Innovation Conference Speakers & Bios

Eric Joseph Esoda
President & CEO, NEPIRC

Innovation in NEPA – Local Innovation Resources

NEPA is home to some of the latest high-tech, cutting-edge resources that can assist manufacturers of all sizes and across many sectors embrace and accelerate innovation. Many of those resources can be accessed at a very low cost and are literally a phone call away. This session will recap some of the innovation resources available within the region’s incubators, universities, maker-spaces and innovation labs and provide information on how to access each facility quickly, easily and at little or no cost.

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Kenneth (Ken) Chvilicek
Business Advisor, TriMech


Latest Advances in Additive Manufacturing

When initially introduced, Additive Manufacturing (3D printing) was viewed by some as a disruptive technology and by others as a “flash in the pan” that would not significantly impact manufacturing processes due to its inherent inability to create high-volume products reliably and consistently. Since then, however, manufacturers of all sizes have integrated Additive Manufacturing into their processes in one way or another. This session will cover not only the latest technological advances in 3D printing, but also how those technologies are being utilized by small, mid-sized and large manufacturers.

Additive Manufacturing: Touch the Technology

During this interactive session, participants will be able to touch and try-out some of the latest 3D scanning technology, which allows manufacturers and entrepreneurs to capture accurate, high-resolution 3D images of physical objects and manipulate the resultant data file in a variety of editing software. Presenters will scan, edit and begin printing an object in real-time while attendees sample the technology as well.

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Marc Gonzalez
Co-Founder, Site2

Cybersecurity for Department of Defense Suppliers

Uncle Sam needs your help! Actually, Uncle Sam requires your help. The first step in modern warfare is now on the cyber battlefield. Like it or not, Department of Defense vendors are on the front line of that battle every minute of every day, even if you are a Department of Defense (DoD) vendor or sub-contractor receiving and storing unclassified information. To help prepare its vendors for this daily confrontation, the Department of Defense now requires vendors to comply with NIST 800-171, a cyber security framework with the fundamental controls needed for cyber defense. In this session, attendees will learn the fundamentals of this framework and the controls needed to protect the DoD’s data.

Cybersecurity for Automotive, Aerospace & Other Manufacturers

Business risk is at an all-time high with the increased threat of cyber security attacks from a growing range of sources. Despite new and inventive methods for exploiting a businesses’ security defenses, the best ways of preventing a hack are still the most basic. In this session, attendees will learn the innovative methods that attackers, ranging from foreign adversaries to former employees, are using to steal data or bring down a business’s computing systems. More importantly, the presenter will identify the fundamental ways of protect against these risks.

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Adam Waraska
Digital Software Applications Engineer, 3D Systems

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Kristiaan Wiedergreen
Business Development Manager, 3D Systems

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Manipulating the Physical World Through Digital Touch

This session will focus on how manufacturers can tweak existing products, develop new products and collaboratively find solutions to customer design problems using scanning, digital manipulation and forecasting/simulation modeling.