Thursday, May 18, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM ET


7:00 – 8:00 pm: Panel Presentation
8:00 – 8:15 pm: Break
8:15 – 9:00 pm: Follow-up Discussions


Mihaela Vlasea, University of Waterloo
Mathieu Brochu, McGill University
Ahmad Barari, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Gijs van Houtum, Eindhoven University of Technology, currently at UW
James Hinebaugh, Ph.D., Expanse Microtechnologies Inc.
Craig Metcalfe, Ph.D., P.Eng., Expanse Microtechnologies Inc.

Vesna Cota, Tyco Electronics Canada


r. Mihaela Vlasea

Dr. Vlasea is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo, ON, Canada. Dr. Vlasea’s additive manufacturing research focuses on bridging the technological gaps necessary to improve part quality, process repeatability and reliability through process monitoring and control approaches. Her projects span biomedical, aerospace and automotive applications.  

Prof. Mathieu Brochu

Prof. Brochu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mining and Materials Engineering at McGill University, a Gerald Hatch Engineering Faculty Fellow on Additive Manufacturing and the Director of the Powder Processing and Additive Manufacturing of Advanced Materials Laboratory. Prior to Joining McGill in 2004, Prof. Brochu held key AM-related positions: he was the Research Officer on electron beam welding and freeforming of aerospace materials at the NRC-IAR-AMTC, and Post Doctoral Fellow at Sandia National Laboratories. He is leading research projects in two main fields: (1) additive manufacturing and joining of advanced materials, and (2) high heating rate sintering processes. He received several distinctions, including the ASM Bradley Stoughton Award for Young Teachers (2009), the METSOC Brimacombe Award (2011) and the AAC Donald I. Johnson Award (2014).

Gijs van Houtum

A Systems and Control graduate student in the Control Systems Technology group at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. As an International Visiting Graduate student researcher at the University of Waterloo in the Multi-Scale Additive Manufacturing lab I worked on the application of feedback control on 3D deposition systems.

James Hinebaugh, Ph.D.

In 2009, James Hinebaugh began taking CT images of 7 µm carbon fibers for the hydrogen fuel cell industry, pushing the capabilities of the SkyScan (now Bruker) 1172. With these results, his research lab at the University of Toronto produced the first full-3D characterization of the carbon fiber electrodes used in fuel cells. His graduate work focused on not only CT scanning and analysis, but also the building of CT-based transport simulations and the development of representative stochastic models of fibrous materials.

As both a company founder and a space-geek, James is passionate about accelerating the additive manufacturing industry as he believes that the vast majority of space manufacturing will be additive.

Craig Metcalfe, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Craig is a professional engineer with a multidisciplinary background in mechanical design, materials science, and manufacturing. In 2003 he began his career at General Motors of Canada Ltd. specializing in the design and physical testing of fastened joints. He later returned to graduate school where he developed plasma spray methods to create micro-scale porous ceramic and metal composite coatings for high-temperature fuel cells. On completing his graduate work, Craig returned to industry to develop manufacturing systems for advanced coatings at Quantiam Technologies Inc.

As a company founder, Craig is passionate about advancing the additive manufacturing industry through both non-destructive testing and the development of new materials.

Dr. Ahmad Barari

Dr. Barari is an associate professor at the department of Mechanical, Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), and an adjunct Professor at the department of Mechanical Engineering, university of Western Ontario. Since mid 90’s Dr. Barari has been primarily involved in research and teaching on Precision Engineering, Metrology, Design Optimization, and Advanced Manufacturing including Digital Manufacturing and Additive Manufacturing system. Dr. Barari contributed in several national and international research projects in industries, research centers, and universities. His research contributions are published in more than 100 journal periodic and conference proceedings. 
Current research Directions (please visit for more information):

  • Advanced Manufacturing Technologies, Digital Manufacturing.
  • Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing. Precision Additive Manufacturing, Design for Additive Manufacturing.
  • Precision Manufacturing, Measurement Uncertainty. 3D Coordinate Metrology, CAM-Based Inspection, CMM inspection of freeform Surfaces.
  • Geometric Design optimization, Topology optimization, FEA-Based design optimization

Vesna Cota

Vesna Cota is a technical specialist with Tyco Electronics Canada and a veteran in the 3D printing arena. Cota is passionate about propagating the awareness of additive manufacturing technologies and their proper applications. As an executive officer of Toronto Chapter 26, she organized a year-long additive manufacturing program in 1998-99, for which SME honored her with its President’s Award. In 2005, Cota became an SME master-level Additive Manufacturing Certificate holder. She served on the SME Additive Manufacturing Community (formerly RTAM) Steering Committee from August 2007 to May 2016. Cota is currently an advisor to Rapid Conferences in US and Canada, expert advisor for TCT UK, and a member of the Canadian ISO/TC 261 Standards for Additive Manufacturing Committee. Vesna received a degree in architecture from the University of Zagreb. She has been an RTAM member since 1995.



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