Platform Chief Engineer, Power Systems Business Unit , Cummins
Abhishek is Platform Chief Engineer in the Power Systems Business Unit at Cummins. In 15 years of extensive experience at Cummins, he has worked in different disciplines including performance engineering, quality, controls, technical managing, system validation and manufacturing engineering. Most recently, he completed a 3-year expatriate assignment in China, leading establishment of cross functional technical team of 100+ engineers. In his current role, Abhishek leads engine platforms Q19, Q38, Q50, Q23 and V28 for global product lifecycle development with a team of 300+ engineers and product teams.
He has a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from USC, Los Angeles along with MBA from Kelley School of Business.
Industry Lead, Manufacturing & Automotive , Appian
Gary is an experienced manufacturing and supply chain executive with more than 23 years leading and managing operations and supply chain functions. Gary has held leadership positions in plant operations, EMEA and North America aftermarket businesses and corporate supply chain where he drove large scale digital transformations with focus on strategy development, performance metrics, data-driven process improvement, Lean Six Sigma, and global initiatives in supply chain & logistics. Gary joined Appian in January of this year and holds a MBA from the University of Notre Dame.
Founder & Content Creator, The Manufacturing Millennial
Jake Hall is the Manufacturing Millennial. With over a decade of experience working with manufacturers, system integrators, and distributors in the manufacturing and automation industry, he understands the importance of advocating Industry 4.0, digital technology, robotics, and automation solutions. But more importantly, he recognizes the need and demand for companies and organizations to begin attracting and mentoring the future skilled workforce of upcoming generations. With Jake’s personal brand, the “Manufacturing Millennial,” he has created an audience of 50,000+ followers with over 50 million views on social media in less than two years. But Jake’s advocacy doesn’t stop online; he has given dozens of high-energy keynote presentations discussing the future of our manufacturing industry and how it needs to change through technology, culture, and workforce. When Jake isn’t advocating manufacturing, you’ll find him at a Chicago Cubs game, smoking BBQ, fishing, or building Lego with his two daughters.
Research Director, ABI Research
Ryan Martin is a Research Director at ABI Research covering new and emerging transformative technologies, including Industry 4.0, Digital Transformation, and the Internet of Things (IoT). He currently leads the firm’s Manufacturing, Industrial, and Enterprise IoT research.
Prior to joining ABI Research, Ryan spent the past several years working at technology market research firms, including Yankee Group and, most recently, 451 Research. Before his time as a market research analyst, Ryan served as a consultant at Mobile Future Institute, a U.S.-based think tank focused on business strategies and marketing tactics for the mobile ecosystem. Additionally, he held advisory, consultative, and managerial positions at a number of early- to late-stage startups.
Ryan is frequently quoted and published in a variety of industry and business media, including BBC, CIO, LA Times, and Forbes. He is also a regular speaker at client and industry events, and a judge for major awards programs such as the CES Innovation Awards and the GSMA’s Global Mobile Awards.
Ryan holds degrees in economics and political science, with an additional concentration in global studies, from the University of Vermont and an M.B.A. from the University of New Hampshire.
Senior Manager, Digital & Innovation, J&J Supply Chain , Johnson and Johnson
Sarfraz is a former data scientist who helped develop large scale platform and analytics capabilities, at big tech & startups. Currently he is driving Digital & Innovation at J&J’s Supply Chain organization. Previously, he led development of an industry-leading digital attribution solution with an analytics startup. During his time at Microsoft, Sarfraz was part of the early team building data & analytics infrastructure for Bing, which ultimately form the building blocks for Microsoft Azure. He holds an MS in Information Retrieval from Columbia University and is a classically trained vocalist
EHS Supply Chain Category Director, Kellogg
Shameka Lewis is an EHS Professional from Fort Worth, Texas. She has over 8 years’ experience in manufacturing and supply chain services. Her responsibilities include management and implementation of company strategies and initiatives as well as ensuring compliance of regulatory standards and procedures.
Shameka is a graduate safety professional, with an established track record of driving down TRIR, leading project manager on numerous capital projects, developing and delivering safety training and ensuring compliance among vendors and contractors.
