Speakers & Presenters

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Keynote Speaker

Dr. Ronald M. Sega | Department of Defense Highly Qualified Expert in the role of Chief Technology Officer

Dr Ronald Sega - MAC2021 Keynote
Dr. Ronald M. Sega

Dr. Ronald M. Sega joined U.S. Army Futures Command as a Department of Defense Highly Qualified Expert in the role of Chief Technology Officer (“CTO”) in July 2019. Prior to his appointment as CTO, Dr. Sega served as Director, Systems Engineering Programs at Colorado State University (“CSU”) and Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives from September 2013 through June 2019.

Dr. Sega remains a professor for the Systems Engineering Programs at CSU, on leave of absence, while serving as the CTO for Army Futures Command. Dr. Sega was also Vice President and Enterprise Executive for Energy and the Environment at CSU and The Ohio State University (“OSU”) from September 2010 through August 2013. CSU and OSU are two Land-Grant universities engaged in efficient, sustainable development of practical products using our natural resources through education, research and outreach.

At CSU, he served as chair of the Sustainability, Energy, and Environment Advisory Committee. Dr. Sega also served as chair of the President’s and Provost’s Council on Sustainability at OSU. Dr. Sega held the position of Vice President for Energy, Environment, and Applied Research with the CSU Research Foundation from September 2007 through August 2010.

Prior to joining CSU, Dr. Sega served as Under Secretary for the U.S. Air Force from August 2005 to August 2007. As Under Secretary, Dr. Sega led a team that developed a comprehensive energy strategy emphasizing supply, demand, and culture with results in 2006 leading to the receipt of the overall Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management for the U.S. Government. As Under Secretary, Dr. Sega also acted as the Department of Defense (“DOD”) Executive Agent for space, and the Air Force Service Acquisition Executive for space programs. From August 2001 until August 2005, Dr. Sega was Director of Defense Research and Engineering, Office of the Secretary of Defense, which is the Chief Technology Officer for the DOD.

From July 1996 to August 2001, he served as Dean, College of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Dr. Sega is a former NASA astronaut and veteran of two shuttle missions. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in the rank of Major General. Dr. Sega is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, as well as a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Dr. Sega became a Woodward board member in 2008 and brings to the Board an extensive background of applying research and development experience to real-world situations, knowledge of U.S. government contracting practices, and expertise in aerospace and energy technology and markets.

Other public company directorships: Rentech, Inc. (2007-2018).

Aerospace Industry Update

Dr. Kevin Micheals | AeroDynamic Advisory
Commercial Aerospace in the Post-COVID World

Kevin Michaels - AeroDynamic - Aerospace Industry Expert
Kevin Michaels

Kevin Michaels is Managing Director of AeroDynamic Advisory, a speciality consulting firm focused on the global aerospace and aviation industries. He has 35 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 functional expertise in business-to-business marketing, customer satisfaction, M&A advisory, technology assessment, cluster development, and strategic planning. His experience spans the air transport, business & general aviation, and military sectors.

Kevin is a contributing columnist to Aviation Week & Space Technology since 2013. He chairs the Industry Advisory Board of the University of Michigan’s Aerospace Engineering Department, and is on the Board of Directors of Proponent, a leading aerospace distributor.

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.

Kevin authored AeroDynamic: Inside the High-Stakes Global Jetliner Ecosystem, winner of the 2019 Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award.

In 2021, he was the recipient of the Annual Gilbert W. Speed Award for leadership across the global aerospace supply chain.

Denise Ball | ToolingU-SME
Workforce Development

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Denise Ball

Denise Ball is a Workforce Development Specialist for ToolingU-SME, an industry leader in manufacturing workforce education and development. She has served as a practitioner of best-in-class learning and development techniques for the manufacturing industry for over 25 years. Her extensive background includes workforce development at Lakeland Community College in Ohio. She also brings hands-on experience in manufacturing as she assisted her family in running a small machine shop for several years.

For the past 9 years, she has guided the implementation of workforce education and skills training into corporations across the globe to help develop their workforce with success, as well as facilitated workshops on best practices and various webinars across the country.

She resides in Ohio.

Matteo Pisciotta | Woodward
Supplier Development

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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.

Federico Sciammarella, PhD | MxD
Emerging Technologies

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Federico Sciammarella

Federico Sciammarella is the President and CTO for MxD. In this role he is responsible for the prioritization of projects and determines strategy for the organization. He is also leading the academic outreach engagement and launched a new program targeted for emerging technologies that will connect academics to industry with the goal of bringing up early-stage technology through to later stages of technology readiness.

He is also providing support to the operational execution of MxD Cyber as the national center for cybersecurity in manufacturing to ensure its continued growth and impact within the American supply chain.

Prior to joining the institute, he served as the Interim Chair for Mechanical Engineering Department at Northern Illinois University’s College of Engineering & Engineering Technology for two years. He was also the Director of the Advanced Research of Materials and Manufacturing (ARMM) Laboratory, with a focus on Additive Manufacturing (AM) /3D Printing.

He was the PI of a $2.4 Million NIST Measurement Science in Additive Manufacturing award entitled “Development and Validation of Physics-Based Additive Manufacturing Models for Process Control and Quality Assurance” and served as a Co-PI on a DMDII subcontract, on “Rapid Process Certification and Verification for High Value-Added and Low-Volume Production”. These projects were a successful collaboration with organizations such as QCML, IMEC, FMA, and ASM. They developed a solid foundation for processing control and modeling in metal 3D printing which is critical for the future success of the technology.

He is actively engaged with America Makes Roadmap Advisory group in their efforts to create a cohesive vision for the national strategy in additive Manufacturing.

Todd Spierling | Collins Aerospace
Emerging Technologies

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Todd Spierling

Todd Spierling is a Senior Fellow for Systems Engineering with a focus in Electrification. He is a part of the Power & Controls Engineering organization located in Rockford, Illinois.

In his current role, Todd provides technical leadership in all elements of aircraft electrification, including Electric Propulsion, More Electric secondary systems, and Propulsion, Power & Thermal Management Systems. He supports customer technology engagements, new business pursuits, and company and corporate level strategic technology planning.

He has previously led product groups for generators, motors, power electronics and emergency power systems, as well as corporate and business level advanced projects and research organizations. He joined Raytheon (Sundstrand) in 1986.

Todd has been awarded 43 US and foreign patents and has authored multiple conference papers. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Colorado State University, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech, an MBA from Columbia College, and is currently pursuing his systems engineering PhD at Colorado State.

David Stieren | NIST

David Stieren - NIST - Cybersecurity
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.


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