Bruce Rauner (Republican) was sworn in as the 42nd Governor of Illinois on Jan. 12, 2015.
His goal as governor is to create a more prosperous state, where everyone has an opportunity to succeed.
Bruce will remain focused on delivering value for taxpayers, creating a pro-jobs economic climate, ensuring world-class schools and educational options for every Illinoisan, and bringing term limits and greater accountability to state government.
Bruce was born in Illinois and is a self-made businessman who had no inheritance or family wealth.
A dedicated and diligent student, Bruce worked while he attended Dartmouth College, where he graduated with top honors. He went on to earn an M.B.A. from Harvard.
Returning to Illinois in 1981, Bruce began working at then startup investment company Golder, Thoma, Cressey (later GTCR). As one of its earliest partners, Bruce helped build the firm into one of the most successful and respected businesses in Illinois.
GTCR has been trusted for decades to oversee the retirement investments of first responders, teachers and other Illinois workers and has created tremendous returns for them – far surpassing the stock market’s performance – providing exceptional value for taxpayers.
Bruce has reinvested much of his success into the state he loves through supporting education, the YMCA, local hospitals and community organizations. His greatest passion is education. Bruce and his wife, Diana, have devoted a tremendous amount of their personal time and resources to improving education throughout the state.
Bruce has never let his success change him. He still drives a 20-year-old camper van, wears an $18 watch, and stays in the cheapest hotel room he can find when he’s on the road. He is the proud father of six children – two boys and four girls – and Diana is the love of his life. He hunts birds, hikes, loves riding his Harley, and jumps at every opportunity to fish.
As a cabinet member of Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s administration, Hardik is the Secretary of Department of Innovation and Technology and the State CIO. Hardik leads 21st century digital transformation of Illinois with a team of 2,500 employees and consultants with over $1B of budget, including a fiber services P&L with 6,000 customers.
Before joining Illinois, Hardik was Senior Director with Cisco and lead Global business development of Internet of Everything for public sector. He worked with global leaders in 40 cities (Barcelona, Rio, Copenhagen, Jakarta, Dubai, San Francisco, Chicago, Hamburg, etc.) across 19 countries to extract value by connecting public assets, with a $120M overlay sales responsibility.
Prior to that, Hardik was the CIO for the City of Chicago and Commissioner for Department of Innovation and Technology with a team of 300+ and a budget of over $200M. Apart from managing technology for the City, Hardik built and lead the Smart Chicago program, and founded two non-profits – Smart Chicago Collaborative and ChiTech Academy, a 9-12 grade technology high school.
Prior to that, Hardik worked with Oracle Corporation in the US as a Senior Consultant and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in India as a Systems Analyst.
Hardik is an investing member of Hyde Park Angels, an angel investment partnership. He is on the board of Xaptum, a Chicago IoT Startup. He is also on the board of UCSN, a Chicago charter school network, with 16 elementary and high schools. He also serves as an advisory board member for Illinois Treasurer’s $220M Technology and Innovation investment Fund.
Hardik has an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, India.
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.
Nahel Gandhi assumed the role of Global Director Internet of Things (IoT) in June 2015 with specific responsibility for creating the strategic direction for the IoT for the agricultural, construction and commercial vehicle segments. Nahel began her career with AC Nielsen as a Software Engineer and Product Manager before moving to Performics, where she was responsible for analysis and process management.
In 2008 she was appointed as Director of Digital for DU where she managed complex and unstable roadmaps for the digital team and drove innovation and creativity in digital design. In 2009 Nahel was promoted to Head of Media Product Management at DU, focusing on the strategic market positioning for bringing innovative products into the Arab world. A year later she joined 21st Century Digital Arabia in the role of Head of Product Development Media. She moved to Fiat Industrial, the forerunner of CNH Industrial in February 2012, and assumed the role of Director IT Marketing and IoT/M2M.
Juha Pankakoski is the Chief Digital Officer and a member of the Group Executive Board in Konecranes Plc. In addition to responsibility over Information Systems and the overall Process Architecture, Juha also has the executive level responsibility of the company’s digitalization strategy.
Juha Pankakoski has worked at Konecranes since 2004. He has previously held several management positions in operations and business development at Konecranes. Juha has a solid background both in IT and Service and Equipment businesses, and is therefore well suited to drive the development and co-operation between IT and business.
Juha has a M.Sc. (Eng) degree and an eMBA. Before joining Konecranes Juha worked in telecommunications and IT.
Hobbies: Juha spends his free time with the family, and enjoys endurance sports, reading and singing.
