2019 MERC Speakers

  Keynote Speakers

Abdolhosein (Adel) Nasiri, PhD Electrical Engineering

Adel Nasiri 

CSI Interim Executive Director; Professor, Electrical Engineering, UW-Milwaukee




Raghu Ramakrishnan

Cloud+Data+ML oppurtunities and Challenges

CTO for Data, Microsoft




Lyman Tschanz

VP Connected Enterprise Consulting, Rockwell Automation



Federal Agency Speakers


 Sudarsan Rachuri, PhD

Technology Manager, Federal Program Officer for CESMII, Department of Energy

Special Guest Speaker


 Chris Abele

County Executive  Milwaukee, Wisconsin


ADVANCED MATERIALS & MANUFACTURING: Value and Challenges in Multi-Campus University/Industry Connectivity (Collaboration)
Nidal Abu-Zahra, PhD Associate Professor, Department Chair, Materials Science & Engineering, UWM College of Engineering & Applied Science (Moderator) Value and challenges in Multi-campus University/Industry Connectivity (Collaboration)
Douglas Dunham
Professor; Director of Materials Science and Engineering Center, UW EauClaire
Joseph Hamann, PhD Director of Advanced Engineering, Rexnord Corporation
Konstantin Soboloev, PhD Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering,  UWM College of Engineering & Applied Science
Jessica Silvaggi, PhD Director of Technology Commercialization, UWM Research Foundation, Inc.
BIOMEDICAL & HEALTH: Multiscale Connections in Health; From Biology to Bedside
Andrew Greene, PhD Visiting Professor, UWM College of Engineering & Applied Science, Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Professor of Biotechnology and Biomedical Engineering at Medical College of Wisconsin (Moderator)
Bonnie Freudinger Biomedical Research Engineer, Medical College of Wisconsin
Mingyu Liang, PhD
Professor and Eminent Scholar, Physiology and Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin
Manoj Raghavan, MD, PhD Associate Professor of Neurology, Medical College of Wisconsin
Justin Smith Innovation and Technology Manager, Direct Supply Innovation and Technology Center
Adel Nasiri, PhD Interim Executive Director, UWM Connected Systems Institute (Moderator)
Balamuragan Balakreshnan Leader & Principal Solutions Architect, Microsoft
Kyle Crum Manager Advanced Technology, Rockwell Automation
Derrick Hesser Strategic Account Manager, ANSYS
Atish Sinha, PhD Director, Center of Technology Innovation, UWM Lubar School of Business

MADE IN MILWAUKEE: Buildings, Batteries and Beer. 3 Quick Hits/30 Minutes.

Dan Katt CEO, Founder, Good City Brewing
Steven Rech PE, SE, Associate, GRAEF
Craig Rigby Vice President, Technology Johnson Controls Power Solution
Lori Rosenthal PE, LEED AP, Vice President, GRAEF
TRANSPORTATIONResponding to Emerging Transportation Needs & Developments through Industry/Government/University Partnerships
Al Ghorbanpoor Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, UWM College of Engineering & Applied Science (Moderator)
Joe Nestler P.E., WisDOT Chief Engineer and Administrator of the Division of Transportation System Development (DTSD) (e-mail: joseph.nestler@dot.wi.gov)
Xiao Qin, PhD Associate Professor,Civil & Environmental Engineering, UWM College of Engineering & Applied Science
Peter Rafferty TSM&O/CAV Services, Gannett Fleming
Craig Rigby Vice President, Technology, Power Solutions, Johnson Controls
Tom Watson Technical Fellow, Tenneco
WATER & ENERGY NEXUS: The Future of the New Economy
Deyang Qu, PhD Professor, Department Chair, Johnson Controls Endowed Chair, Mechanical Engineering, UWM College of Engineering & Applied Science (Moderator)
Dean Amhaus President and CEO, The Water Council
Zoe Jin Director of Modeling and Requirements, Johnson Controls Power Solution
Mike Wusterbarth Director, Badger Meter