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Keynote Panel: Next Generation Manufacturing: Leveraging the Digital Thread


May 17, 2016 8:30 am - 9:45 am

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Stephen Nigro
Dean Bartles PhD FSME
John Vickers

Leaders in digital manufacturing discuss how additive manufacturing and 3D technologies will impact the digital factory of the future. View the below video to see the full keynote panel discussion.




Dean L. Bartles, PhD, FSME
Chief Manufacturing Officer and Executive Director
Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), UI LABS
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Dean L. Bartles, PhD, FSME, is the chief manufacturing officer and executive director of the Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Institute in Chicago, a UI LABS collaboration. Bartles recently retired from his vice president position at General Dynamics Corp. where his career spanned over 30 years, and included profit and loss responsibility for three manufacturing plants, as well as managing the establishment of two manufacturing operations overseas. Bartles has more than 36 years of management experience, which has included positions with Fairchild Republic Co., General Defense Corp., Olin Ordnance and Primex Technologies. He currently serves as SME’s president-elect and was elected an SME fellow in 2012. Bartles also serves on the Industry Advisory Board of ASME where he was made a fellow in 2012, is chair emeritus of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining and chair emeritus of the Board of Directors of the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition. Additional board positions include the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, the North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SME (NAMRI/SME), the MT Connect Institute and the Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association. He previously served on the board of directors for the Forging Defense Manufacturing Consortium, the American League of Export Security Assistance, the Manufacturing Division of the National Defense Industrial Association, the Department of Commerce’s Manufacturing Council and the Defense Industry Offsets Association. Additionally, Bartles served previously on President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Boards’ Education and Training Subcommittee, the U.S. State Department’s Defense Trade Advisory Group and the Army Research and Development Advisory Committee. He graduated from Shepherd College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, holds an MBA from Shippensburg University and a master’s degree in international business from Tampa College. Bartles has also earned a doctorate in business administration from Nova Southeastern University and a doctorate in technology management with a concentration in manufacturing systems from Indiana State University.


Stephen Nigro
President – 3D Printing
HP Inc.
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Stephen Nigro is the President of HP Inc.’s 3D Printing business. In this role, he is responsible for bringing disruptive innovations to market, leveraging HP’s technology and 2D expertise to lead the 3D print market. Stephen previously served as the Senior Vice President of HP’s Imaging & Printing business, bringing the industry’s leading imaging and printing solutions to market. He has more than 30 years of print expertise spanning business leadership, product, and technical roles – all in driving the success of HP’s print business. Stephen’s career involves leading many of the new breakthrough initiatives in
the business. As one of the early inkjet pioneers, Stephen was part of the team that developed and delivered HP’s first color inkjet printer. He was
responsible for setting up the first HP inkjet manufacturing operation outside the U.S. Stephen led the team that delivered HP’s first off-axis Inkjet printer
targeting the office market, and was responsible for the creation and scaling of the HP Graphics business. Most recently, his team developed and delivered
HP’s PageWide strategy, taking Inkjet into new markets. He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an M.S. in electrical engineering from Stanford University.


John Vickers
Principal Technologist, Space Technology Mission Directorate
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John Vickers is currently the NASA principal technologist in the area of advanced manufacturing. He also serves as the Associate Director of the Materials and Processes Laboratory at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and as the Manager of the NASA National Center for Advanced Manufacturing. As principal technologist, he leads the nationwide NASA team to develop advanced manufacturing technology strategies to achieve the goals of NASA’s missions. In this role he represents the Agency supporting the President’s National Manufacturing Initiative and the Interagency Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office, which includes participation by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, NASA, the National Science Foundation, and other agencies. He also he leads the NASA Technology Roadmap effort for “Materials, Structures, Mechanisms and Manufacturing.”


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