SPEAKER BIOS

Paul Beach, President         
Octillion Power Systems
Advances in Li ion Battery Technology to Reduce Cost and Weight

Mr. Beach is currently the President of Octillion Power Systems and SinoEV Technologies. Prior to Octillion, Mr. Beach served as President of Quallion LLC where he worked for 12 years in advanced power systems. Key market segments served: medical, military, aerospace and green tech. Mr. Beach joined Quallion in February 2001 and ultimately assumed control over all business development functions, including marketing and sales, program management and customer support. Prior to joining the Quallion team, Mr. Beach was a Bay Area litigator specializing in representing multinational corporations in complex intellectual property disputes. Mr. Beach is proficient in Japanese and holds a B.A. from Colby College, a J.D. from University of Maine Law School, and a L.L.M. from the University of California at Berkeley.

Specialties: Knowledge of the li ion battery market for medical, miliitary, aerospace and vehicle batteries, including HEV, EV, PHEV batteries.

 

Thomas ClearyReliability Manager, Auto Glass Solutions, Corning Automotive Glass         
Corning Incorporated
Lightweighting Opportunities in Glazing

Thomas Cleary is reliability manager, Auto Glass Solutions, Corning Automotive Glass. Tom’s work for Corning has focused on auto glazing and other glass related programs since he joined the company in 2010.

Tom has more than 20 years of experience in the auto glazing industry. Prior to joining Corning, Tom spent 15 years at Ford Motor Co.’s Glass Division/Visteon/ACH LLC/Zeledyne Corp., where he specialized in the area of glazing robustness and reliability. He was named Technical Fellow while at Visteon, and served as manager of Advanced Technology, Research & Development for Zeledyne.

Tom holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in ceramic engineering from Alfred University. He also holds a master’s degree in engineering management from the University of Detroit Mercy.

 

Bruce Colter, President and Managing Partner
Colter & Associates
Automotive Cylinder Head Designed & Optimized by Additive Manufacturing

During his 25-year career in the digital manufacturing ecosystem, Bruce Colter has held senior leadership positions and demonstrated a proven record of accomplishment in growing and rebuilding companies in 3D Printing, Advanced Manufacturing and SCM/ERP/ MES on a global basis. With a keen understanding of sales & marketing, operations, media and advanced manufacturing business models, Mr. Colter has established a worldwide network of professional relationships at leading OEM, Consulting and Service Provider companies.

Most recently, Bruce Colter led the North American Additive Manufacturing, Sales & Marketing and Corporate Strategy effort at FIT-America, a subsidiary of FIT AG. Responsibility for two (2) FIT-America offices & staff in NA (Peoria and Boston). Prior to FIT, he held a similar role at Linear AMS and doubled revenues YOY for 5 years, then orchestrated the selection of an Investment Banker for the sale process leading to Moog’s acquisition of Linear Mold & Engineering (now Linear AMS) in 2016. At FIT, Bruce brought his unique skills in executive- level operations, strategic planning, sales & marketing for increasing revenues (8X) and growing sales opportunities (20X) while reporting to the Founder & CEO.

At Colter & Associates, Mr. Colter pioneered the virtual consulting concept using C&A's network of over 200 associates providing value-add solutions to specific client requirements. Under his direction, the Organizational Development and Executive Search (ODES) partnership expanded to address 7 vertical industries and application needs including software & 3D Printing. Client demand created additional opportunities in capital formation, M&A as well as turnaround & divestiture work over the years.

Mr. Colter was President of EMEA's Operations for 3 years (based in Dublin Ireland) for Computer Products, Inc., a $100 million public company. While at Computer Products, Inc. (CPI), Mr. Colter was instrumental in starting up two divisions - Computer Products Research Corporation (Systems) and the EMEA Division. He also supervised CPI's sales, marketing, and business development departments. Prior to CPI, Mr. Colter served in field & corporate sales, marketing, and product planning areas for Honeywell Incorporated and Leeds & Northrup, a unit of General Signal.

Mr. Colter received a B.S. in General Engineering (Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering) from the University of Illinois and is an MBA graduate of The University of Chicago's Booth General Management Program. Bruce and his wife Heidi are recent empty- nesters and enjoy outdoor activities, sports & travel from Benton Harbor, MI.

