systems used by U.S. Navy and Coast Guard navigation and targeting systems. His success on this project earned him a meritorious commendation. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California in computer science.

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Andy Mand
Director, Engineering
Hydro One

Andy Mand has worked in the utility industry for more than 35 years. His experience has ranged from managing an engineering division of over 600 professionals and outsourced engineering contracts, through significant process and business transformations, ERP installations, and the construction of nuclear plants and extra-high-voltage transmission facilities. He is known for taking on the difficult challenges of leading change, through assignments to manage teams and divisions that are identified as prime objectives for transformation. Currently, as director of engineering, he has championed the transformation of the Hydro One Engineering division from an internal engineering–focused team to one that now manages the work, using the skills and resources of external engineering companies, reversing a 100-year-old tradition of “doing it all.” His current major initiative is the transition from 2D design to parametric and 3D design.

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Gonzalo Martinez
Director, Strategic Research
Autodesk, Inc.

Gonzalo Martinez is the director of strategic research for the office of the chief technology officer at Autodesk, Inc. He is responsible for technology strategies and market research and plays a major role in influencing the direction of Autodesk, Inc. He oversees the execution of tactical plans to achieve the goals and objectives for the company. He provides guidance to senior management and executives on advanced product development.
He joined Autodesk in 1991 and has held key positions in the areas of software development, executive sales, and worldwide marketing. He holds a manufacturing engineering degree from Boston University with a specialization in CAD/CAM/CAE.

Brian Mathews
Vice President, Autodesk Reality Capture & Group
CTO, Information Modeling & Platform Products
Autodesk Inc.

As Autodesk vice president of reality capture, Brian Mathews heads the development of technology to enable designers, engineers, and digital artists to incorporate the physical world into digital models and simulations.  The growing reality capture market is being driven by advances in 3D laser scanning, augmented reality, photogrammetry, computer vision, reverse engineering, and a variety of other world-sampling sensor techniques. 

Previously, Mathews was vice president of Autodesk Labs, an organization charged with developing and sharing new technology prototypes with a vibrant community of design-technology early-adopters.  He also held Software Architecture and Engineering Management positions for design collaboration solutions, data publishing, and the computer graphics engines used in AutoCAD, 3D Studio MAX, and multiple CAD viewers. 

Prior to Autodesk, Mathews was the chief architect at, the largest online collaboration tool for the construction industry, and held technical positions at Sun Microsystems and Ithaca Software.  Brian has a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and holds a variety of patents covering data compression, computer graphics, software as a service, printing, and design collaboration.

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Tasha McCauley
Co-Founder and CEO
Fellow Robots

Tasha is the Co-Founder and CEO of Fellow Robots, a robotics company based at NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley, CA. She was formerly on the faculty of Singularity University, where she taught students about robotics, artificial intelligence, and other rapidly accelerating technologies. She is a director of the Ten to the Ninth Plus Foundation, an organization focused on empowering exponential technological change worldwide. Tasha enjoys building things, discovering how things work, and spends a lot of time thinking about how to make user interfaces that facilitate and enhance creativity.

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Logan McClure
Program Officer, TED Fellows
Logan McClure is program officer for TED Fellows, a fellowship program bringing multi-disciplinary young innovators from around the world into the TED community in order to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. Prior to joining TED and launching the fellowship program, she worked alongside Dr. Augustine Mahiga, former Tanzanian ambassador to the United Nations, building a school for girls in rural Tanzania. She studied political science at Stanford University, focusing on international relations and the philanthropic sector. While at Stanford, she worked for the Kaiser Family Foundation conducting media research for their domestic and international HIV/AIDS campaigns. She also spent time living in Tanzania teaching a comprehensive HIV/AIDS curriculum to student and community groups. She currently lives in New York City, but will never let go of her California roots.

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Alex McDowell
Creative Director
5D Global Studio/Wondros

Alex McDowell is one of the most innovative and influential designers working in the film industry, with the impact of his ideas extending far beyond cinema. He advocates an immersive design process acknowledging the world-building role of design in narrative media. Since moving to Los Angeles from London in 1986, he has designed for directors as diverse as Steven Spielberg, Terry Gilliam, Tim Burton, and David Fincher. With many awards for his film design, he was named Royal Designer for Industry by the UK’s most prestigious design society, the Royal Society of Arts, in 2006. He serves on several advisory boards for design and technology groups and institutions. He is adjunct professor at the School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California, where he co-teaches immersive moviemaking as a metaphor for new creative workspace. He is visiting artist at MIT’s Media Lab, where he designed the opera Death and the Powers, which premiered in 2010. He serves on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Science and Technology Council. He is co-director of the immersive design space “5D: Building Worlds,” a global series of distributed events for a community of media practitioners across film, animation, theater, interactive media, architecture, and experience design.

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Jeffrey McGrew
Founder and Architect
Because We Can

Jeffrey McGrew is a licensed architect in California. He comes from a deep background of business, architecture, and the industry of construction. For the past three years he has been the founder and co-owner of the design-build studio Because We Can, where he has been immersed in building, interior, product, and furniture design from small decorative pieces to complete interior spaces, all with a focus on using CNC-driven tools and Building Information Modeling (BIM) together. In his nonexistent moments of spare time he likes to draw, read, and learn more about tools and programming. Occasionally, he gives presentations on BIM at local and national conferences, though he wishes he could spend more time making bad rock songs in Garageband, gaming, going to Tiki Bars, and keeping the Because We Can ’67 Dodge van running.

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Mickey McManus
Visiting Fellow
Autodesk Inc.

Mickey McManus is a visiting research fellow in the Office of the CTO, spending 3 months exploring the implications for design, business, technology, and education of a future where computing ceases to be confined to any particular, ""box,"" but instead is freely accessible in the ambient environment. Some call this coming age the rise of the Internet of Things or the era of Pervasive Computing and characterize it as a time when atoms and bits combine to form an information ecology.

Mickey is the author of Trillions which is a field guide of sorts to this new era. He has spent the last 13 years leading MAYA, a research lab and technology design consultancy that spun out of Carnegie Mellon 25 years ago and has dedicated itself to taming complexity and putting people first.

Mickey wanders throughout Autodesk, asking questions, fostering conversations, learning by making stuff where possible, and digging deeply into our own products and research initiatives to understand where Autodesk is going and how we can be an integral part in cultivating a future where innovators can thrive and their efforts are in essence ""born trillions ready.

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Richard McWilliams
Director, Research Development & Innovation
Capita Symonds

Richard McWilliams helps people and organizations to be more innovative, helping great ideas become great business and great value for clients—and he has great fun doing it. As a generalist/integrator he has had a portfolio career—including helping distribute more than £200 million to the best new ideas the United Kingdom has to offer with the UK’s Technology Strategy Board. He has developed innovative services for clients such as Cool Workspace and led four highly successful BIM transformation projects, including the Chicago Bears and Wimbledon Centre Court. His published work includes a chapter for the book Why Is Construction So Backward? His early career was as a chartered structural engineer, working for the award-winning, innovative UK company Whitby Bird. Some of his “big ideas” include character loans to create a domino effect in charitable giving; the £1 billion fund for public sector service transformation funded by private sector; and collaborating with Autodesk to develop the next game changer.

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Charles Melcher
President and Publisher
Melcher Media

Charles Melcher is the founder and president of Melcher Media, Inc., an award-winning producer of books and digital media. Known for its high-quality content creation and innovative design, Melcher Media has more than 10 million books in print and 20 New York Times bestsellers. Since its founding in 1995, Melcher Media has built a reputation as a world leader in helping companies, institutions, and authors tell their stories. Melcher Media worked closely with Al Gore on An Inconvenient Truth and on creating the content for the Our Choice App. Other clients include Autodesk, Conde Nast, General Electric, Harley-Davidson, HBO, Lexus, and Nike.

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Franck Messmer
Principal Software Engineer

Franck Messmer joined Delcam France (a fully own subsidiary of Delcam Ltd) after his studies at University of Mechanics and CAD/CAM development in Paris, in 2003.

Between 2003 to 2010, Franck was  an advanced trainer for Delcam’s PowerMILL CAM software and wrote postprocessors for complex multi-axis CNC machines. Franck finally joining Delcam France’s Professional Services group as an Engineer working on research and development projects for customers.

In 2011, Franck joined Delcam Ltd, the headquarters of Delcam in Birmingham (UK) with responsibility to develop robotics for the group through the PowerMILL Robot software (

From 2011, Franck had the opportunity to participates in the COMET Project (, a 30 month European research project from the Seventh Framework Program aiming to increase accuracy of industrial robots, which has been recognized as a success story within the "Factory of the Future" by the European Commission.

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Robert (Bob) E. Middlebrooks, AIA
Industry Programs Manager, Buildings
Autodesk, Inc.

Robert E. Middlebrooks, AIA, is an industry program manager for buildings at Autodesk, Inc., specializing in BIM, sustainable design, and integrated project delivery (IPD) adoption. He is an architect with more than 28 years’ experience and a former principal of Clark Nexsen. He is a past AIA National Board Member and chaired the AIA’s task group, the Integrated Practice Strategy Working Group that prepared AIA National’s response to the Construction Users Round Table white paper, which was the catalyst for the current IPD movement. He is currently serving on the AIA Contract Documents Committee and is a co-author of many of the new IPD documents, including the latest IPD Multiparty Agreements. As a member of the Autodesk Industry Strategy and Relations Team, he focuses on future practice change along with special projects, research, and key industry group collaboration, including rapid energy modeling, laser scanning, digital fabrication workflows, and BIM-enabled sustainable analysis.

