Quality 4.0 Panel
4:00 – 5:45 pm, MONDAY, August 2 – Room 5
Dr. M. Affan Badar, PhD, CPEM
Professor and Former Chair
Department of Applied Engineering and Technology Management
Indiana State University
Terre Haute, Indiana, USA
M. Affan Badar, PhD, CPEM is a Professor and former Chair of the Department of Applied Engineering and Technology Management at Indiana State University, USA. From 2016 to 2018, he was Professor and Chair of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management at the University of Sharjah, UAE. He received a PhD Degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 2002, MS in Mechanical Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in 1993, and MSc in Industrial Engineering in 1990 and BSc (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering in 1988 from Aligarh Muslim University. Dr. Badar has published more than 70 articles in refereed journals and proceedings in the areas of quality, reliability, coordinate metrology, lean manufacturing, health care, energy system design, and supply chain. He is a member of IISE, IEOM, ASEM, and ASME.
Panel Speaker I
Bob Doering, MBA
Superior Roll Forming
Quality Engineering Professional
Expert in CorrectSPC for Precision Machining – Trainer, Consultant
Lagrange, Ohio, United States
Bob Doering has been in the quality field for over 20 years. He is currently a quality engineer for an automotive component manufacturing firm, as well as a consultant in SPC, Metrology and Quality Concepts training. He holds associates degrees from Lorain County Community College of Elyria, Ohio and The University of Akron of Akron, Ohio; BA in Business and MBA in Systems Management from Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, Ohio.
Panel Speaker II
Dr. Vivek Soni
Coordinator -Internal Quality Assurance Cell
Coordinator Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Innovative Energy Solutions
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s – Usha and Lakshmi Mittal Institute of Management
New Delhi, India
Dr. Soni is a distinguished faculty of Operations and Decision Sciences at one of the well reputed educational system Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Institute of Management New Delhi. Professor Soni has deep insights into management areas, is also certified Independent Director by Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Govt. of India and works as a consultant to wide aspects of energy (particularly wide dimensions of conventional and non-conventional forms of security and sustainability), energy–environment nexus, India’s strategic development on energy, role of sustainable technologies to reduce climate change, and technology-based climate change adaptation. More specifically, his research focuses on operations cum strategic management-based modeling approaches to assist development of India as data and knowledge driven society with an equitable and sustainable and qualitative education, energy and also with cleaner and safe environment. He is Accredited Management Teacher by AIMA, conveyor of Innovation Cell, and also Coordinator of Internal Quality Assurance Committee and Centre for Excellence in Innovative Energy Solutions; He teaches Entrepreneurship, Operations and Supply Chain Management related courses.
His innovative research intending to optimal solutions for objectives of several GDP dependent, both SME and service sectors working towards reforming India’s rural economy, specifically through academic deliveries are leverages by his deep industry rich experiences, all of which he gained with his wide gamut of experience with Government, Public Sector Units and Corporate, particularly on National Educational Programme for creating awareness for enhance energy efficiency under the National Action Plan for Climate Change. Renewable energy and energy efficiency, the politics of large-scale energy infrastructure, designing public policy to improve energy security and access to electricity, and building adaptive capacity to the consequences of climate change, all are of his ever green and ongoing research agenda to advocate to management stakeholders.
As a sample of reflection, his research on precise decision on energy has been depicted in several international and national journals/ magazine interviews, few of them include Fundamental and Innovations in Solar Energy, Sustainable Production and Consumption, Indian Journal of Public Administration, International Energy Sector Management, Transforming Government: People Process and Policy, Information Security and Management, and Journal of Advances in Management etc. His research also conferred upon Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence (2017) by Emerald Publishing, United Kingdom, under the category of Highly Commended Paper. His research work is seen in international conferences at The Institute of Energy Economics (IEEJ) Japan (2009), International Academy of Business, and Economies (IABE), USA (2012) and Canadian University of Dubai, (2014).
Panel Speaker III
José Carlos Sá
Mechanical Engineering Department – Sub-Area of Industrial Engineering and Management
Superior Institute of Engineering of Porto
José Carlos Sá is MSc in Industrial Engineering and Bachelor Degree in Production Engineering, both by University of Minho, Portugal. In 2015 he awarded the title of Specialist in Quality Management, by Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo, Portugal. He is Auxiliar Professor and Lean Six Sigma Post-graduation Coordinator at the School of Engineering, Polytechnic of Porto (Portugal). He taught in Higher Education since 2005. He has made several presentations at various national and international congresses and he has more than 40 papers (ISI+SCOPUS) published on quality management, continuous improvement, safety and lean six sigma.
