Mike Grau is a Technical Manager within the Advanced Consulting Team. He joined Autodesk in 2016 with extensive expertise in the field of CAD/CAE and Manufacturing. He started during his studies of mechanical engineering in the Formula Student Team of his university. As a Tutor in the material laboratory and the vehicle laboratory he enjoyed to teach. He became a Student Expert in 2011. He graduated with the a Master degree and worked on Crash, NVH and CFD projects in Troy, MI.
Brett is the Product Manager, Materials responsible for the metal powder products for HP’s Metal Jet technology. In this role, Brett establishes and manages supply partner relationships, leads material certification efforts and drives the material roadmap strategies for the HP Metal Jet technology. His additional areas of focus include solutions for automating powder handling within the platform as well as driving material lifecycle management.
Previously, Brett was the Global Product Manager of AM Materials at Oerlikon AM responsible for new product launches, portfolio management, production and quality. His intimate work with the sales and production teams led to significant growth in available products and sales.
Prior to Oerlikon, Brett spent 14 years at Praxair in customer facing roles of increasing responsibility ranging from Area Sales Manager to Global Account Manager for some of Praxair’s largest global customers. He began his career at Duke Energy in plant operations and merchant plant development.
Brett earned his Mechanical Engineering degree from NC State University and an MBA in Finance from Wake Forest University. Brett is based in Charlotte, NC.
Franziska holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and a Master’s degree in International Business Development. She has held multiple roles in the TRUMPF organization, after starting with the company in 2015 and relocating to the US in 2017. Today, she’s responsible for the additive manufacturing sales and product management team in North America.
With a B.S. and M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT, Greg Mark started and sold two companies, one of which designed and manufactured high-performance, computer-controlled composite race car wings. He then questioned why 3D printers couldn’t print carbon fiber, and in 2013 he founded Markforged, introducing the world’s first 3D printer that could print in continuous carbon fiber. And he didn’t stop there. In 2017, the company unveiled the Metal X — a system capable of printing in metal. The company now has over 300 employees, with 6 offices worldwide and was ranked the 10th fastest-growing tech company by Deloitte in 2018.
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.
Laura Gilmour, Medical Account Manager of EOS North America, oversees more than 20 medical device OEMs and contract manufacturers using EOS technology in North America. She joined EOS in 2016 after working with the company as a customer during her 15 years as a biomedical research and development engineer.
Previously, Laura was a senior research engineer at Smith and Nephew Orthopedics where she and a team of engineers developed an advanced porous structure now used in orthopedic applications around the world. She also worked at Medtronic Spine and Biologics and Abbott Vascular where she was responsible for translating surgical needs into medical device designs. Prior to that, Laura spent two years as a pre-market reviewer for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), reviewing and clearing more than 80 orthopedic devices. During her time at the FDA, Laura was a founding member of the organization’s Additive Manufacturing Working Group.
Laura is a member of the SME Medical Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing Working Group and the Society of Women Engineers. She holds a bachelor’s degree in bioengineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
Aamir maps his career using the periodic table, starting with adventures blowing up hydrocarbons, fluorescing rare earths and more recently melting refractories like Tantalum. He has over 10 years of experience with new business development and technology innovation. He is responsible for leading projects related to materials development for AM application and combustion syntheses of nanomaterials.
He has developed and implemented processes for a pilot scale reactor for synthesis of high-value materials related to electronic, medical and aerospace industries. He is passionate about taking cutting-edge technology from ideation to production and scale.
He earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University, he holds a Ph.D. in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from University of Southern California and completed a post-doctorate appointment in advanced inorganic and bio materials at University of California – Davis.
Dr. Craig Sungail has over 30 years of diverse business experience including periods in new business development; market research/segmentation; strategy development; R&D and in industries including pharmaceutical discovery; polymer development; semiconductors; agricultural products and surfactants/dispersants. His education includes a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati and a post-doctoral appointment concerning Enantiomeric Chromatography and Phase transfer Catalysis at the University of Illinois, Champaign.
In his current role with Global Advanced Metals (GAM), Sungail ensures strategic development of the product roadmap; leads new product development and directs global customer support. Over the last 45 months he has spearheaded the entry of GAM into developing Tantalum powders for additive manufacturing.
Lawrence Gasman is the founder of SmarTech Markets Publishing and is acknowledged worldwide as an expert on technology forecasting. He has previously founded two other industry analyst firms and has also carried out a wide range of technology assessments in areas ranging from optical networking to advanced materials to augmented reality.
John Hornick is SmarTech’s Senior Analyst for 3D Printing Intellectual Property. John served as a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of the Finnegan IP law firm (one of the largest IP firms in the world) for 25 years, where he litigated close to 100 IP cases and negotiated hundreds of settlements. John founded Finnegan’s 3D Printing Working Group, frequently speaks and writes on the IP issues of 3D printing, and is recognized as a thought leader in this space.
John is the author of the book, 3D Printing Will Rock the World, which won a Silver Award from the Nonfiction Authors Association and 4.5 stars from IndieReader, has been called a “must-read” offering “rare insight into how 3D printing is redefining what can be designed and manufactured,” and was Selected for the U.S. Special Operations Command’s 2017 Reading List (think Delta Force and Navy Seals) in the Disruptive Technology Category https://jsou.libguides.com/readinglists.
His articles have been published at www.3DPrintingIndustry.com, www.3DPrint.com, in the Journal of 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing, where he serves on the Editorial Board, and in Wired Innovation, and he was a columnist for 3D Printing World. He was the only IP attorney selected by the U.S. Comptroller General Forum on Additive Manufacturing (which is the basis of a report to Congress). John has served as a juror for the International Additive Manufacturing Award and also educates the law enforcement community on 3D printing-related risks and benefits.