What's It All About?

SME Silicon Valley Chapter 98 invites you to attend a one-day conference on 21st Century Manufacturing - Advanced Technology Trends in Silicon Valley.  Explore manufacturing trends in the Bay Area throughout a wide range of industries.


  • City Programs promoting manufacturing
  • IoT in the Industrial Environment
  • BioMedical Disruption in the Valley
  • Robotics/Automation in manufacturing

You will hear from government and industry leaders.

  • Enjoy interactions with our sponsors and see some great equipment demos.
  • Explore opportunities for career development, and attend our Career Fair.

This conference is presented by the SME Silicon Valley, in collaboration with the North Bay and Sacramento Chapters and also in collaboration with the student chapters from San Jose State University, Laney College, and De Anza College.

Enjoy and tour the adjoining Design-2-Part (D2P) trade show May 24 to 25 and make connections to meet local suppliers for materials, processes, prototyping, and manufacturing. To register for the D2P trade show at no cost, visit D2P show website:

For additional information, contact Conference co-chairs, Cynthia Cook and Lisa Gregerson

Who Should Attend?

  • Manufacturing Executives, Operations Managers, Manufacturing Engineers & Professionals, Biomedical Engineers, R&D, Quality Assurance, Product Development Engineers, "Makers”, Designers, Technologists, Government Representatives and Managers.
  • Students and professionals seeking employment opportunities and career growth. We have companies attending the conference who are currently hiring.




7:30 - 8:30 am - Registration, Breakfast and Networking (30 min)

Morning Session (8:30 - 12:00 pm)

8:30 - 8:35 am - Welcome - Kyle MacLeod (5 min)
8:35 - 8:45 am - Opening and Introduction - TBD (10 min)

8:45 - 9:20 am - Opening Keynote: Nat Mani - CEO - BESTRONICS (35 min) 

9:20 - 9:50 am - Presentation: Industrial Automation and IoT: John Dulchinos - VP Global Automation - Jabil (30 min) 

9:50 - 10:15 am - Morning Break - (25 min)

          10:15 - 11:45 am - "Manufacturing in My City" -  Mayors from multiple cities speak on what is happening in their city (1hr 30min)
  • Mayor John Marchand - City of Livermore
  • Mayor Lily Mei - City of Fremont

11:45 am - 1:10 pm - Lunch Break

Design-2-Part Tour, Technology Demonstrations and Sponsor Interactions (Lunch included)

Note: Demonstrations available at the conference

Afternoon Session (1:15 - 4:15 pm)

1:10 - 1:15 pm - Kevin Gregerson
1:15 - 1:45 pm - Biomedical trends of the 21st Century and why Silicon Valley is the place to be: Gregory Theyel - Director - 
Biomedical Manufacturing Network (30 min)

1:45 - 2:15 pm - Benefits of Robotics in Manufacturing -  (30 min)

2:15 - 2:45 pm – Break  (30 min)

2:45 - 3:15 pm – State-of-the-art manufacturing processes and how they will affect manufacturing in the valley over the next 5 years: Noreen King - President and CEO Evolve Manufacturing Technologies Inc. (30 min)

3:15 - 3:45 pm – Practical Industry 4.0 deployment: Joel Falcone Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer - Excelitas (30 min)

3:45 - 4:15 pm – Closing Keynote:  Dr. Malcolm J. Thompson - Executive Director - NEXTFLEX (30 min)

4:15 - 6:00 pm – Reception, Career Fair (105 min)

Career Fair

Meet local employers who are looking for talented individuals in R&D, product design, testing, manufacturing engineering, QA/QC, regulatory affairs, project management and more!

2017 Companies Included:

  • Aerotek
  • Bestronics
  • Exelitas
  • Electro Imaging Systems
  • Steri-Tek
  • Motion Solutions
  • Fathom
  • Hawkridge

Positions are available for all levels of experience.

This Career Fair event is free to conference attendees and job seekers.

Employers, if interested please email
Job seekers must submit their resume in advance by emailing their resume in PDF format

Pricing includes fully catered breakfast, lunch, mixer reception, and career fair.
* Students must be currently enrolled in at least 6 units of credit at an accredited college or university.  Students should be prepared to show proof of student status at the time of conference onsite registration.  Students without verification at time of registration will be asked to pay the general admission price.

