Tom Basciano joined NASA in 1998, working with the flight controller organization for the International Space Station (ISS). He then transferred to Boeing to work on integration and testing of the ISS avionics systems, including the United States Lab Destiny module and the Italian Space Agency Node 2 Harmony module. Following these projects, he worked on various Boeing defense programs before returning to the ISS project as part of the team deploying the Joint Station LAN (JSL)—a network that connects all the U.S. and international partner modules and supports payload communications. The JSL system has played a key role in transitioning the ISS program from the use of traditional aerospace manufacturing to commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) equipment, where possible, to reduce the cost of access to space through the use of standard industry interfaces.
Stephen Hunter is manager of the Computer Resources & C&DH Architecture OD/ISS Avionics & Software Office for the International Space Station (ISS) Program at Johnson Space Center. He joined NASA in 1992 as flight software developer within the Avionics organization of the Space Shuttle Program. He then transferred to the ISS program working on the development, integration, and deployment of critical applications, systems, and networks to support daily ISS operations and management. In 1996, Hunter was selected as the Command & Data Handling System Manager responsible for all on-orbit data communication networks (i.e., 1553, Ethernet & fiber) and all flight software development and integration for USOS and International Partner avionics systems. After working on the development and integration of systems on the ISS, he transitioned to Lockheed Martin Information Technology as the Director of Engineering & Technical Services with responsibility for the design, implementation, and operational management of products and services related to Information Technology outsourcing of PC desktops, telecommunications and network Services for government, commercial and local outsourcing clients. Returning to the ISS program as Computer Resources Manager, Hunter has led and managed numerous technology development and expansion project and upgrades of the ISS avionics, computer systems and onboard networks to provide enhanced services to the vehicle systems, payloads and onboard crewmembers.
Dr. Richard Mark Soley is Chairman is Executive Director of the Industrial Internet Consortium. In 2014, Dr. Soley helped found the Industrial Internet Consortium and (IIC) serves as Executive Director on the organization.s Steering Committee. The IIC was formed to accelerate the development, adoption and wide-spread use of interconnected machines and devices, intelligent analytics, and people at work. The members of the IIC catalyze and coordinate the priorities and enabling technologies of the Industrial Internet.
Dr. Soley was a cofounder and former Chairman/CEO of A. I. Architects, Inc., maker of the 386 HummingBoard and other PC and workstation hardware and software. Prior to that, he consulted for various technology companies and venture firms on matters pertaining to software investment opportunities. Dr. Soley has also consulted for IBM, Motorola, PictureTel, Texas Instruments, Gold Hill Computer and others. He began his professional life at Honeywell Computer Systems working on the Multics operating system.
Jim is currently the Technical Director –System Engineering, Reliability Engineering, Platform Center of Excellence and Maintenance at General Mills Inc. He has 34 years of industry experience, starting with 6 years in the Plastics Industry and 28 years in the Food Industry with GMI. While at General Mills, Jim has had roles in proprietary machine design, Manufacturing System Improvement and Optimization, Cheerios and Wheaties Product Improvement, System Engineering, Control System Application Development, MES Application Development and Platform Center of Excellence.
In Jim’s current role he is responsible for improving the existing asset base in GMI Manufacturing Plants across the Globe (specifically centered on strategic operating platforms). Our mission is to improve, extend and sustain our assets. This function is responsible for technology, standardization, reliability and maintenance. It was newly formed in June, 2012. In addition, Jim is responsible for developing the technical mastery for all of engineering
In Jim’s most recent role he was responsible for Manufacturing Execution Systems, Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence, Maintenance Applications, Engineering Tools (Enterprise project and portfolio management, Process Simulation and SharePoint /Collaboration for the Technical Community), Control and Information Technical Innovation and Next Generation Application Architecture.
In 1993 Jim led the development of General Mills’ MES system. Today it is installed in all of their North American locations and 70% of International. It has driven significant productivity and quality improvements. This system captures more than 100 Million data points a day across the enterprise and delivers many of the KPI’s and improvement insight for GMI Supply Chain as well as core MES functionality.
Jim is the Chair of SMLC, Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition.
Alex Chausovsky is the research manager and principal analyst of IHS’ Motor Driven Equipment group. His areas of expertise include industrial motors, motor controls, generators, geared products, end-equipment such as pumps, fans and compressors, and industrial energy efficiency. Alex holds a BBA in International Business from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Texas State University.
Randy Crutfield has been Michelin’s Lexington site hiring manager since 2012. Previously, he was Communication and Community Relations Manager for the Michelin North America Lexington site. Crutfield has spent 36 years with Michelin, 19 years in maintenance and maintenance management, 5 years in engineering, and 12 years in personnel positions. During this time, he has worked in numerous Michelin manufacturing facilities, as well as at Michelin’s world headquarters in Clermont-Ferrand, France. He also serves on the board of the Midlands Education and Business Alliance and the engineering advisory boards of numerous technical colleges.
