Award Winner Presenters From Our Previous Manufacturing Leadership Summit

Michele D'Alessandro

Michele D'Alessandro

Vice President and CIO, Manufacturing IT, Merck & Co., Inc.

Member, Manufacturing Leadership Council Board of Governors

Michele is currently Vice President and CIO for Manufacturing IT at Merck & Co., Inc.

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In this role, she provides strategic leadership, oversight and delivery of information technology and digital solutions for the Merck Manufacturing Division. This includes Small Molecule, Vaccines, Sterile/Therapeutic Proteins, and Biologics lines of business, as well as the enabling functions of Supply Chain, External Manufacturing, Global Science, Technology & Commercialization, and Global Quality.
Michele holds a Bachelors’ double major degree in Math and Computer Science from Rutgers University and an M.B.A. in Information Sciences from Rutgers Graduate School of Management.

Michele also serves on the Strategic Advisory Board for Enigma.io and the Big Data Advisory Board for Rutgers University.

As the global leader of manufacturing IT, Michele heads an IT organization of 300+ and controls $350M spend with a seat at the executive table. Michele has worked extensively with her business partners on an “outcomes focused” strategy. This includes transforming Merck’s Manufacturing Division into a top global supply chain organization. Some of her key achievements include Designing/delivering an analytics vision for the enterprise, with a modern approach to data and information; Leading the supply chain transformation program with a Global SAP implementation of the largest single instance in the industry tied all the way to shop floor and out to distributors/wholesalers/providers; and Driving a strategic blueprint for modernization of manufacturing plants reversing the aged asset base while simultaneously enabling advanced digital capability and enhanced cyber resiliency and information security. Michele and her team have been nationally recognized for the past 3 years.

In Nov 2017, Michele was awarded a Gold Stevie® Award for Women in Business in the Life Sciences and Healthcare Transformation category.

Amr Elzarka

Amr Elzarka

Quality Engineering-Failure Analysis, Cisco

What inspires you?
Taking on new challenges

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Amr grew up in Alexandria, Egypt and completed college in the United States where he earned a bachelor degree in computer engineering. After graduating college, he embarked on his career in the tech industry that culminated becoming a Cisco veteran for 22 years.

At Cisco, he worked in various technical and management positions within supply chain and R&D. Responsible for product operations supporting switching, Telepresence, and IOT products. He led several transformational initiatives including orchestration and digitization of failure analysis, software failure analysis capability, and acquisitions integration into Cisco. Prior to Cisco, he worked at Apple and Tandem Computer as a hardware engineer.

Amidst his career in the tech industry, he earned a Master’s degree in engineering management from Santa Clara University. In tandem with his professional life, he has been married for 24 years and has two daughters currently in college. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, cycling, cooking, and reading.

Patrick J. "P.J." Gruetzmacher

Patrick J. "P.J." Gruetzmacher

Chief Executive Officer and President, LAI International

What inspires you?
Winning as a team!

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Patrick (PJ) Gruetzmacher was named Chief Executive Officer and President of LAI International in July 2012. He has more than 32 years of experience in aerospace, defense and electronics manufacturing industries, including businesses with a large, global reach in high-tech manufacturing. He has served in executive management, sales and marketing, program management, operations, engineering, product development and supply chain management roles, specializing in commercialization, continuous improvement and lean manufacturing. He has held executive management positions at Pacific Scientific Energetics Materials Company, a subsidiary of Danaher Corp., Aero Precision Industries, Honeywell, Inc. and Hamilton Sundstrand (now UTAS), a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation. PJ has a bachelor’s degree in operations from DeVry University, and an MBA in management from Western International University. He is a lifetime member of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics as well as APICS Certified (CPIM).

Pierre Maillot

Pierre Maillot

Senior Technological Advisor, Bosch Group

Pierre Maillot acts as Senior Technological Advisor, for the Bosch Group. Currently he is focused on strategizing and implementing Bosch technologies in a smart community development in San Francisco, managed by FivePoint – the largest developer of mixed-use communities in coastal California.

