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Jeff DeGrange Jeff DeGrange is currently the chief commercial officer of Impossible Objects LLC, a carbon-fiber composites 3D provider. Previously, he was vice president of Production Product and Application Development at Stratasys and a senior technology manager at Boeing’s Research and Technology. During his tenure at Boeing, DeGrange led the effort to certify and qualify additive materials, processes and build the supply chains for additive-manufactured flight hardware used for both commercial and military aircraft. He is past advisory board member for the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry FabLab, past chairman of the Direct Manufacturing Research Center at Paderborn University in Germany and has worked many development efforts from U.S. Department of Defense and Energy. DeGrange has a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from the University of Iowa and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. He is the 2017-18 chair of SME's Additive Manufacturing Community. SME Member Since 2004

John BarnesJohn Barnes is the Founder of Metal Powder Works and Managing Director of The Barnes Group Advisors, the leading consultancy in additive manufacturing. Previously, he was Vice President of Advanced Manufacturing & Strategy at Arconic Titanium & Engineered Products where he helped shape the R&D budget and activities across manufacturing operations and influenced future business. There he worked with Airbus to qualify the first Titanium additively manufactured parts for series production. Prior to Arconic, he was Director of the High Performance Metal Industries Program for CSIRO, the national science agency for Australia where he oversaw the R&D and Commercialization activities and investments in the program’s two principal areas: Metal Production & Interface Design and Additive Manufacturing. His aerospace background includes lengthy positions at AlliedSignal (now Honeywell) Engines where he supported gas turbine Advanced Technology and was Program Manager of Marine Engines programs and as Senior Manager for Manufacturing Exploration and Development at Lockheed Martin Skunk Works. At Lockheed Martin, he was responsible for developments in advanced polymers, composites, carbon nano tubes, novel titanium production and processing, additive manufacturing of both polymer and metallic systems and low observable manufacturing methods. Primarily, John has a background in materials performance and processing relationships, but has led groups to develop low emission combustors, advanced polymers and low observable technology. John has 3 US patents, 5 International patents pending, has given numerous invited presentations is published internationally. In 2014 he was awarded Purdue University’s Outstanding Materials Engineer of the Year and was given an Adjunct professorship at RMIT. In 2015, he became an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at Monash University. In the 2017, the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University appointed him an Adjunct Professor of Materials Engineering. John holds a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering and an M.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from Purdue University.

Milan BrandtMilan Brandt, PhD, is professor of advanced manufacturing and technical director, Advanced Manufacturing Precinct at RMIT University. He is the leading Australian researcher in the area of macroprocessing with lasers and has conducted work in laser cladding, cutting, drilling, welding, assisted machining and more recently additive manufacture. This has resulted in technological achievements, patents, research papers and commercial products, which have been recognized internationally and nationally in both scientific and industrial circles. Brandt has commercialized the results of his research and also actively promoted the benefits of laser technology to Australian industry through invited presentations, conference papers and industry seminars. He initiated and chaired several international conferences and workshops and has extensive links with many international researchers and organisations. Brandt is a board member and fellow of the Laser Institute of America and honorary fellow of the Welding Technology Institute of Australia. 

Bryan Crutchfield Bryan Crutchfield joined Materialise in September 2011 and is based in Plymouth, Michigan. Crutchfield leads the North American operating unit and focuses on overall strategy for business development and client relationships at the senior-most levels of our customer base. Crutchfield brings experience as an executive leader in automotive, manufacturing and software industries. His results-focused leadership style has made him successful in strategic planning, P&L management, profitability/productivity improvement and cost control programs. Prior to joining Materialise, Crutchfield held several senior executive positions including: General Manager Engineered Fasteners & Components-NAFTA at TRW, Vice President of Sales/Marketing at Android Industries and Director of Sales at ThyssenKrupp Budd. Crutchfield holds a Master of Business Administration from Lawrence Technological University and a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from Western Michigan University’s Haworth College of Business.

