April 23-26, 2018 | Fort Worth Convention Center | Fort Worth, TX | Exhibits April 24-26

RAPID + TCT 2017 Conference Advisors



Pierre Aubrey, President, ShapeGrabber Inc
Pierre Aubrey joined ShapeGrabber in 2001, shortly after the company spun out of Vitana, a designer and manufacturer of digital imaging products, where he was Vice President of Product and Business Development. Initially responsible for sales activities at ShapeGrabber, Aubrey is currently the company’s president and manages operations and marketing. Aubrey began his career as a Research Associate at the Canada Center for Remote Sensing. He next joined Telesat, Canada’s national satellite operator, where he spent 10 years in various roles, including spacecraft reliability engineer, flight dynamics specialist and project manager. Aubrey holds bachelor’s degrees in physics and physics-mathematics and an MBA with a concentration on international business from the University of Ottawa. He has received several awards for academic achievement, including the Governor General’s medal for highest overall average in a bachelor’s degree program, and the NSERC centennial scholarship, awarded to the top graduates in Canada in scientific and engineering disciplines.



Rex Brown, Principal Engineer, National Nuclear Security Administration, DOE
Rex Brown is a principal mechanical engineer working in the advanced technology development department at the Department of Energy’s National Security Campus, managed by Honeywell. He has been actively involved with additive manufacturing since 1992, serving on ASTM’s Committee F42 on Additive Manufacturing Technologies, the NCMS Rare Parts Team, and SME’s Direct Digital Manufacturing Tech Group. Brown’s focus over the years includes stereolithography, fuse deposition modeling, and 3D printing for rapid prototyping. His present work is in research and production application of metals additive manufacturing.


Zayna Connor, Vice President of Technical Services, American Foundry Society
Zayna Connor is Vice President of Technical Services, American Foundry Society, where she currently oversees the technical department, including member technical support, technical committee activities and research projects. She is active in American Society of Materials, Past Chair of the Technical Books Committee. Zayna received her BS in Metallurgical Engineering from Missouri S&T and her PhD in Materials Science & Engineering from Northwestern University. Her dissertation on the quantitative analysis of fatigue cracks in riveted joints using scanning acoustic microscopy was under the direction of Prof. Morris Fine. She is a National Science Foundation Fellow and an Amelia Earhart fellow. Zayna has spent more than 30 years working in materials, castings, forgings extrusions and rolled products. She has helped develop casting suppliers in China, Poland, Turkey, Italy, US, Mexico and Canada. She was the R&D manager for non-heat treat alloys at Alcan Rolled Products. She has helped on the supplier side to solve customer problems and on the customer side to help solve supplier problems.



Denis Cormier, Earl W. Brinkman Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology
Dr. Denis Cormier is the Earl W. Brinkman Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology where he also serves as director of the Additive Manufacturing and Multifunctional Printing (AMPrint) Center. He has worked in the area of additive manufacturing for 20 years with a specific focus on aerospace materials and applications of metal additive manufacturing. Most recently, his research has focused on multi-material functional printing processes and materials.



Dr. April Cooke, Additive Manufacturing Specialist, TRUMPF Inc
April is currently the Additive Manufacturing Specialist at TRUMPF’s Laser Technology Center in Plymouth, MI. She earned a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in Charlotte, NC. In 2008, she began her career at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in a postdoctoral appointment where she conducted R&D in additive manufacturing. Her past experience also includes Engineering R&D Manager at 3D Systems near Philadelphia, PA and Advanced Manufacturing Process Engineer at the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing near Richmond, VA. In 2013, April was awarded the International Outstanding Young Researcher in Freeform and Additive Manufacturing Award, which is given out annually at the Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium to recognize an outstanding young researcher in the field of additive manufacturing early in his/her career. Her past work has focused on both metal-based and polymer-based powder bed fusion systems, three-dimensional printing, and standards development. Her current work focuses on applications of metal-based powder bed fusion and directed energy deposition processes.