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Gregory Miller
Founder & CEO
The Madrone Project

Gregory Miller is a technology and social impact angel investor, adviser, and entrepreneur, and an adjunct professor of sustainable entrepreneurship. From 2006–2009, he was managing director at, leading its philanthropic investments, grants, and legal teams. He also was CFO/treasurer, secretary, and general counsel of the Google Foundation and chair of its investment committee. Alongside Dr. Larry Brilliant, he helped initiate and develop’s programs and funding initiatives addressing global economic development, global public health, and climate change.

He led executive production of The Final Inch, a film documenting current polio eradication efforts in India and Pakistan that was nominated for a 2009 Academy Award® for Best Documentary (Short Subject) and won the 2009 Pare Lorentz Award from the International Documentary Association.

Prior to Google, he worked with start-up companies, principally with businesses competing in the emerging Internet, network security, communications, and software markets. He has served on boards of directors/advisors with several start-ups and nonprofits.

He has climbed in mountain regions throughout the world, kayaked many rivers, run several marathons, tracked snow leopards in the Himalayas, and plays mandolin and guitar. He lives in San Francisco, has a JD from University of Virginia Law School and a BA in economics and philosophy from Colgate.

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Lesa Mitchell
Vice President, Advancing Innovation
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Lesa Mitchell is a vice president with the Kauffman Foundation. She has been responsible for the foundation’s frontier work in understanding the policy levers that influence the advancement of innovation from universities into the commercial market and the new relationships between disease philanthropy and for-profit companies.

Under her leadership, the foundation is defining and codifying alternative commercialization pathways and identifying new models to foster innovation. She was instrumental in the founding of the Kauffman Innovation Network/iBridge Network, the Translational Medicine Alliance, the National Academies–based University–Industry Partnership, and a leader in the replication of innovator-based mentor programs across the United States. In addition, she serves on the boards of Gazelle Growth in Denmark and the University of Kansas Institute for Commercialization, and she is an advisor to the Institute for Pediatric Innovation.

Prior to joining Kauffman, she spent 20 years in global executive roles at Aventis, Quintiles, and Marion Laboratories and ran an electronic clinical trials consulting business in support of global pharmaceutical clients.

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Aaron Morris
Senior Project Manager, Reality Solutions
Autodesk, Inc.

Dr. Aaron Morris is a researcher, roboticist, and entreprenuer.

In 2007, Aaron earned his doctoral degree in Robotics from the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University where he researched and prototyped methods for introspective reasoning for autonomous robots.During his time at CMU, he developed approaches to solve problems in computer vision, perception, 3D laser processing, mapping and automated decision-making. He was the co-founder of the Subterranean Robotics group where conceived, built and deployed a variety of underground inspection and mobile mapping systems and where he was featured in Lee Gutkind’s book “Almost Human: Making Robots Think”.

Following his graduate work, Aaron worked and consulted with a number of emerging robotic companies in the Pittsburgh area. During this time, he leveraged his technical expertise in robotics to help these companies introduce new and innovative robotic products into established markets such as survey, civil infrastructure, mining and logistics.

In 2009, Aaron founded Allpoint Systems where he and his team created software solutions that made possible efficient 3D capture and analysis workflows for engineering, survey and architecture applications. He served as the President and CEO of Allpoint until late 2012, when it was acquired by Autodesk, a world leader in 3D design software for entertainment, natural resources, manufacturing, engineering, construction, and civil infrastructure.  Aaron now oversees product creation in Autodesk’s Reality Solutions group.

Aaron has authored 17 publications, is a co-inventor of two patents and has three additional patents pending in the fields of robotics and 3D laser workflows.

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David Morris
Director of Virtual Construction

David Morris is director of virtual construction for EMCOR, a fortune 400 MEP contractor. He has more than 30 years of experience performing and directing all phases of piping and mechanical systems for commercial, hospitality, industrial, and power generation construction. Current duties include improving Building Information Modeling (BIM) processes and sharing best detailing and virtual design practices for his company. Morris is well known as an industry activist for integrated project delivery, BIM, and process transformation, and has presented to AIA, CURT, AGC, MCAA, Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) The BuildingSmart Alliance, and other industry functions related to virtual construction and Building Information Modeling. Bringing a practical and commercial perspective to the use of technology in construction, he serves as director of the National BIM Standard, U.S. technical adviser to the BuildingSmart International, deputy director of the National CAD Standard, vice chairman of the BuildingSmart Alliance board of directors, chairman of Associated General Contractors BIM Forum Subcontractors Subcommittee, member of the Construction Users Round Table Process Transformation Committee, member of the 3xPT committee, and chairman of the AGC San Diego BIM committee.

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Keith Murphy

Keith Murphy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, is a veteran of biotechnology startup Alkermes, Inc, where he played a central role on the development team for their first approved product, Nutropin (hGH) Depot. He moved to Amgen in 1997 and developed several other novel formulation and device products. He has 17 years of experience in biotechnology, including serving in Product Strategy and Director of Process Development roles at Amgen. His 10 years at Amgen included four years as Global Operations Leader for the largest development program in Amgen’s history, Phase 3 osteoporosis/bone cancer drug denosumab. He holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from MIT, and is an alumnus of the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

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Nolan Murtha
DFX Supervisor
Lightstorm Entertainment

Nolan Murtha works in virtual filmmaking technology and pipeline engineering. He has worked with some of the biggest directors in the world to devise solutions for design challenges, asset management, and artist toolsets and workflows. He is currently working on pipeline development at Lightstorm Entertainment.

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Ramez Naam

Ramez Naam
Singularity University

Ramez Naam is a computer scientist and the H.G. Wells Award-winning author of three books, most recently his nanotechnology and neuroscience thriller Nexus, and his book on innovating to save the planet, The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet. You can find him at

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Rob Nail
Associate Founder and CEO 
Singularity University

After attending one of the first Executive Programs offered there, Rob Nail was inspired to join forces with the Singularity University team as an associate founder and currently functions as the COO and GSP11 director. When not cheerleading for the team, he is masterminding a forum to catch and propel the amazing ideas and people that come out of Singular University. If he’s not doing that, he’s riding something, building something, starting something, or advising something.

Prior to Singularity, he co-founded Velocity11 in 1999, building automation equipment and robotics for cancer research and drug discovery. After the company was acquired by Agilent Technologies in 2007, he traded the CEO role for a general manager role attempting to be a catalyst for change at a big company. He gave up in 2009 to go surfing. He is also a co-founder of Alite Designs, which works to refresh the outdoor consumer industry, and is a board member of Light & Motion, which builds high-end dive housings and lighting and bike lights. He holds degrees in mechanical, materials science, and manufacturing engineering from the University of California at Davis and Stanford University.

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Rich Nitzsche
Principal, CIO

In his role as Chief Information Officer, Rich Nitzsche, AIA LEED® AP, is responsible for the supervision, coordination, delivery and strategy of all information systems and services firm wide. Working directly with practice leadership, he oversees all facets of information and communications delivery and support.  Rich serves on the AIA CIO Large Firm Roundtable, and in addition is a member of ACADIA and ACM.  A graduate of The Ohio State University, he has also served on the faculty of Kent State University and had numerous engagements as a speaker, panelist or contributing author representing technology perspectives as they apply to the architecture and engineering industry. You may reach him at:

Jeff Nowak
Studio 2000X Head
Ford Motor Company

Jeff Nowak is a chief designer at Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan. He heads Studio 2000X, a digital design and media studio that supports Ford’s Global Design organization. He holds a bachelor of fine arts in industrial design (transportation) from the College for Creative Studies. He has been instrumental in the design and development of many flagship products for Ford Motor Company, serving as senior lead designer on the highly successful 2004 Ford F-150, which holds the highest-selling volume to date in the auto industry. He has led the design teams for the 2006 Ford Explorer, 2007 Lincoln Navigator/Expedition SUVs, and the Super Chief show truck unveiled at the 2006 North American International Auto Show. He holds 16 design patents with Ford Motor Company and is considered an industry leader in the field of computer-aided industrial design (CAID) process and technology. He has worked on the development of many early implementations of CAID software and hardware within the industry. In his current position, he has been instrumental in helping optimize Ford’s North American design process by establishing state-of-the-art tools, training, and processes required to advance the future state of Ford’s Global Design organization.

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Matthew Nurse
Director, Nike Sport Research Lab
Nike, Inc.

Matthew Nurse has been at Nike for the last 9 years, where he is currently the Director of the Nike Sport Research Lab. As an integral part of the Advanced Innovation team at Nike, the NSRL is a multidisciplinary scientific research group focusing on biomechanics, human physiology, and sensory perception. Their mission is to drive performance innovation through knowledge & insights gained from a scientific understanding of athletes & athletic performance. Born in England, and raised in Canada, Matthew earned his Ph.D. in Biomechanics at the University of Calgary, while working in the Human Performance Lab. While in Calgary, his work focused on topics ranging from the role of afferent feedback on the control of locomotion, to researching the effects of footwear and shoe inserts on performance and mobility. Matthew lives just outside Portland, Oregon, and is married with two children.

