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Additive Manufacturing Community
Jason Jones     Jason Jones, PhD, is the co-founder and CEO of Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies, a 3D printing startup, which is equipping CNC machines with additive manufacturing capabilities. Jones has a doctorate in 3D printing from the University of Warwick and has led millions of dollars of additive manufacturing research during the last decade. He has investigated 3D printing/digital fabrication techniques for multimaterial functional parts and hybrid processing approaches for metals. Jones serves as a task group chair for ASTM where he has led the development of several standards for 3D printing (including ISO 52921). For five years prior to Jone's research appointment, he worked as technical manager in the CNC and 3D printing industry at Unimatic Engineers Ltd. in London. He is the current chair of the RTAM Community. SME Member Since 2012
Cormier       Denis Cormier, PhD, is the Earl W. Brinkman Professor of Machining and Manufacturing in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology. Cormier is a former associate professor at North Carolina State University. During his 15 years at North Carolina State, he established the Rapid Prototyping & Manufacturing Lab, developed a course in rapid prototyping and conducted funded research that primarily focused on metal additive manufacturing for the aerospace industry. The bulk of Cormier's efforts involved the use of high-performance materials with Arcam's EBM process, including materials such as titanium aluminide, C104 niobium, GRCop-84, various aluminum alloys and pure copper. He received a bachelor's in systems engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, a master's in industrial engineering from State University of New York at Buffalo and a doctorate in industrial engineering from NC State. In 2003, Cormier was awarded SME's Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award. Cormier is the former chair of the RTAM Community. SME Member Since 1989
Cota     Vesna Cota is a additive manufacturing design and development specialist for Tyco Electronics Canada. Cota launched her personal endeavor of teaching additive manufacturing technologies as a feature speaker at NRC-IRAP in the industrial design and technology forum in 1998, and continued sharing through speaking, writing, presentations and workshops. Among others, she taught additive manufacturing courses for the Magna Inc. Management Training Program and the Industrial Research Development Institute Product Development program. Cota is passionate about propagating the awareness of additive manufacturing technologies and their proper applications. As an executive officer of Toronto Chapter 26, she organized a year-long additive manufacturing program in 1998-99, for which SME honored her with its President's Award. In 2005, Cota became an SME master-level Additive Manufacturing Certificate holder. She received her degree in architecture from the University of Zagreb, Croatia. SME Member Since 1995
DeGrange     Jeff DeGrange is currently the chief commercial officer of Impossible Objects LLC, a carbon-fiber composites 3D provider. Previously, he was vice president of Production Product and Application Development at Stratasys and a senior technology manager at Boeing’s Research and Technology. During his tenure at Boeing, DeGrange led the effort to certify and qualify additive materials, processes and build the supply chains for additive-manufactured flight hardware used for both commercial and military aircraft. He is past advisory board member for the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry FabLab, past chairman of the Direct Manufacturing Research Center at Paderborn University in Germany and has worked many development efforts from U.S. Department of Defense and Energy. DeGrange has a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from the University of Iowa and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis.SME Member Since 2004
Jennifer Fielding     Jennifer Fielding, PhD, has been with the Air Force Research Laboratory for 10 years, during which she performed hands-on research and program management in diverse fields such as polymer-matrix-composites processing, nanomaterials and multifunctional materials. She holds a doctorate and master’s degree in materials science and engineering from the University of Cincinnati, and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Florida. Currently, Fielding is the deputy program manager for the defense-wide Manufacturing S&T Program for OSD ManTech, which seeks to develop gamechanging manufacturing technologies that apply to more than one service. She is also the program manager for the America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, an interagency, public-private partnership to enable widespread adoption of additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing. SME Member Since 2014
Eric Klemp     Eric Klemp studied mechanical engineering at TU Clausthal and received his doctorate at the Institute of Mechanical Engineering at TU Clausthal. He was project leader at Bosch and Siemens Household Appliances and later product architect at Rational AG. Since 2009, Klemp is commercial director at the Direct Manufacturing Research Center at the University of Paderborn. SME Member Since 2015