Jennifer FieldingJennifer Fielding, PhD, has been with the Air Force Research Laboratory for 10 years, during which she performed hands-on research and program management in diverse fields such as polymer-matrix-composites processing, nanomaterials and multifunctional materials. She holds a doctorate and master’s degree in materials science and engineering from the University of Cincinnati, and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Florida. Currently, Fielding is the deputy program manager for the defense-wide Manufacturing S&T Program for OSD ManTech, which seeks to develop gamechanging manufacturing technologies that apply to more than one service. She is also the program manager for the America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, an interagency, public-private partnership to enable widespread adoption of additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing. SME Member Since 2014

Rob GorhamRob Gorham is the Executive Director of America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute at the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining. He previously served as the Director of Operations and Deputy Director of Technology Development where he led the development of a robust member-driven additive manufacturing roadmapping methodology and shaped the America Makes’ project call process that has resulted in a $100M research and development portfolio. Rob also led the NCDMM, Siemens, and Deloitte team in the creation of the America Makes Digital Storefront, an innovative PLM-based data management tool to access and consume America Makes’ intellectual capital assets. Prior to joining America Makes, he was Senior Manager of the Manufacturing Exploration and Development Group at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics – Advanced Development Programs, also known as The Skunk Works. In this position, Gorham was responsible for leading the transition-focused development and application of affordable manufacturing technologies for Lockheed Martin. He holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University and a M.S. in Engineering Management from Southern Methodist University.

Tim Heller Tim Heller is Director of 3D Printing, Americas, where he setup the initial go to market teams for Americas HP 3D Printing business. Currently, Tim is responsible for Account General Management and the Education sector for 3D Printing. Tim is a 27-year veteran of the 3D printing industry. He started his professional career working with lasers and was an early developer in Rapid Prototyping, a precursor to 3D printing. As a pioneer in 3D printing, he participated in some early patents issued for stereolithography technology. Tim joined HP in May 2015 from Stratasys, one of the leading companies in 3D printing. At Stratasys he held roles of Vice President of Global Channel Development and Director of Sales Training. He also served in a number of senior sales and management positions including Managing Director for Europe and Asia Pacific and Senior Director of International Sales. He led significant growth in revenue and development of Stratasys’ channel network. Tim also co-developed a very successful internal sales training series, which helped partners become more efficient and effective in solution selling for 3D printing. He has broad experience in various aspects of the 3D printing business, including sales, customer support, local marketing and applications. Tim was born in Germany to American parents and grew up in northwestern Pennsylvania. He is a big music fan and, when away from work, enjoys performing as a singer, specializing in popular and rock music from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. Tim holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and is currently based in Atlanta, Georgia.

Francesco IorioFrancesco Iorio is a director of research on computational science at Autodesk Research. Iorio's research focuses on software scalability on multicore and many-core systems, artificial intelligence, generative design, hybrid computing, accelerator systems, and general design and exploitation of parallel algorithms on a variety of high-performance platforms. He is the principal investigator for Autodesk project Dreamcatcher research aspects in the field of artificial intelligence and large-scale computing applied to advanced manufacturing. Prior to Autodesk, Iorio was a solution architect for next-generation computing systems at the IBM High Performance Computing Group in Dublin, Ireland, where he was the lead solution architect for all cell broadband engine processor-related projects, with specific focus on accelerating financial, engineering and digital media workloads using hybrid, high-performance computing platforms. Previously, Iorio was a senior real-time software architect at Alias, where he was involved in design and development of high-performance, 3D computer graphics software applications. Iorio received his master's degree in information technology-software engineering from The University of Liverpool, United Kingdom. 

Jason JonesJason Jones, PhD, is the co-founder and CEO of Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies, a 3D printing startup, which is equipping CNC machines with additive manufacturing capabilities. Jones has a doctorate in 3D printing from the University of Warwick and has led millions of dollars of additive manufacturing research during the last decade. He has investigated 3D printing/digital fabrication techniques for multimaterial functional parts and hybrid processing approaches for metals. Jones serves as a task group chair for ASTM where he has led the development of several standards for 3D printing (including ISO 52921). For five years prior to Jone's research appointment, he worked as technical manager in the CNC and 3D printing industry at Unimatic Engineers Ltd. in London. He is the 2015-16 chair of the Additive Manufacturing Community. SME Member Since 2012