He was consultant from 2004 to 2020, in several companies, in the areas of safety management, quality management, Lean Six Sigma and industrial management. In 2015, José Carlos became a “Senior Member” of the Portuguese Engineer Association.
Panel Speaker IV
Vice President of Operations
Austin, Texas, USA
Adil is an executive leader with 30+ years of experience developing and delivering pioneering, customized enterprise-wide digital solutions across industries in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Middle-East and Latin America. He has led over 350 strategic and tactical lean six sigma, digital transformation, leadership development, software development, factory re-layouts and mergers and acquisition programs globally across various industries. Adil has coached global executives and government leaders to enhance the value of human potential, and optimize ROI through enhanced performance of leaders, and individuals. He is also a distinguished global keynote speaker, award-winning author in lean, quality and business optimization, and the recipient of ‘2014 Global Award for Outstanding contribution to Quality & Leadership’. Adil’s book ‘The 12 Pillars of Project Excellence: A Lean Approach to Improving Project Results’ has won the ASQ Crosby Zero-defect Medal, the Shingo Research & Publication Award, and the Axiom Best Business Book Award. He has also, authored ‘A Legacy Driven Life: Live a Legacy to Leave a Legacy’ and co-authored ASQ’s ‘Lean Bronze Certification Handbook’. Adil has pioneered innovations like Sensei Leadership™, iLean® Technology, iCulture™, The V-Factor™ and Pinnacle Performance Zone™. His mastery has made him a sought after strategic solutions partner, coach, and an executive sensei.
Panel Speaker V
Dr. Elizabeth Cudney
Associate Professor of Business Data Analytics
John E. Simon School of Business
St Louis, Missouri, United States
Dr. Elizabeth Cudney is an Associate Professor of Business Data Analytics in the John E. Simon School of Business at Maryville University. She received her B.S. in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University, Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering and MBA from the University of Hartford, and doctorate in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri – Rolla. She received the 2020 Walter E. Masing Book Prize from the International Academy for Quality for her book on Lean Six Sigma. In 2018, Dr. Cudney received the ASQ Crosby Medal for her book on Design for Six Sigma. Dr. Cudney received the 2018 IISE Fellow Award. She also received the 2017 Yoshio Kondo Academic Research Prize from the International Academy for Quality for sustained performance in exceptional published works. In 2014, Dr. Cudney was elected as an ASEM Fellow. In 2013, Dr. Cudney was elected as an ASQ Fellow. In 2010, Dr. Cudney was inducted into the International Academy for Quality. She received the 2008 ASQ A.V. Feigenbaum Medal and the 2006 SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineering Award. She has published nine books and over 95 journal papers. Dr. Cudney is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt. She holds eight ASQ certifications, which include ASQ Certified Quality Engineer, Manager of Quality/Operational Excellence, and Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, amongst others.
Global Supply Chain and Logistics Panel
6:00 – 7:45 pm, MONDAY, August 2 – Room 5
Panel Chair: Professor Jose Arturo Garza-Reyes, University of Derby, UK
SCM Panel Chair
Professor Jose Arturo Garza-Reyes, Ph.D.
Professor of Operations Management
Head of the Centre for Supply Chain Improvement
College of Business, Law and Social Sciences
University of Derby, UK
Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Industrial Engineering and Operations Management (IJIEOM)
Prof. Jose Arturo Garza-Reyes is a Professor of Operations Management and Head of the Centre for Supply Chain Improvement at the College of Business, Law and Social Sciences, University of Derby, UK. He is actively involved in industrial projects where he combines his knowledge, expertise and industrial experience in operations management to help organisations achieve excellence in their internal functions and supply chains. He has also led and managed international research projects funded by the European Union, British Academy, British Council and Mexico’s National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT). As a leading academic, he has published over 120 articles in leading scientific journals, international conferences and five books in the areas of operations management and innovation, manufacturing performance measurement and quality management systems. Areas of expertise and interest for Professor Garza-Reyes include general aspects of operations and manufacturing management, business excellence, quality improvement, and performance measurement. He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), a certified Six Sigma-Green Belt, and has over eight years of industrial experience working as Production Manager, Production Engineer and Operations Manager for several international and local companies in both the UK and Mexico. He is also a fellow member of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and a member of the Institution of Engineering Technology (MIET).