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For the last 5 years, Pierre has been a pioneer in the Bosch smart city initiative by leveraging the potential of “Internet of Things” in urban environments. Pierre holds a master degree in mechanical engineering, and a special degree in technology and international business development, which led him to take several management positions in Europe, Asia and now North America.
Gary Martini

Gary Martini

Powertrain Manufacturing Assembly Manager, Ford

What inspires you?
“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference!” – Winston Churchill

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Gary is currently Ford Motor Company’s Digital and Advanced Manufacturing engineering manager leading Digital Engineering, Digital Factory and Manufacturing 4.0 initiatives. In his previous role Gary led the Powertrain assembly team as the Powertrain Assembly and Test Manager. It was in this role that Gary worked with his team on scalable powertrain assembly systems. Gary has been at Ford for 25 years, starting in crankshaft manufacturing as a process engineer, technical specialist and supervisor and then moved into production equipment reliability and maintainability. Gary gained valuable leadership experience as the Fuel Cell Development Manager in a Ford / Daimler joint venture in Vancouver, British Columbia developing metal bipolar plates.

Joe Philip

Joe Philip

Test Engineer Staff, Lockheed Martin Corporation

What inspires you?
Family, Friends, LM Team-members, Innovation, Faith in God!
Joe Philip is a Test Engineer at Lockheed Martin for the F-35 Program for the last 15 years.

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He started his aerospace career as an engineer and later a Team Leader at Boeing Company in Irving, Texas. He is a visionary who focuses on manufacturing innovation, process improvement and test automation; and has authored papers on Advanced Manufacturing Systems and factories of the future. He has done research in fiber optics and related network systems and is a recognized expert at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics and member of the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) Experts.

He has been recognized for his technical achievements by receiving the 2014 Lockheed Martin Aero Star Award and the 2018 Smart Products and Services Leadership Award (Frost & Sullivan) for Lockheed Martin on Fiber Optic Quality System, which he envisioned and led.

He graduated from The University of Texas – Arlington with a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration from LeTourneau University.

In his spare time, he travels around the world speaking at Christian Conferences and is a published author.

Twain Pigott

Twain Pigott

Robotic Architect Specialist, The Dow Chemical Company

Inspirations: Forward-Thinking, Transformation, Relationships
Twain Pigott is the Robotics Lead Architecture Specialist within Dow’s Digital Operations Center, providing leadership and technical expertise for the development and implementation of the next generation of robotic platforms.

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Twain has spent the last seven years in the Robotics space at Dow; from its infancy through facilitating the integration of robotics into additional manufacturing technologies.

Twain’s career with The Dow Chemical Company began in 2000 as an improvement engineer where developed his passion for forward-thinking innovations. Throughout his 18-year career with Dow, Twain has worked across the breadth of Dow’s business units in Operations, Engineering and Maintenance with increasing responsibilities; building a reputation for delivering and implementing innovated solutions. He has served as a subject matter expert in multiple technologies such as Process Separations, Process Modeling, Mechanical Integrity and Maintenance. Twain has delivered solutions ranging from novel process equipment design, to digital work process development, to advancements in mechanical integrity inspections along with his work in Robotics. Twain ultimately brought his expertise to the Digital Operations Center, where he continues to focus on technology innovations.

Twain holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Mississippi State University and a master’s in Chemical Engineering from Clemson University; where his focus was thermodynamic and process modeling. Twain sits on the Sprint Robotics Practice Committee, the Houston Exponential Robotic Sub-Committee, is a member of AIChE and is a Dow Sponsor for FLL Robotics at Foundation Prep Academy where he also serves as a Board Member.

Luis Raul Rodriguez

Luis Raul Rodriguez

Director, Supply Chain, Engineering. IBM

As Director of Supply Chain Engineering for IBM, Luis Raul Rodriguez is responsible for the strategy, execution and cultural transformation for the global Supply Chain Engineering organization that support the IBM System Storage and Software Appliance brands, delivering hardware solutions to clients across more than 170 countries.