Eric KlempEric Klemp, PhD, studied mechanical engineering at TU Clausthal and received his doctorate at the Institute of Mechanical Engineering at TU Clausthal. He was project leader at Bosch and Siemens Household Appliances and later product architect at Rational AG. From 2009-16, Klemp was the commercial director at the Direct Manufacturing Research Center at the University of Paderborn, and since April 2016, he is COO at the voestalpine Additive Manufacturing Center GmbH in Düsseldorf, Germany. SME Member Since 2015 

Jay MurrayJay Murray is a longtime champion of additive manufacturing technologies with an economics degree from the University of Iowa. Currently the Midwest Channel Manager for EnvisionTEC’s MCAD division, Murray started his career in 3D printing as Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Met-L-Flow, a full-service plastics prototyping center in Illinois, which then offered SLA, FDM and other molding and casting services. Murray learned the power of 3D printing there firsthand, helping companies such as GE Appliances change the way they developed prototypes and low-volume parts. He later joined MasterGraphics and Graphics Systems Corporation, where he helped sell 3D Systems and Stratasys technologies, respectively. In 2016, Murray joined EnvisionTEC, drawn to the company’s broad range of premium 3D printing technologies. In addition to DLP, EnvisionTEC also offers a bioprinter, a unique laser-based 3SP technology, continuous printers and a commercial robotic additive manufacturing system to print sand molds and cores for foundries.

Brian PostBrian K. Post, PhD, is an associate research staff member with the Manufacturing Systems Research Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Post’s research includes the development of large-scale additive manufacturing processes capable of producing large parts. This system was utilized to print the world’s first 3D-printed car, the Strati, and the ORNL 3D-printed Shelby Cobra. Other projects include the utilization of additive manufacturing systems to develop novel robotic technologies, including underwater manipulation systems and prosthetic applications.

Zach SimkinZach Simkin is the President of Senvol, the industry leader in data for additive manufacturing. At Senvol, Zach spearheaded the creation of Senvol Indexes, which are the first commercially available data sets for additive manufacturing material characterization. Zach’s particular area of focus is on commercializing additive manufacturing data in ways that are valuable to industry. Zach is fully engaged in a variety of leadership activities throughout the additive manufacturing industry. He serves on the Governance Board of America Makes, as well as on the organization's Data Schema Working Group. Additionally, Zach serves on SME’s additive manufacturing Advisory Board, and he is a member of ASME’s Technical Advisory Panel for additive manufacturing, the ASTM F42 Committee for Additive Manufacturing Technologies, and the SAE AMS-AM Additive Manufacturing Committee. He has been published in top industry journals, and has also been a featured speaker at numerous industry trade shows and conferences, such as RAPID, the Chem Show, and AM3D. Zach received a BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude, and an MBA from the Wharton Business School. 

Mihaela VlaseaMihaela Vlasea, PhD, is a new faculty member at the University of Waterloo. She has over eight years of professional and academic experience in designing and building complex mechatronic systems for additive manufacturing applications. Vlasea has helped developed a new powder bed binder-jet system capable of fabricating products ranging from bone and dental implants to lightweight porous materials for aerospace uses for University of Waterloo as well as a laser powder-bed fusion system for the National Institute of Standards and Technology. One of the most exciting projects she is currently involved with is a collaborative venture with researchers, pathologists and orthopaedic surgeons from Mount Sinai Hospital, University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo in manufacturing of bone substitute implants that can be seeded with live cells, and post-implantation, are replaced with the patients’ own tissue. SME Member Since 2015

Christopher WilliamsChristopher Williams, PhD, is an associate professor and the Electro-Mechanical Corp. senior faculty fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech. He currently holds the W.S. Pete White chair for innovation in engineering education. Williams is the director of the Design, Research, and Education for Additive Manufacturing Systems Laboratory (DREAMS Lab), and the associate director of Virginia Tech’s Macromolecules & Interfaces Institute. He holds affiliate faculty appointments in the Department of Engineering Education and the Department of Material Science & Engineering. Williams' additive manufacturing expertise is focused on innovations in additive manufacturing processes and materials; design methodologies and tools to guide additive manufacturing use; and additive manufacturing workforce development initiatives. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed articles and has presented 30+ invited talks. Williams holds a doctorate and master's degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida.