Distinguished Speaker Profiles

Dr. Julie Ivy

Dr. Julie Ivy     

Julie Simmons Ivy is a Professor in the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Fitts Faculty Fellow in Health Systems Engineering.  She previously spent several years on the faculty of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.  She received her B.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan.  She also received her M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering with a focus on Operations Research at Georgia Tech.

She is a President of the Health Systems Engineering Alliance (HSEA) Board of Directors. She is an active member of the Institute of Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS), Dr. Ivy served as the 2007 Chair (President) of the INFORMS Health Applications Society and the 2012-13 President for the INFORMS Minority Issues Forum. Her research interests are mathematical modeling of stochastic dynamic systems with emphasis on statistics and decision analysis as applied to health care, public health, and humanitarian logistics.

Adriene Brown

Adriane Brown     

     Inspired from the very beginning as a child during the era of NASA’s moonshot to her position today as President and COO of one of the world’s largest global inventions companies, Dr. Adriane Brown’s life’s work has been focused on leading companies on their innovation journeys to Finding Eureka!

     Dr. Brown is President and COO of Intellectual Ventures (IV), the leader in the business of invention. With a portfolio of nearly 40,000 high tech patents, her leadership and business acumen serve as the cornerstone for building strong, global performance for IV. She holds a Doctorate Degree in Humane Letters and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Health from Old Dominion University. Dr. Brown also holds a Master’s Degree in Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she was a Sloan Fellow.

Brad Kemmerer

Brad Kemmerer

     Brad Kemmerer is the President and CEO of ABCO Automation, Inc.  ABCO designs and builds custom automation for manufacturers including assembly, packaging, material handling, and inspection equipment. These systems utilize robotics, machine vision, lasers and other advanced technologies.  Kemmerer, a licensed PE in NC, earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Lafayette College, and has held engineering/management positions at Richardson-Vicks, Procter & Gamble, and ConvaTec in Greensboro. He joined ABCO Automation in 1991 to work on the design of a new fountain syrup plant for Coca-Cola. He became president of ABCO in 1999. With annual revenues of approximately $25 million, ABCO has around 120 employees, one-third of them are engineers.

     Kemmerer supports US FIRST Robotics as an engineering mentor and a judge at FRC events. He also supports United Way, The American Heart Association and Habitat for Humanity. He is married with two
daughters, a son-in-law, and two grandchildren. Hobbies include reading, golf, and watching football.

Marc de Vinck

Marc de Vinck Dexter F. Baker

     Before coming to Lehigh, Marc de Vinck was director of product development at MAKE magazine and a member of the MAKE Technical Advisory board. He has written numerous posts on do-it-yourself science and technology on makezine.com, as well as articles and featured builds in the print version of MAKE.  He speaks at events across the country. De Vinck previously worked in fields as diverse as traditional metal smith, illustrator, and 3D model maker. He thrives on the process of making and educating, with one of his greatest career accomplishments the implementation of Maker Faire's Learn to Solder program, which taught more than 10,000 people a lifelong skill and hopefully inspired many to realize they are makers.  De Vinck’s interests include micro-controllers, open source hardware, interactive art, and anything that uses technology in a unique way. He also enjoys great design, regardless of the medium. When he’s not developing a new product in his studio – a rare occurrence – he’s skiing, playing ice hockey, or out sailing with his family.


Dr. Winslow Sargeant

        Dr. Winslow Sargeant was appointed by President Barack Obama and formerly served as chief counsel for Advocacy in the US Small Business Administration from 2010-2015. He currently serves as managing director of Sargeant and Tlale, LLC, a firm supporting investment and business development for early-stage growth companies in cybersecurity, energy, communications, capital formation, and energy.  Sargeant served as managing director from 2006 to 2010 for Venture Investors, LLC, an early-stage venture capital firm in Madison, Wisconsin. From 2001 to 2005, he was program manager at the National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Office. Sargeant served as an associate adjunct professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania from 2000-05. He is a member of the Board of Trustees at the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF). Sargeant earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; a Master’s in electrical engineering from Iowa State University; and a Bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Northeastern University. He is a Kauffman Fellow (Class ‘11).


William N. Starling, Jr.

