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Hyatt Regency Dallas, TX
November 28 & 29, 2017

Our 2017 Speakers

Sha-Chelle Manning, Director of Corporate Innovation, Pioneer Natural Resources

Sha-Chelle Manning is the Director of Corporate Innovation of Pioneer Natural Resources, a large independent oil and gas production and exploration company. Ms. Manning was co-founder of Malibu IQ, an investment partnership consisting of HRL Laboratories (owned by General Motors Company and Boeing Company) to commercialize inventions and technology. Ms. Manning was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Texas Emerging Technology Fund in 2013 and 2015. Ms. Manning also held a Managing Director position for Nanoholdings, LLC, a Vice President position at Authentix, and a Director of Alliances position at Zyvex. Ms. Manning has served as a Consultant for Lockheed Martin, HRL Labs, and Texas A&M University System. Currently, Ms. Manning volunteers on the Tech Titans Executive Committee as the Innovation Chair. Ms. Manning holds an MBA in Telecommunications from University of Dallas and a Bachelor’s in Communications from Loras College. Ms. Manning brings to the Board a wide range of experience in management and scaling of advanced technologies. Additionally, her interaction with local, state, and federal governments throughout her career provides significant experience with government affairs.

Rajesh Nagarajan, CIO, Celanese

Rajesh Nagarajan has served as chief information officer of Celanese Corporation, a Fortune 500 global technology and specialty materials company, since April 2015. He first joined Celanese in 1992 as a systems analyst. Since then, he has had a progressive career working in various technical and management roles in information technology and supply chain management for Celanese, as a Celanese contractor and for an outside organization. In 2004 Nagarajan left Celanese for BearingPoint, a technology and consulting firm, where he focused on SAP supply chain transformation projects as a senior manager, and received their chairman’s award for his contributions. Nagarajan returned to Celanese in 2008 as director of IT strategy before being named director of supply chain, a role he served in until being appointed to his current position as CIO. Nagarajan also holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science Engineering from Bangalore University. He has worked helping children in rural areas in India access education in his humanitarian pursuits.

Dr. Don Kinard, Senior Technical Fellow, Lockheed Martin

Dr. Don Kinard is a Senior Technical Fellow for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Production Operations.  Dr. Kinard established the F-35 Fighter Production System several years ago to manage production transition from the then 1 aircraft per month production rate to a 20 aircraft per month production rate; their current build rate is 5 aircraft/month.

Dr. Kinard has been with LM for 33 years and prior to his current assignment he was Director of F-35 Production Engineering responsible for Joint Strike Fighter Tooling, Planning, Manufacturing Engineering, and Aircraft Systems Testing. 

Before joining F-35 in 2004 Dr. Kinard held various positions in both Engineering and Manufacturing during his 18 years on the F-22 Program including Composite Risk Reduction Lead, Covers and Mate IPT Lead, Engineering Lead for F-22 Production Support, and Deputy Director of F-22 Production.

Don is also the lead for the LM Corporate Fellow’s Manufacturing Team or FACT team whose task it is to share lessons learned and manufacturing technologies throughout all of the LM business units and personnel.   His technical interests include materials and structures, digital thread integration, manufacturing technology, manufacturing system design, and production management.

Dr. Kinard earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX and a PhD in Physical (Polymer) Chemistry from Texas A&M University.

Robert J. Rencher, Associate Technical Fellow, Boeing

As a Sr. System Engineer, Robert’s primary area of expertise is in the identification and validation of strategic Information Technology solutions for Boeing and the aviation industry. He is a recognized as an effective expert in addressing issues related to complex airline information systems; specifically the integration, security and performance of the global information technology infrastructure utilized by the commercial aviation industry. In 2014 Robert was asked to co-lead the Boeing enterprise Internet of Things/Digital Business strategy team.

His contributions in this responsibility include leading the identification of opportunities, proposing strategic partnering relationships and the demonstration of Boeing’s strategic technical capability. In addition Robert works closely with NIST, NCOIC, and the FAA on issues of national airspace security. Robert has over 30 years of experience in solving complex computing solutions. He joined Boeing in 1987 as a Systems Analyst. Prior to Boeing, Robert holds a BS degree in Operations Research and MBA in Information Technology. Robert became a Boeing Associate Technical Fellow in 2007.

Kevin Christenson, Global Manufacturing IT – NMP and Infrastructure Strategy Manager, Ford

Kevin has spent 24 years with Ford and he is currently the NMP and Infrastructure Strategy Maager within Global Manufacturing IT. He graduated with a BSci in Electrical Engineering from the Michigan Technological University and holds a Master’s in Operations Management from the MTU and has undertaken postgraduate research in industrial and operations engineering at the University of Michigan.