Atif Khan holds a degree in Computer Science from Georgia Tech with an emphasis in Embedded Design and Artificial Intelligence. He is a seasoned veteran in the field of robotics, first in the mining industry and presently in the agricultural space.
Most recently at Monsanto’s Smart Fields division, Mr. Khan was responsible for designing platform and application architecture for automated field and laboratory equipment. These robots are connected to IoT systems that provide near real time data to research scientists for further analysis which in turn speeds up the decision making process of whether to keep a product in the commercial pipeline or not.
At this time Mr. Khan had been tapped to work at the Climate Corporation, a Monsanto company, to solve the company’s connectivity architecture for seamless data flow from equipment and ground sensor networks to the FieldView cloud platform.
Scott Day leads the Thyssenkrupp Elevator Technology business unit in product and business strategy. Strategy includes product positioning, product management and obsolescence, market and competitor intelligence and pricing management. Additionally, he is responsible for the research and development project management for the Americas.
Scott joined the company in 2005 in Los Angeles as a modernization manager. From 2006 to 2010, he was promoted to vice president of new installation in the west region and president for the central region, U.S. He also implemented an Oracle ERP system as executive vice president, e-business development and promoted to his current position in 2012.
He holds a Bachelor of Business Management degree from the University of Phoenix, Southern California.
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.
Allen has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alabama and has worked in automation for nearly 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 Rexroth, he worked in application engineering for 8 years, specializing in motion control system design and programming. For the last two years, he has been the US product manager for control products at Rexroth, focusing on Connected Industry solutions for Rexroth automation products.
Dr. Satyam Priyadarshy is a Scientist, Technologist, Author, Coach, Faculty, Speaker, and is a pioneer in the fields of data science, big data, analytics, and emerging technologies. He is currently chief data scientist at Halliburton’s Land-mark PSL, leading expansion of integrated workflow capabilities and other data development initiatives.
Dr. Priyadarshy has appeared as speaker at several international conferences, and has written, co-authored, presented and published numerous research papers in peer-reviewed journals and magazines. He has held various leadership positions in AOL, Network Solutions, Acxiom Corporation prior to joining Halliburton. He was recently named to The Financial Times’ list of potential board candidates with emerging technology and analytics expertise. Dr. Priyadarshy is an adjunct faculty at Georgetown University. He is currently senior fellow at the International Cyber Security Center at George Mason University.
Scott MacDonald is a Co-founder and Managing Director of McRock Capital, a venture capital firm focused exclusively on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). He has played an integral part in building many of today’s leading Industrial Internet companies within the water, power, and energy efficiency sectors. He is refreshingly real.
He currently serves as Chairman of RtTech Software, an industrial app software company, in addition to serving on the boards of Invixium, a biometric security products company, and Serious Integrated, a human-machine interface company for industrial and commercial machines.
Scott previously served as Chairman of SynapSense (acquired by Panduit) and was a Director of Pure Technologies (TSX:PUR) and PPIC (acquired by Pure Technologies). From 2003 to 2007, MacDonald served as Chairman of RuggedCom (acquired by Siemens) and helped this smart grid company grow from start-up to its IPO. Prior to co-founding McRock Capital, Scott was a Partner with a Zurich-based venture capital firm and Managing Director in the venture capital subsidiary of Ontario Power Generation, a large North American electric utility.
Scott represented Canada at the 1989 and 1991 World Gymnastics Championships and was a voting member of the Canadian Olympic Committee for the quadrennial leading up to the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
Ashe Menon serves as the Vice President of Manufacturing at NOV Grant Prideco, based in Houston, Texas. Prior to joining NOV, he worked in the Aerospace and Oil and Gas Industries. He spent multiple years as an entrepreneur until one of his companies was acquired by NOV in 2006.
Ashe has been published in over 10 Oil and Gas Industry Magazines and Journals, he has also presented papers at various Asset Management conferences around the world. He is an Alumni of University of Houston and Harvard Business School. Outside of family and work, he loves to golf, run and is a huge Houston Texans fan. He has been ranked in the top 250 fund raisers for various charities in Houston for the past few years.
Robert Coop went to the University of Tennessee where he obtained a doctorate in Computer Engineering, with a focus in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. During graduate school he worked with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory on several projects ranging from C++ optimization to brain tumor growth modeling and prediction. He’s worked at State Farm Mutual Insurance Companies, where he worked on predictive modeling and helped form the data science team.
