Rich Stump - Principal - Fathom
Rich Stump, Principal at Fathom, has 15 years of experience in sales and product development for retail, electronic contract manufacturing, high-tech software, rapid prototyping and manufacturing. His credentials include the development and growth of three other successful product development businesses and World Wide Dominator award at ANSYSInc. (ANSS) in 2006. Rich co-founded CaliBowl™ by Simple Wave, co-developed and co-launched ConvecTop™has extensive product development and advanced manufacturing experience. He was ecognized in 2013 as #369 on the Inc. 500|5000 list of fastest growing companies in America and #39 on SF Business Times' list of 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in the Bay Area. FATHOM™ is a top performing Stratasys 3D printer distributor of Northern California and Pacific Northwest with 3D printing production centers that service customers nationally from its Oakland and Seattle locations.
Mike Prokosch - Manufacturing Engineering Section Leader - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
leads a multi-disciplined R&D manufacturing
organization at LLNL
that specializes in prototyping and product development for LLNL
programs. Capabilities range from electronics design/prototyping, to
general fabrication, large scale machining, laser welding, diamond
turning and additive manufacturing. Mike has over 35 years of R&D
manufacturing experience and has close interactions with other DOE and
UK manufacturing organizations. Mike is closely involved
manufacturing process development activities at LLNL, with a special
interest in additive manufacturing. Return to Schedule
Bill Browne - Director of Economic and Workforce Development - Manex Consulting - Master of Ceremonies
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. Mr. Browne 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. Return to Schedule
Damon Tordini - SolidWorks Elite Applications Engineer, Hawk Ridge Systems
Christopher Ma - SolidWorks Elite Applications Engineer, Hawk Ridge Systems
Damon Tordini is a Simulation Applications Specialist out of the Hawk Ridge Systems Irvine, California office. A graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, Damon also holds a variety of SolidWorks certifications. He frequently presents at customer events and user group meetings on the West Coast and has written numerous blogs about SolidWorks and SolidWorks Simulation. When he's not waiting for his last simulation to finish, you can probably find him making some kind of noise which he claims is music. Return to Schedule
With 12 SolidWorks Certifications under his belt, Christopher puts them to use working with the Simulation Services Team to provide analysis consulting and custom Simulation training. Christopher has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UC Santa Barbara, and received his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA. When he isn’t troubleshooting large assemblies or presenting a webinar, Christopher is usually on the water paddling an outrigger canoe. Return to Schedule
Sean Finn - Principal, F3 & Associates, Inc.
F3 & Associates is a privately held professional service provider based in the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California. The company holds US patents and trademarks that combine high definition 3D scanning and precise Industrial 3D printing. www.f3-inc.com Return to Schedule
Eric Appelblom - Owner, Precision Plastics/Jatco Inc.
Precision Plastics/Jatco Inc.
, founded in 1943, has been a stable, technical oriented, plastic injection molder serving the OEM community for the last 61 years. Focusing on customer service, quality, and on time delivery. Precision has built its reputation as one the premier plastics processors of engineering resins serving the electronics, medical, consumer, and other industries. We pride ourselves as being a one stop shop, offering full services which include design, tool and die construction, rapid prototyping, part production, decorating, packaging, and distribution. We also offerer services in China, which include tool construction and production. At Precision plastics, we pride ourselves as being a company that turns plastics ideas into reality. www.precision-plastics.net Return to Schedule
Larry Lewis - President - Phoenix Automation - SME Robotics Conference Session Chair
Larry heads the Phoenix Automation team. He has over 25 years experience working in robotics and automation. Phoenix supply’s automation components are used in factory and lab automation. Phoenix has multiple types of technology including Vacuum, pneumatic and electronic components enabling them to create pre-engineered and custom complicated Hybred (EoAT) End of Arm Tooling systems, turning a robot arm into a robot solution. We supply what you need for automated machinery and to dress out your robot. Return to Schedule
James Farmer - District Manager - Fanuc Robotics
James Farmer has over 16 years with Fanuc in various rolls, His is currently the district manager and has had responsibility for sales, both domestic and international. Fanuc has over 250,000 robots installed worldwide making them the market leader in robotics. FANUC robots have payload capabilities ranging from 0.5kg to 1,350kg working in a wide range of industries including aerospace, automotive, consumer goods, education, food, metal fabrication, medical, pharmaceutical, solar panel, and many other industries. Return to Schedule
Ingo Rupport - Regional Sales Manager - Schunk Grippers
Ingo Ruppert joined SCHUNK in 2009 with over a decade of experience in the manufacturing industry. He serves as the Regional Sales Manager for Clamping Technology and Gripping Systems on the West Coast. Ingo is an expert in automation components especially grippers and other EOAT solutions. SCHUNK is the leading competence leader in this field and employs over 2000 people worldwide. Return to Schedule
Glen Langstaff - COO & VP Operations - RAM Mechanical
Mark Brinkerhoff, PE - President - Fusion Design, Inc.