Vesna Cota, Additive Manufacturing Design & Development Specialist, Tyco Electronics Canada
Vesna Cota is an additive manufacturing design and development specialist for Tyco Electronics Canada. Cota launched her personal endeavor of teaching additive manufacturing technologies as a feature speaker at NRC-IRAP in the industrial design and technology forum in 1998, and continued sharing through speaking, writing, presentations and workshops. She has taught additive manufacturing courses for the Magna Inc. Management Training Program and the Industrial Research Development Institute Product Development Program, among others. Cota is passionate about propagating the awareness of additive manufacturing technologies and their proper applications. As an executive officer of Toronto Chapter 26, she organized a year-long additive manufacturing program in 1998-99, for which SME honored her with its President’s Award. In 2005, Cota became an SME master-level Additive Manufacturing Certificate holder. She received her degree in architecture from the University of Zagreb. She has been an RTAM member since 1995.



Carl Dekker, President, Met-L-Flo, Inc
Carl K. Dekker serves as the President of Met-L-Flo Inc., a growing service center for additive manufacturing in Sugar Grove, IL. He has been actively involved in research and product development using current technologies and innovative methods. Dekker has provided training and installations at Abbott Laboratories, Delphi, Motorola and numerous other locations. His work has been published in industry journals including Prototyping Technology, Rapid Prototyping Report, Time Compression Technologies, and the Wohlers Report (2003-8,13-14). A past chair of SME’s Additive Manufacturing Community, Dekker is the current chair of ASTM’s Committee F42 on Additive Manufacturing Technologies and the current chair of SME’s Direct Digital Manufacturing Tech Group. Dekker teaches the Rapid Technologies and Additive Manufacturing Technologies Certificate Programs and also remains active in the Bright Minds Program as a member and former co-chair. He holds a Master Certificate in Rapid Prototyping and is a proud recipient of the SLA Dinosaur Award.



Abbey Delaney, Marketing Manager, Materialise USA
Abbey Delaney joined Materialise in 2012, bringing almost a decade of marketing experience with her. Now as the North American Marketing Manager, Abbey is responsible for developing marketing strategy, overseeing tradeshows, promoting Materialise in the social media and press, implementing promotional campaigns and growing the brand. Prior to joining Materialise, Abbey worked in the automotive and commercial truck market, managing projects from data analysis and market research to graphic design and corporate branding. Abbey holds a Bachelors and Master of Arts degree from Saginaw Valley State University.



Boris Fritz, Retired, Northrop Grumman Aerospace
Boris Fritz is adjunct Professor at Loyola Marymount University in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, currently teaching a course in Additive Manufacturing. He also does consulting in Additive Manufacturing. He retired from Northrop Grumman Aerospace 2 years ago, formerly working in the Additive Mfg Technology & Development Department & in charge of the Rapid Manufacturing Lab for 22 years until October, 2013. In 2003 he was Chair of SME’s RTAM community as well as chair of the RAPID conference. He has three patents & has published numerous research papers on 3D Printing since 1991. He also founded and chaired the Nanomanufacturing Tech Group of SME, as well as having been on SME’s Manufacturing Enterprise Council.



Giles Gaskell, Manager 3D Imaging Products, Wenzel America Ltd
A graduate in Mechanical Engineering from Aston University in Birmingham England, Giles Gaskell has been working in the field of non-contact scanning for reverse engineering and inspection since1995 He was the founder of 3D Scanners UK Ltd in England and 3D Scanners Italia Srl. in Italy dedicated to the provision of non-contact reverse engineering hardware, software and expertise. In that time Giles has worked with many of Europe’s most prestigious design, engineering and manufacturing companies on reverse engineering and non-contact projects. In 2004 Giles moved to the USA where he has worked with NVision Inc and Laser Design Inc. both leading companies in the field of non-contact reverse engineering and inspection before joining Wenzel America to head their Applications Department specializing in Non Contact scanning using Laser, Structured Light, Optical CMM and CT technologies.



Charles Gilman, Mechanical Engineer, GE Global Research
Charles Gilman joined GE Global Research’s Model Based Manufacturing Laboratory as a mechanical engineer in 1999, having previously held positions with the US Air Force Manufacturing Technology Directorate, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and STEP Tools, Inc. In 2002, he co-founded and grew an Additive Manufacturing capability at GE Global Research. Gilman’s technical areas and projects include Model-Based Manufacturing, Virtual Manufacturing, and Brilliant Factory.