Currently, Robert is working in the Big Data & Analytics group at Stanley Black & Decker, where he is working with the industrial manufacturing business units in order to optimize operations by predicting machine failure and optimizing scheduling.
Lee Stogner is Chair of Communications, IEEE IoT Initiative and the Managing Principal of the Vincula Group, a consultancy that supports the business development and project management of high tech companies.
Lee has over 30 years of design, consulting, project management and business development experience across a range of industries. Lee has driven growth at companies that include Digital Equipment, Fluor Corporation and Rockwell International.
Lee is the Chair of the South Carolina Engineering Cluster and was the 2010-2011 Region 3 Director on the IEEE Board of Directors. Today, Lee is developing an international program that will organize and promote the engineering industry of South Carolina.
Thomas J. Burke is the OPC Foundation President & Executive Director. Mr. Burke has a master’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Dayton and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from John Carroll University. He has spent the majority of his career developing hardware and software for industrial automation.
Mr. Burke started the OPC Foundation in 1995, and his vision is all about multivendor multiplatform secure reliable interoperability for data / information integration from the smallest level of devices in industrial automation, building automation, home automation, and security into the cloud and the enterprise respectively.
Rajeev has 23+ years of experience with Ford Motor Company in multiple capacities. His current role is Senior Analytics Scientist, where he is supervising a team of data scientists working on analytics projects supporting over 100 manufacturing plants.
Prior to this role, he has held numerous positions, including:
Sam Bradley is currently the Director of Products at Briggs Healthcare, a medical and wellness consumer products company. He focuses on the development of smart health and home environment products. Previously he served as the head of Advanced Development at Sears Holdings Corporation under the brands Kenmore and Craftsman. He also held similar roles at ACCO Brands for Swingline and GBC.
Dr. Larry John is a Principal Analyst with Analytic Services (ANSER), a not-for-profit public service research institute headquartered in Falls Church, VA. He has over 30 years’ experience structuring and executing complex analyses for decision makers at all levels of government. Dr. John was a key author on the original NDIA White Paper, a major contributor to the NIST Cyber Physical Systems Framework, and a founding member of the follow-on working group’s Integration Team.
A retired U.S. Air Force officer, he holds a Bachelor’s in International Relations from Penn State, a Master’s in Public Administration from Northern Michigan University, and a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.
James Barkley leads the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute’s (DMDII) Digital Manufacturing Commons – an open source platform that brings together manufacturing-related data, tools, people, and projects. Prior to joining DMDII and UI LABS, Barkley was a Principal Engineer at The MITRE Corporation, where he engaged in R&D of complex software systems.
While at MITRE, he served as Chief Engineer for DARPA’s VehicleFORGE program, worked as Principal Investigator on several research initiatives, and released several open source software projects. Barkley completed his Masters of System Design and Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Peter L. DeNagy is the Managing Principal / President of Acommence Advisors, Inc., a technology industry consultancy focused on business advisory services, Strategy, Acceleration and Market Velocity for start-up and mature organizations. Additionally, Peter chairs the IoT Forum for the Technology Association of North Texas, Tech Titans.
Formerly, Peter was the US General Manager for Enterprise Mobility Enablement at Samsung Telecommunications America, (STA). There, he developed Samsung’s GTM enterprise strategy and managed carrier sales, pre and post sales engineering, enterprise marketing and product planning and Samsung’s strategic alliances organization. Under his purview his teams developed Samsung SAFETM as well as the initial framework for Samsung KNOXTM.
Sudarshan Krishnamurthi is a Business Executive at Cisco Systems with 15+ years of experience in the technology industry. He leads Business Strategy function for Education Services within Cisco. He also leads the Strategy and Portfolio Workgroups for the IoT Talent Consortium, which is a industry initiative to address Skill gaps for IoT and Digitalization jobs of the future. He has worked with many industry partners, including Rockwell Automation and Panduit, to help create the first skills based training and certification program called “CCNA Industrial,” for IT-OT Convergence on the Industrial Plan Floor. Cisco and Rockwell have to-date jointly trained and certified over 2000+ individuals with the CCNA Industrial Curriculum.
His interests include technology trends and its impact on businesses, Governments and the Society overall with special emphasis on Emerging countries. He has a Master Degree in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University and an Executive MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
David A. Vasko is director of Advanced Technology at Rockwell Automation. He is responsible for applied R&D and Global Product Standards and Regulations within Rockwell. He is charged with developing and managing technology to enable the future generation of Rockwell Automation’s industrial automation products.