SCM Panel Speaker I
Professor Vikas Kumar, Ph.D.
Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management
Director of Research and Scholarship
Bristol Business School
University of the West of England (UWE)
Vikas Kumar is a Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management and Director of Research & Scholarship at Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, UK. He holds a PhD degree in Management Studies from University of Exeter, UK. He has published more than 170 peer-reviewed articles in leading International journals and International conferences including the Journal of Business Research, International Journal of Production Research, Supply Chain Management: an International Journal, Expert System with Applications, International Journal of Production Economics, and Production Planning & Control. He serves on the editorial board of a number of international journals including The Int. J. of Industrial Engineering and Operations Management, Int. J. of Services, Economics and Management, Int. J. of Manufacturing Systems, and Int. J. of Lean Enterprise Research. He has successfully secured funding in the excess of £1 million from various research agencies such as EPSRC, Innovate UK, British Academy, Newton Fund and British Council. His current research interests include Sustainability, Circular Economy, Food Supply Chains, Operational Excellence, and Business Model Innovation.
SCM Panel Speaker II
Dr. Jiří Tupa
Vice Dean for Faculty Development
Faculty of Electrical Engineering
University of West Bohemia
Pilsen, Czech Republic
Jiri Tupa received his MSc (2002) and PhD (2006) in Electrical Engineering from Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of West Bohemia in Pilsen in Czech Republic. He is a Vice-dean of faculty and Senior Lecturer at Department of Technologies and Measurement. Dr. Tupa is member of executive management at Regional Innovation Centre for Electrical Engineering of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen. He is also PhD supervisor, reviewer of journal and conference publications and co-organizer of conferences. His research interests include Business Process Management, Quality Management, Risk and Performance Management in Electrical Engineering Industry, Industrial Engineering, Electronics Manufacturing and Diagnostics, Financial and Project Management, Copyrights and patents law, information law and transfer of IPR. Jiri Tupa is responsible for several international research and development projects with industrial and University partners. The project RiMaCon – Risk Management Software System for SMEs in the Construction Industry is one of the important international projects. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Program for research; technological development and demonstration (2013-2017). The RiMaCon project’s main goal is to implement a collaborative effort to promote the sharing of knowledge and competencies in a long-term strategic research partnership around the development, testing and validation of a cost effective and user-friendly risk management system for SMEs in the construction sector.
SCM Panel Speaker III
Dr. Luis Rocha Lona
Lecturer in Operations Management, Business School
National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico
México City, Mexico
Tec de Monterrey, Campus Santa Fe
Luis Rocha-Lona is a Lecturer in Operations Management at the Business School at National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico and at Tec de Monterrey, Campus Santa Fe. Luis Rocha graduated from the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico (IPN) as Automation Control Systems Engineer. Then, he pursued an MSc in Control Systems with a major in information systems/manufacturing at the University of Sheffield, UK. He holds a PhD in Operations Management from The Manchester Business School. Dr Luis Rocha-Lona has eight years of working experience in the public and private sectors. He has lead several projects involved with service and manufacturing organisations and is currently supervising Master and PhD students at National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico.
SCM Panel Speaker IV
Dr. Anil Kumar
Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor)
Guildhall School of Business and Law
London Metropolitan University
Dr. Anil Kumar is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) at Guildhall School of Business and Law, London Metropolitan University (LMU), London, U.K. For the last ten years, he has been associated with teaching and research. Before joining LMU, he was Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in area of Decision Sciences at the Centre for Supply Chain Improvement, University of Derby, U.K. He earned his Ph.D. in Management Science from Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Gwalior, India. He did his graduation in Mathematics (Hons) and MSc (Mathematics) from Kurukshetra University, India. He earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) and qualified National Eligibility Test (NET), June 2011. He has contributed over 95+ research papers in international referred & national journals, and conferences at the international and national level. He has sound analytical capabilities to handle commercial consultancy projects and to deliver business improvement projects. He has skills and expertise in Advance Statistics Models, Multivariate Analysis, Multi-Criteria Decision Making, Fuzzy Theory, Fuzzy Optimisation, Fuzzy Multi-Criteria Decision Making, Grey Theory and Analysis, Machine Learning, Application of Soft-Computing, Econometrics Models etc. His areas of research are sustainability, green/sustainable supply chain management, customer retention, green purchasing behaviour, sustainable development, circular economy, Industry 4.0, performance measurement, human capital in supply chain and operations and integration of operation area with other areas.
