Dr. Karsten Heuser is the VP of Additive Manufacturing as well as the Head of the core technology field Advanced Manufacturing & Circularity at Siemens AG. As AM community advocate, he is a member of VDMA AG Additive Manufacturing Advisory Board, a member of the Formnext Advisory Board as well as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the IAPT institute in Hamburg. He is engaged as thought leader worldwide for the industrialization of Additive Manufacturing community. Dr. Heuser has a Ph.D. in solid state physics from the University Augsburg as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Management from ESMT.


Naomi is a trained medical doctor, public health/health systems and policy specialist. Her professional experiences are at the nexus of understanding and providing innovative solutions to global health system issues – in relation to governance, reform, and collaboration/strategic partnerships in healthcare systems. She has held various roles in European organizations, including with the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER), and the WHO Regional Office for Europe (WHO Europe). In her current role as Head of Medical with Mobility/Medical goes Additive e.v. (MGA), she promotes collaboration, builds bridges and strategic partnerships in medical/healthcare additive manufacturing (AM) for the joint development of innovative products, targeted know-how and knowledge transfer – with a focus on a user/patient-driven approach and policies to boost AM in healthcare.


Hugo Leads the Strategy and Uses cases creation as well as Strategic partnerships that may result in M&A or Venturing or just strategic projects, helping the company to achieve the expected growth and scaling up to use AM in manufacturing in the exciting world of 3D Printing.

Da Silva joined Stratasys in April 2023 as a result of the acquisition of Covestro Additive Manufacturing business where he was leading the business, acting as a “CeO” of the business unit and leading the project of being acquired by Stratasys, and he joined Covestro following their acquisition of DSM’s RFM business in 2021.

Prior to joining DSM, Hugo held leadership and innovation positions in emerging technologies such as 3D Printing and LED lighting, at Dow Corning/Dow. Before that, he built broad business and marketing experience at Dow Corning/Dow, Philips and Toshiba.

Over the course of his 20-year career, Hugo built extensive expertise working in fast-changing industries that went through major disruptions like TV and lighting as well as additive manufacturing. He successfully implemented technological and business model innovations to accelerate adoption of new technologies as well as scaling up to massive manufacturing.

Hugo earned an Electronics Engineering Master’s degree and an MBA in Marketing from Mackenzie University in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He also completed financial business training from FGV in Brazil.


Brent Stucker, Ph.D. is Chief Technology Strategist with Wohlers Associates Powered by ASTM International. He leverages 30 years of expertise in Additive Manufacturing, Academia, Entrepreneurship and Executive Leadership to help companies and organizations develop and execute technology strategies, protect their intellectual property, navigate mergers & acquisitions, and succeed in the marketplace. Prior to starting his consulting career, Dr. Stucker served as Chief Technology Officer – Additive Manufacturing and Chief Scientist & Senior Vice President at 3D Systems. At 3D Systems he worked within the executive leadership team to champion innovation within the company and throughout the Additive Manufacturing (AM) industry. Before joining 3D Systems, Brent was Director of Additive Manufacturing and Distinguished Engineer at Ansys. He is the co-founder and former CEO of 3DSIM, acquired by ANSYS in 2017. Prior to founding 3DSIM, Dr. Stucker was a Professor at various Universities for 18 years.

Dr. Stucker was the founding chairman of ASTM International Committee F42 on Additive Manufacturing Technologies, and was elected to the ASTM International Board of Directors in 2015. He has received numerous awards, including the 2016 International Freeform and Additive Manufacturing Excellence Award; the 2015 Additive World Conference Industrial Impact Award; the 2012 Industry Achievement Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the 2010 Robert J. Painter Memorial Award from ASTM/SES and the Dinosaur award from the Additive Manufacturing Users Group. He has co-authored a leading textbook, Additive Manufacturing Technologies, which is used by industry practitioners and in over 650 Universities worldwide, with a combined distribution of over 5 million physical copies and electronic downloads.