David has held leadership positions in development and research groups while at Rockwell. He managed the Distributed Control Research lab, where agent based control systems were first developed and successfully deployed in industrial applications. He managed the Architecture Development group and contributed to the development of the ControlLogix Architecture and CIP (Common Industrial Communication Protocol/IEC 61158) which is currently used in over 15 million industrial devices. He led the team that developed CIP Safety communication protocol (IEC 61784-3) and in 2005 he was recognized as Rockwell Automation’s Engineer of the Year for his contribution.
He is on the boards of the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition, the IoT Talent Consortium and the Milwaukee Institute. He is a member of the Wisconsin Technical Council, the US National Committee Council and serves on Technical Advisory Groups in the US National Committee for industrial control. He serves in leadership positions within the IEC and is a contributing member of the IEC Strategic Group focused on Smart Manufacturing and Industrie 4.0, the Industrial IOT.
He has authored 20 papers, contributed to 3 books and hold over 40 US patents, in industrial communications, distributed control, agent technology and functional safety.
Peter Hirst leads the team of professionals who partner with clients and faculty at the MIT Sloan School of Management to develop, design, and deliver innovative executive education programs for individuals and companies.
Formerly CEO of the commercialization, consulting, and executive education business of the London School of Economics, he has over twenty years of experience in international strategy, technology consulting, and organizational development. Peter has also served as a director and board adviser to businesses an non-profit organizations on three continents. He is a past president of the British American Council of New England, for which he currently serves as a board director, and a founding member of its Energy and Environment and High Tech Committees. Peter is a trustee and treasurer of the American Foundation of the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and co-chair of the Education Working Group of the Internet of Things World Forum and a founding member of the Internet of Things Global Talent Consortium. He is also a board director and co-chair of the Digital Communications Subcommittee of UNICON, the global association of university-based executive education programs.
Peter earned a PhD from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, for research in plasma physics and microwave engineering. After a period of academic entrepreneurship in a variety of different fields, including optoelectronic, neural network computing, and the interfaces between technology and terrorism, he was appointed Westminster Fellow in the UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, where he advised MPs and Peers of all parties on policy issues in the physical sciences, defense, and IT.
In 2012, Peter was named a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his service to British and American business and academia interests.
Gyasi Dapaa is a thought leader in how to build analytics teams and weave a culture of evidence-based thinking and decision making into an enterprise. He has spent his professional life leading analytics projects and teams within the insurance and manufacturing space, working with business partners on how to use data analytics to revitalize existing business operations and create fresher ones. A handful of the wide-ranging themes of his works include Pricing Optimization, Forecasting, Proactive Repair Models, Achieving Underwriting Excellence with Predictive Models, HR Retention and Survival Models, Dealer Management Models, Actuarial Rate-Making, Customer Lifetime value Analysis, Marketing Leads Generation Models, Development of Data Marts, Implementation of Predictive Models, Scientific Commerce Project and many others. Gyasi relishes having worked on diverse portfolio of projects on all the rungs of Tom Davenport’s analytical maturity ladder. He currently leads Navistar’s Data Science Group with the responsibility of helping his organization create a competitive edge in the market place with its big data assets. He has an advanced ABD(all but dissertation) degree in Economics from University of Virginia. And when he’s not thinking about Big Data and its revolutionary impacts, he enjoys playing with his two kids or reading a book filled with fresh wisdom and insights.
As of Fall 2016, Dr. Wiens serves as the FloridaMakes Director of Advanced Manufacturing at Bridging the Innovation Development Gap (BRIDG). In this position, Dr. Wiens supports the partnership of Florida’s NIST/Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center (FloridaMakes) with BRIDG, working collaborative to accelerate advanced manufacturing technology to Florida’s manufacturing sector.
In 2013-2015, Dr. Gloria Wiens served in the U.S. Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO), as Assistant Director for Research Partnerships and ASME Foundation Swanson Fellow. In this capacity she worked with AMNPO and Federal agency staff to plan, design and develop formal documents for announcements and solicitations for the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI, rebranded as “Manufacturing USA”) institutes, and was responsible for physical and electronic outreach to non-Federal stakeholders to ensure effective whole-of-government interface communications for advanced manufacturing.
Vladimir Lukic is a member of The Boston Consulting Group’s Global Advantage, Industrial Goods, Operations, and People & Organization practices.
Since joining BCG in 2006, Vladimir has focused much of his work on strategy, operations, and organization. His case experience spans a wide range of industries, such as industrial goods, transportation and logistics, technology, and media. He is a coleader of BCG’s digital agenda and has helped found and grow BCG’s advanced analytics and geoanalytics capabilities.