Pedro Gonzalez, Manufacturing Engineer, Northrop Grumman
Pedro A. Gonzalez joined Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in 2011 as a Manufacturing Engineer within the Advanced Manufacturing & Technology group. Mr. Gonzalez identifies, develops, and validates manufacturing processes/procedures for Additive Manufacturing (AM) relative to production and prototype programs; provides solutions for a variety of technical problems. He is also fully competent in understanding AM design and applying them to engineering requirements. He has been involved in the industry, both Additive Manufacturing and Subtractive Rapid Prototyping for over 11 years. Mr. Gonzalez is currently leading or involved with multiple Contract Research and Development and Independent Research and Development programs focused on development and implementation of AM technologies for air and space vehicles. Mr. Gonzalez is currently an advisor on America Makes AM Roadmap Advisory Group.



Rob Gorham, Director of Operations, America Makes
Rob joined the America Makes team in 2013 as the Deputy Director of Technology Development and in May 2014 was promoted to Director of Operations. He has more than a decade of solid defense research and advanced manufacturing experience. Prior to joining America Makes, he was the Senior Manager of the Manufacturing Exploration and Development (MXD) group within the Advanced Manufacturing Systems and Prototyping (AMS&P) directorate of Lockheed Martin (LM) Aeronautics – Advanced Development Programs (ADP). In this position, Rob was responsible for leading the transition-focused development and the application of affordable manufacturing technologies for LM Aeronautics and other LM Business Areas across the corporation. He holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University and a M.S. in Engineering Management from Southern Methodist University.



Todd Grimm, President, T. A. Grimm & Associates
Todd Grimm is 25-year veteran of the additive manufacturing/3D printing industry. From his work as a consultant, writer, author, speaker, editor and advisor, he was named as one of The TCT Magazine’s 20 most influential in the additive manufacturing (AM) industry. Todd is president of T. A. Grimm & Associates, an additive manufacturing consulting and communications company. He sits on the board of directors of ARC Group Worldwide (NASDAQ: ARCW). He is also a columnist for The TCT Magazine and author of User’s Guide to Rapid Prototyping. Todd currently serves on the board of the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) as its AM industry advisor, is a founding advisor for the 3D Printing Association, and an advisor for the RAPID + TCT conference. He has also served as chairman of SME’s Additive Manufacturing community.



Ed Herderick, PhD, Additive Technologies Leader, GE
Dr. Edward D. Herderick is the additive technologies leader for GE Corporate Supply Chain and Operations in the office of the vice chairman. Herderick’s role is to speed the transition to the shop floor for additive technologies across all 8 of the GE Industrial Businesses. He is supporting the launch of GE’s new Corporate additive center in Pittsburgh, CATA, as well as representing GE externally. Herderick is an internationally recognized thought leader in additive technologies, having published journal articles and a book chapter on the subject. Prior to joining GE he led new product development at a startup and has also served as Director of the Additive Manufacturing Consortium. He has a PhD in materials science and engineering from The Ohio State University.



Larry J. Holmes, Principal Investigator: Materials and Technology Development for Advanced Manufacturing, Lead for Hybrid Manufacturing Research, Lead for Additive Manufacturing Laboratory Operations, U.S. Army Research Laboratory
Larry R. Holmes, Jr. has worked at ARL for over 12 years and is currently the ARL Principal Investigator for Additive Manufacturing materials and technology development within the Manufacturing Science and Technology Branch (MSTB). Holmes earned his BS in Aerospace Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2002, and earned his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009. Holmes is the founder of the RDECOM Additive Manufacturing Community of Practice, a founding member of the APG inter-agency Additive Manufacturing Working Group, Government advisor on several DoD funded programs, a member of the Government Only Additive (GO Additive) Manufacturing Working Group, a member and session chair for RAPID + TCT, a member of the TTCP MAT-11, an advisor to the JDMTP Electronics sub-panel, and a participant of the TTCP Additive Manufacturing advisory committee.



Sheku Kamara, Dean of Applied Research, Milwaukee School of Engineering
Sheku Kamara is the Dean of Applied Research at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) and oversees the activities of the Applied Technology CenterTM (ATC). The ATC uses MSOE faculty, staff and student expertise to solve technological problems confronting business and industry. He has been involved with additive manufacturing since 1996 and was director of the Rapid Prototyping Consortium at MSOE. Kamara holds the RTAM Master Level Certificate on additive manufacturing from SME and was named a Laser Sintering DINO (Distinguished INnovator Operator Award) from the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG), for his contributions to the technology and industry. Kamara has served as a technical advisor to the RAPID conference since 2004 and is a past chair of the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG).