        William N. "Bill" Starling is Managing Director of Synergy Life Science Partners, LP a $143 million Venture Capital Partnership and Chief Executive Officer of Synecor, LLC, (Synecor) a business generator of new life science companies based in Research Triangle Park (RTP), North Carolina, and Silicon Valley, California.  Synecor has significant academic, scientific, physician, venture capital, corporate, and investment banking partnerships and focuses its efforts on the identification and development of proprietary, disruptive technologies with extraordinary market potential in the life sciences field.  As CEO of Synecor, Starling is a cofounder of BaroSense, Inc., Bioerodible Vascular Solutions, Inc., (BVS, acquired by Guidant/Abbott in April 2004), InnerPulse, Inc., NeuroTronik, Limited, and Atrius Limited.  Starling currently serves as President and CEO of Aegis Surgical Limited, an Irish-based company in the structural heart field, Chairman of the Board of Interventional Autonomics Corporation, and as a board member of publicly traded TransEnterix, Inc., (TRXC) a RTP, NC - based surgery company developing the world's first patient-side robotic surgical system for single incision surgery. 


Dr. Dinesh Verma

        Dr. Dinesh Verma is dean of the School of Systems and Enterprises and professor in systems engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology, while concurrently serving as the Executive Director of the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC), the first University Affiliated Research Center established by the DoD for Systems Engineering Research. He also serves as scientific advisor to the director of the Embedded Systems Institute in Eindhoven, Holland. Prior to this role, he served as technical director at Lockheed Martin Undersea Systems, in Manassas, Virginia, in the area of adapted systems and supportability engineering processes, methods and tools for complex system development and integration.  Before joining Lockheed Martin, Verma worked as a Research Scientist at Virginia Tech and managed the University’s Systems Engineering Design Laboratory. While at Virginia Tech and afterwards, Verma continues to serve numerous companies in a consulting capacity, to include Eastman Kodak, Lockheed Martin Corporation, L3 Communications, United Defense, Raytheon, IBM Corporation, Sun Microsystems, SAIC, VOLVO Car Corporation (Sweden), NOKIA (Finland), RAMSE (Finland), TU Delft (Holland), Johnson Controls, Ericsson-SAAB Avionics (Sweden), Varian Medical Systems (Finland), and Motorola. He served as an Invited Lecturer from 1995 through 2000 at the University of Exeter, United Kingdom.  His professional and research activities emphasize systems engineering and design with a focus on conceptual design evaluation, preliminary design and system architecture, design decision-making, life cycle costing, and supportability engineering. In addition to his publications, Verma has received one patent and has two pending in the areas of life-cycle costing and fuzzy logic techniques for evaluating design concepts.


Dr. Sudhakar Puvvada

        Dr. Sudhakar Puvvada is Vice President of Global Denim Innovation Center at VF Corporation in Greensboro, NC.  He holds a Ph.D. in Surface Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has published over 20 articles.  he is passionate about innovation and delighting consumers with new products and technologies.  He holds more than 20 patents and is leading innovation in both the Chemical Industry and Consumer Packaged Goods (GPG) globally.  He has helped launch over 100 new products for brands such as Dove, Lever 2000, Wisk, Caress, etc.  These companies were innovative in their vision and focused on improving what they did best.

Doug Post

Dr. Douglass Post

        Dr. Douglass Post is the Chief Scientist of the DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) and an IPA from the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute. He established and leads the DoD Computational Research and Engineering Acquisition Tools and Environments (CREATE) Program.  Post received his Ph.D. in Physics from Stanford University in 1975. He is the associate editor-in-chief of the AIP/IEEE Publication “Computing in Science and Engineering.” Post established and led the Tokamak Modeling Group at the Princeton University Plasma Physics Laboratory. He also led the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) Physics Team for which he received the American Nuclear Society (ANS) Outstanding Technical Achievement Award for fusion science and engineering in 1992. He led the A Division Nuclear Weapons Simulation programs at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Los Alamos National Laboratory nuclear weapons code development programs. Post is a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society, the American Physical Society, and the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE). He received the American Society of Naval Engineers 2011 Gold Medal Award in February 2012, for the CREATE Program and has written more than 250 publications with over 6,500 citations.