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David Ofori-Amoah

A partner at product design studio thinkmore, David Ofori-Amoah is a designer and engineer with a focus on translating research insights into desirable products, services, and experiences. He has worked on innovation projects in telecommunications, consumer electronics, transportation, construction, health care, and nonprofit sectors. He focuses on creating and visualizing new user experiences and interactions, both as product concepts and production-ready designs. Previously, he worked as a product engineer with Caterpillar, Inc., where he led design, development, and validation of several proprietary technologies. He holds a master’s degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Institute of Design, where his studies focused on research-inspired product design and its application to business strategy. He also holds an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, where his applied studies focused on machine dynamics and fluid and structural mechanics.

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Carlos Olguin
Senior Product Designer
Autodesk, Inc.

Carlos Olguin is an interdisciplinary designer with more than 13 years of combined experience in domains such as design tools for 2D and 3D modeling, social learning, GIS, risk management, network service brokerage, web search experience, online emergent social phenomena, and more recently, systems biology.

He joined Autodesk in 2006 as a senior product designer. In his current role in research, he leads a new initiative to understand and exploit the intersection of (bio)nanotechnology with 3D visualization, simulation, and design.

He obtained a master of science in information networking from Carnegie Mellon in 2001. He holds a bachelor of science in electronics and communications from Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Mexico). He has also studied telecommunications at the Institute National des Telecommunications in Evry, France. In 2005, he began studying systems biology part-time, first at Chalmers University in Sweden, and then, starting in 2008, at Columbia University.

Mads Paulin
Autodesk, Inc.
Software Architect

Mads Paulin is a Software Architect at Autodesk currently solving problems in graphics and 3D modeling. Before joining Autodesk, Mads spent several years working in areas such as computational geometry, 3D scanning and printing and robotics.

Mads holds a Ph.D. in robotics from the University of Southern Denmark and, after completing his doctorate in 2004, continued his work there as an assistant professor. His research focused on improving flexibility of robotic manufacturing and assembly systems by integrating results from motion planning, robot vision, sensor fusion and visual servoing into a reactive robot control system able to adapt to changing surroundings.

Mads lives in San Francisco, CA and enjoys exploring the city with his family, riding his bike in Marin or improving his espresso making skills.

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Nadya Peek
MIT Center for Bits and Atoms

Nadya Peek is a PhD student at the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms, where they work at the intersection between physical science and digital science. Nadya works on unconventional digital fabrication tools, small scale automation, networked control systems, and advanced manufacturing. Nadya is also an active member of the fablab community, working on making digital fabrication more accessible with better cad/cam tools and developing open source machines. The machines can be made using the tools available in fablabs, helping digital fabrication spread.

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Arturo Pelayo
Experience Lead

Arturo Pelayo is an instructional designer who works at the intersection of education and social media. He believes that design fuses listening, observing, and emergent thinking. His current focus is on Ocean, a platform for ocean education, design, and community outreach that aims to connect people and bring knowledge from everywhere to everyone. He is an alumnus of the 2011 Graduate Studies Program at Singularity University of which Autodesk is a corporate founder. Learn about his work at or follow him on twitter @mexiwi.

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Rachel Pike
Draper Fisher Jurvetson

Rachel Pike joined Draper Fisher Jurvetson in 2010 and is active in the clean technology, software, and mobility sectors. Prior to joining DFJ, Rachel completed her Ph.D. in atmospheric chemistry at the University of Cambridge. During her time there, Rachel served as President of the Gates Scholars, worked on a field campaign in Malaysia, and gave a short TED University talk on the scale of scientific research behind climate headlines. Previously, Rachel earned a B.A. in chemistry and a minor in African studies at Northwestern University. As an undergraduate, Rachel was a co-founder of Fusion Dance Company. She also spent a year in Tanzania, where she studied at the University of Dar es Salaam and gained experience working on a Bus Rapid Transit planning project as an assistant consultant.

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Emily Pilloton
Project H Design

Emily Pilloton is the founder and director of Project H Design (design initiatives for Humanity, Habitats, Health, and Habitats), which connects the power of design to the people who need it most. Project H focuses on using design and community building projects to provide a more engaged learning framework for K–12 students. Project H has created the Learning Landscape, an active educational playground that promotes more engaged outdoor learning. Other projects implemented by Project H teams include therapeutic spaces for children in foster care homes in Austin, a public school curriculum focused on local food production and waste in New York, and a homeless-run design enterprise in Los Angeles.

She is an industrial designer, architect, lecturer, writer, and contributor to magazines such as GOOD, FastCompany, ReadyMade, Interior Design, ID Magazine, and Innovative Home. Her work has been reported and showcased on The Colbert Report, and in the New York Times, Metropolis Magazine, Dwell magazine, and GOOD Magazine.

A Pop!Tech Social Innovation Fellow 2009 and guest on The Colbert Report, she was chosen for The Nifty 50 in the New York TimesT Magazine, a list of America’s up and coming. She writes a blog for Fast Company titled FastCoDesign.

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Daniel Pink

Daniel H. Pink is the author of four books about the changing world of work. His latest work, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us uses 50 years of behavioral science to show that carrot-and-stick motivators have been oversold and that high-performance depends more on the need to direct our lives, learn and create new things, and do better by ourselves and the world. Drive is a New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, and Los Angeles Times bestseller, and a national bestseller in Japan and the United Kingdom.

Pink’s articles on business and technology appear in many publications, including the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, and Wired, where he is a contributing editor. He writes a monthly business column for The Sunday Telegraph in London. He has provided analysis of business trends on CNN, CNBC, ABC, NPR, and other networks.

He held his last real job in the White House, where he served as chief speechwriter for Vice President Al Gore. He also worked as an aide to U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich. He received a BA from Northwestern University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a JD from Yale Law School.

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Jon H. Pittman, Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Autodesk, Inc.

Jon Pittman
Vice President, Corporate Strategy
Autodesk, Inc.

Mr. Jon Pittman is Vice President of Corporate Strategy for Autodesk, the company that helps people imagine, design, and create a better world. Autodesk serves industries where design is critical to success - building, manufacturing, infrastructure, and digital media. Mr. Pittman is responsible for corporate strategy and engagement – connecting people both inside and outside the company with the big ideas that are important to Autodesk and its customers.

With over 30 years of experience in the computer-aided design and computer graphics industries, Mr. Pittman has held a variety of business development, product development, and strategy positions at Autodesk, Structural Dynamics Research Corporation (SDRC), Alias|Wavefront, and Hellmuth, Obata, and Kassabaum (HOK) Architects.

Mr. Pittman has held faculty positions at Cornell University, Art Center College of Design, Singularity University, and the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. He has published numerous articles and is a frequent public speaker.

Mr. Pittman holds a Bachelor of Architecture and MBA from the University of Cincinnati. He also holds a M.S. in Computer Graphics from Cornell University.

He is a licensed architect and commercial pilot.

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Hans Quivooij
IT Coordinator / CIO
Damen Shipyards Group

With more than 20 years of experience in large project–based, family-owned companies, Hans Quivooij describes his role as that of a political matchmaker. His primary driver is to improve information management in traditional organizations by first developing a mid-to-long-term strategy and promoting this strategy in such a way that it becomes (almost) a bottom-up approach, thus increasing acceptance. Apart from these strategic challenges his experiences include worldwide greenfield projects, mergers or takeovers, and aligning/consolidating fragmented IT departments on all continents.

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Philip Ra, AIA
Senior Designer
Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design

Philip Ra established his architectural roots at University of Southern California (USC), where he earned his undergraduate degree in architecture. At USC, he learned from experimental and radical local architects in the early 1990s, many of whom were featured in Aaron Betsky’s book Experimental Architecture in Los Angeles. He continued his studies at Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he earned his master in architecture degree. His research and passion for both design and technology continue to this day.

With more than 14 years of architectural experience in a wide range of project types, he is a talented leader capable of project execution from conceptual design through project completion. As a senior designer, he is responsible for establishing design direction, scheduling and managing the work efforts of design personnel, and making presentations to clients and users. Notable projects include Ordos Concert Hall, Chengdu Bridge Concept Designs, Cedar-University Rapid Transit Station of Cleveland, Jack Nicklaus Golf Club of Korea Clubhouse, and California State University Chaparral Hall Science Building. He teaches undergraduate and graduate-level advanced topic studios at SCI-Arc and Woodbury University, and has contributed as a juror and critic at SCI-Arc, Woodbury, and Otis School of Design.

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Hannu Rajaniemi

Hannu Rajaniemi

Rajaniemi was born in Ylivieska, Finland. He holds a B.Sc. in mathematics from the University of Oulu, a certificate of advanced study in mathematics from the University of Cambridge and a Ph.D. in mathematical physics from the University of Edinburgh. Prior to starting his Ph.D. candidature, he completed his national service as a research scientist for the Finnish Defence Forces.

While pursuing his Ph.D. in Edinburgh, Rajaniemi joined Writers' Bloc, a writers' group in Edinburgh that organizes semi-regular spoken word performances and counts Charlie Stross amongst its members. Early works included his first published short story "Shibuya no Love" in 2003 and his short story "Deus Ex Homine" in Nova Scotia, a 2005 anthology of Scottish science fiction and fantasy, which caught the attention of his current literary agent, John Jarrold.