J. Scott Drennan, Director Engineering Innovation, Bell Helicopter

Scott Drennan serves as director of Bell’s newly formulated Innovation team at Bell Helicopter. Scott earned a BS is Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland and a Masters of Liberal Arts from Southern Methodist University. He joined Bell Helicopter in 1993 as an airframe structural analyst on the V-22 EMD program. His career instructures as both a direct employee and contractor for Bell focused mainly on tiltrotors. In addition, he worked on many of Bell’s helicopter programs such as the M407, M427, M429 and received his first taste of pure research work during a 2-year assignment on the Advanced Airframe Structures team where he contributed to the Composites Affordability Initiative sponsored by Wright Patterson Research Lab in Dayton.

Scott joined the ranks of Bell’s engineering management team in 2011 while in the middle of an 8-year assignment in Italy supporting the Leonardo-Bell partnership on the 609 program. Recent positions include director & chief engineer of the Bell 609 program and director of Air Vehicle Integration. Today, Scott is proud to carry on Bell’s rich tradition of innovation as a leader in Bell’s innovation community. Bell’s new Innovation team’s mission is to depart from past practices and principles and radically innovate technologies and aircraft configurations in order to illuminate the future for the Bell business and change the way the world flies.

Terri Lewis, Director Digital & Technology, Caterpillar

Terri Lewis is an engineer and marketer by training, strategist by vocation, and technologist by heart. She started her career at Caterpillar in service engineering and has worked in marketing, product development, engineering and supply chain.

Terri currently leads the Technology and Solutions group for Energy and Transportation, working with the industry group’s strategy deployment. Recently, she accepted a position with the ITA IoT Council. Her passion for learning, change management and people along with her global, cross-function background allows her to strategically develop and execute the commercialization of Cat Connect for the Energy & Transportation group. Terri is proud of Caterpillar’s progress and passionate about the company’s future business opportunities in Digital.

Edward Rodden, CIO, SugarCreek

Ed Rodden joined SugarCreek in September 2002 with a long and distinguished record of accomplishments as a multi-disciplined executive with functional and management experience in Information Technology, Operations, Supply Chain, Finance, Research and Development and Sales and Marketing.

Rodden took on the role of CIO for SugarCreek in September of 2013. Under Rodden’s leadership, the Information Technology Group has become a highly focused business change agent, driving the business towards its strategic goals using technology and targeted applications. A defining project is underway to take full advantage of available technology in its new 435,000-square-foot plant in Cambridge City, Indiana scheduled to open July 2015.

Rodden has been selecting, designing, building and implementing Information Systems throughout his career and has three functional patents to his credit. He has a wealth of experience leading functional areas of companies in packaging and food. As VP of Sales and Marketing at Calmar Dispensing Systems, he led the direction of Research and Development.

Dr. Satyam Priyadarshy, Technical Fellow & Chief Data Scientist, Halliburton

Dr. Priyadarshy is the Chief Data Scientist at Halliburton (NYSE: HAL). He is also a Senior Fellow of International Cyber Security Center at the George Mason University. Dr. Priyadarshy is a veteran of Big Data and Data Science. He is a global leader often referred to as Venture Idealist, who transforms businesses by leveraging Big Data, Data Science, and Emerging Technologies. He has provided executive consulting to Global companies. Some of his recent associations include established companies like BellSystem24 in Tokyo, mPortal (Virginia) and Internet Startups like Enformed (San Francisco), Foodem, Sustainable Star, and Innoengineer (in the DC Metro area), etc.

Randy Urban, VP Digital, Adient

Randy leads the the Digital Transformation at Adient. Implementing digital technologies to drive operational excellence, customer engagement, and new business models. Implementing Agile, DevOps, Lean, Microservices and other digital IT management practices. Randy counts on 29 years of experience with focus on IT, Finance, Purchasing, Supply Chain and Manufacturing. He has spent 20 years of experience in the Automotive Industry and has been part of the Executive leadership at Delphi, Johnson Controls and Adient.

Gilbert Meyer-Gauen, Director of Asset Management, National Oilwell Varco

Dr. Gilbert Meyer-Gauen is the Director of Asset Management for National Oilwell Varco (NOV), one of the leading manufacturers of oil and gas drilling equipment. In his current position, he is responsible for the development of software products that reduce maintenance cost and improve reliability of NOV’s manufacturing equipment. Dr. Meyer-Gauen has a Master of Science and a Ph.D. degree from the Technical University Braunschweig in Germany.