SCM Panel Speaker V
Dr. Sunil Luthra
Ch. Ranbir Singh State Institute of Engineering & Technology
Jhajjar, Haryana, India
Dr. Sunil Luthra is working at Ch. Ranbir Singh State Institute of Engineering & Technology, Jhajjar, Haryana, India. He is also Visiting Research Professor at the ‘Centre for Supply Chain Improvement, University of Derby, Derby, United Kingdom. He has contributed over 250 research papers in international referred and national journals, and conferences at international and national level. He has an excellent research track record (received more than 7009 citations on Google Scholar; H-index – 45 on Google Scholar). He has received many Awards and Honours for the research and teaching. He is as a Guest Editor of many reputed journals such Journal of Cleaner Production, Technology Forecasting & Social Change, Production Planning & Control, Resources Policy, Resources, Conservation and Recycling and Annals of Operations Research etc. He is reviewing papers for more 50 reputed journals. He is on editorial board of many reputed journals. He has published 06 books with reputed publishers such as CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC and New Age International Publisher (P) Ltd. etc.
His research interests are: Productions & Operations Management; Sustainable Production and Consumption; Green/Sustainable/Circular Supply Chain Management; Sustainable societies etc.
Global Engineering Education Panel
7:00 – 8:40 pm, Tuesday, August 3 – Room 1
Dr.-Ing. Patrick Dallasega
Industrial Engineering and Automation
Faculty of Science and Technology
Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
Patrick Dallasega is an Assistant Professor of Factory Planning and Project Management at the Faculty of Science and Technology of the Free University of Bolzano (Italy). He studied at the Free University of Bolzano (Italy), at the Polytechnic University of Turin (Italy) and got his PhD at the University of Stuttgart (Germany). From 2005 until 2010, he worked in the fields of plant and factory planning in a local food processing industry. Later, from 2012 until 2015, he was employed as Research Associate at Fraunhofer Italia Research where he managed and executed several research projects for private and public customers. Since 2016, he has been employed as Assistant Professor at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. His main research interests are in, supply chain management, Industry 4.0, lean construction, lean manufacturing and production planning and control in MTO and ETO enterprises.
Panel Speaker I
Product Lead – Industrial & Systems Engineering & Student Projects
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Haleh leads a wide spectrum of industrial engineering services and projects. She engages NCSU students as part of her project teams in the areas of productivity and quality improvements, costing, facilities layout, process & training documentations, ergonomics assessment, and scheduling, as well as client-customized projects. She also provides lean, statistical process control, measurement systems analysis, and work measurement training in conjunction with Timer Pro (video analysis software) Workshops as well as related implementation events.
Past Experiences: Haleh has more than 20 years of experience in diverse industries as an industrial/product/quality engineer. She worked at Flextronics in Youngsville as a product engineer. Her prior work history includes being an industrial engineer at the United States Postal Service in Los Angeles, an industrial/quality engineer at General Motors, an industrial engineer at Monsanto Electronic Materials in St. Louis, and an industrial/quality engineer at now closed
Buehler Products in Cary.
Degrees: Haleh obtained her BS in industrial engineering from NC State University. She is an ASQ certified quality engineer, and is SME bronze lean certified. She also has extensive training and experience in statistical engineering as well as project management. She is currently IIE Raleigh Chapter President and Lean Division Board Director at Institute of Industrial Engineers. She served as Education Chair for ASQ Raleigh Chapter 2009-2012.She has presented in many IIE annual and Lean six sigma
Panel Speaker II
Prof. Eduard Babulak, D.Sc., Ph.D., M.Sc., P.Eng Eur.Ing C.Eng.