Rajaniemi gained attention in October 2008 when John Jarrold secured a three-book deal for him with Gollancz, on the basis of only twenty-four double-spaced pages. His debut novel, The Quantum Thief, was published in September 2010 by Gollancz in Britain and was published in May 2011 by Tor Books in the U.S. The novel has been nominated for the 2011 Locus Award for Best First Novel. A sequel, The Fractal Prince, was published in September 2012 by Gollancz in Britain, and in October 2012 by Tor in the US.

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Heike Rapp
Sr Creative Director
Autodesk Inc.

Made in Germany. Imported to the US in the last millennium. Studied Industrial Design at U of I and worked at frog design. Designed and launched content rich sites at CNET, designed, launched and grew revenue for and Built in-house creative teams that were able to express and advance each brand’s mission and vision. Was in the pioneer group of CCA’s dMBA in Design Strategy. As Creative Director for Autodesk, I lead the Brand Creative team, which is responsible for finding and creating brand experiences that connect with users, customers and prospects. We define and articulate the Autodesk brand; our work aims to raise awareness and improve perception of Autodesk globally."

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Ramesh Raskar

Ramesh Raskar
Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences
MIT Media Lab

Ramesh Raskar joined the Media Lab from Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories in 2008 as head of the Lab's Camera Culture research group. His research interests span the fields of computational photography, inverse problems in imaging, and human-computer interaction. Recent inventions include transient imaging to look around a corner, a next-generation CAT-scan machine, imperceptible markers for motion capture (Prakash), long-distance barcodes (Bokode), touch + hover 3D interaction displays (BiDi screen), low-cost eye care devices (NETRA) and new theoretical models to augment light fields (ALF) to represent wave phenomena.

In 2004, Raskar received the TR100 Award from Technology Review, presented to top young innovators under the age of 35, and in 2003, the Global Indus Technovator Award, instituted at MIT to recognize the top 20 Indian technology innovators worldwide. In 2009, he was awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship. In 2010, he received the DARPA Young Faculty award. He holds more than 40 US patents, and has received four Mitsubishi Electric Invention Awards. He is currently co-authoring a book on computational photography.

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Lisa Rotzinger
Research Intern
Autodesk Inc.

Lisa Rotzinger is a Research Intern in the Office of the CTO at Autodesk. She is working with Autodesk Research Fellow Mickey McManus to explore how we will design in a ´Connected World´. The project focuses on designing for ecosystems and leveraging the opportunities given by Digital Fabrication and Machine Learning processes. With her background in Industrial Design from the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Wuppertal, Germany, she also looks to keep exercising User-Centered Design approaches and building on a design mindset."

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Marcus T. Reedy, P.L.S.
Vice President/Director of Surveying and Geomatics
David Evans and Associates, Inc.

Marcus Reedy is a vice president and the director of surveying and geomatics for David Evans and Associates, Inc. With more than 20 years of experience, he has performed every type of land survey. As an expert in 3D high-definition laser scanning and mapping, he has mastered the use of both static and mobile laser scanning methods, using this technology for large structures, highways, railways, process/power facilities, buildings, historic preservation, and other infrastructure projects. He has served as a project principal, project manager, or quality manager for many land survey services contracts for clients such as ODOT, Marion County, and City of Salem.

His affiliations include membership in the American Council of Engineering Companies, the Professional Land Surveyors of Oregon, the Land Surveyor’s Association of Washington, National Society of Professional Surveyors, and Government Programs Committee member for American Association for Geodetic Surveying. He has been an advocate and supporter of university geomatics programs, including Oregon Institute of Technology and Oregon State University. He holds an AA in civil engineering from the Chemeketa Community College and has been involved in the land surveying program at Oregon State University. He is a professionally licensed land surveyor in the state of Oregon.

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Abe Reichental
3D Systems

Abe Reichental has been president and CEO of 3D Systems as well as a director since September 2003. He is also a director of Finetooth Enterprises, Inc., d/b/a Mumboe. Previously, he served in various executive management positions with Sealed Air Corporation, a global manufacturer of protective, specialty, and food packaging materials, most recently serving as vice president and general manager of Sealed Air’s Shrink Packaging Division from May 2001 until September 2003 and previously as vice president Asia-Pacific. He provides leadership to the company reflecting almost 30 years of business leadership both in the United States and in various other countries.

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Robert (Bob) Richards
Co-Founder & CEO
Moon Express, Inc

Space entrepreneur. Orphan of Apollo. Co-Founder of International Space University, Singularity University and Google Lunar X PRIZE competitors Odyssey Moon Ltd. and Moon Express, Inc., where he currently serves as CEO.

As Director of the Optech Space Division from 2002-2009, Bob led the company's technology into orbit in 2004 and to the surface of Mars in 2008 aboard the NASA Phoenix Lander, making the first discovery of falling Martian snow.

Bob studied aerospace and industrial engineering at Ryerson University; physics and astronomy at the University of Toronto; and space science at Cornell University where he became special assistant to Carl Sagan. In 1987 Bob co-founded the International Space University (ISU); today a global institution with a central campus in Strasbourg, France. While a student in the 1980's he also co-founded the Space Generation Foundation and the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS).

In 2008 Bob joined Peter Diamandis, Ray Kurzweil and other leading thinkers in the founding of the Singularity University, an institution based at the NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley dedicated to preparing humanity for accelerating technological change.

Bob is an evangelist of the "NewSpace" movement and has been a catalyst for a number of commercial space ventures. He is the recipient of a number of international space awards, including the K.E. Tsiolkovski Medal (Russia, 1995), the Space Frontier “Vision to Reality” Award (USA , 1994), the Arthur C. Clarke Commendation (Sri Lanka, 1990) and Aviation & Space Technology Laurel (USA, 1988). He is a contributing author of Blueprint for Space (Smithsonian Institution 1992); Return to the Moon (Apogee Books 2005) and The Farthest Shore (ISU Press 2009).

In 2005 Bob received a Doctorate of Space Achievement (honoris causa) from the International Space University for “distinguished accomplishments in support of humanity’s exploration and use of space.”

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James Ridgway

James Ridgway
Commanding Officer
Navy Operational Support Center Alameda

22-year Navy veteran finishing up final year of service. First 15 years spent flying Naval aircraft, last 8 spent in various leadership roles including Reserve Center CO and Destroyer Squadron Chief of Staff.

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Alan Robertson
Aedas Architects

Based in the Glasgow office of Aedas, one of the largest of global architectural practices, Alan Robertson has a nationwide responsibility as the UK director of production and IT support services. Until recently he was a member of the main UK board of Aedas. Over the years, apart from fulfilling the role of architect in the education, commercial, defense and utility sectors, he has been responsible at a strategic level for keeping the practice at the forefront of technological developments that aid the production of well-designed buildings. He has been instrumental in the introduction to Aedas of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and the Revit® platform. In this role, he has been responsible for a wide-ranging update of IT systems to ensure full avantage of the company’s investment in BIM.

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Vivian Rosenthal

Vivian Rosenthal is the founder and CEO of GoldRun. GoldRun is a photo driven UGC engagement platform tailor made for the social ecosystem. The platform transforms traditional digital media placements into immersive and immediately shareable brand-consumer engagements: GPS-defined Virtual Photobooths. Users share their branded photos and accompanying messages on various social networks to earn rewards including discounts and coupons, instant win prizes, access to exclusive media and the ability to order products. The free GoldRun app is available on iOS and Android.

She was named one of Creativity Magazine’s top 50 global creatives of 2010 and has spoken at numerous conferences on the intersection of advertising and technology, including the CaT conference by Ad Age, TEDx, Ad Tech and Socialize West. She has been a jury member for the Andy Awards, D&AD, One Show Interactive Awards, and the Art Directors Club. She won the Microsoft Storytelling Award for the US in the brand category and was selected as one of the five women CEOs for the L’Oreal Next Awards, honoring women in technology. GoldRun won the startup mobile category at Ad:Tech NY 2012.

In her spare time, she paints and writes about the future:

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Dan Russell
Director of Construction Technology 
Sundt Construction 

Dan Russell, LEED AP®, started his career in 1987 using AutoCAD® for concrete formwork design. Dan began work with Sundt Construction in 1994 as the formwork engineer for the Arizona Science Center and worked in many roles prior to being promoted to Simulated Construction Manager in 2006. In this role, he oversees BIM efforts on all of Sundt's projects. Dan is a recognized national speaker on Building Information Modeling, speaking at many AGC, AIA, and other industry functions as well as educational institutions. He is one of the primary authors of the <em>AGC Contractors' Guide to BIM.

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Vincent Rump
Owner, Executive Director

Vincent Rump is the director of business development at THNK, The Amsterdam School of Creative Leadership. Previously, he acted as senior strategy and innovation consultant at cross-media advertising agency Media Republic. In this capacity, he was responsible for both brand/product strategies for international brands and various high-profile new business development/innovation projects. His projects have been awarded on a national and international scale.

Previously, he acted as the operations director for an international online games venture. He has been responsible for a team of 16 full-time employees comprising new product development of a high-end service-oriented architecture games platform, third-party management of suppliers/contractors and commercial partners, human resources management, and financial management.

He began his career as a management consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers and later joined IBM Global Services in the Strategy and CRM practices within the telecoms, and media and entertainment industries.

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EJ Sabathia
Moon Express, Inc.
Mechanical Design Engineer

EJ has participated in FIRST robotics for 15 years and is a mechanical design engineer at Moon Express. A true science fiction junkie, EJ dreams of turning fictions into reality.

