2015 Presenters
Tom Basciano,
Project Manager for the International Space Station,

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,
Manager of Computer Resources, International Space Station Project,

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,
Executive Director,
Industrial Internet Consortium

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.

A native of BaltimoreMarylandU.S.A., Dr. Soley holds bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

David Greenfield,
Director of Content,
Automation World
Presentation: Welcome
Jim Wetzel,
Technical Director, System Engineering and Platform Reliability,
General Mills

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
Alex Chausovsky,
Research Manager and Principal Analyst,

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.

Manufacturing/Packaging Track Presenters
Randy Crutfield,
Site Hiring Manager,
Michelin North America

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,
Head of Sales and Marketing- Adaptive Solutions Business Unit,

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,
Senior Automation Controls Engineer,
Corning Inc.

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.

Processing Track Presenters
Jason Ault,
Keystone Facilities Automation Systems Manager

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. 

Dewey R. Scott,
Operations Manager,
Scott Farms
Gábor Bereznai,
Director of Control and Electrical Engineering,
MOL Danube Refinery

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. 

Workshop Presenter
Lee Smith,
Lead Software Engineer,
Mettler Toledo Safeline
Doug Buschor,
E-Technologies Group
Steve Schlegel,
Managing Director,
Alliance for Innovation & Operational Excellence (AIOE)

Steve serves as Managing Director of the Alliance for Innovation & Operational Excellence (AIOE). The Alliance, founded by PMMI, the leading supplier organization in the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) industry, represents the leading food, beverage and consumer products companies. The AIOE mission is “Improving the performance of CPG manufacturers and their suppliers by developing non-proprietary solutions to common production operations challenges.” There are over 130 companies active in nine Communities of Practice.

Previously Steve was CEO of the Food Processing Suppliers Association where he delivered exponential growth and brand distinction through product innovation, strategic vision, and commitment to customer value. He created a high-performance culture, instilled business metrics, and developed the people and processes to deliver sustainable results. Steve also served as Chairman of the Board of the trade association that was the precursor to FPSA, the International Association of Food Industry Suppliers.

Arthur Smith,
Senior Automation Controls Engineer,
Corning Inc.

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.

Panel Presenters
Experts from B+B SmartWorx, Bosch Rexroth, GE Intelligent Platforms, Kepware Technologies, Moxa and Siemens,
Experts from Bedrock, Belden, Bimba, EPSG, Opto 22 and Microsoft,
Technology Workshop Presenters
Dan Marsillo,
Technical Sales Consultant, Asset Management Products,
Schneider Electric Manufacturing

Dan has spent 28+ years working in the Maintenance Business.  Since joining Schneider-Electric 25 years ago, Dan has worked both in Sales and Services capacities with customers in the Pulp and Paper, Chemical, Mining, Food and Pharmaceutical industries.  Before joining Schneider-Electric, Dan held Maintenance positions at both General Motors and TRW.

Aron Semle,
Product Manager for KEPServerEX ,
Kepware Technologies

Aron Semle is a Product Manager for KEPServerEX at Kepware Technologies. He’s passionate about using new technology to solve modern day problems in data collection, and about growing a world-class software company in Portland, Maine.

Aron serves on the OPC Foundation’s Board of Technical Advisors and is active in the ongoing development of OPC standards. By participating in technical events that focus on subjects like automated drilling and cyber security, Aron champions OPC technology and helps others understand its capabilities, possibilities, and limitations. He is currently exploring ways that Kepware can help the industry scale Industrial IoT solutions while also providing a standard way to connect, aggregate, and deliver industrial data to IoT platforms from any source.

Aron has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Maine, Orono.

Sean Gregerson,
Sales Director,
Schneider Electric Manufacturing

Sean Gregerson, Director of Strategic Development at InStep Software, now Schneider Electric, has more than 10 years of experience providing software technology solutions to utilities and industrial process companies globally. Gregerson is responsible for managing business and product development strategies, ensuring that the company remains a leader in the real-time enterprise data management and predictive asset analytics software markets. He maintains a significant focus on helping companies achieve the greatest value from the rapidly increasing amount of Industrial Big Data. Prior to InStep Software, Gregerson held control system design engineer and business development positions with a leading automation company. He received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Bradley University.

Jason Young,
Senior Program Manager,

Jason Young is a Senior Program Manager with Microsoft. He focuses on commercial ISVs building large-scale technical projects built on devices, Windows, and Azure. His history includes working for a manufacturing startup, building MES software at GE, and consulting on a variety of technologies. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was CTO of an energy company where he directed development of a large-scale Windows Azure-based building automation and IoT data collection solution.

Saadi Kermani,
Product Manager,
Schneider Electric Manufacturing

Saadi drives software product definition and solution architecture for cloud and mobile based solutions at Schneider Electric.