Honorary Chair, Chief Mentor & Senior Advisor, Core Advisory Committee at the World Assessment Council
Consultant, Horizon 2020
Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland University College
Lynchburg, Virginia, United States
Professor Eduard Babulak, is accomplished international scholar, researcher, consultant, educator, professional engineer and polyglot, with more than thirty years of experience. He served as successfully published and his research was cited by scholars all over the world. He serves as Chair of the IEEE Vancouver Ethics, Professional and Conference Committee. He was Invited Speaker at the University of Cambridge, MIT, Purdue, Yokohama National University and University of Electro Communications in Tokyo, Japan, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Sungkyunkwan University in Korea, Purdue, Penn State in USA, Czech Technical University in Prague, University at West Indies, Graz University of Technology, Austria, and other prestigious academic institutions worldwide.
His academic and engineering work was recognized internationally by the Engineering Council in UK, the European Federation of Engineers and credited by the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers and APEG in British Columbia in Canada. He was awarded higher postdoctoral degree DOCENT – Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) in the Czech Republic, Ph.D., M.Sc., and High National Certificate (HNC) diplomas in the United Kingdom, as well as, the M.Sc., and B.Sc. diplomas in Electrical Engineering Slovakia.
He serves as the Editor-in-Chief, Associate Editor-in-Chief, Co-Editor, and Guest-Editor. He speaks 16 languages and his biography was cited in the Cambridge Blue Book, Cambridge Index of Biographies, Stanford Who’s Who, and number of issues of Who’s Who in the World and America.
Professional Member: Fellow of the Royal Society RSA, London, UK; Chartered Professional IT Fellow, Mentor and Elite Group Member of British Computer Society, London, UK, Invited Panel Member for National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, USA; Expert Consultant for EU HORIZON2020 & CORDIS FP6 – FP7 European Commission, Brussels, Belgium • Mentor and Senior Member of the IEEE and ACM, USA; Nominated Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, London, UK and Distinguished Member of the ACM, USA; Chartered Member of the IET, London, UK; Professional Member of American Society for Engineering Education, American Mathematical Association, and Mathematical Society of America, USA.
Panel Speaker III
Ismail Suardi Wekke
Institut Agama Islam Negeri (IAIN) Sorong
Sorong, 98417, Indonesia
The Development of Yapis for Higher Education on Science and Technology in Tanah Papua
Ismail Suardi Wekke is an Assistant Professor, Postgraduate Department of Institut Agama Islam Negeri (IAIN) Sorong, West Papua, Indonesia. He started his higher education in Institut Agama Islam Negeri Alauddin Ujungpandang. When he was on undergraduate program, he was the first rank of student achievement. When he is on the master program in Sekolah Tinggi Agama Islam Negeri (STAIN) Malang, he was the second master of arabic teaching in eastern region of Indonesia. He earned his PhD in National University of Malaysia under Ford Foundation International Fellowship Program. He served as Director of Quality Assuarnce, Sekolah Tinggi Agama Islam Negeri (STAIN) Sorong from 2010 to 2017. 2020, Ministry of Research, and Technology, The Republic of Indonesia acknowledge him among top 50 researcher and lecturer around Indonesia. He appointed as Adjunct Professor in The University College of Yayasan Pahang, Malaysia. As the postgraduate of doctoral program lecturer, he teaches in Universitas Muhammadiyah Parepare; and Universitas Islam Negeri Antasari, Banjarmasin. His research interests include education, religious studies, and gender. He is member of Dosen Indonesia Semesta, and Dosen Insan Cita Indonesia. For his community service, he is co-founder of Sekolah Islam Terpadu Nusabrain, Makassar. The latest development is establishment Institut Sains dan Teknologi An-Nuriyah, Makassar.
Panel Speaker IV
Panel Speaker V
Industry 4.0 Panel
5:00 – 6:45 pm, Wednesday, August 4 – Room 1
Dr. Erwin Rauch
Assistant Professor in Manufacturing Technology and Systems
Head of the Smart Mini Factory laboratory for Industry 4.0 application
Free University of Bolzano
The role of learning factory labs for teaching Industry 4.0
Erwin Rauch is an Assistant Professor in Manufacturing Technology and Systems at Free University of Bolzano, Italy. He received his BSc in Logistics and Production Engineering from the Free University in Bolzano (Italy). He also holds an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University Munich (TUM) and a Master in Business Administration from the TUM Business School. Since 2007, he worked in a Management Consultancy as a Consultant for Lean management. Later he obtained his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Stuttgart in Germany. Since 2014, he is Assistant Professor at the Free University of Bolzano and in 2017 Visiting Researcher at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, MA (USA). Further, he is Head of the Smart Mini Factory laboratory for Industry 4.0 application at the Free University of Bolzano. His research interests include industry 4.0, axiomatic design, agile and reconfigurable manufacturing systems as well as optimization in SMEs.