Shameka has a passion for the overall safety and health of employees and environmental management. She continues to strive for innovative, sustainable solutions and increasing employee engagement within the workplace.
Shameka serves on the Women in Manufacturing Education Foundation Board of Directors, on the board for Women in Manufacturing Texas Chapter as Vice Chair and Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Lead, and as a Dallas Independent School District industry partner for CTE.
Shameka holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Health and Safety and a Master of Science in Environmental Management.
Product Manager, Bell Canada
Accomplished IT Business Expert with 20+ years industry experience. Works with Enterprise Clients to help them conceptualize and build solutions to meet their goals. Highly customer centric and passionate about business transformation.
I am a Business Transformation Expert, with expertise focusing on Product Manager in Cloud, IoT and Artificial Intelligence.
I focus on 3 keys areas: • Delivering Business Value to my Customers through innovative initiatives • Guiding my Customers Journey of Modernizing their Infra to the Cloud and any Transformation • Driving enterprise digital transformation through Intelligent Assets
I help my Customers: • Create efficiencies • Allow for stronger business decisions through analytics • Reduce product delivery lead times • Scale with industry demands • Simplify their IT estate
Director, Global Advanced Manufacturing Technology, AGCO
Susanne joined AGCO Corporation in 2012, initially as a project manager for Manufacturing Automation. In her current role as Director, Global Advanced Manufacturing Technology she represents the business in regards to the Enterprise PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) implementation at all global sites. This is an enabler for AGCO’s Design Anywhere Build Anywhere platform strategy, because it allows the virtual collaboration between the plants. Expanding on this she also governs projects in other areas of the digital shop floor transformation. Susanne is therefore one of the main contributors to the global strategy for Manufacturing 4.0 (Smart Factory),and is part of a team that investigates the applications for advanced production tools, such as Additive Manufacturing, Collaborative Robots, AGV’s and Wearable Technologies, as well as simulation tools. Susanne holds a degree in Production Engineering from her native Germany, and came to the United States in 1993 as part of the Space Shuttle manufacturing team. In April of 2017 Susanne received the prestigious STEP Ahead Award from the Manufacturing Institute for her achievements as a female in the manufacturing industry, and a few weeks later she was voted on the national BoD for Women in Manufacturing. Later that year she also received the Front Line Leadership Award from the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance. In February of 2021 Susanne was being named one of 20 women making their mark in robotics and automation by the Society of Manufacturing Engineering (SME).Susanne currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Women in Manufacturing(WiM) Educational Foundation, and heads the WiM Georgia chapter. She also serves on the BoD for the ASM Materials Education Foundation. In her spare time Susanne is an avid equestrian.
Tinika N. Brijlal
EHS&S Digital Solutions Program Manager, Global Sustainability, Kimberly-Clark
As an engineering professional, Tinika is passionate about bringing value to organisations and the world, through the application of engineering.
Her foundational experience in based in FMCG operations. During this time, she observed the gap in engineering being applied to the exploding needs of Sustainability.
This led to her leading operational efficiency improvements, across global facilities, in the Energy and Water space. Through this, transitioned to leading Digital Transformation that focusses on integrating engineering competencies with digital tools to support, drive and deliver sustainability goals, in the global context.
Her practical insights, leadership and application of strong engineering skills has allowed successful value-add to organisations.
When not leading digital tools development and implementation, she can be found reading, smothering her furbabies or watching a movie with her husband.
Manager, Manufacturing Emerging Technology , John Deere
Tracy Schrauben has over 20 years of experience in manufacturing with time spent at Kimberly Clark and the majority of her career with John Deere with various roles in Manufacturing Engineering, Quality, Global Project Management, and Operations Management. Her current role in Manufacturing Technology brings together her background in manufacturing and her passion for technology and continuous improvement, where her team focuses on emerging technologies that will positively disrupt the manufacturing facilities at Deere. She has an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from The University of Akron, Ohio and a Master’s degree in Project Management from University of Wisconsin-Platteville. She has a passion for growing diversity in the field of manufacturing and has spent the last decade involved in many organizations from the Girl Scouts of America to Society for Women Engineers and is also heavily involved in the employee resource groups at John Deere.
