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We are proud to welcome these amazing subject matter experts to present during MAC2020 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Rockford Riverfront on May 6th!

There will also be a tour of the Chicago Rockford International Airport and aerospace manufacturing companies on May 7th. To participate in these tours you must also be attending the event on May 6th.

To become a speaker or presenter at the Midwest Aerospace Conference email Anna Garrison, Manager, Projects & Events or call 815.969.4261.


President | Rock Valley College

Dr. Douglas Jensen - Rock Valley College
Douglas Jensen

Dr. Doug Jensen has over 30 years of community college experience and is himself a community college graduate.

Due to his leadership, Rock Valley College has implemented crucial regional initiatives, including Linking Talent with Opportunity and Pathways, and is researching and developing plans with public and private partners to bring an Advanced Technology Center to the Greater Rockford Region.

Dr. Jensen received a Doctorate of Education from Edgewood College in Madison, WI, and both his Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA. He is proud to be a community college graduate who earned an Associate of Science from Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, PA, where he would later work for over 17 years.

Prior to coming to RVC, Dr. Jensen served as president for the Alabama Technology Network (ATN) in the Alabama Community College System. ATN is the state of Alabama’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), which is part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) agreement. ATN is one of the 50 national MEP centers nationwide.  He spent the five years prior to that as Vice President of Economic Development/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Advanced Technology Center for Westmoreland County Community College in Youngwood, PA.

His community college leadership experience also includes serving at Northcentral Wisconsin Technical College in Wausau, WI as the Chief Academic Officer.  He also has community college leadership experience at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay, WI and Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, PA.

Assistant Professor of Leadership | Puri School of Business at Rockford University

Mandolen Mull

Dr. Mandolen Mull is the Chair of the Puri School of Business, Director of the Accelerated Business Program, and an Assistant Professor of Leadership at Rockford University. With a Ph.D. in organizational development and change, and an MBA in international business, Dr. Mull previously was a faculty member at Tarleton State University and the McLane School of Business at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor where she taught courses in business management, statistics, and international business. Prior to joining the realm of academia, Dr. Mull accrued over a decade of corporate leadership experience in the fields of healthcare, property preservation, and logistical distribution. Possessing an extensive background in leadership performance, Dr. Mull consults with organizations across the globe, providing analysis and interventions targeted to improve organizational performance outcomes. Dr. Mull also conducts scholarly research pertaining to leadership intentions, change management, and statistical analyses.


Division Chief for Extension Services | MIST MEP

David Stieren

David Stieren is the Division Chief for Extension Services at NIST MEP. He oversees a division that works with MEP Centers, U.S. manufacturers, NIST Laboratories, other government agencies, and other stakeholders to develop and deploy approaches that are used by the National Network of MEP Centers to provide extension services to U.S. manufacturers. The NIST MEP Extension Services Division focus is the provision of National-level guidance and resources to MEP Centers as they provide technical and business assistance to U.S. manufacturers to help them grow and compete in the global marketplace.

Mr. Stieren is a mechanical engineer who has been at NIST MEP since 2007. Prior to joining NIST MEP, he served for approximately 20 years in the NIST Laboratories as a research engineer, project manager, and program manager. Mr. Stieren has experience working with the manufacturing technologies, processes, systems, and supply chains operating in many industries of the U.S. manufacturing sector. Mr. Stieren’s professional experience has included details on the staff of the NIST Director and the staff of the Office of the Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon, as well as details at both the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Mr. Stieren served for over 5 years as the NIST MEP principal for a broad partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation that leveraged the MEP National Network to improve and increase U.S. manufacturer participation in U.S. transportation-related supply chains. He has also served as Executive Secretary of the National Science and Technology Council’s Interagency Working Group on Manufacturing R&D, and he represents NIST MEP in ongoing interagency initiatives focused on U.S. manufacturing supply chains.

Mr. Stieren was educated during the 1980s and 1990s at the U.S. Naval Academy, Catholic University of America, University of Maryland, and George Washington University, and he holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Technology/Engineering Management. Additionally, Mr. Stieren was as an Adjunct Professor in the George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences in the 1990s.

Emerging Technologies

Senior Director, Technology Strategy | MxD

Bernardo Baratta

Berardino Baratta is the Senior Director of Technology Strategy for MxD. In this role, Berardino works closely with partners and internal teams to develop a technology roadmap that supports American manufacturers as they embrace and benefit from Industry 4.0.

Berardino has over 25 years of diverse experience including recent roles as CEO of Potentia Analytics, a healthcare startup and Founding General Manager of Freescale Semiconductor’s Multimedia Applications Division. Prior to these roles, he led the Strategy, Marketing and Business Development team for Freescale’s Wireless and Mobile Systems Group. Berardino began his career with Metrowerks Corporation, a leading provider of Software Development tools, where he led engineering through its growth from startup to public corporation through acquisition by Motorola Corporation. Berardino received his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours) from McGill University.

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Supplier Development

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Corporate Vice President, Global Sourcing | Woodward, Inc.

Matteo Pisciotta

Matteo Pisciotta was appointed Corporate Vice President, Global Sourcing for Woodward in August 2019.

Mr. Pisciotta joined Woodward with over 24 years of experience in procurement and supply chain management bringing a strong track record of accomplishments at best-in-class industrial companies, global experience and a strong history of center-led supplier optimization. Most recently, he served as Vice President, Global Procurement & Supply Chain at Polaris Industries, Inc. where he reorganized the structure of the supply chain team to better align with engineering and manufacturing. Prior to Polaris, he held a series of procurement positions with Oshkosh Corporation, Paccar, Inc., and the Dana Corporation.

Mr. Pisciotta holds a Master’s in Finance from Seattle University, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations & Economics from Kent State University.

Aerospace Industry Forecast

Managing Director | AeroDynamic Advisory

Kevin Michaels

Kevin Michaels is Managing Director of AeroDynamic Advisory, a speciality consulting firm focused on the global aerospace and aviation industries. He has 31 years of experience, including hundreds of consulting engagements for leading aviation and aerospace companies across the globe.

Kevin is a globally recognized expert in the aerospace manufacturing and MRO sectors, and has significant expertise in business-to-business marketing, customer satisfaction, M&A advisory, technology assessment, cluster development, and strategic planning. His experience spans all major market segments, including air transport, business & general aviation, and military.

Previously Dr Michaels was a Vice President with ICF International’s Aerospace & MRO consulting practice from 2011 – 2016. He was a co-founder and partner with AeroStrategy from 2001-2011, until its acquisition by ICF. Previously, Dr. Michaels was Director – Strategic Development with Rockwell Collins Government Systems, and Principal with The Canaan Group, an aerospace consultancy. He began his career as a project engineer with aeroengine supplier Williams International.

Dr. Michaels holds BS – Aerospace Engineering and MBA degrees from the University of Michigan, and MSc and PhD degrees in International Relations from the London School of Economics.

He is a contributing columnist to Aviation Week & Space Technology and chairs the advisory board of the University of Michigan’s Aerospace Engineering Department. In 2016, he joined the Board of Directors of aircraft parts distributor Kapco Global Proponent.


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