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Babak Sanii
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Babak Sanii is a scientist at Lawrence Berkeley Labs' Molecular Foundry where he is designing bio-inspired molecules ("peptoids") that self-assemble into new materials.  Previously he worked as an optical engineer at NASA and Pixar Animation Studios.  Babak received his Ph. D in lipid self-assembly from UC Davis, and holds a B.S and M.Eng in Engineering Physics from Cornell.

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Michael Schrage
Research Fellow
Sloan School of Management, MIT

Michael Schrage is a research fellow with the Sloan School of Management’s Center for Digital Business and a visiting fellow at Imperial College’s (London) Innovation and Entrepreneurship program. His ongoing research and advisory work focuses on innovation risk management, exploring the economics and ethology of experimentation, and simulation in managing innovation and risk. He is the author of several books on the role of collaborative tools and technologies in enabling innovation, including Shared Minds and Serious Play. He has been a contributor to the Harvard Business Review, the Financial Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, CIO magazine, and a variety of other publications on innovation, cyber-security, and national security themes. He serves on advisory committees for the Sloan Management Review, MIT’s Lincoln Labs, and KPMG’s Audit Committee Institute. He has done consulting and advisory work for Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, British Telecom, BP, Siemens, Embraer, Google, iRise, Mars, the Office of Net Assessment, and other organizations. His SSP writing and research focuses on the behavioral economics of technical and organizational innovation and governance in national security institutions.

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Christopher Sharples
SHoP Architects PC

Christopher Sharples received his bachelor of history and bachelor of fine arts degrees from Dickinson College, and his master of architecture from Columbia University. He co-founded the architectural firm SHoP Architects in 1997 and has lectured, exhibited, and published internationally. He was named the Louis I. Kahn Assistant Visiting Professor for Architectural Design in spring 2008 at the Yale School of Architecture. He has taught at Parsons School of Design; The City College, City University of New York; The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University; and the University of Virginia as Shure Professor of Architecture. He is NCARB-certified and registered architect in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, and Washington D.C.

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Nathan Shedroff
Program Chair, MBA in Design Strategy
California College of the Arts

Nathan Shedroff is the chair of the groundbreaking MBA in Design Strategy at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, California. This program prepares the next generation of innovation leaders for a world that is profitable, sustainable, ethical, and truly meaningful. The program unites the perspectives of systems thinking, design and integrative thinking, sustainability, and generative leadership into a holistic strategic framework. Students learn to create innovative products, services, and policy, as well as new business models. He is a pioneer in experience design, interaction design, and information design, speaks and teaches internationally, and is a serial entrepreneur. His many books include Experience Design 1.1, Making Meaning, Design Is the Problem, and the upcoming Make It So. He holds an MBA in sustainable management from Presidio Graduate School and a BS in industrial design from Art Center College of Design. He worked with Richard Saul Wurman at The Understanding Business and, later, co-founded vivid studios, a decade-old pioneering company in interactive media and one of the first web services firms on the planet. vivid’s hallmark was helping to establish and validate the field of information architecture, by training an entire generation of designers in the newly emerging web industry.

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Alvise Simondetti
Global Leader, Virtual Design

Alvise Simondetti, registered architect in Milan, Italy, has been formally educated in architecture, town planning, conservation, and computation. He believes that successful design cannot be separated from tools. He is a graduate of Turin Polytechnic, a Fulbright Scholar, and a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology under the supervision of Prof. William J. Mitchell. In 1997 he was assistant professor of the school of design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, with Professor John Frazer. In 2000, he joined the global design powerhouse Arup on the research and development team under the direction of Dr. Chris Luebkeman. He is an associate director in the Foresight, Innovation + Incubation team, leads the global virtual design community within the firm (Virtual Design Network), and chairs the board-level group set up to make the transition to modeling. He is responsible for the business development of real-time synthetic environments.

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Shantanu Sinha
Graduate Student
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Shantanu Sinha is currently a graduate student and research assistant at the MIT Media Lab. His interests primarily lie at the confluence of optics, computer vision, digital signal processing and biomedical engineering.

At MIT he is drawing from principles of computational photography and applied optics to design next generation biomedical imaging technology. Along with his guide, Prof. Ramesh Raskar, he is developing a large-scale global innovation platform called ReDx to bring together technical experts, innovators, academic institutions, implementation partners and progressive corporate partners to solve the most pressing challenges within India, and other developing economies.

Prior to joining the Media Lab, Shantanu has worked in research labs at IIT Bombay and Harvard University on projects ranging from vision-based camera motion estimation and neuromorphic face identification to modeling of the industrial processes involved in prosthetic limb design.

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Greg Smith
Evans Consoles Corporation

Greg Smith is CEO and co-owner of Evans Consoles Corporation, world leader in the design, manufacture, and installation of technology-intensive control and command centers. Evans has wholly owned subsidiaries in the United States and China, with manufacturing facilities in Calgary, Canada, and Kunshan, China. Under Smith’s leadership, Evans has more than doubled its annual sales. He focused his business development strategy on establishing deeper market penetration with U.S. government agencies and establishing an international sales network that now consists of over 48 dealers and some 21 showrooms around the world. Evans was just announced as Alberta’s Manufacturing Exporter of the Year. Evans was also recognized in 2010 as one of Canada’s Best 50 Managed Companies. Evans recently received a supplier quality award (the first Canadian company to do so) for its design and installation of the Firing Room #4 at NASA’s Cape Canaveral in Florida.

Prior to Evans, he held senior leadership positions with Pauwels Large Power Transformers/North America, General Electric Canada, and Michelin Tire Corporation. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Advanced Engineered Products Limited, and has served on numerous Boards of Directors for both publicly traded corporations and private companies along with nonprofit charitable organizations.

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Lisa Kay Solomon
MBA in Design Strategy

Lisa is the coauthor of Moments of Impact: How to Design Strategic Conversations that Accelerate Change (Simon & Schuster, 2014), which offers innovative teams and leaders a creative framework for tackling high-stakes challenges using the disciplined principles of design and strategic thinking. Lisa teaches innovation at the MBA in Design Strategy program at San Francisco's California College of the Arts, where she helps emerging leaders embrace their full potential as innovators using the concrete skills, tools and mindsets of design. She is passionate about bringing design into every facet of our education system to empower our next generation's leaders to imagine and produce more creative and collaborative futures. She works extensively with educators, administrators and students of all ages to create environments that foster discovery-based experiential learning.

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Adam Steltzner

Adam Steltzner
Landing Lead Engineer
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Born: Oakland Ca.

Sun Sign: Gemini

Turn Ons: Stimulating Dinner Conversation, Trucks, Very Loud Noises

Turn Offs: Traffic, Crime, Mean People

Raised in the post-hippie-neo-yuppie environment of 70’s and 80’s Marin county California, Adam never thought much about engineering. He studied theater in high school and played music after leaving high school in 1981. He is a founding member of the 1980’s pop band “Stick Figures” and Madison Wisconsin’s Afro-cuban-klezmer orchestra, “Jewbacca”.

By accident Adam became interested in Physics in 1985 and returned to school to complete his deficient high school education, eventually moving on to college courses. In 1990, he received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Davis where he was the valedictorian for the College of Engineering. He earned his MS in Applied Mechanics from Caltech, where he was the Hellwig Fellow in structural engineering, in 1991 and his Ph.D. in Engineering Physics from UW Madison in 1999.

He is currently a Principal Member of the Engineering Staff at JPL working as the phase lead and development manager for the Entry Descent and Landing phase of the 2011 Mars Science Laboratory project. In this capacity he leads at team of 25 engineers responsible for safely landing the $2.5B, 1000kg Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars, on August 5th, 2012.

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Dale Stephens

Dale Stephens is the founder of The organization provides gap year programs, workshops, and community resources to self-directed learners. In May 2011, at age nineteen, Stephens was selected out of hundreds of individuals around the world as a Thiel Fellow, a program recognizing the top twenty entrepreneurs around the world under the age of twenty. Penguin published his first book, Hacking Your Education: Ditch the Lectures, Save Tens of Thousands and Learn More than Your Peers Ever Will, in April 2013. He wrote the book because of his unique perspective on the future of education: he left school at age twelve. He is a sought-after education expert and regularly appears in national and international media including New York Magazine, Forbes, CNN, ABC, NPR, CBS, Fox, and TechCrunch. His writing has been published in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Wired, and Fast Company. Stephens speaks regularly at high-profile events around the world. He has debated education at TED 2012, lectured at the New York Times, and spoken to C-level executives at NBC Universal, among many other engagements. In 2013, Forbes recognized him as a 30 Under 30 Leader.

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Mark Strassman
Vice President, Construction and Plant
Autodesk, Inc

Mark Strassman is vice president of Autodesk’s plant and construction businesses. He is responsible for leading the business units charged with delivering complete construction workflows, as well as plant design solutions.

Previously, he was vice president of marketing and design for Autodesk’s Platform Technology Division. He was responsible for Autodesk’s core CAD products, AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT. During his four year tenure in this position, he grew the business by more than $100 million per year. 

He came to Autodesk from Kivera, now known as TeleCommunication Systems, where he was vice president of products and marketing. Prior to Kivera, he was the founder and CEO of two successful technology companies in the wireless and IT industries. He served in senior strategic product management and marketing positions at Macromedia, where he introduced and established Flash as a web standard. He also held senior marketing and product management positions at Adobe Systems, where he worked on various web products and initiatives, including PageMill, Acrobat, and GoLive.