Dr. Stucker holds numerous patents, has authored and co-authored over 200 technical publications, and has presented over 500 technical talks. He was a professor from 1997-2015, with various appointments at the University of Louisville, Utah State University, the University of Rhode Island and VTT Technical Research Center, Finland. Dr. Stucker has served as an advisor to the National Science Foundation, DARPA, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and others to develop research priorities and funding roadmaps for the AM industry. Dr. Stucker received his B.S. from the University of Idaho and his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University, both in Mechanical Engineering.


Dr. Kristin Holzworth currently serves as ICAM’s Deputy Director for the Industrial Base Analysis and Sustainment (IBAS) Program. In this capacity, she assists the IBAS Program Director in utilizing broad IBAS authorities to enable a modernized Defense Industrial Base that integrates traditional technology capabilities and emerging industrial sectors to respond at-will to national security requirements. Prior to this position, Dr. Holzworth served in various roles within the Department of Navy from her parent command Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific (NIWC PAC), to include her most recent assignment as Chief Scientist for the Advanced Manufacturing Systems Team of Marine Corps Systems Command. During her tenure, Marine Corps Systems Command developed the first two Advanced Manufacturing Programs of Record within the Marine Corps as well as the greater Department of Defense (DoD). Previous assignments include her appointment to the Naval Innovation Advisory Council, Office of Strategy and Innovation, Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy Management, where she had the privilege of serving as an Advisor to the Secretary of the Navy and accelerating technology adoption through prototyping and experimentation in Fleet Concentration Areas. Additionally, Dr. Holzworth served as the Director of the Joint Advanced Manufacturing Region (JAMR) Integrated Product Team established under the Chief of Naval Operations Additive Manufacturing Executive Committee Charter.

With over fifteen years of experience spanning government and academia, Dr. Holzworth has successfully managed multiple research and development efforts, developing strategies and programs aimed at maturation of advanced technologies and manufacturing processes to reduce risk and cost, while improving system producibility, readiness, and resiliency. She is an active participant in numerous DoD and industry based advanced manufacturing forums. Dr. Holzworth holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tulane University as well as both a Master of Science degree and Doctor of Philosophy degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Materials Science from the University of California, San Diego where she was a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow.


Dr. Jacob Nuechterlein is the founder and president of Elementum 3D in Erie, CO. He earned his Bachelor of Engineering, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy at the Colorado School of Mines. Jacob has been researching, teaching, or consulting on topics such as casting and powder metallurgy for the last 13 years. Elementum 3D’s work with powder bed laser additive manufacturing is based on these principles. In addition, his thesis work in thermodynamics and formation kinetics of metal matrix composites is directly related to all 3D printing processes.


Mr. Jeffrey Gaddes is an Additive Manufacturing Subject Matter Expert at the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Aviation and Missile Center (AvMC) in Redstone Arsenal, AL. Mr. Gaddes leads proposal and performance of manufacturing process enhancements for transition to Army rotary wing platforms. Significant work has focused on the maturation of the airworthiness process for the transition of metallic AM components.


Mr. Tad Steinberg is the Siemens Energy Additive Manufacturing business development manager for the Americas. He brings 30 years of combined experience in aerospace, industrial gas turbines and metal additive manufacturing. Tad is Based out of the Additive Manufacturing Application Center in Orlando Florida and an Air Force veteran.


Osman Ahmed is a Managing Director and Head of Private Equity at 10X Capital, a multi-strategy technology focused investment management firm. Prior to joining 10X Capital, Osman was the CEO of Founder SPAC, a $321M special purpose acquisition company focused on digital transformation. Founder SPAC successfully completed its merger with Rubicon Technologies (NYSE: RBT) in August 2022. Previously, Osman was an investor at KCK Group, where he focused on additive manufacturing and other subsectors within industrial technology. He served as CFO of Beehive 3D, a KCK Group Portfolio company focused on metal additive solutions for aerospace applications. Osman previously has held roles at Volition Capital, Scale Venture Partners, and Stifel Financial (NYSE: SF). He currently sits on the board of directors of Rubicon Technologies (NYSE: RBT) and African Agriculture Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: AAGR). Osman holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Southern California and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He lives in New York City and is a licensed pilot.