May 8-11, 2017 | David L. Lawrence Convention Center | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | Exhibits May 9-11
Keynote Panel: Transition to Production
May 16, 2016
2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Thomas R. Kurfess, PhD, FSME, PE
Leo Christodoulou PhD
Additive manufacturing industry leaders discuss the opportunities and challenges in progressing additive manufacturing technology to full part production. View the below video to see the full keynote panel discussion.
Thomas R. Kurfess, PhD, FSME, PE
HUSCO/Ramirez Distinguished Chair in Fluid Power and Motion Control, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology Read bio
Thomas R. Kurfess, PhD, FSME, PE, is the HUSCO/Ramirez Distinguished Chair in Fluid Power and Motion Control and professor of mechanical engineering. From 2012-13, Kurfess served as the assistant director for advanced manufacturing at the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President of the United States of America. He has also served as a special consultant of the United Nations to the Government of Malaysia in the area of applied mechatronics and manufacturing and presently serves on the board of the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, and the board of the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining. Throughout his career, Kurfess has received numerous awards including the National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, the NSF Presidential Faculty Fellowship Award, the AMT Charles F. Carter Jr. Advancing Manufacturing Award, the 2006 SME Philip R. Marsilius Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award and the 2010 SME Education Award. He is currently serving as the SME treasurer. Kurfess was elected to the 2006 Class of SME Fellows, served as the 2007-08 NAMRI/SME president and was a member of the former Manufacturing Enterprise Council. He received his SB, SM and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT in 1986, 1987 and 1989, respectively, and his SM degree in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT in 1988.
Deputy Director of Technology Transition
America Makes – National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII), National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) Read bio
Dr. Kevin Creehan is the America Makes Deputy Director for Technology Transition for NCDMM. In this role, Dr. Creehan is charged with aligning and directing project deliverables to industry applications, promoting America Makes and member capabilitie, implementing technology, intellectual property, and information dissemination processes; and engaging membership through outreach and networking. Prior to joining America Makes, Dr. Creehan was co-founder and president of Aeroprobe Corporation, a small business focused on the development of a patented additive manufacturing process and the manufacturing of a suite of products for fluid measurement applications. Prior to founding Aeroprobe, Dr. Creehan was a faculty member in the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech, where he became the Director of the Center for High Performance Manufacturing in 2007. He earned his PhD in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 2001.
Leo Christodoulou PhD
Director, Engineering Structures and Materials Technology, Chief Engineer, Materials and Manufacturing Technology
The Boeing Company Read bio
Dr. Leo Christodoulou is the Enterprise Domain Leader for Structures Technology, one of Boeing’s eight focused technology domains that comprise the company’s Enterprise Technology Strategy. He is also the chief engineer for the Materials and Manufacturing integrated technology team. Christodoulou works across Boeing’s many businesses to provide focus on technical priorities and maximum value for structures-related research investments. Christodoulou joined Boeing in October 2012 from the U.S. Department of Energy, where he was head of the Advanced Manufacturing Office and co-chairman of the Inter-Agency Working Group on the White House’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Initiative, a program launched by President Obama in June 2011. Before that assignment, Christodoulou was Director of the Defense Sciences Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where he applied his research expertise to developing revolutionary capabilities for the U.S. military. While at DARPA, Christodoulou directed interdisciplinary research and development across the fields of math, physics and quantum science, materials, portable energy and power, tactical medicine, biological warfare defense and neuroscience. He also pioneered the accelerated development of multifunctional materials to realize a new class of unmanned, micro aircraft used by U.S. forces today. He is also the co-inventor and primary developer of a class of materials known as XD Alloys. Christodoulou earned a bachelor’s degree and doctorate in metallurgy from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in London, and his research in environment-sensitive fracture of engineering materials continued at Carnegie Mellon University as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Christodoulou has taught materials science at Imperial College. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Metals, and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 1996 Grunfeld Medal, 2006 National Materials Advancement Award from the Federation of Materials Societies, and 2011 Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service.
Advanced Manufacturing Initiatives – Additive Manufacturing
GE Corporate Supply Chain & Operations Read bio
Barbara’s current role is Business Start-up Leader for GE’s Center for Additive Technology Advancement (CATA). In this role she had responsibility for constructing the Additive Manufacturing Shared Facility in Pittsburgh, PA which opened in early 2016, and will support all GE industrial businesses. She started her career in GE Aircraft Engines as a 4 time engineering co-op and then moved to GE Appliances in Louisville, KY to join the Edison Engineering Program. After several design roles she went into Advanced Manufacturing where she moved to Celaya, Mexico to start up a new Refrigeration factory. After almost 4 years there, Barbara moved back to Louisville, KY as a Blackbelt in fulfillment and distribution. She then moved into product service where she managed the Appliance service parts inventory and fulfillment team, which serviced technicians, consumers and parts distributors. Barbara then went back into manufacturing, spending time as an advanced manufacturing team leader as well as program manager. Before moving to Corporate Barbara led a major New Product Introduction for GE Appliances in their Alabama facility. Barbara has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio University. She is also an Edison Engineering graduate and is Six Sigma Blackbelt certified.