 

Dr. Matt EnloeSenior Technical Manager         
Performance Optimization of AHSS with Controlled Niobium Additions

Matt’s expertise centers on physical and mechanical metallurgy of advanced steels and alloy design for product/process optimization.  He holds both a BS and MS in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a PhD in Metallurgical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.  He is also a licensed professional engineer in the State of Michigan.  Prior to joining CBMM in 2018, Matt held positions in both product development and process metallurgy most recently at General Motors, and prior, at Severstal NA, and Caterpillar. 

 

Dr. Joy Forsmark, Technical Expert, Metals Additive Manufacturing        
Ford Motor Company
Metal Additive Manufacturing in Automotive: Challenges and Opportunities

Joy Forsmark has been a technical expert in light metals at the Ford Motor Company Research and Advanced Engineering Laboratories in Dearborn, MI since 1999. Joy has worked on numerous Ford research programs on the mechanical properties, processing methods and performance simulation for Al and Mg components in both powertrain and automotive body applications. Currently, she works in the Additive Manufacturing Research Group leading efforts in 3D printing for metals to understand process/properties relationships for material behavior under a variety of modalities, including laser powder bed, binder-sintering, and direct deposition technologies. Joy received her B.S. in Materials Science from Rice University and M.S. and PhD. Degrees in Materials Science from the University of California, San Diego.

 

Dr. Kidambi S. Kannan, Technical Manager
AutoForm Engineering
Tailoring Part Properties towards Light Weighting – A Digital Engineering Perspective

Kidambi Kannan is Technical Manager with AutoForm Engineering USA. His responsibilities include the role of technical specialist, and training management. Following a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, Kidambi joined EASi Engineering as a Project Engineer, and eventually served as Project Manager for sheet metal forming projects. Kidambi joined AutoForm Engineering USA, Inc. in 2002 as Technical Manager, and has been intimately involved in the rapid and industry-wide expansion of AutoForm’s presence over the past 16+ years.

 

Brad LethornEngineering Program Manager         
Carbon Revolution

Mr. Brad Lethorn,  Engineering Program Manager for Carbon Revolution, is responsible for the application of one piece carbon fiber wheels for USA OEM customers.  Mr. Lethorn has 20+ years of experience with engineering, design and development of aluminum body OEM base brakes and high-performance braking systems.  He was also an Engineering Manager for 10 of the 20 years, where he had the pleasure of leading teams of talented engineers to be the best version of themselves through the development of thriving team environments.  Brad has 6 awarded patents, 5 pending and is always working hard to strive for continuous improvement via new technology innovation with a focus on customer application.

 

Joe Matecki, Product Manager - Innovation         
SHAPE Corporation
The Lightweighting Past and Future of Bumper Beams

Joe Matecki is an 18-year veteran of the automotive industry, with a primary focus on product development engineering of structural and crash energy management components. In addition, Joe has led innovation efforts centered on applying advanced materials and processes aimed at vehicle lightweighting. His time at Shape has resulted in numerous patent awards in bumper beams, battery trays and body-in-white components. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Grand Valley State University.

 

Dr. Matthew Menyo, Product and R&D Manager, Materials Development
Carbon
Validated Digital Manufacturing Applications and Materials for Automotive

Carbon unites advances in hardware, software, and molecular science to enable digital manufacturing solutions. Matthew Menyo leads New Product Development for Carbon's Materials team, creating innovative new resins for the consumer, automotive, aerospace, and industrial sectors. 

Matthew received a B.S. in Materials Science from Penn State and a graduate degree in Bioengineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara, completing his PhD with Professor Craig Hawker. He has worked on projects ranging from polyolefin/clay nanocomposites to dynamic covalent hydrogels to photopatterned polymer brushes, and is passionate about bringing this experience to Carbon, to create a future fabricated by light. 

 

Rob Nelson, VP Sales and Marketing         
Almag Aluminum
Extrusion Profiles for EV Battery Box Design

Rob Nelson is Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Almag Aluminum of Brampton, Ontario, and an active member of the Aluminum Extruders Council’s Automotive Team.  Rob has a bachelor’s degree in engineering technology from McMaster University and now leads a team to support todays extrusion design challenges.

 

Cory Ryner, Chief Technology & Strategy Officer
Busche Performance Group
Lightweight Suspensions

Cory Ryner is Chief Technology & Strategy Officer at the Busche Performance Group (BPG) Technical Center in Southfield Michigan.  Through the years in automotive chassis and powertrain his teams have been responsible for a multitude of Tier 1, vertically integrated lightweight chassis solutions and several key conversions from cast iron to aluminum.  Amongst them have been both the GM Full Size Truck/SUV and Ford F150 Front Knuckle conversions to aluminum.  Utilizing the latest in CAD/CAE and Simulation Tools for product design and validation testing he continues to lead his engineering teams to drive continued optimization in lightweight components for automotive and commercial truck. 