Rick Kusse, Director IT, Whitmore

As the Director IT with Whitmore, Rick defines technology and business enablement strategies at all levels including but not limited to: predictive analytics, hybrid infrastructure, centralized printing including document management, mobility, etc. Prior to joining Whitmore, Rick has been responsible IT and system analysis at Beaird Solutions, Standard Motor Products, Borden Dairy, Bayco, Dole Packaged Foods, among other companies.

Michael Fox, Senior Manufacturing Engineer, General Motors

Michael counts on more than 30 years experience as Automotive Electronics Manufacturing and Test Engineer both at GM and Delphi. For the past five years, he has focused on developing data analytics software to improve manufacturing processes.
Michael has leveraged extensive test engineering experience and insights to concept/develop the Real-Time Analysis (RTA) cross-functional FTQ problem solving and reporting tool for the GM Kokomo site.

José A. Gutiérrez, Director of Technology & Innovation, Transocean

Dr. Gutierrez is the Director of Technology and Innovation at Transocean focused on the delivery of sustainable innovation tailored for the Oil and Gas industry. His efforts are framed in the execution of business and technology development activities that enable the introduction of new products designed to augment operational integrity in deepwater offshore drilling operations. In addition, Dr. Gutierrez is Adjunct Professor of Subsea Engineering in the Cullen School of Engineering at the University of Houston providing guidance on relevant research topics aligned to the business needs of the industry.

Dr. Gutierrez has more than 20 years of experience managing innovation and technology strategy for entrepreneurial and Fortune 100 companies in multiple areas covering Medical, Residential, Commercial and Industrial applications.

He received the B.S. degree in electronic engineering from Universidad Simón Bolivar in Caracas, Venezuela, M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Milwaukee – Wisconsin.

Currently Dr. Gutierrez technology and innovation focus is centered on advanced drilling and well control technologies, as well as in charge of the Transocean Digital Transformation Process – Codifying Knowledge from machines and processes.

Dr. Gutierrez is also author of multiple books, scientific papers, and patents.

Bill Brown, Director of IoT, Rheem Manufacturing

Bill is a driven and innovative Technology Executive experienced in the Internet of Things (IoT), mobility, Digital Strategy, Digital Transformation and Leadership. He demonstrates the ability to find unique solutions to both simple and complex problems with over 24 Patent awarded by the United States Patent Office. Bill is an industry advisor to startup and established companies. He has worked with and influenced products from fortune 500 companies such as AT&T, Stanley Black & Decker and now Rheem Manufacturing.

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

Allen has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alabama and has worked in automation for over 20 years.  He has worked with system integrators and OEMs, creating applications in the automotive, material handling, food processing and packaging, printing and machine tool industries.

When he started at Bosch, he worked in application engineering for 8 years, specializing in motion control system design and programming.  For the last three years, he has been the US product manager for control products at Rexroth, focusing on Connected Industry solutions for Bosch Rexroth automation products.

Aparna Jue, Product Manager, Stanley Black & Decker

Aparna Jue is an experienced in tactical and strategic Product Management with a penchant for finding the silver lining to neglected products. Degreed in Electrical and Computer Engineering, certified in Product Management, and likes Nikola Tesla, Georg Ohm, Thomas Edison, Gordon Moore, Ada Lovelace alongside Dian Fossey, Jane Goodall, Jacques Cousteau, and David Quammen.

Portfolio of current skills includes Ideation, VOC, Product Planning, vertical market segmentation, GTM Strategy, Product Marketing, Global Launch, Technical and Public Speaker, and Global Strategy.

Alexander Nazarov, Product Manager, Cummings

Alexander Nazarov is a Engineering Functional Excellence Manager at Cummins Distribution Business Unit. After the acquisition of North America Distribution Network, he became a part of the leadership team and has played a major role in the development of a central ecosystem. The ecosystem will link together systems, processes, between various functions within a single distributor, and complete North America distribution network. The focus has been to provide enough information about the product to ultimately enable global legendary customer support.

Alexander has more than 10 years of business-building experience. He led in the hiring and coaching of a successful, self–motivated team and developed system processes to support engineering, manufacturing quality, sourcing and service. He has lived and worked in United States, Russia, and Singapore. Alexander’s leadership experience has grown because of the diverse opportunities in Russia and Singapore, the technical general management role, and a strong upper management team. He credits his divergent exposure within the business as one of the keys to success in forming strategic partnerships with cross-functional leaders.

Alexander holds a Master Degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. He also graduated from the Leadership Skills Program and Management Accounting Program at Singapore Institute of Management.