He earned an MBA from the Haas School at the University of California, Berkeley, and earned a bachelor of architectural studies and industrial archaeology magna cum laude from Brown University.

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Scott Summit
Bespoke Innovations, Inc.

As the founder and chief technology officer of Bespoke Innovations, Inc., Scott Summit designs good stuff for people who need it. He has been a lecturer Singularity University and Stanford University and a visiting professor at Carnegie Mellon. He is the founder and principal of Summit ID, LLC, and has been an industrial designer at Tonic Industrial Design, Apple Computer, and Raychem Corporation. He attended The Johns Hopkins University and earned a bachelor of science in industrial design at San Jose State University.

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Randy Swearer
VP of Education
Autodesk Inc.

Randy Swearer, Ph.D., assumes the position of VP of Education for Autodesk in June 2015. Previously, Dr. Swearer served as the provost at Philadelphia University (2009-2015), and as dean at Parsons The New School for Design, as well as a tenured faculty member at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Swearer, whose areas of expertise include design, higher education management and strategic planning, also was deputy director of the design program of the National Endowment for the Arts. In all of these areas, Dr. Swearer’s efforts have resulted in measurable change by creating new programs, raising funds for new facilities, implementing rigorous review processes to improve curriculum quality and spurring innovation through community-based strategic planning. As dean of Parsons from 1998-2004, Dr. Swearer oversaw management of the school with 200 staff and 825 full- and part-time faculty members. During his tenure, philanthropic giving increased four-fold. He led a comprehensive strategic planning process, launched innovative academic programs and spearheaded development of the Parsons Design Lab to foster collaboration with industry and non-profit organizations. At the University of Texas, from 1988-98, Dr. Swearer directed the Division of Design in the College of Fine Arts and was awarded the Texas Excellence Teaching Prize. Previously, Dr. Swearer was a senior designer and supervisor at Wang Laboratories and senior communications specialist at IBM. Dr. Swearer has lectured widely on design, planning and community identity issues, has served on national juries for institutions including The National Building Museum, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Yale University and the American Institute of Architects. His research is focused on examining the lives of people who live in gated communities, which is the fastest-growing housing segment in the United States. Dr. Swearer received his Ph.D. in anthropology and urban studies from Union Institute, an M.F.A. in design from Yale University, and a B.A. from Wesleyan University.

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Charles (Chad) Sweet
Director of Robotics Engineering

Chad Sweet has been with Qualcomm for more than 16 years and is currently leading robotics research and development at Qualcomm Research San Diego. He has a BS in Computer Engineering from Vanderbilt University, and has 5 patents granted areas of wireless technology and computer vision.

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Mark Sylvester
Co-Founder and CEO

Passions/Interests: Family, reading (Game of Thrones currently), traveling, martial arts, raw foods and gourmet cuisine, kayaking at Butterfly Beach in Santa Barbara.

Favorite Quote: “The world belongs to those that show up.” –Frazz

Mark is co-founder and CEO of introNetworks, which offers smart social networks dedicated to helping people identify and make meaningful connections to who and what matters to them. Since 2003, when the company deployed a social network for the world-famous TED Conference, introNetworks has successfully created over 275 systems across a customer base that includes high profile-organizations like Adobe, McCann Worldgroup, SONY Pictures, The National Science Teachers Association, NASA, Cisco, HP, Harvard, Brown University, Wharton, and Xerox .

He has been on the leading edge of software development for more than 20 years. As a co-founder of Wavefront Technologies, he and his team developed software that revolutionized the way the world is entertained. He co-designed Wavefront’s flagship product, Advanced Visualizer, which was the first commercial 3D modeling and animation system. Working directly with major Hollywood studios, the company introduced the world to computer-generated animation and received many accolades, including an Oscar for technical achievement.

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Aaron Taylor
National Lead, Design Technology
Brown and Caldwell

As the national lead for the CAD discipline in a consulting engineering organization, Aaron Taylor is responsible for designing and guiding initiatives supporting the advancement of design, processes, and systems. Coupling product management and industry experience, he works to formulate initiatives and programs that support business objectives and align with organizational cultures.

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Shanna Tellerman
Product Line Manager, Cloud Services
Autodesk, Inc.
Shanna Tellerman is passionate about the intersection of design and technology as it relates to interactive media. She thrives on working with passionate and talented people to bring a vision to reality. Currently she is the product line manager for Autodesk cloud services and applications, the product line that includes the new cloud platform that is powering web and mobile initiatives across the company.

She founded her first technology company, Sim Ops Studios, out of graduate school at Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center. The company focused on democratizing access to game development by providing a cloud-hosted game engine, and was eventually acquired by Autodesk, Inc.

Shanna has been a frequent speaker in the game industry and a thought leader on the topic of women in technology. She has been active in organizations including Astia, Women 2.0, Girl Geeks, and Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network. In 2009 she was named one of Business Week’s best young entrepreneurs.

She holds a master of entertainment technology and a bachelors of fine arts from Carnegie Mellon University. She also co-authored a paper titled “Emergent Stories in Massively Multiplayer Online Games: Using Improvisational Techniques to Design for Emotional Impact,” (International Conference on Entertainment Computing, 2004).

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Dominic Thasarathar
Senior Industry Program Manager, Construction
Autodesk, Inc.

Dominic Thasarathar is a senior industry program manager in thought-leadership for the global construction sector at Autodesk. He is a chartered electrical engineer and IT executive who has worked in the international engineering and construction sector since graduating from Imperial College in 1992. His focus is on the management-for-advantage of information, knowledge, and associated technologies across the capital asset lifecycle. He has supported corporate operations of major contractors and built, civil, and industrial mega-projects in roles up to CIO.

David ten Have
Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer

Dave ten Have is the chief operations officer, co-founder, and product developer at Ponoko, a world leader in distributed manufacturing and the provision of digital fabrication networks. Founded in 2007, Ponoko is an online marketplace where users make things they cannot find elsewhere, as well as access designs others created. On Ponoko’s website, creators, digital fabricators, materials suppliers, and buyers meet to make (almost) anything. Creators can “click to make” and sell their product designs online. Digital fabricators and materials suppliers are supplied and manage prepaid jobs online.

Diego Tamburini
Autodesk, Inc.
Manufacturing Industry Strategist

Diego Tamburini currently works as the Manufacturing Industry Strategist for Autodesk, where he focuses on defining the vision for Autodesk in manufacturing and evangelizing Autodesk’s thought leadership in the industry.

Diego came to Autodesk from Microsoft, where he worked in the Microsoft Dynamics development team developing the first cloud release of Dynamics ERP for Professional Services. Prior to Microsoft Dynamics, he worked with the Developer & Platform Evangelism group, helping Global ISVs in Engineering & Manufacturing align their product strategies with future Microsoft technologies.

Diego also worked as Research Engineer at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Product and Systems Lifecycle Management Systems (PSLM) Center on engineering information modeling, software infrastructures for integrated collaborative engineering, and knowledge representations and interoperability technologies to enable them. He also worked closely with the OMG group developing and reviewing the SysML standard (an extension of UML targeted to Systems Engineering).

Before Microsoft, he worked at SDRC (now Siemens PLM) as a Principal PLM Implementation Engineer, helping large customers such as Boeing and Goodrich Aerospace implement UGS’ PLM system (known as Metaphase at that time). 

Diego lives with his wife and two daughters in Snoqualmie, WA. He enjoys traveling with them to warm places and participating in long distance triathlons and marathons.

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Richard Thomas
Vice President
SHP Leading Design

Richard Thomas is a vice president and one of the owners of SHP Leading Design, an architecture and engineering firm. He is managing director of 2enCompass, an integrated design and construction company, and managing partner of SHAPE Environments, a visualization and content development company. He serves as an adviser to a fourth firm under the SHP Leading Design brand, PointGuard, delivering facility management services to SHP’s public client base. With more than 30 years of experience working for architecture and design firms around the country, he brings a broad background of expertise. His experience includes a variety of building types: residential, corporate, institutional; public and private. He has spoken nationally on the topic of BIM guidelines and standards for legacy owners. He leads a team of professionals within SHP Leading Design in the applications of BIM principles in design, construction, and facilities management. His efforts have been focused on the use of Revit® software in integrated, multidisciplinary teams, including all consultants and when possible, subcontractors and fabricators.

He was the principle strategist for the creation of The Indiana University Building Information Modeling Guidelines and Standards for Architects, Engineers, and Contractors. Issued in October 2009, the standards have received national attention.

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David Thomasson
Design Engineer, Applied Innovation
Autodesk, Inc.

David is a Design Engineer in the Applied Innovation Team in the Office of the CTO at Autodesk. He is working on the company's robotics initiative, focusing on helping to inform strategic engagement with the field of robotics. An Electrical Engineer by training, he worked in the Australian telecommunications industry, before getting involved with video post-production and motion graphics in the performing arts industry. He began work with Autodesk as a specialist in graphics and video localization for software user-assistance and learning. He is a maker and tinkerer with an interest in embedded electronics and kinetic art.