Additive Manufacturing Manager, Eaton
Cameron Peahl has an extensive career in aerospace manufacturing at Eaton and now leads the Eaton Research Labs – AM Center of Excellence. Cameron started his career in conventional aerospace manufacturing in various roles across in manufacturing and quality functions working with multiple processes such as milling, turning, grinding, EDM, and Welding. Cameron joined the ERL in 2018 to lead the AMCoE in obtaining their AS9100 certification and becoming Eaton’s first aerospace AM production site. He and the ERL team, with support from Eaton Aerospace’s AM Team, have successfully developed L-PBF aluminum parameters, developed Qualified Metallurgical Processes, and obtained aerospace customer manufacturing approval. Cameron holds a bachelors of science in Mechanical Engineering from Roger Williams University and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth.
Chief Technical Officer, Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC)
CHARLES C. BYERS is Associate Chief Technology Officer of the Industry Internet Consortium and also Chief Technology Officer at Valqari. He works on the architecture and implementation of edge computing systems, common platforms, media processing systems, and the Internet of Things. Previously, he was a Principal Engineer and Platform Architect with Cisco, and a Bell Labs Fellow at Alcatel-Lucent. During his three decades in the telecommunications networking industry, he has made significant contributions in areas including voice switching, broadband access, converged networks, VoIP, multimedia, video, modular platforms, edge-fog computing and IoT. He has also been a leader in several standards bodies, including serving as CTO for the Industrial Internet Consortium and OpenFog Consortium, and was a founding member of PICMG’s AdvancedTCA, AdvancedMC, and MicroTCA subcommittees.
Mr. Byers received his B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In his spare time, he likes travel, cooking, bicycling, and tinkering in his workshop. He holds over 110 US patents.
Sr. Managing Partner, Digital Manufacturing Leader, Gartner
Avanish is a digital and innovation thought leader, keynote speaker, an author-in-the-works, and a strategic advisor to company executives and their Boards. He advises and coaches industry leaders on business strategy, digital and tech-enabled transformations, and value creation. Avanish’s professional experience in management consulting spans across Gartner Consulting, Monitor Deloitte, Infosys, and the Tata Group. His role as a senior consulting executive has given him a unique vantage point to wide-ranging challenges and opportunities across industries and clients. He helps his clients innovate, compete, and win in the digital era. Avanish is an alum of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Indian Institute of Management, and Indian Institute of Technology. He is an angel investor in startups, and a Limited Partner in venture funds focused on early-stage tech-enabled ventures. He is a runner and coach, having completed 25+ marathons, half-marathons, and obstacle course runs.
Product Manager, HighByte
Jeffrey Schroeder is an experienced technologist based out of Detroit, MI who brings more than a decade in technology leaderships roles in the automotive and discrete manufacturing industries to his role as Product Manager at HighByte. Jeffrey brings deep domain expertise and perspectives in information technology, operations, and management for industrial organizations.
Jeffrey is passionate about technology and manufacturing and is a proponent of HighByte’s mission and approach to enable digital transformation for manufacturers. He is responsible for evangelizing and continuously improving HighByte Intelligence Hub as the global standard for Industrial DataOps.
Jeffrey has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Economics from Oakland University in Rochester, MI.
Digital Transformation Specialist, Bizagi
Jordan is an accomplished sales executive and engineer with 20+ years’ experience working in and selling to the manufacturing, finance, energy, and healthcare markets. For the last 7 years, his focus at Bizagi and Pegasystems has been on bringing together colleagues and customers to deliver sustainable business value and accelerate business transformation initiatives through strategic investments in technology. Jordan is driven by helping organizations adapt and transform to meet rapidly evolving customer and market demands. He enjoys experiencing how different business models, markets, and standards evolve in order to enable more connected, safer, healthier, and efficient people, organizations, and societies.
