Dr. Arvind Agarwal
Florida International University (FIU)
Dr. Arvind Agarwal is a Distinguished University Professor and Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Florida International University (FIU), Miami, FL, USA. He also serves as the Director of the Advanced Materials Engineering Research Institute (AMERI). Prof. Agarwal’s current research interests include advanced materials processing, AM via cold spray, plasma spray, and wire arc additive manufacturing (WAAM), ultrahigh temperature ceramics processing, nanocomposites and coatings, and biomedical applications of materials. Prof. Agarwal has published more than 350 technical articles, co-authored 3 books, and edited 7 books. He has delivered ~200 presentations at national and international conferences, including 35 keynote/invited lectures. Prof. Agarwal is an inventor holding 11 U.S. patents with 9 more pending. Prof. Agarwal is an an elected Fellow of ASM International, American Ceramic Society (ACerS), and American Association for Advancements in Sciences (AAAS). He also became a Senior Member of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) in 2020.
Dr. Allison Beese
Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Allison Beese is an Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at Penn State University, and the Director of Penn State’s Additive Manufacturing and Design graduate program. Her group performs research on experimentally characterizing, and computationally modeling, the impact of microstructure on the mechanical behavior of additively manufactured materials.
She has previously worked at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, served as a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University, and joined the faculty at Penn State University in 2013.
Dr. Beese has won the NSF CAREER award, the 2018 TMS AIME Robert Lansing Hardy Award, the 2017 International Outstanding Young Researcher in Freeform and Additive Manufacturing Award, and the 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award.
She received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mr. Tim Bell
Siemens Digital Industries, USA
Tim Bell is the Head of the Center of Competency for Additive Manufacturing for Siemens Digital Industries USA and is a seasoned Manufacturing veteran.
He has spent more than 35 years in manufacturing and was trained as a Journeymen Toolmaker in the 1980’s. He spent the next 20 years as a machinist, programmer, designer, and entrepreneur of small contract manufacturing companies. The last 20 years have been focused on Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) of components and assemblies supporting the aerospace, defense, and medical industries.
He has successfully launched four US companies, two of which were foreign owned/ joint ventures, taking them from ground zero to profitability and becoming leaders in their respective fields.
Dr. Slade Gardner
Big Metal Additive
Dr. Slade Gardner is President and Founder of Big Metal Additive (BMA), a company advancing large scale metal hybrid additive manufacturing. Dr. Gardner has led BMA from a small startup to an internationally recognized company serving customers in the space, aeronautics, maritime, heavy equipment, automotive and energy markets, as well as the Department of Defense. His collaborations as a Technology Partner with Siemens have advanced industrial implementations of software for many large additive processes. Dr. Gardner was Distinguished Fellow at Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Fellow at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Skunk Works™. His collaboration with a vendor led to the launch of Strangpresse and the industry’s first AM specific extruder, which has been widely adopted.
He advises corporations and institutes for strategy and development priorities on technology gaps and needs for market adoption; and has served on national laboratory, US Government, and industry boards, notably as chair of the External Advisory Board for Sandia National Laboratory’s ‘Born Qualified’ program and board member of the Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Association.
His PhD in Chemical Engineering was earned under fellowship of the National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center at Virginia Tech and his BS in Chemical Engineering is from Lafayette College.
Ms. Mara Hitner
Ms. Mara Hitner is the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at MatterHackers. After 16 years in advertising and ad tech sales, Mara became obsessed with desktop 3D printing, and was inspired by the possibilities it held for the future of personal manufacturing.
Mara is thrilled to help corporations, educators, and enthusiasts embrace desktop digital manufacturing, and make product creation and customization native to the next generation. Through the COVID-19 crisis, she also managed the Maker Response Hub - coordinating over 5,000 volunteers with 14,000+ 3D printers across the USA to donate over 75,000 3D printed PPE to 180+ facilities in need.
Mara is a proud Ambassador for America Makes and Advisor for Women In 3D Printing: Next Gen programs. When not printing kitty rings for friends, Mara can be found singing in 80s and 90s tribute bands around Southern California.
Mr. Tom Kelly
Tom Kelly is a globally recognized expert on Industry 4.0 and its impact on business. As executive director and CEO of Automation Alley, Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, Kelly oversees strategic planning and all ongoing activities for the organization, including programs and services designed to help businesses increase revenue, reduce costs and make strategic decisions during a time of rapid technological change.
Kelly joined Automation Alley in 2014 after seven years as a technology business consultant for the state of Michigan’s Small Business Development Centers, where he actively coached more than 300 technology startups in advanced automotive, life sciences, homeland security and alternative energy industries. In addition, Kelly has launched three startup companies of his own.
Kelly is regularly invited to speak at conferences and participate in panel discussions and roundtables. He has served on the Canadian National Research Council’s Peer Review Committee and is a current member of the World Economic Forum's Advanced Manufacturing Hub Working Group, the National Research Committee's Peer Review Committee, and is a board member of the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center and the Jackson Area Manufacturers Association.
Kelly has a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Clarkson University and a master’s in business administration from the University of Michigan.
Ms. Sarah Goehrke
Sarah Goehrke is the Senior Director, Strategic Communications and Ecosystems at Nexa3D. She leads efforts at Nexa3D in diversity, sustainability, and ecosystem positioning with a heightened focus on strategic messaging.
Sarah has been a leader in the 3D printing media, serving as the Managing Editor of Fabbaloo, Editor-in-Chief of 3DPrint.com, and Founder of AM-specific editorial services company Additive Integrity. She has worked with more than two dozen companies across the industry, contributed to publications including Forbes.com, and keynoted across three continents.
Sarah serves on the Board of Directors and as the Head of DEI at Women in 3D Printing, as well as the People track leader of the Wi3DP TIPE 3D Printing Conference. She is deeply and actively passionate about advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the 3D printing industry.
She also led an industry-first auction at RAPID + TCT 2022 that raised more than $54,000 to support Ukraine, with more than a dozen companies pledging commitments through the Together We Are Strong initiative.
Sarah holds Bachelor’s degrees in English and Theatre from Muskingum College, as well as a certificate in Diversity & Inclusion for HR from Cornell University.
Dr. Eric Wooldridge
Somerset Community College
Professor Wooldridge is the Director of the Additive Manufacturing Center at Somerset Community College, Somerset, Kentucky. He is a Professional Engineer in multiple disciplines including Architectural, Mechanical, and Manufacturing systems, and holds multiple patents regarding insulated cooler and embalming systems technology. His Master's degree is in Manufacturing Systems Engineering with an additive manufacturing focus.
The recipient of the 2021 NISOD Teaching Excellence Award, he is currently the Director of the Additive Manufacturing (AM) program for the statewide Kentucky Community and Technical College System. He also teaches and provides research and curriculum development from his AM Center located at Somerset Community College.
His most recent development is the Rapid Response Additive Manufacturing Initiative (RRAMI). A first of its kind project resulting from COVID-19 that has created a network of 10 AM sites across Kentucky, capable of providing a flexible, stop gap manufacturing response in both polymers and metals, to supply chain breakdowns and production opportunities for the state. Wooldridge’s goal is to scale his RRAMI network beyond Kentucky’s borders and to create a national AM response platform consisting of colleges and universities.
A fourth-generation cattle farmer, he also owns two private engineering and design firms, and has designed buildings and systems across the central and southern regions of Kentucky.