Lowe     Jung Lowe, JD, an attorney in private practice since 1979 for international business law, is counsel to Harrison & Held LLP. He is also an adjunct professor of law in foreign investment at The John Marshall Law School and a distinguished fellow, College of Business and Management, at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Lowe's 2014 webinar presentation, "Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printed Objects: Intellectual Property Law – Problems Hidden in Plain Sight," is part of the RTAM Community's webinar library. He was a senior research specialist and co-author of a report on the 2007 national survey, "Barriers to Nanotechnology Commercialization," published by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Lowe is a graduate of the Yale Law School, with postgraduate studies in management at (Sloan) Massachusetts Institute of Technology and engineering at the University of Hawaii. He has received U.S. patents in material handling systems. From 2009-10, Lowe served as chair of the RTAM Community's former NanoManufacturing Tech Group. SME Member Since 1989
Medina     Francisco Medina, PhD, is senior specialist in materials development at Arcam, currently positioned at Oak Ridge National Labs, where he manages Arcam’s relationships and R&D activities in North America. Medina received a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering in 2000, a master’s in 2005 and a doctorate in materials science in 2013, all from the the University of Texas at El Paso. He has been involved in additive manufacturing since 2000. In 2006, Medina became an SME master-level Additive Manufacturing Certificate holder. He has focused his attention in the metals additive manufacturing methods area for rapid material development and low-cost powder manufacturing. Medina’s work in the additive manufacturing area has been published in numerous journals and conference proceedings. He has received advanced training in various additive manufacturing technologies, such as Arcam’s Level 3 Certification Training, Stratasys’ Advance User and Maintenance Training, and 3D Systems Advanced Stereolithography Rapid Prototyping Training. Medina has been recognized with several awards, including first place for his “Chain Mail” entry in EBM’s Users Group Meeting Part Completion for Best Creative Part, Outstanding Paper by Emerald Group Publishing, the 2007 Emerald Literati Network Award for Excellence and the 2004 RTAM/SME Dick Aubin Distinguished Paper Award. He holds seven additive manufacturing patents, with several other patents pending. Medina is the former chair of the RTAM Community. SME Member Since 2009
Mihaela Vlasea     Mihaela Vlasea is a new faculty member at the University of Waterloo. She has over eight years of professional and academic experience in designing and building complex mechatronic systems for additive manufacturing applications. Vlasea has helped developed a new powder bed binder-jet system capable of fabricating products ranging from bone and dental implants to lightweight porous materials for aerospace uses for University of Waterloo as well as a laser powder-bed fusion system for the National Institute of Standards and Technology. One of the most exciting projects she is currently involved with is a collaborative venture with researchers, pathologists and orthopaedic surgeons from Mount Sinai Hospital, University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo in manufacturing of bone substitute implants that can be seeded with live cells, and post-implantation, are replaced with the patients’ own tissue. SME Member Since 2015
Christopher Williams     Christopher Williams, PhD, is an associate professor and the Electro-Mechanical Corp. senior faculty fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech. He currently holds the W.S. Pete White chair for innovation in engineering education. Williams is the director of the Design, Research, and Education for Additive Manufacturing Systems Laboratory (DREAMS Lab), and the associate director of Virginia Tech’s Macromolecules & Interfaces Institute. He holds affiliate faculty appointments in the Department of Engineering Education and the Department of Material Science & Engineering. Williams' additive manufacturing expertise is focused on innovations in additive manufacturing processes and materials; design methodologies and tools to guide additive manufacturing use; and additive manufacturing workforce development initiatives. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed articles and has presented 30+ invited talks. Williams holds a doctorate and master's degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida.
Wivell     Colleen Wivell is the director of medical sales at Materialise USA. Previously, Wivell managed the biomedical engineering team where she was responsible for the overall sales strategy for the Mimics Innovation Suite, managing key accounts, and leading a team of sales and engineering professionals. In that role, Wivell played an integral role in bringing patient specific surgical guides to the U.S. market by developing partnerships and helping to launch the Materialise production site in Plymouth, Michigan. Wivell began her career with Materialise in 1998 as the first U.S. sales engineer, and continuously grew in her roles and responsibilities within the company. Wivell served as managing director for Materialise USA for 10 years and grew the North American office from seven people to a sales, engineering and production facility of nearly 50 people. She was featured on the 21st Century Business TV show, which showcased the advantages of additive manufacturing and stimulated the interests of everyday consumers. Wivell has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering with a minor in biomedical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. SME Member Since 2001