Giuseppe Fiorentino is the head of sales and marketing in Comau’s Adaptive Solutions Business Unit. He has more than 12 years of experience in the automation industry. Fiorentino joined Comau in 2011 as an Aerospace Account Executive working in the European region. Prior to joining Comau, Fiorentino spent eight years at the Airbus Group, holding numerous positions, including: Project Manager for a new automated aerostructure manufacturing facility, Technical Services Manager for a mechanical parts production unit, and Procurement Manager. Fiorentino holds a Master in Mechanical Engineering from the Ecole Centrale de Nantes (France) and an MBA from HEC Business School Paris.
Arthur Smith is Senior Automation Controls Engineer at Corning Inc. Beginning with his first job at General Motors, he has developed a passion for automation and robotics. He has more than 15 years of experience developing, programming and integrating controls systems for automated machines, robot cells, and production lines. With a desire for change Arthur introduced PackML at Corning Inc. and was the first to implement it on non-packaging related automation at the company.
Jason Ault is the Keystone Facilities Automation Systems Manager within TransCanada’s Major Projects Group. He has more than 20 years of oil & gas industry experience and has been part of Keystone since the start of Phase I detailed engineering in 2008. Since 2008 Jason has functioned in different roles supporting the Keystone Pipeline, including Project – Automation Lead (2008-2009), Engineering Operations – Automation Lead (2009-2011), Reliability Team – Automation Lead (2011-2012) and, most recently, Keystone Facilities Automation Systems Manager (2012 - 2015). Jason’s project team is currently responsible for implementing Keystone’s automation, SCADA, leak detection and safety systems.
Gábor Bereznai is head of control and electrical engineering at the MOL Danube Refinery in Százhalombatta, Hungary. He is also a TÜV functional safety engineer. He began his career at MOL in 1998 as a process analytical engineer in the Instrumentation and Control Department. He later joined the Engineering Supervision Department as a process control specialist. He has worked on several major MOL projects including ultra-low sulphur motor fuel production, SIL, ATEX and maintenance system development. He also worked as a technical advisor to MOL Group Maintenance Management assisting in the development of PdM and PM systems and RCM. He holds an Automation Engineer (BSc) degree from KKVMF Budapest and an Environmental Engineer (BSc) degree from Széchenyi University in Győr.
Laura Studwell is the Food, Beverage and Packaging Industry Marketing Manager for Omron, a provider of automation and safety products. She has a strong background in the food and packaging industries working with associations and governing bodies throughout the Pan-Americas to drive standards for food safety and quality. Studwell received her MBA from Northern Illinois University and is an active member of PMMI, serving on the Emerging Leaders Committee. She is a past member of the Packaging Association of Canada as well as the Food Processing Suppliers Association.
Elena Gil Dominquez, PE, CMSE® has a degree in Engineering from General Motors Institute (GMI), is a Professional Engineer in the state of Wisconsin, and has also been certified as a CMSE® - Certified Machinery Safety Expert, by TÜV Nord. Elena has 25 years of experience in robotic integration and 19 years on US and International robot safety standards subcommittees. Elena has worked for Pilz Automation Safety for the past 7 years as a Safety Consultant.
Senior Application Engineer Ben Orchard joined Opto 22 in Temecula, California, after 18 years automating and integrating electrical, HVAC, and refrigeration systems in Australia. At Opto 22 Ben develops special projects for customer applications, especially in networking, energy management, and operator interfaces.
Stewart is a contributing member of the Global System Consulting group within Rittal. The group is responsible for design solutions on all levels of integration. He brings 20 years of control system design and a wealth of industrial design knowledge to the conference. Stewart has a B.S. in Industrial Technology from Illinois State University along with awards such as “Innovator of the Year” from Phoenix Contact.
Eddie Lee is Director of Global Industry Marketing at Moxa Inc. He has worked in the Industrial Automation industry for over 22 years which included the sales of instrumentation and controls solutions from Rockwell Automation and Phoenix Contact. The past 10 years have been focused on industrial networking and communications with Moxa. Eddie is currently an active member of the numerous industry organizations including Profibus International, ODVA and the Industrial Internet Consortium. He also currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of SunSpec Alliance – a global association pursuing information standards for the distributed energy industry.
An experienced product manager working with industrial sensors, Jeremy King also spent 11 years as a mechanical design engineer in the automotive industry.
John Harrington is the Director of Product Management at Kepware Technologies. John has over 15 years of experience implementing technology solutions in industrial environments. John has worked for a number of technology companies with roles including deployment, consulting, product management and sales. John also managed operations for an industrial equipment manufacturer with design, production and supply chain responsibilities. John has a Masters in Business Administration from Babson College and Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Mark Wylie manages Belden's industrial Ethernet infrastructure program, applying knowledge gained in his 24 years in factory automation and 10 years in enterprise networking. His primary focus centers on helping manufacturers move from ad hoc networks to managed infrastructure. He is also responsible for Belden's Certified Industrial Network programs.
John Wilhite is the PC-based Automation Product Manager of the Siemens Digital Factory Division of Siemens USA. Prior to this he held several Engineering and Marketing positions with companies like Rittal and Advantech. He received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University and MBA from the University of Phoenix.