Panel Speaker I
Junior A. Bennett, P.E., CMfgE, CMfgT, M.Sc. B.Ed, SYL, MJIE, MSME
Lecturer/SOE Work Experience Coordinator
Leader, UTech Ja Productivity Research Group
Industrial Engineering Department, School of Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Computing
University of Technology, Jamaica
Mr. Junior Bennett is an Industrial Engineering Lecturer and Leader of the UTech Ja Productivity Research Group at the University of Technology, Jamaica. He earned a Bachelor of Education in Industrial Technology – Electrical from the University of Technology, Jamaica, and a Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering Systems from the Western Illinois University. He is the First Jamaican to be certified as a Manufacturing Engineer (CMfgE) by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). He is credited for the establishment of the UTech Ja Society of Manufacturing Engineering Student Chapter S430 and was former Faculty Advisor.
He is a former council member and corporate member of the Jamaica Institution of Engineers (JIE) and represents JIE on the National Commission of Science and Technology. He is a Registered Industrial Engineer with the Professional Engineering Registration Board and member of IEOM, SME and IISE.
He has been lecturing in the areas of physics, mathematics, engineering, and management for
over a decade. In 2019, Mr. Bennett was the recipient of the UTech Ja President Award for Outstanding Community Service. He has been inducted as one of Jamaica’s Productivity Ambassador by the Jamaica Productivity Centre (JPC) and periodically writes for The Sunday Gleaner as guest columnist for Engineers’ Angle. He is an Assistant Chief Examiner for a technical subject in CAPE at the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) and External Examiner for the Joint Board for Teacher Education (JBTE).
His research interests are productivity improvement, operations research, manufacturing, Industry 4.0 and quality control management.
Panel Speaker II
Dr. Rajeev Agrawal
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Associate Dean (Research)
Malaviya National Institute of Technology (M.N.I.T.), Jaipur
Dr. Rajeev Agrawal is Fellow of The Institution of Engineer’s (IEI), India. He has more than 20 years of Professional Experience. Dr. Rajeev Agrawal received his M. E. in 2001 from M.N.N.I.T., Allahabad and Ph. D. in 2012 from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra (Ranchi). He is presently working as Associate Professor in Department of Mechanical engineering M.N.I.T. Jaipur.
His research interest is on Industry 4.0, Sustainable Manufacturing, Lean Six Sigma, Solving real life Operations management related problems, Automation in Manufacturing and reconfigurable manufacturing system. He serves on the editorial board of three international journals and has guest edited special issues in around 8 journal and books. Several SCI Journal and International Conference articles have been credited into his account. He set up a CNC Lab. He has research funding from major funding agencies including ADA , Govt. of India, under NPMASS and IE(I). He has also published book chapters on Industry 4.0, Smart Manufacturing Integration of Process Planning and Scheduling, Smart Actuators, Sustainable Manufacturing and Reconfigurable Assembly Systems etc. with renowned international publishers. He is a recognized reviewer of reputed international SCI Journals and Conferences. He has delivered keynote talks at various platforms of National and international stature including The 3rd European International Conference on IEOM Pilsen,Czech Republic. He is an active member of several dynamic societies and research organisations worldwide. Dr. Rajeev Agrawal has been actively involved in research & development (R&D) activities in engineering space. He is actively involved in bringing industry orientation to the engineering education system in India working with several industries, statutory bodies and other organizations.
Dr. Agrawal provides service to the industries (including SME industries) by sharing his expertise and competence of his experience to diagnose and solve industrial problems objectively in selected areas of industrial engineering, Auonomation and Automation. Dr. Agrawal research work focuses on Process Improvement initiatives for productivity enhancement. Through Consulting, Workshop & Training, he applies his skills and experience to those components that profoundly affect an organization’s performance and provide a direction for growth and success.