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Skylar Tibbits
Founder and Principal, S/JET LLC, Lecturer, MIT

Skylar Tibbits is a trained Architect, Designer and Computer Scientist whose research currently focuses on developing self-assembly technologies for large-scale structures in our physical environment. Skylar graduated from Philadelphia University with a 5 yr. Bachelor of Architecture degree and minor in experimental computation. Continuing his education at MIT, he received a Masters of Science in Design + Computation and a Masters of Science in Computer Science.  Skylar is currently a lecturer in MIT's Department of Architecture, teaching graduate and undergraduate design studios and co-teaching How to Make (Almost) Anything, a seminar at MIT's Media Lab. Skylar was recently awarded a TED2012 Senior Fellowship, a TED2011 Fellowship and has been named a Revolutionary Mind in SEED Magazine's 2008 Design Issue. His previous work experience includes: Zaha Hadid Architects, Asymptote Architecture, SKIII Space Variations and Point b Design.

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Renee Tietjen
Senior Architect
Department of Veterans Affairs

Renée Tietjen is a senior architect in the Department of Veterans Affairs. Her major responsibilities include implementing BIM and sustainability initiatives for major health-care construction projects. From 1993 to 2006, she worked at the General Services Administration, where she developed the Virtual Reality Courtroom pilot project, a new Post Occupancy Program, and championed the use of BIM. She was a director in the Courthouse Management Group, where she facilitated development of 11 new federal courthouses, and was a team leader of the GSA Construction Team. Prior to government employment, her private practice included project management for the Marriott Corporation, where she helped develop 16 new hotels nationwide. In addition, while employed at Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbot Architects and Dewberry, she worked on projects such as hospital additions, transportation projects, urban revitalization, new residential communities, and commercial office development. She holds BLA in landscape architecture and environmental planning and a BA in art from Utah State University, where she was awarded Alumni of the Year in 1999. She also received a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and completed additional architectural studies at Qinghua University in Beijing, China, in 1982.

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Rich Trahey
Manager, Engineering Services
ThyssenKrupp System Engineering, Inc.

Rich Trahey is manager of Engineering Services at ThyssenKrupp System Engineering (TKSE), a global leader in powertrain and body-in-white assembly and test systems. He has held various roles at TKSE over the past 11 years, including engineering services manager, account manager, project manager, and mechanical engineer. He has lead multimillion-dollar assembly automation system projects in the United States and Mexico, partnering with operations in Brazil and Germany. In his engineering management role, beyond running day-to-day engineering detail, quality assurance, R&M, and documentation operations, he has led the organization through a major 3D design initiative from business case through execution in implementing Autodesk® Inventor® and Autodesk® Vault software. He is also responsible for the planning and implementation of the CRM and project management web application systems in the account management and project management groups. Prior to joining TKSE he was manager of Engineering and Information Technology at Magnetic Products, Inc. Rich holds a BS in mechanical engineering magna cum laude from Lawrence Technological University and an MBA Beta Gamma Sigma from the University of Michigan. He is passionate about implementing innovative technology to simplify business and engineering processes, allowing people to focus on collaboration and creativity.

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Dmitriy Tseliakhovich

Dmitriy Tseliakhovich
Escape Dynamics

Dr. Tseliakhovich is a co-founder, CEO & CTO of Escape Dynamics, an aerospace R&D start-up focused on highly efficient space launch and aerospace propulsion systems.  At Escape Dynamics Dmitriy is leading the research effort on advanced space launch vehicles, wireless energy transfer and advanced materials.

Dmitriy has a Ph.D. in astrophysics from Caltech and a M.Sc. in physics from Carleton University in Ottawa. Dmitriy is also a graduate of a revolutionary post-graduate program at Singularity University, an institution founded by Peter Diamandis and Ray Kurzweil to promote leadership and empower the cadre of young leaders to address grand challenges faced by humanity today. Dmitriy has more than 10 years of research experience in physics, astrophysics, and space engineering.

Dmitriy is an active speaker, lecturer and writer. His work has been featured on CNN, CNET, Nature Magazine and other prominent media outlets. Dmitriy’s speaking engagements include keynoting at Autodesk University 2010, and presenting at the Harvard Business School 2012 conference Space: The Next Business Frontier. Dmitriy’s life is devoted to opening space for large scale commercial, social and scientific exploration. His work is focused on novel technologies that will allow affordable and sustainable aerospace transportation in the atmosphere and beyond.

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Charles Tseng

Charles Tseng
Assistant Clinical Professor - Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
UCLA School of Medicine

Dr. Tseng is a highly specialized Board Certified Plastic Surgeon serving the Los Angeles area. His practice focuses on compassionate patient centered care and the most advanced surgical techniques. Dr. Tseng believes that natural and long-lasting results are achieved through surgical expertise and a passion for the art and science of this unique surgical specialty.

Dr. Tseng was raised in Los Angeles where he attended Harvard-Westlake School and was a top-ranked tennis player on the US National Junior Tennis team. He earned his B.A. and M.D. at Columbia University. He completed a combined General Surgery and Plastic Surgery residency at the University of Chicago. He then completed a fellowship in Cosmetic Surgery and Reconstructive Microsurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

He has presented papers at the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery, American Society for Plastic Surgery, Plastic Surgery Research Council and World Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery among others. He has also published papers in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery, Clinics in Plastic Surgery, and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

He received from the NIH a Dean's Research Fellowship as well as an Institutional Research Grant. He was a finalist in the Associated Medical Schools of New York Medical Student Research Awards. While at Columbia University he received the Dean's Prize for Medical Research for his research in Peripheral Nerve Regeneration, the Biomedical Research Prize and a Research Fellowship at the Center for Restorative Surgery. He won the Best Research Presentation and Paper at the Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgery for his 'Pedicle Preservation Technique for Arterial and Venous Turbocharging of Free Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator Flaps' paper.

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Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research
College of DAAP University of Cincinnati

Craig M. Vogel is an Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the college of Design Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) in the University of Cincinnati (UC).  He is a Fellow, Past President Elect and Chair of the Board of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA).  He is co-author of the of the book, Creating Breakthrough Products, Financial Times, Prentice Hall, with Professor Jonathan Cagan.  The 2nd edition of the book was released in September 2013.

During the last 25 years Professor Vogel has been a consultant to over 20 companies and advised and managed dozens of research projects and design studios collaborating with industry. He was recognized, in the 2008 and 2011 Design Intelligence publication listing the best design and architecture schools of, as one of the most admired design educators in the US. He co-founded the Live Well Collaborative (LWC) a joint venture between UC and P&G.  The LWC ( has several corporate members and is a non-profit organization that forms cross functional teams to design products and services living well across the lifespan. He has a five year grant to advise Jiangnan University College of Design and co-founded and advises the LWC in Singapore.

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Patti Vrobel
Distinguished Research Engineer
Autodesk, Inc.

Patricia Vrobel is a Distinguished Research Engineer working in the Design, Lifecycle, and Simulation (DLS) division in Autodesk. She is currently involved in developing the technical strategy for future product solutions that address Autodesk customer needs in the area of additive manufacturing and other adjacent emerging technologies.

Patti holds an M.S. in Computer Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. She began her career at GE Research and Development, Schenectady, NY, where she spent 8 years developing an intelligent 3D model-based vision system within the Artificial Intelligence Lab. After leaving the research arena, she spent +20 years in commercial software development holding various technical positions in small 3D start-up companies focusing on application architecture, visualization, and human computer interaction. Within Autodesk, Patti held positions as Director of Engineering in the emerging new businesses including Simulation, Factory Design, and most recently Mechanical Design – Fusion 360. She has a complimentary background in fine arts and has strong passion for technical innovation and collaboration.

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Martin Walker
Behaviour Interactive

Martin Walker, CTO at Behaviour Interactive since 2001, has been involved in commercial software development in Montreal since the mid 1980s. He has spent most of his career in the multimedia arena, working for companies such as Matrox Electronics, Softimage, and others. He has been a key player in building tools and environments for video production, including special effects and 3D computer graphics. His venture in the games industry has evolved into the creation of two generations of multiplatform game engines and the elaboration of an optimized production pipeline to unleash the creative power of artists, designers, and programmers on over 60 titles. He has always had a passion for video production software for special effects and 3D computer graphics and enjoys the games industry for its diversity from a software engineering perspective.

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Dave Warner
Director of Medical Intelligence

Dave Warner is a Medical Neuroscientist and the Director of Medical Intelligence at MindTel. His interests include interventional informatics, medical communications, distributed medical intelligence, biosensors, quantitative human performance, expressional interface systems and physio-informatics. He has been engaged in humanitarian assistance and information and communication technologies (ICT) applications for a number of years, with recent activity in Afghanistan, Iraq, Africa, and Banda Aceh, Indonesia

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Keith Warren
BIM/ Virtual Design Technology Manager

Keith Warren has lived and worked in the greater Las Vegas area for the last 20 years. He began working for VTN Nevada 13 years ago as a CADD manager/IT technician, and is currently the company’s BIM/3D design visualization technology manager. His responsibilities include providing VTN staff with training and support for all civil engineering software. In addition, he is tasked with increasing the value of BIM by identifying and implementing new technologies, working directly with upper management, IT, and engineering departments to stay ahead of the competition in the engineering market. As president of the Las Vegas AutoCAD® users group, he established an experimental civil engineering AutoCAD class at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, which has since grown into a required class for civil engineering graduates. Areas of expertise include college professor, BIM implementation/management, 3D virtual design technology, CAD management, research and development, regulatory adherence, cost benefits analysis, policy planning/implementation, data integrity, risk assessment/impact analysis, contingency planning, technical specifications development, and team and project leadership.

