Ketan Joshi - VP of Marketing, Atheer Labs
Ketan comes to Atheer Labs with over 20 years of experience in leading marketing, strategy, alliances, corporate development and engineering at major corporations such as Cadence Design Systems, Sun Microsystems as well as multiple successful start-ups. Prior to joining Atheer, Ketan was VP of marketing, alliances, and mergers & acquisitions at AtHoc, the leader in cloud-based enterprise crisis communication. Previously at Cadence, he managed corporate strategy and led marketing & ecosystem development for a $250M+ product line. Ketan has held technical and management positions at Ambit, Sun and NeXT computers. He has an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley and an MS in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).
James Farmer - Senior District Manager, FANUC America Corporation
James Farmer has over 17 years experience at FANUC, the world-wide marker leader in robotics. FANUC has over 380,000 robots installed worldwide making them the market leader in robotics. FANUC robots have payload capabilities ranging from 0.5kg to 2,300kg working in a wide range of industries including aerospace, automotive, consumer goods, education, food, metal fabrication, medical, pharmaceutical, solar panel, and many other industries. James is an expert in robotic lines including material handling, material removal, palletizing, arc welding, assembly, and functionality. Previously, James worked at Ford Motor Company and earned an MBA from Central Michigan University.
Bill Browne - Director of Economic and Workforce Development, Manex Consulting
Mr. Browne has over 32 years of extensive manufacturing experience and expertise in general management, manufacturing operations, quality systems, engineering, product development and continuous improvement initiatives, including Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma. He has led numerous process improvement initiatives resulting in top-line and bottom-line growth across a range of industry sectors and geographies, including China, Hong Kong and the UK. Prior to joining Manex, Mr. Browne was General Manager at Triangle Coatings, Inc. where he was responsible for managing two manufacturing operations. He has also held executive management positions with Morgan Crucible, Consolidated Container Company and Mattel, Inc. Mr. Browne has led numerous Lean Manufacturing, quality (ISO 9001, 8D), product optimization, consumer pricing and workforce development programs that achieved dramatic improvements in productivity and competitiveness. Mr. Browne has also achieved the Six Sigma Master Black Belt (SSMBB) and Certified Design for Six Sigma (CDFSS). Mr. Browne holds an MBA from the University of Detroit, and a BS in Engineering Arts from Michigan State University.
Andra Keay - Managing Director, Silicon Valley Robotics
Andra Keay is the Managing Director of Silicon Valley Robotics, an industry group supporting the innovation and commercialization of robotics technologies. Andra is also founder of Robot Launchpad for startups, and cofounder of Robot Garden, a new robotics hackerspace. Andra is a core contributor to Robohub, the global site for news and views on robotics. She obtained her MA in Human-Robot Culture at the University of Sydney, Australia in 2011, building on a background as a robot geek, STEM educator and film-maker. Andra graduated as an ABC film, television and radio technician in 1986 and obtained a BA in Communication from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) Australia, in 1998.
Peter Hoffman - Vice President of Sales and Marketing, R.M. Hoffman
Peter Hoffman joined the R.M. Hoffman Company in the Fall of 2014 as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Peter has held numerous marketing, sales, and business development roles over his career spanning corporate, non-profit, and education organizations. Prior to R.M. Hoffman Company, Peter led institutional relations and customer success efforts as a member of the Campus Quad foundering team. Campus Quad’s groundbreaking app creates a private mobile community for some of the nations’s leading higher education institutions. Peter worked at Apple over an eight year period, developing and managing strategic marketing programs for higher education institutions. As an Apple senior manager, he directed the Mac OS X lab deployment project, the University Executive Forum, Apple’s executive leadership education symposiums, the Apple Digital Campus pilot Initiative, and Apple’s participation in major national higher education conferences. Peter holds an undergraduate degree in political science and economics from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from San Jose State University.
JoAnne Moody - SME SV Conference Co-Chair, Zeta Scientific LLC
JoAnne has over 35 years experience in adhesives, coatings, smart materials, and medical device materials. Ms. Moody has worked for 3M, Boston Scientific, Raychem Corporation (now Tyco Electronics), EndoSonics Inc., and Liquidity Corporation. As principal at Zeta Scientific LLC, Ms. Moody's industry experience includes medical devices, electronics, and consumer product companies - from startups to large international corporations. Ms. Moody has a special talent at providing creative assistance to companies in early phase product development, design for manufacturing as well as design transfers to manufacturing.
Ms. Moody earned her BA degree in Chemistry from Hamline University, St. Paul, MN and MS degree in Chemical Engineering & Material Science from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. Ms. Moody has served as Silicon Valley SME Chair, Conference Chair, Chair-Elect, and Newsletter Editor as well as delegate board member for the Silicon Valley Engineering Council.
Raya Zion- Industry Engagement and Employment Services Consultant, Laney College
Raya has been in workforce development for the past 20+ years, starting as a manager of a staffing agency, moving from there to recruiting in the biotech industry, then into work at local county government agencies specializing in the job placement of retrained workers. Presently, at Laney Community College, she is developing, implementing, and monitoring Laney colleges career services center. She is involved with Laney College's technical education graduates in career and industry education.
While employed by the San Mateo County Central Labor Council, Raya was the job developer and business services representative for the Biotech Workforce Network (BWN) which focused on retraining dislocated workers via a collaborative which included Skyline College, Ohlone College, Alameda County WIB and San Mateo County WIB. This Biotech Workforce Network facilitated the re-training and employment of over 600 people into technician level positions with in the life sciences industry sector. Due to the Biotech Workfoce Network's achievements, the Alameda County WIB won the national award from the U.S. Department of Labor for "Building an Industry Driven Workforce Investment System." After six years with San Mateo County workforce development, she was tapped by Alameda County to lead their CleanTech and BioTech initiatives.
Raya also hosts a weekly radio show, she is the lead vocalist and manager of the Tribal Blues Band and The Groove Objective. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology from San Francisco State University.
Cynthia Cook - Conference Co-Chair, SME Silicon Valley Chapter
Cynthia Cook is the Past Chair of the SME Silicon Valley Chapter, a 401(c) non-profit. Ms. Cook is focused on acquiring and providing knowledge and connections for leading edge product development, manufacturing, student outreach and workforce development in the community. Ms. Cook has over 17 years in manufacturing including lean, quality and new product introduction with Acuity Lighting, and Carrier Corporation.
Ms. Cook earned her Bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA and MS degree in Management Science from the University of Dayton's School of Engineering, Dayton, OH. Ms. Cook has served as Silicon Valley SME Chair-Elect. Ms. Cook is a senior member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, served in several leadership positions within the Dayton, OH chapter, and holds a SixSigma green belt. Ms. Cook is a member of ASQ.