David Leigh, Senior Vice President of Engineering, Stratasys Direct Manufacturing
David currently serves as senior VP of Emerging Technologies at Stratasys, Inc, a global leader in the 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing industry. David was the CEO and founder of Harvest Technologies, an additive manufacturing production company located in central Texas that was acquired by Stratasys in 2014. Harvest was one of the first AS9100 certified companies to focus on the demands of direct digital manufacturing in the aerospace industry.




Brian Levy, Design Engineer, Joe Gibbs Racing
Brian Levy is a design engineer with Joe Gibbs Racing, a NASCAR Sprint Cup team, and has been involved with additive manufacturing technologies since attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for his BSME degree. In addition to overseeing all of Joe Gibbs Racing’s additive manufacturing resources, which includes both FDM and PolyJet systems, Brian is also continuously working on developing applications of the technology to improve the designs of various parts and subsystems on the car. Brian has been featured in and has assisted with numerous case studies, articles, and white papers on additive manufacturing. This is Brian’s fourth consecutive year serving as a technical advisor for the RAPID + TCT conference.



Michael Raphael, President & Chief Engineer, Direct Dimensions, Inc
Michael Raphael founded Direct Dimensions, Inc. (DDI) in 1995 as an engineering company to provide a “one-stop shop” for 3D technical services, product representation, sales, and support for all types of 3D scanning, imaging, and measurement solutions. Over the past 20 years, DDI has expanded significantly to use the most comprehensive array of 3D scanning technologies and digital modeling solutions for the widest range of applications and industries. Today Direct Dimensions employs over 25 technical and professional staff and performs hundreds of 3D scanning and modeling projects every year using widest variety of 3D solutions with special emphasis on high accuracy 3D scanning solutions. Michael graduated from Virginia Tech with BS degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics in 1985, followed by a Masters of Engineering Administration from George Washington University in 1990.



Thomas Sorovetz, Casting Engineer, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Thomas has been with FCA, LLC for more than 30 years, with 24 years as supervisor – vehicle engineering development, rapid prototyping development, wood, plastic, CNC, and carbon fiber shops. He has over 30 years of experience in automotive design and engineering and more than 24 years of experience in rapid prototyping. Along with publishing numerous articles in the field of rapid prototyping, rapid tooling, and photoelastic stress analysis using stereolithography, he has been a presenter/speaker at several technical conferences. Thomas’s affiliation with SME includes 20+ years on the advisory committee for RAPID; co-chair of the Bright Minds Mentor Program; board of advisors, Additive Manufacturing Community; and, AUTOFACT advisory committee. He is currently holds the master level certificate for rapid prototyping. He also serves as an executive board member for the Additive Manufacturing Users Group for over 23 years. In 2007, Thomas was voted by his industry peers as one of the Top 25 Most Influential People in Rapid Product Development and Rapid Manufacturing by TCT Magazine (UK).



Graham Tromans, Principal Consultant, G.P. Tromans Associates
Graham Tromans is Owner and Principal Industry Consultant for GP Tromans Associates, a UK-based additive manufacturing, 3D printing and rapid prototyping consultancy. With more than 25 years of experience in the industry, his client base is worldwide, covering a wide range of industries. He is currently chairman of the Additive Manufacturing Association (UK), chairman of The World 3D Printing Industry Technology Alliance Council, and consultant to the Quingdao 3D Printing High Technology Zone. In June 2014, he was awarded the World 3D Printing Outstanding Contributor Award in Quingdao, China. He is also a European Ambassador for the Additive Manufacturing Users Group.



Brennon White, Automotive Seating Engineer, General Motors
Brennon White incorporates additive manufacturing into regular workflows as an automotive seating engineer for General Motors. His previous position at Johnson Controls Automotive focused on researching all aspects of additive manufacturing from the technology economics to all forms of processes and materials. Since 2011 he has been focused on using additive manufacturing to reduce development cycle times, and developing additive technologies for future manufacturing needs. He holds a BSME from the University of Illinois and more than ten patents featuring product designs and manufacturing processes.