Kuan-Tsae Huang, CEO, AzTrong

He is the Chairman/CEO of AzTrong based in Maryland and Taiwan. He is an expert in Graphene and its commercialization in heat spreading, battery & supercapacitor, composites and Enernet applications. He had 20+ years working at IBM Watson and Global Services, was a Vice President, played a key role to help IBM successfully transformed into a global service company, based on e-commerce, knowledge economy and solution offerings, etc. He works with clients to transform business and strategy by leveraging graphene technology. Dr. Huang’s career included CEO for several start-up companies in Silicon Valley and Asia, the President of National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU); adjunct professor at Fordham University; senior consultant at US National Institute of Health, etc.  Currently, he is also a consultant to many companies leveraging graphene, senior advisor to Ditthavong & Steiner patent law firm, Virginia, Chairman of Taskco e-Business Corporation.

Dr. Huang won several awards, including IBM Corporate Excellence Award; Gold Medal of Giga Information Award; LAUNCH Award — Top 10 Energy Innovators by US Department of State, NASA, USAID and NIKE. He graduated with BS in mathematics from NTNU, MS from University of Illinois, and PhD in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT.

Chad Markle, Partner-Digital, Kalypso

Chad Markle is Partner of the innovation consulting firm Kalypso and leads the firm’s Digital Innovation practice. Chad brings over 25 years of experience working as an executive and advisor at Fortune 1000 companies to deliver results by combining strategic thinking with the transformative business impact of technology. He has hands-on experience developing smart, connected marketplaces, products, and supply chains, and has led successful efforts in IoT, wearables, mobile, cloud, social networks, advanced analytics, e-commerce and virtual reality, among others.

Prior to joining Kalypso, Chad was the president and COO of Synapse Wireless, a leader in the Internet of Things (IoT) industry specializing in software, hardware and networking solutions to develop, deploy and manage the “things” in IoT. There he oversaw the product management, marketing, sales, engineering, services and operations functions of the company. He also managed business segments including building and lighting controls, energy monitoring, food service automation, connected healthcare, and embedded wireless components and software.

Earlier in his career, Chad served as a director/partner at Bridge Strategy Group, a boutique management consultancy; vice president of mergers and integration at, a real estate internet company; and vice president of operations and technology at IPIX, an immersive digital content provider. He also held leadership roles at A.T. Kearney and Morgan Stanley & Co.

Jesse Lee, Senior Cybersecurity Engineer, Raytheon

Jesse Lee’s career with Raytheon spans six years. He has also started his own company to address the lack of flexible, affordable and user-friendly M2M communication products. Jesse holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Texas Tech University and a Master’s Degree in Network Security from Capitol College.

Peter L. DeNagy, President, Acommence Advisors

A globally recognized thought leader in the Enterprise Mobility and the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem, Peter L. DeNagy is a results-oriented, accomplished executive with an outstanding record of proven success in creating, enabling, building and restructuring organizations to optimize results in operational performance, revenue growth and profitability. Peter excels in recruiting, developing and retaining professional, high-performance teams dedicated to achieving organizational objectives. An integral leader, who secures a client’s / corporation’s place at the forefront of the industry.

In addition to running Acommence Advisors, a technology industry consultancy focused on Mobile Strategy, Business Acceleration and Sales Velocity Generation for start-up and mature organizations, Peter is the Chief Revenue Officer for WavCatcher, a connectivity solutions company focused on the challenge of enhanced communications for the mobile and IoT connected ecosystem at large.

Peter is also a Member of the Board of Advisors to the Southern Methodist University and a Member of the Board of Directors at the Opus-3 Data Center. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Saint Joseph’s University.

Dr. Larry John, Principal Deputy Enterprise Planning and Assessments, ANSER

Dr. Larry John is a proven leader, manager and problem solver with extensive experience in developing, structuring, and executing systems-based planning and analysis efforts for decision makers at all levels of US and international military organizations and governments. Holding a PhD in Systems Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, he is especially adept at developing and applying complex modeling and systems engineering and analysis techniques to strategic planning, business process re-engineering, performance management, and requirements analysis. He has in-depth expertise in: strategic planning; systems engineering; performance management; group facilitation; military and government enterprise architecture; counterproliferation; command and control; the full range of joint and combined operations; target identification and analysis; the Joint Chiefs of Staff deliberate and crisis planning and execution processes; airborne strike operations; and exercise design. Dr. John is a retired USAF officer who served as a heavy bomber crewmember, flight instructor, and operations planner, and was an operations analyst, weapons expert and close-hold contingency planner at two USAF Major Command headquarters. He has been the leader of or a key technical player on a number of teams that have won corporate annual awards for customer satisfaction and business development and technical achievement awards from multinational technical forums.

