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11th SME SV Annual Conference
Current Topics in 3D Printing and Robotics
June 9, 2016
7:30 am to 3:00 pm
Santa Clara Convention Center
Santa Clara, CA

Subject to Change

Did you know that medical device manufacturing is a $110 billion market in the US?

The SME Silicon Valley Chapter 98 has organized an exciting annual event to keep manufacturing Silicon Valley professionals in front of the latest trends in technology, process and regulatory developments.

Learn more about developments in robotic surgery, prosthetics, and how robotic arms can double as 3D printers. Hear examples and practical tips for accelerating new product development and integrating lean and compliant techniques. Explore how the Bay Area and SME teams continue to lead innovation and set the pace for industry.  Gain new ideas. Meet people who share your interests. Topics include:

• Robotic trends in surgery and prosthetics
• 3D printing with new materials for high strength applications and personalized medicine
• Lean product development acceleration
• Financial incentives for R&D and manufacturing
• On-site demonstrations: robotics, laser, and 3D printing 
• Career development and current job openings

Executives, scientists, product designers and developers will have the opportunity to network. Or explore opportunities for career development, and pathways into the biomedical device field.


This conference is held in collaboration with the Design-2-Part Show  as well as with the SME North Bay and SME Sacramento chapters.  Other local  organizations that support SME include IEEE-CPMT, ASME-SCVS, ASQ Northern CA Biomedical Division, Bio2Device Group,  IIE SV/BA, SJSU BMES, SWE-SCV, SVEC, San Jose State University, Laney College, and DeAnza College.  Contact Conference Chair Joanne Moody at for help.

Price  includes light breakfast, lunch and a mixer with light reception and no host bar.

SME members: $75

Non-Members:  $125

New membership (plus conference) $175

Mixer only (raffle ticket not included)  $20

Free parking.

Who Should Attend?

The SME Silicon Valley Chapter 098 is hosting an exciting one day conference for people in:

  • R&D, product development engineers, "makers", designers, manufacturing professionals, technologists, manufacturing engineers, and managers.

  • Students and professionals who are seeking employment opportunities and career growth. We have companies attending the conference who are currently hiring such as Intuitive Surgical.
  • VCs and business executives who are interested in government financial incentives for R&D and manufacturing.

  • Quality and regulatory affairs professionals with strong interest product design, manufacturing, and medical devices.
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8:00 - 8:30 am Registration, Coffee, Tea, and Danishes

Morning Session (8:30 - 11:30 am) -  Medical Device  Opportunities in the Bay Area

8:30 - 8:35 am  - Introduction - Conference & SME  SV (5 min)

  • Cynthia Cook - 2015 Chair, SME Silicon Valley Chapter 98

  • JoAnne Moody - 2015 Conference Chair,  SME Silicon Valley Chapter 98, Zeta Scientific LLC

  • Dr. John Smugeresky - 2015 Master of Ceremonies - Additive Manufacturing Consultant,  Sandia National Laboratories

8:35 - 9:05 am -  Bay Area Biomedical Manufacturing Opportunities (30 min)  - Keynote Speaker

Learn about the Bay Area Biomedical manufacturing consortium with opportunities for business assistance, technology transfer, education and training, networking, and economic development.

  • Dr. Gregory Theyel - Program Director - East Bay Biomedical Manufacturing Network

9:05- 9:30 am - Trends in Prosthetics (25 min)

Learn about prosthetics trends in areas of 3D printing and robotics, and how prosthetics  improves people's lives.

  • Keith Sardo - Area Clinic Manager, Hangar Prosthetics

9:30- 10:30 am - Career Pathways for Career Development -  Panel Discussion (60 min)

Learn about the programs to provide technology and manufacturing awareness to our young people, providing educational pathways for job growth in product development and manufacturing.

  • Raya Zion - Director of College Relations,  SME Silicon Valley Chapter - Panel Leader
  • Harry Wachob - President & Founder, Bio2Device Group 
  • Guna Selvaduray - Ph.D.,Biomedical Engineering Coordinator, Professor, Materials Engineering, College of Engineering, SJSU
  • Wendy Plew - Career Technical Education Specialist - California Teachers Association
  • Theresa Rowland - Career Ladders Project
  • Natalie Lowell - SME CMfgT Manager, Member Engagement

10:30 - 10:50 am - Break (20 min)

10:50 - 11:20 am - Robotics in Surgery (30 min)

Learn about the surgical robotics benefits,  challenges, and new developments.