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This cultural transformation is based on agile, design thinking and new ways to work. He is leading the introduction IoT technology, cognitive and analytics tools in our manufacturing processes towards to build a transparent, intelligent and predictive supply chain.

Prior to his current role, Luis Raul served as Global Operations Supply Chain Manager for the IBM Power Systems Server Brand including Manufacturing, Customer orders management and Fulfillment. He was accountable for the global operations, manufacturing and fulfillment sites.

Luis Raul also spent four years in Rochester Mn. as IBM Senior Global Quality Engineering Manager responsible for the Supply Chain Hardware Quality associated to Power, Point of Sale and System x products.

Luis Raul is committed to global leadership development. He is an active member of the IBM Faculty Academy, which is focused to develop new managers to excel in their leadership roles.
He is the executive sponsor for the Global Supply Chain Engineering skill initiative. Cognitive, Analytics, Block chain and IoT technologies.

Luis Raul holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering from Universidad de Guadalajara and Executive MBA from IPADE. He is recognized for his global leadership, passion for innovation and strong client focus.

A father of three children, Alejandro, Yunuen and Ana. His wife Clara and Luis Raul enjoy hiking, soccer and taking family trips to different towns in his native Mexico.

Mike Regan

Mike Regan

Director of Engineering, 3D Materials and Applications, HP

Mike Regan is the Director of Materials & Applications for HP’s 3D Printing Business, focusing on the Open Materials Platform and Voxel Innovation.

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Mike has worked at HP for over 22 years in a variety of technology and management functions from MEMS R&D to print system commercialization and new product introduction. He holds over 20 granted patents and has over 20 publications in refereed academic journals. Mike received his PhD from Stanford University in Applied Physics and worked as a researcher at Harvard University prior to joining HP.
Jerome J. Workman, Jr., Ph.D.

Jerome J. Workman, Jr., Ph.D.

Executive Vice President, Unity Scientific

What inspires you?
Creating things that help people…

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Jerome (Jerry) J. Workman, Jr. is Executive Vice President of Research & Engineering for Unity Scientific; Certified Core Adjunct Professor, at National University, CA; and Principal at Biotechnology Business Associates. He was formerly Vice President of Technology Research for Masimo Corporation; Director of Research, Technology & Applications Development for Molecular Spectroscopy & Microanalysis for ThermoFisher Scientific; Chief Technical Officer and Vice President of Research & Engineering at Argose Inc.; Senior Research Fellow at Kimberly-Clark Analytical Science & Technology; and Principal Scientist at Perkin-Elmer.

Dr. Workman has played a major role in defining and developing over twenty scientific instrument advancements with novel software improvements for successful commercial use for start-ups to major corporations. Over 55 U.S. and International Patent Applications (since 1998); 20 U.S. and International Patents issued, and multiple trade secrets. He has a total of 475 Technical Publications; and 18 reference books on a broad range of spectroscopy, chemometrics, and data processing techniques. He has received awards from the Eastern Analytical Symposium, ASTM International, Coblentz Society; as well as multiple fellowships, technical, and government appointments. He has taught annual courses in spectroscopy, chemometrics, and statistics for the Association of Official Analytical Chemists, the American Chemical Society, the Instrument Society of America, and the Federation of Analytical Chemists and Spectroscopy Societies, and at several universities and corporations.

Technical contributions include advancements and application of novel vibrational spectroscopy technology for laboratory, process and remote monitoring of commercial synthetic and natural products and processes; medical applications of spectroscopy; and as an individual researcher, author and editor of scientific reference works on the subject of spectroscopy. Patented inventions include: multi-spectral monitoring (data fusion), web-based information technology in spectroscopy, scanning systems for positioning materials in manufacturing technology, invention of small molecule metabolite reporters for monitoring multiple parameters in human metabolism, advanced technology and algorithm development for instrument automation, standardization, and calibration, and for manufacturing monitoring methods for consumer products.  Has contributed to research and development for multiple commercial instruments and algorithms for laboratory,  process, remote, and clinical monitoring.