Bic Stevens, Managing Director, HamiltonClark

Prior to joining HamiltonClark, Bic was the Founder and Principal of Stevens Capital Advisors, an energy and technologies investment banking and advisory firm. Prior to that he was Senior Vice President of Business Development for Premium Power, a manufacturer of grid-scale flow batteries. He was previously a Managing Partner of Ardour Capital Investments, a cleantech investment bank, a Managing Director at Zero Stage Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm, where he oversaw the firm’s clean technology investing, CEO and founder of Eastech, an early-stage venture capital firm, and a Vice President at Paine Webber, where he worked in its investment banking and venture capital operations.

He has over 30 years of venture capital, investment banking, and business development experience and has served on the boards of directors of a number of early stage technology companies. He received a B.I.E. degree from Georgia Tech and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. He is a General Securities Principal and holds Series 7, 24, 63 and 79 licenses.

Scott Day, CEO, Transformational Strategies Former EVP Product & Business Strategy at thyssenkrupp

Scott Day is an experienced executive who has accepted transformative roles throughout his career evidenced by strong P&L successes. Scott has managed both large and small P&Ls with leadership roles in sales, engineering, operations, IT, and strategy. As a transformative leader, Scott has succeeded in a wide variety of roles that make him a natural fit to grow a company profitably with a keen eye for technology.

In Scott’s most recent role as Executive Vice President of Strategy at thyssenkrupp Elevator Corporation for 14 countries in the Americas’ business unit, he focused on digital transformation. With this initiative, initially centered in the U.S., Scott leveraged his past engineering experiences to overcome the challenges of setting up an Internet of Things (IoT) platform with more than 60,000 assets deployed.

Scott is a member of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) Division Leadership council and serves on the Worldwide Business Research’s (WBR) Service Advisory Board. Scott has continued to develop professionally by attending courses in leadership and shaping complex businesses at the International Management Development (IMD) School in Switzerland and through the European School of Management Training (ESMT) in Germany.

Jeff Kavanaugh, Adjunct Professor, University of Texas at Dallas

Jeff Kavanaugh is an Adjunct Professors at the Graduate School of Business of the University of Texas at Dallas, where he teaches courses on developing customer and product insights and enhancing product innovation. Jeff is also a Senior Partner at Infosys, one of the world’s largest consulting firms with over $9bn a year in revenue and a market cap in the 11-figures. Over the years, Jeff has worked with hundreds of companies to improve their processes and facilitate massive growth.

Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, as well as an MBA from the University of North Texas. Jeff also completed a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification at the University of Notre Dame.

Raj Manchanda, Director of Business Development, ASME

Raj Manchanda is a Director of Business Development with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Prior to that role, Raj headed up the Emerging Technologies Division at that organization. Raj holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and completed an MBA in Finance and Investments at the Zickin School of Business at the City University of New York.

Gary Mintchell, CEO, The Manufacturing Connection

Gary Mintchell is passionate about automation technology, leadership and living to the fullest. Gary is an industry-leading writer on automation, control, software, manufacturing, marketing and leadership. He was a pioneer social media user. Student of technology, business, leadership, product development, marketing, communication and social media. He is an experienced advisor and speaker.

Gary co-founded Automation World, the leading publication on industrial automation. He served as an Editor-in-Chief for ten years. Gary holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Ohio Northern University.

Chuck McCoy, Director, North Texas Angel Network

In 2008 Chuck McCoy founded the North Texas Angel Network, a group that today includes over 50 business leaders investing in promising early stage companies. Chuck has had 25 years’ experience in the software business, initially with Arthur Andersen and subsequently as an independent product developer for large companies such as AT&T, E-Systems and MCI. With an accounting background and extensive sales experience, he has helped multiple businesses grow through M&A as well as new product roll out. He has served as Director of Commercialization Programs at the North Texas RCIC and helped the Texas Emerging Technology Fund become an important funding source for technology start-ups. He holds a BBA from Oklahoma City University, an MS (Economics) from Oklahoma State University, and is a veteran of the US Army (A Battery, 6th Battalion, 33rd Field Artillery, 1968).

Ian Skerrett, VP of Marketing, Eclipse Foundation

Ian takes care of the marketing activities at the Eclipse Foundation. Although our community is the Eclipse marketing machine, Ian supports the projects and member companies to increase the awareness of all the cool stuff happening at Eclipse.