Through his role as product manager for Wonderware SmartGlance, Wonderware Online and as a key contributor to defining cloud hosted solutions, customers can now leverage their plant automation or process data from anywhere, on any device and at any time. Previously, he was stationed in Europe providing strategic account management as a Technical Account Manager for the Global Software Customer Support division.

He is currently based in Montréal, QC with over 11 years of experience in Industrial Automation. Saadi is a certified Professional Scrum Product Owner, certified Pragmatic Marketing Product Manager (Level III), a Grenadier Guardsmen for the Canadian National Department of Defense and holds a Bachelors of Commerce degree in Management Information Systems from the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University in Montréal, Québec, Canada.

Allen Tubbs,
Product Manager, Electric Drives and Controls,
Bosch Rexroth Corporation

Before moving to Product Management last year, Allen was an application engineer with Bosch Rexroth for 8 years, working directly with customers to develop and deploy solutions for a wide variety of industries.  With over 18 years of hands-on, production floor experience in automation, he has focused mainly on motion control system design and programming for OEMs, system integrators and end-users.  As a product manager, Allen is working to advance Rexroth’s reputation as a leading motion control supplier, bringing new innovations and solutions to the automation market.

Prasad Pai,
Manager, Automation Software,
GE Intelligent Platforms

With 20 years of automation software experience, Prasad Pai is a well-known expert in HMI/SCADA. He has developed and managed software that is the foundation for plant automation at thousands of sites – ranging from water/wastewater, power, food and beverage, CPG, and many more. Prasad knows the answer to most any HMI/SCADA question, and he is dedicated to his customers’ long-term success.


Mike Fahrion,
VP of IoT Technologies,
B+B SmartWorx
Gregg Schaefer ,
Regional Automation Manager ,

For the past 10 years Gregg has been designing CCTV and automation networks at Anixter Inc.  Prior to that, Gregg worked at Nortel Networks for 10 years as a Product Marketing Manager, Regional Management Specialist and Systems Engineer for the Synoptics Ethernet product line. 

Gregg received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Rutgers University in 1981 and has credentials with the Building Industry Consulting Services International member (BICSI), RCDD 6/2007, NTS 1/2010, ESS (Electronic Safety and Security) designer 9/2010.  Gregg developed and presented to BICSI best practices for designing and implementing an Industrial Network using ANSI/TIA-1005A. Gregg has been an International Society of Automation (ISA) member since 2013.

Albert Rooyakkers,
Founder, CTO, VP Engineering,
Bedrock Automation

Albert’s recent technical endeavors include developing parallel processors for video, hybrid propulsion systems for transportation and currently, as a Bedrock founder and CTO, designing and commercializing a revolutionary cyber secure automation platform for the global market.  In the late 1990’s Albert also lead a team at Invensys Schneider to build the field control and IO platform for IA Series™.  His global management experience at Maxim Integrated and Invensys Schneider includes Canada, the Middle East, the Far East and more recently in the USA in both Boston and now in Silicon Valley.  The ongoing work at Bedrock is rapidly realizing an entirely new and innovative cyber ICS architecture called Open Secure Automation, OSA.   As a measure of the level of innovation in this OSA platform, 75 international patents have been filed and over 20 granted in just the past two years.   It is an exciting time for automation!  A user-centric revolution is under way...and this is the most rewarding aspect of his recent career.   

Marcel Voigt,
Senior Solution Engineer,
Ethernet POWERLINK Standardization Group (EPSG)

Marcel Voigt has been with B&R Industrial Automation since 2010 at their Midwest regional office in Chicago, IL.  In his current role as a Sr. Solutions Engineer, he works closely with the sales and engineering team reviewing customers' application requirements and providing technical expertise on new and existing B&R technologies.  He also works very closely with R&D at the global B&R headquarters in Eggelsberg, Austria to specify new technologies and functionality to meet the needs of the North American market.

Sari Germanos,
Technology Marketing Manager,
Ethernet POWERLINK Standardization Group (EPSG)

Sari is the Technology Marketing Manager for the Ethernet POWERLINK Standardization Group. His expertise lies in developing complex distributed real-time mechatronic applications.  He also has significant experience in applying simulation technologies to improve the efficiency of developing large-scale distributed systems.

Laura Studwell,
Food, Beverage and Packaging Industry Marketing Manager ,
Omron Automation & Safety

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,
Safety Consultant,
Pilz Automation Safety

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. 

Ben Orchard,
Senior Application Engineer,
Opto 22

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 Wilson,
Solution Engineer - North Region,
Rittal Corporation

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,
Director of Global Industry Marketing,
Moxa, Inc.

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.

Jeremy King,
IntelliSense® Product Marketing Manager,
Bimba Manufacturing Company

An experienced product manager working with industrial sensors, Jeremy King also spent 11 years as a mechanical design engineer in the automotive industry.

Mark Wylie,
Global Vertical Market Manager,

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,
PC-based Automation Product Manager,

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.