Glen Langstaff is the COO & VP of Operations at RAM Mechanical, a robotic integrator and mechanical contractor located in the Central Valley with
domestic and international customers numbering over 1,100. He has over 35years executive and technical management experience in the medical devices, defense, steel processing, food processing, research & development, and construction industries. Glen is a veteran of organizational development,quality / process improvement, organizational restructuring, Engineering management, and international / domestic market development.
Prior to RAM, Glen was responsible for directing all maintenance, repair and operations, Engineering support, and design / construction projects for the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Before joining LBNL, Glen was Vice President for an electronics defense contractor, and the CEO / President of an equipment integration corporation that provided technical solutions to complex food processing and packaging challenges at Fortune 500 companies. In addition he was Plant Manager of a large steel processing facility in the San Francisco Bay Area, and Product Assurance Manager at a major defense contractor producing tracked vehicles. He started his career in Engineering design and management at a small medical devices firm in the Bay Area producing high precision magnetic medical and chemical pumps. BS in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. Return to Schedule
Andy Span - Territory Sales Manager - DataLogic Industrial Automation
Andy Span is currently a Territory Sales Manager for Datalogic Industrial Automation managing direct and channel sales in California, Arizona, Nevada and Utah. Andy has a BSEE degree from the University of Pittsburgh and has worked in engineering, R&D, manufacturing, information technologies, operations management, sales and marketing. He has worked for technical companies such as ALCOA, CVC Technologies and Videojet Technologies both in technical and managerial positions. Return to Schedule
Mark Brinkerhoff, PE, is president of Fusion Design, Inc., Campbell, CA. Mark has obtained eight patents for mechanical devices and systems. Previously, Brinkerhoff was an engineering and model shop manager at Amdahl Corporation and a manufacturing engineer at Hewlett Packard Company. He has 29 years of experience developing both products and production machines. While earning his degree at California Polytechnic State University and the College of the Siskiyous, Brinkerhoff participated in a co-op program at Schlage Lock company. Since joining the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 1995, he has been active in Silicon Valley Chapter 98, where he previously served as treasurer and has coordinated many factory tours throughout the Bay Area. He has also been a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Laboratory Robotics Interest Group and TELTECH. Brinkerhoff is an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America. Return to Schedule
JoAnne Moody - SME Annual Conference Co-Chair and Event Director, Liquidity Corporation
JoAnne Moody is the SME Event Director and SME Annual Conference Co-Chair. Currently, Joanne is employed by a startup company, Liquidity Corporation, developing new water purification technology. Joanne is an expert in product development, adhesives, coatings, and medical device
materials. As principal of Zeta Scientific LLC, Ms. Moody has worked
for, or consulted with a number of companies including 3M, Boston
Scientific, Raychem Corporation (now Tyco Electronics), and EndoSonics
Inc. Ms. Moody earned her BA degree in Chemistry from Hamline
University, St. Paul, MN and MS degree from the Chemical Engineering
& Material Science Department, 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). Return to Schedule
Cynthia Cook - Chair - SME Silicon Valley Chapter Chair and SME Annual Conference Co-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. Return to Schedule