  • David Robinson, Sr. Dir Systems Engineering, Intuitive Surgical Inc.

11:20 - 11:30 am -  Robotics Competition in Bay Area Schools (10 min)

Learn about FIRST robotics program competition in our Bay Area  Schools
  • Angelo Riccardi - FIRST Robotics Volunteer

11:30 am - 1:00 pm - BREAK for Design-2-Part Tour, Technology Demonstrations,  and Sponsor Interactions (Lunch included)

  • Interactive 3D Printing, Laser, and Robotics demonstrations available at the conference

Afternoon Session (1:00 - 4:00 pm) -  Re-thnking Medical Device Development and Financial Incentives

1:00 - 1:10 pm - The New Reality of 3D Printing as a Viable Manufacturing Process Ideally Suited for Personalized Medicine

Learn about breakthoughs in additive manufacturing that have unlocked the potential of (1)  medical materials with the highest performance thermoplastics,  and composites and (2)  high-powered cloud software and FEA optimization.  The talk will include a discussion of 3D printing process and material validation for medical applications.

  • Riley Reese - Co-founder, Arevo Labs
1:10 - 3:40 pm - Accelerating Medical Device Product Development

Explore common misconceptions about regulatory requirements for medical device development.   Learn practical approaches to apply lean methods to accelerate product development and improve regulatory compliance.

  • Geetha Rao - CEO, Springborne Life Sciences
  • Roger Tang - Principal, H R Tang Consulting
  • Aaron Joseph - Sr Consultant, Product Realization Group
1:10 - 1:35 pm – Knowledge-Driven Product Development  (25 min)

1:35 - 1:50 pm – Interactive Exercise: Identifying Knowledge Gaps (15 min with break)

1:50 - 2:15 pm – Reconciling Lean with Regulations  (25 min)

2:15 - 2:30 pm – Interactive Exercise: A3 Method (15 min with break)

2:30 - 3:10 pm – Real Life Examples, Dos & Don'ts, Q&A (40 min)

3:10 - 3:25 pm – Break

3:25 - 3:55 pm – Financial  Incentives for Manufacturing and R&D  - Panel Discussion (30 min)
Learn about available government funding and subsidies for manufacturing and R&D.


  • Kyle MacLeod - Senior Manager, Gallina LLP - Panel Leader
  • Jason Rancadore - Assistant Deputy Director, GO-Biz (CA Governor's Office)
  • Robert Meyer - Director of Economic Development, ETP
  • Jesse Wutke - Senior Manager, Gallina LLP

3:55 - 4:00 pm - Closing & iPad Drawing, Four TechShop 1-Month Passes, One Free SME Membership- JoAnne Moody (15 min)

4:15 - 7:00 pm - Mixer & Light Reception with no host bar

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Conference Links

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Speaker Bios


Conference Flyer

Press Release

Speakers & Panelists

  • John Smugeresky - Sandia National Laboratories
  • Keith Sardo - Hangar Prosthetics
  • Riley Reese - Arevo Labs
  • Harry Wachob - Bio2Device Group
  • Guna Selvaduray - SJSU
  • Windy Plew - CA Teacher's Association
  • Theresa Rowland - Career Ladders
  • Jason Rancadore - Go Biz
  • Angelo Ricardi - First Robotics
  • Jessie Wutke - Gallina
  • Raya Zion - SME SV College Relations
  • David Robinson - Intuitive Surgical
  • Geetha Rao - Springborne Life Sciences
  • Aaron Joseph - Product Realization Group
  • Roger Tang - HR Tang Consulting
  • Robert Meyer - ETP, State of CA
  • Kyle MacLeod - Gallina LLP
  • Natalia Lowell - SME National
  • JoAnne Moody - Event Director
  • Cynthia Cook - Chapter Chair

Diamond Sponsors

  • MANEX Consulting

Platinum Sponsors

  • Intuitive Surgical
  • NUTEK Corporation
  • EIS
  • TechShop

Gold Sponsors

  • Gallina LLP
  • Product Realization Group
  • Hawk Ridge Systems
  • Inland Metal
  • Test-O-Pac Inc.