Event Committee

Cynthia Cook
Lisa Gregerson
Kevin Gregerson



2017 Speakers & Panelists

  • Nat Mani - BESTRONICS
  • Mayor John Marchand - City Of Livermore
  • Mayor Lily Mei - City Of Fremont
  • Gregory Theyel - Biomedical Manufacturing Network
  • Joel Falcone - Excelitas
  • Noreen King - Evolve manufacturing Technologies Inc.
  • Malcolm J. Thompson - NextFlex
  • John Dulchinos - Jabil

Thanks to our 2017 Sponsors:


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Singer Lewak Logo


Motion Solution Logo
Vivid Seats Logo



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Speaker Biographies

John Marchand - Mayor of Livermore

John Marchand was elected Mayor in November 2011, and has served on the Livermore City Council since November 2005, including four terms as Vice Mayor.  Before his election to the City Council, John worked for fifteen years on the community’s behalf as an elected representative on the Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors. In addition, John was a founding member of the Livermore Cultural Arts Commission and served on Livermore’s General Plan Review Committee.

As Mayor, John Marchand believes in the protection of Livermore’s exceptional quality of life and unique values. He is a leader that listens to residents and respects their opinions. John supports smart growth not sprawl, the preservation of viticulture and the scenic hillsides surrounding Livermore, and the exciting i-GATE Innovation Hub.

John Marchand worked for over thirty years in the water industry. He retired from his job as the Senior Water Quality Chemist for the Alameda County Water District in order to dedicate his full-time attention to Livermore. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Sciences from California State University Hayward, renamed Cal State East Bay. John is active in the American Water Works Association and is the co-author of three books on water quality.  John was born and raised in the Bay Area. He and his wife, Susan, a Livermore teacher, have lived in Livermore for over twenty-five years, and raised two sons in the community.

Joel Falcone -Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, Excelitas Technologies.

As COO, Mr. Falcone is responsible for overseeing all facets of Global Operations including Production, Supply Chain, and Operational Excellence throughout the over 20 manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe, and Asia. Additionally, Mr. Falcone provides leadership for the Customer Service and Order Management organizations worldwide.

Prior to Mr. Falcone’s role as COO, he served as Senior Vice President and General Manager for Excelitas’ Lighting business.

Mr. Falcone’s diverse leadership experience also includes executive positions at PerkinElmer as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the Optoelectronics Business Group along with Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the PerkinElmer Medical Imaging business. Mr. Falcone has also held numerous leadership positions with Philips, Hitachi, and RF Micro Devices.

Mr. Falcone earned a B.S. in Finance from the University of Arizona and holds an M.B.A. from San Jose State University. He is also a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt and Certified Management Accountant.


KevinKevin Gregerson – Technical Lasers Application Consultant, Electro Imaging Systems Inc.

Kevin Gregerson is currently the SME Silicon Valley Chair-elect and a Technical Lasers Application Consultant for Electro Imaging Systems Inc. in Livermore, CA.   Kevin has spent the last 5 years covering industrial products in the laser cutting, engraving, and marking business.  Before joining Electro Imaging Systems Inc., Kevin worked for 10 years in product merchandise marketing for Microsoft. He covered a wide range of consumer and business products and represented over a dozen different Microsoft retail business units. 

His past volunteer experience includes being SME SV Chair.  He enjoys assisting schools and programs with obtaining grants and setting up events. When he's not glued to a computer screen, assisting with car repairs and having fun, then he's working on one design or another, as part of over a dozen engineering communities.

Cynthia Cook - Conference Co-Chair, SME Silicon Valley Chapter

Cynthia Cook is the Past Chair of the SME Silicon Valley Chapter, a 501(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.

Lisa GLisa Gregerson – Senior Director worldwide Support Services, Neato Robotics

Lisa Gregerson is a Director of support services for Neato Robotics a leader in IoT household robotics. Prior to her joining the Neato she worked with IoT products such as Mp3 players, flash drives, software, DVRs, and other connected devices.  At fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, SanDisk, TiVo as well as project management with internet providers such as Comcast and internet based companies looking for her particular expertise, covering the ever vital customer experience behind technical support of connected devices.