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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.
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 Buzzsaw.com, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Mickey McManus is president and CEO of MAYA Design, a technology design and innovation lab that specializes in making complex technology products and services easier to use. To maximize opportunities for innovation at the intersection of users and information, he leads a team of cognitive psychologists, ethnographers, computer scientists, mathematicians, visual and industrial designers, architects, and filmmakers. This team works with a range of clients from Fortune 500 global companies to foundations, government organizations, and startups.
To address the overwhelming aspects of our unprecedented access to information, he spearheaded the launch of MAYA's Pervasive Computing Practice, which focuses on ways to take connected experiences out of the lab and into the marketplace through smart products, services, and environments. He is frequently tapped to address the need for a human element in product and service development. Recently, he spoke about people and the connected world at the Aspen Ideas Festival, was a keynote speaker at the World Healthcare Innovation and Technology Congress, and spoke about design thinking as it relates to business at the 2010 Economist Summit on Fresh Thinking for the Idea Economy.
MAYA’s work has been featured in Wired, the Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, and the Wall Street Journal.
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 (www.delcam-robotics.com).
From 2011, Franck had the opportunity to participates in the COMET Project (www.cometproject.eu), 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.
Robert (Bob) E. Middlebrooks, AIA
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 Google.org, 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 Google.org’s programs and funding initiatives addressing global economic development, global public health, and climate change.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 http://rameznaam.com.
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: email@example.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Times’ T Magazine, a list of America’s up and coming. She writes a blog for Fast Company titled FastCoDesign.
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.
Jon H. Pittman, AIA
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.
Philip Ra, AIA
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.
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.
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.
Marcus T. Reedy, P.L.S.
Robert (Bob) Richards
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.”
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.
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.
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: www.vivianetra.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Charles (Chad) Sweet
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 ( http://www.driversofchange.com ) and has a personal research focus on ubiquitous computing in the built environment ( http://iot.io/ ). 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 http://twitter.com/djdunc and can also be found at http://www.linkedin.com/in/duncanwilson/
Dr. Kristina Hooper Woolsey
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.
Siegfried Zhiqiang Wu
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 (www.gpean.org) 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.
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.
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.
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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