Silver Sponsors

  • General Foundry Service
  • DEG

Program Committee

  • JoAnne Moody, Conference Co-Chair
  • Cynthia Cook, SME SV Chapter Chair
  • Phil Ogaz, Treasurer & Logistics
  • Bill Browne, MC for Conference
  • Rob Eichner, Design-2-Part Show VP
  • Raya Zion, SME SV College Relations
  • Geetha Rao, Springborne Life Sciences
  • Aaron Joseph, Product Realization Group

Extended Committee

  • Diana Helka, SME
  • Natalie Lowell, SME
  • Kevin Gregerson, SME SV
  • Dave Winslow, SME SV
  • Kyle MacLeod, SME SV
  • Guy Dellavecchia, SME SV
  • Joe Katzman, SME SV
  • Fernando Albayeros, SME SV
  • Gerard Bessette, SME SV
  • Parag Patel, SME SV
  • Thi Ngyen, ASQ Northern CA Biomedical group
  • Michael Keer, Product Realization Group

Professional Societies

  • SME North Bay Chapter
  • SME Sacramento Chapter
  • ASQ Northern CA Biomedical Division
  • SWE - SCV
  • IIE - BA/SV


Gold Sponsors

  • Product Realization Group


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 (SVEC).

Raya Zion - Career Services and Biomedical Engineering Technology Program Manager, Laney College

RAYA ZION 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.  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.

Presently, at Laney Community College, she engages with life sciences companies in providing industry education and job opportunities for graduates from Laney College's Biomedical Engineering Technology, as well as its Bio-mandufacturing Certificiate programs.   Her workforce development experience is supplemented by her love of music. In addition to hosting 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.

Geetha Rao, Ph.D. - CEO, Springborne Life Sciences and CEO, Technology Frontiers Collaborative

Dr. Geetha Rao has over 25 years of experience in high-risk technologies with a focus on emerging business challenges and operational excellence that meets best-in-class, international standards. She is an internationally recognized expert in medical device quality systems and risk management and has established, audited, remediated, and maintained quality system processes and documentation for clients. She supports international regulation and policy bodies, and standards development organizations with establishing standards and guidance documents in quality systems and risk management. 

Dr. Rao has served on the faculty of FutureMed at Singularity University, Stanford University’s Biodesign Innovation Program. She supports several academic institutions on technology commercialization, including the University of Chicago’s Innovation Network for the Physical Sciences Division, UCSF surgical innovations advisory board, and Ryerson University Office of Research and Innovation. She was a contributor on the 2013 World Economic Forum research project on Sustainable Health Systems, a TEDMED scholar, and has addressed numerous industry forums and the press. Previously, for 6 years she produced MedTech Frontiers, an educational forum exploring the intersection of leading-edge science and technology with medicine. 

Dr. Rao holds a doctorate from MIT and a masters from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

Aaron Joseph - Sr Consultant, Product Realization Group

Aaron is a biomedical engineer with over 15 years of experience in medical device development over a wide range of technologies, from complex capital equipment to disposable devices.  His product development experience includes a digital x-ray fluoroscopy system, surgical robotic system, laser eye surgery system, heart-lung bypass machine, robotic catheter system, drug inhaler device, x-ray catheter for brachytherapy, and endoscopy instrument with RF ablation.  Aaron specializes in product validation, risk management, and other design controls for medical device development.    Recently, at Intuitive Surgical, he helped engineering teams comply with quality system requirements while developing new surgical tools and software for robotic-assisted surgery.  As a consultant, Aaron works closely with product development teams in performing risk analyses, designing test plans, developing new test methods, writing and executing test protocols, refining product requirements, supporting regulatory submissions, and training R&D staff.  He has broad experience implementing and managing design controls at large and small companies.  He received a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Rice University and a MS degree in Bioengineering from the University of Washington.

Cynthia Cook - Chair - SME Silicon Valley Chapter Chair

Cynthia Cook is the 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. 

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