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Nathan Waterhouse
OpenIDEO Lead

Nathan Waterhouse co-leads OpenIDEO, a web-based platform that enables the world community at large to help design human-centered solutions to social and environmental problems. He develops and explores the potential of open innovation as a business model and how to use it to create new concepts and offerings for IDEO clients in the United States. He previously co-led the organizational design practice for IDEO Europe.
He has always been fascinated by how technology can be used to encourage collaboration within groups of people, from professionals employed by the same company to colleagues connected by online social networks. His innovative work in this area has been featured by the BBC and on MTV and has appeared in more than a dozen major art exhibitions, from Touch Me at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London to the International Furniture Fair in Milan, Italy.
Prior to joining IDEO, he worked for Vodafone, where he managed the concept innovation team and developed a pioneering approach to involving users in the development process. He holds a master of interaction design from the Interaction Design Institute in Ivrea, Italy, and a bachelor of product design from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design in London.

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Peter Weijmarshausen
Peter Weijmarshausen is the chief executive officer for Shapeways, the online marketplace and community for personalized production where anyone can make, buy, and sell their own creations. One-of-a-kind, custom-made products are created on demand in a variety of materials using the latest 3D printing technologies. Prior to Shapeways, he was the CTO of Sangine, where he and his team designed and developed satellite broadband modems. He was director of engineering at Aramiska, where he was responsible for delivering a business broadband service via satellite. Earlier in his career, he worked as ICT manager for Not a Number, where he facilitated the adoption of the widely successful open source 3D software Blender. His global expertise is in the fields of entrepreneurship, Internet marketing and business development, 3D printing, and designing and implementing scalable Internet services.

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Thomas Weir
Director of BIM and CAD Operations
Brandow & Johnston 

With over 30 years’ experience in the structural engineering field, Tom Weir is Brandow & Johnston’s in-house expert on Building Information Modeling (BIM) and oversees the use of BIM technology. His efforts have positioned the firm as a leader in the use of BIM technology for structural engineering applications. He is the founder of the Los Angeles Revit Users Group, and the AUGI® Revit Structure forum. As associate principal, he also supervises the computer-aided drafting team and is responsible for training his team members in the use of advanced modeling technologies.

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Shane Williams
VP Design
Array Healthcare Facilities Solutions, Inc.

Shane Williams is a design architect with more than 17 years of experience in conceptual investigation, design, and development of production drawings for a variety of project types. He has been responsible for the predesign, schematic design, and development phases of nearly 20 large-scale projects. After several years of successful collaborative working experience with Array, he joined the firm in August 2010 as a shareholder and practice area leader for design. He came to Array after serving as the project director for new construction for the Capital Health replacement hospital in Hopewell, New Jersey. This new 924,691-square-foot, 237-bed LEED-registered green building is expected to open late 2011. Previously, he served as project design architect and vice president at HKS, Inc., a nationally renowned health-care architectural firm, where he was responsible for project planning and worked to assist the team to establish goals and objectives. Maintaining open communication through regularly scheduled meetings with clients and stakeholders, he was a crucial part of project implementation at each phase of development.

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Duncan Wilson
Foresight + Innovation

Duncan Wilson is an Associate Director at Arup in London and is responsible for researching medium and long term futures with a focus on social and technology factors. He develops foresight and innovation capability within Arup, co-created the Drivers of Change concept ( ) and has a personal research focus on ubiquitous computing in the built environment ( ). His EU and nationally funded research merges interests in sensing and monitoring and creating interactive, ambient displays that solicit and feedback information with the intent of influencing behaviour. He is currently a member of the European Commission Expert Group on the Internet of Things. Duncan is a Chartered Engineer (IET), has a PhD from University College London in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Vision and comments on work at and can also be found at 

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Terry Wohlers
Wohlers Associates, Inc.

Terry Wohlers is principal consultant and president of Wohlers Associates, Inc., an independent consulting firm he founded 25 years ago. Through this company, he has provided consulting assistance to more than 170 organizations in 23 countries. He has authored 375 books, articles, and technical papers and has been given the opportunity to speak to thousands of engineers, scientists, and executives. Wohlers has given 80 keynote presentations on five continents in cities ranging from Helsinki and Istanbul to Beijing and Tokyo.

Wohlers has been quoted or cited in BusinessWeek, the Chicago Tribune, CNBC Business, Discovery News from the Discovery Channel, The Economist, Financial Times, Fortune, Forbes, the Los Angeles Times, Scientific American, the Wall Street Journal, and countless domestic and foreign magazines, journals, and newspapers. In June 2010, Sky News (Sydney, Australia) conducted a live, nationwide interview broadcast with him.

In 2007, more than 1,000 industry professionals from around the world selected him as the number one most influential person in rapid product development and additive manufacturing. The results were published in the August 2007 issue of TCT Magazine (UK) in its TCT Top 25 Influential People survey.

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Gary Wolf
Quantified Self

Gary  Wolf  is the co-founder of The Quantified Self, a global collaboration among users and makers of self-tracking tools exploring “self-knowledge through numbers.” Wolf is also a contributing editor at Wired magazine. His work has appeared The Best American Science Writing (2009) and in The Best American Science and Nature Writing (2009). In 2010, he was awarded the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism prize. In 2005-2006 he was a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University.

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Dr. Kristina Hooper Woolsey
Project Director/ Piers 15/17

Dr. Kristina Hooper Woolsey is a scholar and cognitive scientist, known as the “mother of multimedia” for her pioneering work at the Apple Multimedia Lab and Atari Research Labs, which she directed. A founding member of the Apple Human Interface Group, she was named a Distinguished Scientist by Apple Computer for her pioneering work in multimedia in education, and an NMC Fellow by the New Media Consortium for her lifetime of contributions to the field. She has served as executive producer of critically acclaimed multimedia titles, and wrote many articles, chapters, and books.

In 2009 she was the project director for a capital project at the San Francisco Exploratorium. She was a member of the Emeritus Board of the New Media Consortium, and head of the advisory board for the learning, design, and technology program at Stanford. She serves as adjunct faculty in the Department of Cognitive Science at Case Western Reserve University. She is director of the Marin Learning Conservancy. She is a member of the advisory council for the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts. Her most recent projects include the nonprofit Golden Age of Multimedia, which she authored, and New Media Thinking, in which she served as director.

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Siegfried Zhiqiang Wu
Assistant President, Dean of the College of Design and Innovation
Tongji University

Professor Wu, Zhiqiang received his doctorate in engineering in 1996 from Technical University of Berlin, Germany. He is now assistant president and dean of the College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University; member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences; and chief planner of World Expo 2010 Shanghai, China. He also serves as co-chair of the international steering committee of World Planning Schools Congress, permanent member of UNESCO-UIA World Architectural Education Council, director of Planning Education Steering Council of China, and vice president of the Urban Planning Society of China. In 2001, he organized the first World Planning School Congress as general secretary. More than 1,000 participants from 46 countries attended the congress. In answer to his proposal, Global Planning Education Associations Network ( was established at the end of the congress. He has worked with interdisciplinary experts on several research projects, focusing on urban sustainable development. He is an active scholar, planner, and dedicated educator in the field of architecture and urban planning. Through his professional years, he has been actively involved with urban planning and design around China and abroad, including New Town Planning of Saint Petersburg, Russia, and Dujiangyan Post-Disaster City Reconstruction Plan.

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Tom Wujec, Fellow, Autodesk, Inc.

Tom Wujec
Autodesk, Inc.

Tom Wujec is a fellow at Autodesk, where he has worked on Autodesk® SketchBook® Pro, PortfolioWall®, and Autodesk® Maya® (which won an Academy Award® for its contribution to the film industry) software. In his position at Autodesk, he helps companies work in the emerging field of business visualization—the art of using images, sketches, and infographics to help teams solve complex problems as a group.

He is the author of several books, including  Five-Star Mind: Games and Puzzles to Stimulate Your Creativity and Imagination.

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Laurie Yoler
SVP and President

Laurie Yoler is SVP of business development and President of Qualcomm Labs for Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., where she is responsible for developing new strategic business opportunities for the Company.

Previously, Yoler was a founding managing director at GrowthPoint Technology Partners, helping entrepreneurs to build strategic alliances, complete M&A transactions and raise capital. Prior to that, Yoler was chief development officer at Intellectual Ventures, exploring invention and investment opportunities in a wide variety of technology areas.

Yoler has been an integral part of the development and launch of many new innovations and products, both from within large companies like Visa, Sun Microsystems, and Accenture, and as one of a small group of founders/investors of a new entrepreneurial venture with a radical idea like Tesla Motors, DNA Direct, and Packet Design.  Yoler currently serves on the board of advisors of Tesla Motors, the board of directors of the Washington State University Research Foundation, and the advisory boards of Scripted, Curious, and Silicon Valley Comes to UK.

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Heather Yurko
Lead, Organizational R+D

Heather Yurko holds an MA in Organizational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University and has been building people, process, and organizations for almost 20 years. She has worked in a variety of roles, gathering experience in program management, training design, sales, marketing, communications, manufacturing, and more along the way, and has built two start-up companies, in addition to working in large, global enterprises. She has been the program lead for Talent Connection, an innovative talent management program, for the past two years, and is the organizational research and development lead for the Staffing Innovation Organization at Cisco.

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