Vladimir’s client engagements have included a number of strategic planning, transformation, and organization change projects—from developing growth strategies for large diversified industrial conglomerates, to executing complex postmerger-integration efforts, to running multiyear digital and advanced-analytics transformation efforts for leading companies in many different industries.
He is also a member of BCG’s Gamma team, which creates competitive advantages for organizations by unleashing the power of signals hidden deep within large and complex data sets. BCG’s Gamma team conceptualizes, builds, and deploys advanced analytic solutions that can transform the trajectories of organizations in 12 to 24 months.
Before joining BCG, Vladimir was at Gisdata in Zagreb, Croatia, where he worked on business development across southeastern Europe and on implementation of complex IT solutions.
Kiva joined GE Ventures, New Business Creation in the fall of 2016. Kiva brings over twenty years of digital transformation, wireless and internet of things experience to the New Business Creation team.
Prior to joining GE Ventures, Kiva was President, Smart Cities and Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT), for Qualcomm Intelligent Solutions, Inc. focused on helping Cities and IIOT partners deliver on their connectivity and sustainability goals. Prior to joining Qualcomm, Kiva held executive roles at both public and private-venture backed companies in the consumer products and financial services industries. Kiva holds a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University and an MBA from Kellogg.
Tim Shinbara is Vice President, Technology for AMT – The Association for Manufacturing Technology. He is responsible for activities related to research and development, standards, and the advancements in manufacturing technology. He has over 16 years of IT/OT experience in the manufacturing technology sector. Tim is a Board member and Executive Director of the MTConnect Institute which is responsible for MTConnect, the open, royalty-free data communication standard for manufacturing technology.
Esko Hannula is the CEO of Qentinel Group. He has gained his professional experience in key forerunner positions in international software, IT, and telecom businesses during the past 25 years. He is one of the pioneers of the mobile internet and is continuously fascinated about the opportunities to improve the quality of life by connecting intelligent devices and systems.
But, being a quality pro, he is also concerned about the threats created by the growing complexity of the digital world. Esko is known as someone who is capable of both thinking creatively yet rationally and making an impact. Esko’s professional mission is to help the world re-imagine quality and its role in business performance.
Alex is a visionary leader and senior manager with more than 20 years of industry experience, mainly with global leaders in the manufacturing industry. He has proven expertise in business transformation and managing the lifecycle of large on-premises and cloud based software and business systems. At Flexera Software he leads the North American Software Monetization Consulting Practice. He and his team are working with global manufacturers that are moving towards the Industrial IoT and help them monetizing and protecting their software and devices and moving to new and flexible IoT business models.
Raj holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from Boston University and a MBA in Finance and Investments from Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business of The City University of New York. He has 20+ years of experience at ASME in various business units including Engineering, Training, Standards and Certification Conformity Assessment and most recently Emerging Technologies.
Amir Haleem is the CEO and Co-Founder of Helium, an IoT development platform designed to make it easier to connect and make sense of the physical world. He founded the company because he recognized a gap between the advancements in software development and the ability to apply these technologies to the physical world of hardware and machinery. By applying the same techniques that enabled the explosion of web and mobile applications to IoT, Amir is driving the Helium Team to help industries and manufacturers quickly and easily bring the physical world online.
Amir is a technology veteran having founded companies across both consumer and business applications. He’s a problem solver at heart and applies his entrepreneurial DNA to large scale industry problems.
Tim Butler is VP of Customer Success at Lumavate where he, along with his team, provides best practice guidance, and integration development, regarding Customer Experience for IoT.
Prior to his role at Lumavate, Tim served in multiple engineering leadership roles, including his most recent role at Salesforce, helping lead teams focused on integration development and development operations. Prior to Salesforce, Tim served as Director of Customer Success at ReachForce, with the prime mission of using an analytical approach to better understand customer behavior, application usage, and overall customer sentiment.
Tim received his Bachelor’s Degree in computer engineering from Purdue University.
Randy Thompson is Director of Product Management, Wind River Helix Device Cloud for Wind River, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel. In this role, Randy is responsible for the product development of Device Cloud, focused on the emerging security and manageability needs of IoT devices. Thompson has worked with over 200 companies on IoT and connected products since 2001. His customer success-oriented roles have provided valuable experience in the technical, business, and adoption challenges of IoT projects. Thompson has an MBA from Bryant University and a BSEE from the University of Texas.