2020 MERC Speakers

  Featured Speakers Include:

Ilya Avdeev, PhD_Mechanical Engineering

Ilya Avdeev

Associate Professor


Brand Cheng


Foxconn Industrial Internet

Peter Faguy


Vehicle Technologies Office, Department of Energy

Missy Hughes

Secretary & CEO

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Keri McConnell

Executive Director

Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute

Tom Still


Wisconsin Technology Council

Brian Thompson





DATA SCIENCE: Advances and Opportunities, Including Machine Learning, Cloud Computing, Data Security, Business Analytics and Real-Time Applications
Purush  Papatla Co-Moderator, UWM Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute Professor of Marketing and co-director of Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute
Zeyun Yu Co-Moderator, Associate Professor of Computer Science, UWM
Keri McConnell Director of the Northwestern Mutual Date Science Institute
Wilkistar Otieno Associate Professor and Department Chair of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, UWM
Kimberly Rice Senior Data Scientist, FedEx
Inna Schimmel Engineering and Data Scientist, Schneider National
Tian Zhao Associate Professor of Computer Science, UWM
Brooke Slavens Moderator, Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering, UWM
Shivam Bharti Innovation Manager at Advocate Aurora Health
Priyatha Premnath Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, UWM
Jacob Rammer Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, UWM
Ann Rosenthal, MD Chief of Rheumatology, Will and Cava Ross Professor, Medical College of Wisconsin and Medical Director, Zablocki VA Translational Research Center
ENERGY: Innovations in Storage, Management, and Distribution
Deyang Qu Moderator, Professor and Department Chair, Mechanical Engineering, Johnson Controls Endowed Professorship in Energy Storage at UWM
Peter Faguy Electrochemist, Vehicle Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
Marija Gajdardziska-Josifovska Professor and Dean, UWM Graduate School, Founder, Safe Li LLC
Carol Hirschmugl Professor of Physics, UWM, Founder, Safe Li LLC
Dan Krueger EVP of InfrastructureWEC Energy Group
Steve Wood VP of Engineering, Battery and Charger Systems , Milwaukee Tool
MADE IN MKE: The Founders’ Stories. How four alumni entrepreneurs are making their marks on your water, where you sleep, the beer you drink, and your better health.
Ali Bakhshinejad PhD, VasoGnosis, President and CEO
Carrie Bristoll-Groll CEO, Stormwater Solutions Engineering LLC
Ben Caya Founder, Spike Brewing LLC
Jesse  DePinto Co-founder and Chief Growth Officer, Frontdesk
WATER: Making a Bigger Splash: Transforming Water Infrastructures by Developing Smart and Resilient Urban Water Systems
Qian Liao Moderator, Associate Professor Civil & Environmental Engineering, UWM
Jin Li Professor Civil & Environmental Engineering, UWM
Matt Magruder Environmental Research ManagerMilwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
Marcia Silva Assoc. Scientist and Director – UWM Water Technology Accelerator (WaTA)
Yin Wang Assistant Professor Civil & Environmental Engineering, UWM
MATERIALS/NANOMATERIALS: It’s a Material World: Innovations From Nanometers to Many Meters
Ben Church Moderator, Associate Professor Materials & Engineering, UWM
Xiaoli Ma Assistant Professor Materials Science & Engineering, UWM
Junjie Niu Assistant Professor Materials Science & Engineering, UWM
Vikas Saraf Director of Engineering and Technology, ATI Forged Products