Dr. Joseph DeSimmone

        Dr. Joseph DeSimmone is the Chancellor's Eminent Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University. DeSimmone is also an adjunct member at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He has published over 300 scientific articles and has 140 issued patents in his name with over 80 patents pending.  DeSimmone is a member of both the National Academy of Sciences (2012) and the National Academy of Engineering (2005). He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2005). DeSimmone has received over 50 major awards and recognitions including the 2014 Kathryn C. Hach Award for Entrepreneurial Success from the ACS; 2013 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors; 2012 Walston Chubb Award for Innovation by Sigma Xi; the 2010 AAAS Mentor Award in recognition of his efforts to advance diversity in the chemistry PhD workforce; the 2009 NIH Director’s Pioneer Award; the 2009 North Carolina Award; the 2008 winner of the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize for Invention and Innovation; the 2007 Collaboration Success Award from the Council for Chemical Research; the 2005 ACS Award for Creative Invention; the 2002 John Scott Award presented by the City Trusts, Philadelphia, given to "the most deserving" men and women whose inventions have contributed in some outstanding way to the "comfort, welfare and happiness" of mankind; the 2002 Engineering Excellence Award by DuPont; and the 2002 Wallace H. Carothers Award from the Delaware Section of the ACS.  DeSimmone, an innovative polymer chemist, has made breakthrough contributions in fluoropolymer synthesis, colloid science, nano-biomaterials, green chemistry and most recently 3D printing. He pioneered supercritical CO2-based polymerization reactions and the self-assembly of molecules in compressible media. He has shown the benefit of novel fluoro-elastomers for soft lithographic applications, including the synthesis of shape-controlled nano-biomaterials. DeSimmone is the co-founder of several companies including Micell Technologies, Biostent, Liquidia Technologies and EIPI Systems. DeSimmone received his BS in Chemistry in 1986 from Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA and his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1990, from Virginia Tech.


Dr. Janis Terpenny

        Dr. Janis Terpenny is the department chair and Joseph Walkup Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering at Iowa State University (ISU). She is also the director of the Center for e-Design, a multi-university NSF industry/university cooperative research center (I/UCRC). Her research focus is engineering design (process and methods of early design; knowledge and information in design; product families and platforms; obsolescence in products and systems; and complexity of products and systems) and design education (multidisciplinary teams; impacts of project choice and context; and the retention and success of underrepresented students). Prior to joining ISU, Dr. Terpenny served as a program director for the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation (NSF). She has also been a professor Virginia Tech with appointments in the departments of Engineering Education, Mechanical Engineering and Industrial and Systems Engineering; and an assistant professor in the department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has 9 years of industry work experience with the General Electric Company (GE), including the completion of a 2-year corporate management program. Throughout her career, she has managed over $10 million of sponsored research and is the author of over 150 peer-reviewed journal and conference publications. She is a Fellow of IIE, a Fellow of ASME, and a member of ASEE, INFORMS, Alpha Pi Mu, and Tau Beta Pi. She serves as an associate editor for the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design and for the Engineering Economist.


Markus Buehler

        Markus Buehler is a professor and head of the department of civil and environmental engineering at the Massachusetts Intitute of Technology (MIT), where he also directs the Laboratory for Atomistic and Molecular Mechanics (LAMM).  Buehler is known for his seminal contributions in multiscale modeling of hierarchical materials, and his work in linking experiment and computation towards the design of novel materials.  He has published more than 200 articles on biological and bio-inspired materials, authored two monographs, and given several hundred invited, keynote and plemary talks.  He was an invitee and plenary speaker at several National Academy of Engineering-Frontiers in Engineering Symposia.  In 2010, he received the Harold E. Edgerton Faculty Achievement Award for exceptional distinction in teaching and in research or scholarship, the highest honor bestowed on young MIT faculty.


Christoph Adami

        Dr. Christoph Adami is Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, and Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University.  He obtained his PhD and M.A. in theoretical physics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a Diploma in Physics from Bonn University (Germany).  Adami's main research focus is darwinian evolution, which he studies at different levels of organization (from simple molecules to brains).  He has pioneered the application of methods from information theory to the study of evolution, and designed the "Avida" system that launched the use of digital life as a tool for investigating basic questions in evolutionary biology.  He wrote the textbook "Introduction to Article Life" (Springer, 1998), and is the recipient of NASA's Exceptional Achievement Medal as well as a fellow of the AAAS.


Mir Imran

       Mir Imran, Chairman and CEO of InCube Labs is an accomplished medical innovator, entrepreneur and venture capitalist who has founded more than 20 life sciences companies and holds over 200 patents.  Many of Imran's innovations have resulted in new standards of care, including the first FDA-approved automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator.  Mir Imran created InCube Labs' a world-class team with expertise across a range of disciplines: pharmacology and physiology, protein and polymer chemistry, tissue engineering, mechanical engineering and material science, electronics and software, industrial design, clinical development and manufacturing.