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Aigbedion Akwara, Staff Engineer, GE Additive
Dr. Jack Beuth, Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Director, NextManufacturing Center, Carnegie Mellon University
Dr. Sandra DeVincent Wolf, Director of Research Partnerships, College of Engineering; Executive Director, NextManufacturing Center & Manufacturing Futures Initiative, Carnegie Mellon University
Paula Hay, Executive Director, Additive Design and Manufacturing, UTC Aerospace Systems
Cullen Hilkene
, CEO, 3Diligent
Michael Kitchens, R&D Lab Manager, Bray International
Dr. Mark Noakes, R & D staff, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Dr. Ankit Saharan, AMetals R&D Applications/Development Manager, EOS North America
Mike Tims, Advisor Engineer, Concurrent Technologies Corp.


Aigbedion Akwara

Aigbedion Akwara

Staff Engineer
GE Additive


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Jack Beuth

Dr. Jack Beuth

Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Director, NextManufacturing Center
Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. Jack L. Beuth is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, and Co-Director of the CMU NextManufacturing Center. Dr. Beuth received his Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences from Harvard in 1992, and has been a researcher in the field of additive manufacturing for more than 20 years. His modeling research in additive manufacturing has led to the development of "process map" approaches for mapping out the role of principal process variables on process characteristics such as melt-pool geometry, microstructure, porosity and build rate. Dr. Beuth's research is allowing unique insights into process control, expansion of process operating ranges, identification of tests needed to characterize a process, and unique comparisons of AM processes operating in very different regions of processing space.

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Sandra DeVincent Wolf

Dr. Sandra DeVincent Wolf

Director of Research Partnerships, College of Engineering
Executive Director, NextManufacturing Center & Manufacturing Futures Initiative
Carnegie Mellon University

Sandra has 15 years of research, development, engineering and management experience in advanced materials and manufacturing working in national laboratories, a start-up manufacturing company and large corporations. Her technical work experience is followed by over 10 years in executive management of nonprofits where she was responsible for leading initiatives from conception through implementation and assessment, internal and external communications, strategic planning and operational implementation, program management, corporate and government relations, education and outreach, and staff/volunteer engagement and development. Sandra currently serves the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) as the Director of Research Partnerships. She is responsible for facilitating research partnerships and the growth of new initiatives, centers and institutes, and industrial consortia across the College of Engineering. Sandra is also the Executive Director of the CMU NextManufacturing Center for additive manufacturing research where she works with faculty to lead the activities and partnerships of the Center and its Consortium. She is additionally the Executive Director of the CMU Manufacturing Futures Initiative where she and faculty co-directors work to identify, connect, leverage and accelerate research in manufacturing across campus to support innovation that will accelerate the path of discovery to commercialization to increase US competitiveness and drive economic development in the Pittsburgh region. Sandra received her SB from MIT and MS and PhD from CWRU where she was a NASA Fellow, all in Materials Science and Engineering.

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Paula Hay

Paula Hay

Executive Director, Additive Design and Manufacturing
UTC Aerospace Systems

Paula Hay is has vast experience in operations, engineering, strategy and continuous Improvement. Her diverse professional background includes military service, as well as BS and MS engineering degrees from Purdue and RPI, and an MS in technology management, also from RPI.

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Cullen Hilkene

Cullen Hilkene


Cullen Hilkene is a digital-manufacturing and internet executive with more than 12 years of experience, including management consulting for medium to mega-cap companies and leadership roles within smaller organizations. He is CEO of 3Diligent, "The Digital Manufacturing Partner to Every Business," providing customers seamless access via to on-demand rapidly manufactured parts from a network of qualified fabricators. Prior to 3Diligent, Hilkene was a manager with Deloitte Consulting, where he executed work across the strategy and operations continuum, with key focuses on organic and inorganic growth, streamlining operations, and enhancing the customer experience. Project experience spanned aerospace, automotive, life sciences, and consumer and industrial products clients.

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Cullen Hilkene

Michael Kitchens

R&D Lab Manager
Bray International

Michael Kitchens graduated from the University of Texas-Austin in May of 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Shortly thereafter he joined Bray where he served as a valve and controls design engineer. He has held several positions at Bray, but for the last 6 years has served as the Research and Development Lab Manager responsible for validation and testing of Bray's valve and control products. In this role, he helped establish Bray's extensive lab capabilities including cryogenic, severe service, life endurance, and fugitive emissions testing. Michael has worked with plastic 3D printing his entire professional career and recently has explored the opportunities that metal 3D printing may be able to provide the valve industry.

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Mark Noakes

Dr. Mark Noakes

R & D Staff
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Dr. Mark W Noakes, BS/MS/PE Electrical Engineering and PhD Mechanical Engineering, joined Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) as an R&D staff member in 1983 after working in industry for four years. His background includes additive manufacturing, robotics, remote systems, mechatronics, instrumentation and controls, and large-scale systems. Noakes currently works on large-scale metal additive manufacturing using a wire-arc process. The ORNL team has successfully used the process to print an excavator-arm link (7-ft. long and weighing 370 lb.), demonstrated at CONEXPO 2017. Its current research focuses on printing stamping dies and tooling for the sheetmetal industry.

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Ankit Saharan

Dr. Ankit Saharan

Metals R&D Applications/Development Manager
EOS North America

Dr. Ankit Saharan, Manager of Research and Applications Development at EOS North America, manages system, materials and process research and development for customers applying 3D printing to their business. Since joining EOS, Ankit has worked to accelerate the realization of the digital age of manufacturing, from developing advanced materials to developing processes that will advance automation in additive manufacturing (AM) applications, with a focus on metals. He has led teams that developed benchmarking, researching and developing applications for metal 3D printing, and filed several patents including automated compaction of powder in AM systems and powder spreadability measurements. He is also responsible for managing EOS relationships with external development partners in North America. Ankit has been involved in engineering applications since very early in his career when he worked on a project with National Aerospace Laboratory that explored structural aerospace applications for civilian aircraft. Ankit also worked for Dana Incorporated, an American worldwide supplier of drivetrain, sealing, and thermal-management technologies, as a senior process engineer responsible for ensuring continuity in processes between two different plant locations. Outside of EOS, Ankit maintains an active role in informing and understanding industry standards by engaging with regulatory and research bodies. He is an active member of the SAE International where he sits on a committee for additive manufacturing. He is also an appointed subject matter expert on the additive committee for International Standards Organization (ISO TC44). He is also a member of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) where he sits on another committee that informs the standards for manufacturing. Ankit also serves as guest presenter on industry panels around North America, speaking on topics such as in-process monitoring, additive manufacturing automation, and materials and process development. Ankit holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering and master's degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering from Anna University, Chennai, India.

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Mike Tims

Mike Tims

Advisor Engineer
Concurrent Technologies Corp.

As an advisor engineer, Michael Tims is responsible for:

  • Defining, leading and executing projects related to additive manufacturing (AM) and other metalworking processes, to define critical process and part features to ensure desired part properties, defect and distortion levels, and other attributes are achieved.
  • Defining direction and executing internal research and development efforts, leading to increased understanding of metalworking processes.
  • Developing advanced metalworking technologies, applications for advanced materials, manufacturing engineering analysis, engineering design, product and process analysis, and project management.

Tims holds a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, and a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

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