In 1954, Chuck joined the Air Force as a sheet metal/air frame repairman, welder, and machinist. He worked his way up to becoming a design draftsman at MCA until resuming college at the University of Missouri (Rolla Campus) where he graduated as a metallurgical engineer in January 1961. From there, Chuck had a long career with many companies and positions including Army at Rock Island Arsenal, Air Force at Arnold research Center, Cleveland Powder Metal, Reactive Metals (Titanium), Purex Corp (Corporate Metallurgist), T. Mitchell as a Forensic Engineer, and consulting work for the Medical industry. During this time, Chuck also founded TiMesh to make implants, and worked full time on two heart pacemakers at Cos., C. F. Braun Corp and Ace Orthopedic. With over 50 years of engineering experience, Chuck now hopes to pass on some of his experiences to the Machine Design audience.
JB Babcock is the Director of Engineering at Taylor Technologies (www.taylortechnologies.com) and is also an engineering consultant and an expert witness. He has over 30 years of experience in machine design, factory automation, and consumer product design. Prior to joining Taylor Technologies, JB was Director of Engineering at Sun Automation group, and before that ran his own engineering consulting firm for 14 years. JB earned a Masters of Engineering Management from the George Washington University and B.S in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University.
Michael has been leading companies and inspiring teams for over 20 years. Specializing in identifying, growing, and increasing value in emerging technology markets, he has held executive roles at companies like Vantive, ADP, Fracta, Convergys, and Whisperwire. Before joining Sensuron, Michael guided four companies to lead their industry in sales, including two publically traded companies with valuations worth $2 billion. He has experience navigating domestic and international companies through successful acquisitions. Passionate about forming and counseling value-driven teams, he has a history of successfully guiding and inspiring teams worldwide.
Douglas Hoon is a member of several small start-ups focused on sporting goods, advanced packaging concepts for portion-controlled foods and beverages, various consumer products, and safer guns. He previously spent almost 35 years in engineering fields related to precision optics and advanced composites manufacturing and innovation consulting. Hoon earned an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and a B.S. in general engineering from the U.S. Military Academy. For more information, see his profile on LinkedIn.com.
Laurence Claus is President of NNi Training and Consulting Inc.. He holds a BSME from the University of Illinois, is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, and has almost 30 years of experience in the fastener industry. Prior to forming NNi Training and Consulting Inc., he was Vice President of Engineering with a prominent automotive fastener manufacturer. He regularly contributes to industry fastener standards activity by currently serving on multiple fastener standards committees, ASME B18, ASTM F16, ISO TC 2, and the SAE Fastener Committee and until recently on the National Aerospace Standards Committee (NASC) as a Technical Advisor. He is very engaged with the Industrial Fasteners Institute and coordinates their in-house training activities.
Bradford L. Goldense
Bradford L. Goldense is founder and president of Goldense Group, Inc. [GGI] (www.goldensegroupinc.com), a consulting, market research, and education firm focused on business and technology management strategies and practices for product creation, development, and commercialization. He has been an adjunct faculty member of the graduate engineering school at Tufts University's Gordon Institute for 19 years. Goldense is a Certified New Product Development Professional [NPDP], a Certified Manufacturing Engineer [CMfgE], a Certified Computer Professional [CCP], and is Certified In Production & Inventory Management [CPIM]. He holds over 200 registered copyrights and is a recognized subject-matter expert, including appearances on PBS and CNBC. He has consulted to over 250 companies and over 750 manufacturing locations on four continents since founding GGI in 1986. Goldense holds an MBA in Accounting from the Cornell Johnson School and a BSCE from Brown University. For more information, please see Brad's LinkedIn profile or visit GGI's home page.
Charles C. Roberts, Jr.
Charles C. Roberts, Jr., Ph.D., P.E. is an engineering consultant in the areas of accident reconstruction, failure analysis, structural analysis, heat transfer, fire origin analysis, computer analysis, mechanics, and biomechanics.
Dr. Ciro Ramirez has over 35 years of engineering experience, including product design, structural and mechanical analysis, and forensic consulting. He is a licensed professional engineer, is a Certified Safety and Health Official, is ACTAR accredited in accident reconstruction, and is a member of a number of professional organizations.
Anthony Vicari, a member of the Advanced Materials team at Lux Research (www.luxresearchinc.com), covers technological and market developments in emerging materials and manufacturing technologies, including composites, coatings, and metals. He also covers longer-term, potentially disruptive innovations such as metamaterials, smart materials, additive manufacturing, and graphene. Prior to joining Lux Research, Anthony was a R&D Scientist at InnovX Systems, developing improved elemental analysis for handheld x-ray fluorescence spectrometers. Anthony earned an M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and a B.A. (magna cum laude) in Physics and Chemistry from Harvard University.
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