Cory is a 21-year industry veteran, serving in Engineering and Management roles with Metaldyne and Diversified Machine Inc. And Royal Oak Industries.  He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Technology from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.

 

Allen Sorgenfrei, Senior Engineer
TACHI-S

Lightweight Seating: Maintaining Comfort & Safety as Feature Content Increases

Allen Sorgenfrei has worked in the automotive seating industry for over 20 years.  He studied electrical and mechanical engineering at Michigan Technological University.  Working at JCI, Ford and Tachi-S in Germany, China and the U. S., he has experience in complete seat, structures, mechanisms, manufacturing engineering and advanced development.

 

Paul SpadaforaGlobal Vice President of Product Development         
Magna Exteriors
Lightweight Thermoplastic Liftgates

Paul Spadafora joined Magna Exteriors in 2017 as Global Vice President of Product Development. In this role, he will be focused on new and improved products in support of business growth objectives for the company and its customers.

Spadafora brings more than 25 years of leadership and management experience to his role. Prior to joining Magna, he held numerous assignments of increasing responsibility at General Motors (GM) in engineering, program management, purchasing, supplier integration and manufacturing. This experience included a four-year international assignment in Shanghai, China where he was the Chief Engineer for the Global China Compact Car Platform. Most recently he served as the Chief Engineer of the all-new 2017 Cadillac XT5 and 2017 GMC Acadia.

Spadafora holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree and a Master of Engineering degree from the University of Detroit Mercy, where he serves on the Board of Advisors. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Oakland University, a Design for Six Sigma Black Belt and has two patents for his work on automotive interiors.

 

Kristen TeboPLT Applications Lab Manager
Coherent, Inc.
Advancements in Joining of Challenging Lightweighting Materials Using Tailored Beam Fiber Lasers

Bachelors in Electrical Engineering and Masters in Material Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan. Graduate work affiliated with the Center for Ultrafast Lasers at UofM. Industrial material science work at Coherent with product portfolio lasers including the Highlight ARM for joining advanced lightweighting materials and other challenging applications.

 

Adam Thomas, Development Engineer R&D
AC Floby AB
Aluminum Composite Brakes: Lightweight, No Rust, Low Emissions

Adam Thomas is leading the engineering work at Automotive Components Floby for development of lightweight aluminum metal matrix composite (MMC) brake solutions. Prior to this, Adam have held a series of project manager positions within the European automotive industry, both at Tier-1 and OEM level. His project portfolio consists of successful projects within product development and production industrialization, giving him an ability to combine innovative technical solutions with a healthy business sense. Adam holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from University of Chalmers.

 

John Tyson II, PEFounder and President         
Trilion Quality Systems
Coupon to Crash: Improved Understanding of Materials & Structures with Optical Methods

John Tyson II, PE is the founder and president of Trilion Quality Systems, a manufacturer and developer of advanced optical measurement systems. He has more than 35 years’ experience in the field of laser based and optical inspection methods of holography, shearography, digital image correlation and photogrammetry, has eight patents in the field, developing test applications for the B2 and Space Shuttle. He is a graduate of Duke University with a BSE in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, and is a professional engineer. He lectures extensively, has written and reviewed peer-reviewed journal articles, and chaired association committees.  He authored Optical Leaking Testing Method in MIL-STD-883. Mr. Tyson is co-founder of the Laser Methods Group of ASNT (American Society for Nondestructive Testing).  He has also worked on ASTM & iDICs committees for furthering the standards in the industry.

 

Dr. Leslie Wolschleger, Vice President, Research & Development
Sika Automotive
Bonding Technologies for Multi-Material Vehicle Body & NVH Reduction

Dr. Leslie Wolschleger is the Vice President, Research & Development responsible for development of acoustic baffles, structural reinforcers, structural adhesives and other automotive products. She joined Sika in 2006 as a Research Scientist and has had a number of responsibilities, including global leadership for Sika’s parts business comprising of thermoplastic baffles, structural reinforcements and acoustic dampers. During her tenure, she also led a team in discovering and implementing new chemical building blocks for use in both existing and new adhesive products for the automotive market. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Michigan State University.