Julian Leland Bell
Principal Investigator, Rapid Prototyping Laboratory, UPS
I’m a mechanical engineer who has worked across robotics, advanced manufacturing, and precision engineering over the course of my career. Currently, I am the principal investigator at the Rapid Prototyping Laboratory (RPL)for the UPS Advanced Technology Group (ATG), where my team provides rapid concept evaluation and physical prototyping services to ATG and UPS as a whole. We ideate, design, fabricate, test and iterate on new hardware concepts to solve problems across UPS’s many business units, from advanced cooling technologies for drug delivery, to next-generation sensor systems for package tracking, to simply building better bags to containerize our customer’s packages. In addition to the R&D and engineering services we provide, we also manage the RPL facility, a combination prototyping shop & robotics experimentation space here in Atlanta, GA. RPL enables UPSers – engineers, but also data scientists, marketing experts, and others – to leverage the tools and techniques of rapid prototyping, helping turn brilliant ideas into valuable realities faster than ever before.
Co-host, Automation Ladies
Nikki Gonzales boasts a decade-long background as a sales engineer specializing in machine vision systems and mechatronics in smart manufacturing. Throughout her career, she has implemented and supported automation solutions across a wide range of industries. Nikki’s expertise also extends to the design aspect of engineering, including multi-physics simulation used in virtual prototyping and design optimization of electronics. Nikki also led business development and implementation of advanced analytics for supply chain management, such as forecasting and inventory optimization for retail suppliers at Algo.
Currently, Nikki is transforming the procurement process in industrial automation distribution through Quotebeam, an innovative online marketplace and workflow automation platform. This platform enables distributors and customers to collaborate efficiently, streamlining the procurement experience. Nikki is also a co-host of the podcast Automation Ladies. As a panelist, Nikki offers invaluable insights into the latest developments in automation, digital transformation, and smart manufacturing practices.
Chief Strategy Officer, Tacton
Nils is an experienced business transformation leader with focus in the product and strategy at Tacton since 2015. In his 20+ years of working with IT companies and the industrial sector, he has guided companies with portfolio management and product development. He has held various leadership positions in the manufacturing industry in companies like Tetra Pak and Sidel, as well as being the Founder of a web development company. In his current role at Tacton, Nils heads the company’s product and business strategy, ensuring Tacton delivers unparalleled value in terms of sales productivity and industrial excellence bridging the gap between sales, engineering, and order fulfillment in the industry.
Nils holds a Master of Process Engineering Degree and a Diploma of Product Management from IMD, and a Diploma in Psychology from Lund University.
Senior Solutions Engineer, Okta
Nick d’Amato is a Senior Solutions Engineer with Okta working with strategic accounts in the Central US, with more than 15 years of IT and information security experience. His background with manufacturing IT includes Honda North America and Cardinal Health, where he supported IT modernization projects across all aspects of the business. Since joining Okta, he continues to work with large manufacturing companies spanning plastics, medical equipment, automotive and CPG on opportunities related to identity modernization.
Nick has spoken at numerous IT and InfoSec conferences and events on topics related to digital transformation. Nick resides in Columbus, Ohio.
Supply Chain Quality Manager , Boeing
Leslie Kirkland is a strategic, results driven, and people-oriented project portfolio leader with 13+ years in the aerospace industry. She has worked in various disciplines, supporting commercial and defense programs in Manufacturing Engineering, Business Operations, Quality, Materials Management, and Supply Chain organizations. Leslie is a Supply Chain Quality Manager at The Boeing Company. Her background encompass leading effective business strategies, managing special projects, and career development coaching/mentoring.
Leslie will be completing her Master in Business Administration from The Citadel this summer and holds a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management and Project Management from Charleston Southern University. Certificate credentials includes Human Resources, Lean & Innovation Management, Six Sigma Green & Black Belt, and Women in Leadership.
Samir brings over 25 years of experience in global Marketing leadership and executive positions for Enterprise Software and SaaS companies. Prior to Bizagi Samir held a number of executive leadership roles at ServicePower, Appian, Pegasystems, Apptix and SAGA Software. Samir started his career at GE, where he led Product Management and Marketing teams in the US and Asia-Pacific. He holds an MS degree in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.
Senior Account Executive, KX
Steve Elliott is a leader at KX helping build their industry business. He is a Geographer by Education and spent a decade at Amazon and Google helping organizations become more agile by operating in the cloud. He is particularly interested in digital twins, vector databases and design sprints.