One of the objectives of his current research is to address conversion quickly for the production of new product by providing customized flexibility and can be improved , upgraded and reconfigured in response to fluctuating demands for automotive companies situated in India
Panel Speaker III
Prof. Adil Matin
President & Chief Editor
WeTel TV, Nest Film Academy Dubai, World Design Foundation
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Prof. Adil Matin, President of WeTel Television – the only English Satellite TV channel of UAE, available on Etisalat Elfie channel 336 in UAE. He is Director of WeTel Design Foundation, Nest Academy higher education UAE. Professor Matin holds over 20 years of experience in the field of media and communication and as filmmaker, he has produced more than 30 documentary films and over hundreds of television programs. He was awarded for his best documentary films on “Tsunami in Indian Ocean” in collaboration with “Save The Children” Sweden, and documentary film commissioned by European Commission for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection based on life of Women & Children and Armed Conflict in Northeast State of India. And holds a masters degree in Mass Communication, diploma in computer electronics and his PhD topic – in social media.
Panel Speaker IV
Prof. Dr. Till Becker
Faculty of Business Studies
University of Applied Science Emden/Leer
Till Becker graduated in Information Systems at the University of Münster, Germany. He joined PricewaterhouseCoopers as IT-Consultant and IT-Auditor before he returned to academia to receive his PhD in International Logistics from Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany. Subsequently, he was appointed Professor of the “Production Systems and Logistic Systems” research group at the University of Bremen, Germany. Currently, he is Professor of Information Systems at the Faculty of Business Studies at the University of Applied Sciences in Emden, Germany.
The research focus of Till Becker is the investigation of the interdependencies between the structure and the dynamic behavior of complex material flow networks. He is also working on data-driven solutions in the fields of data science and machine learning as part of digitalization efforts in companies.
Panel Speaker V
Dawn Ringrose MBA FCMC
Organizational Excellence Specialists Inc.
Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada
Diversity and Inclusion Panel sponsored by Ford Motor Company
7:00 – 9:00 pm, WEDNESDAY, August 4, Room 1
Dr. Matteo Mario Savino
Professor of Industrial Operations and Industrial Management
University of Sannio
Matteo Mario Savino is a Professor of Industrial Operations and Industrial Management at the University of Sannio. He received a PhD in Industrial plants in 1999 at the University Federico II of Naples, Department of Design and Industrial Engineering. Among his research interests there are Project Management, Risk Assessment, Quality aspects related to industrial production. He has managed several National and EU Funded research and educational projects. Since 2008 he has been a Delegate of the Rector for Quality Assurance and is the President of the University Quality Centre. He is the author of more than 50 Scientific Publications and participates in International Journals and International Peer Review proceedings.
Panel Speaker I
Professor Donald M. Reimer
President, The Small Business Strategy Group
Detroit, Michigan, USA
Adjunct Faculty – A. Leon Linton Department of Mechanical Engineering
Lawrence Technological University
Southfield, Michigan, USA
Donald M. Reimer is an adjunct faculty at the A. Leon Linton Department of Mechanical Engineering in College of Engineering at Lawrence Tech in Southfield, Michigan. He coordinates the Certificate of Entrepreneurial Engineering Skills. Mr. Reimer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management from Lawrence Technological University and a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from University of Detroit/Mercy. He is a Certified Management Consultant with over 35 years of experience in working with closely-held businesses. He has taught courses in entrepreneurship, strategic management, corporate entrepreneurship and innovation for engineers. Mr. Reimer is a member of the Lawrence Tech Kern Campus Committee, Coordinator of the Lawrence Tech Innovation Encounter. He is faculty Advisor of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization. Mr. Reimer serves as a Kern Fellow of The Kern Family Foundation, Co-Direct of the Coleman Fellows Program, member of the National Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization Faculty Advisory Council and is a member of the American Society of Engineering Education.
He has operated his own consulting company – The Small Business Strategy Group for 23 years. He published numerous articles on small business, entrepreneurship and strategic thinking. He has received several awards and recognition by local, state and federal agencies for his work in entrepreneurship and minority business development. Mr. Reimer served as member of the Minority Economic Development Committee of New Detroit. Mr. Reimer is member of the Small Business Advisory Council of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Reimer is a member of Advisory Board of the Milwaukee Junction Small Business Assistance Center. He is also a member of the Applied Innovation Alliance. Mr. Reimer serves as a KEEN Fellow for The Kern Family Foundation and is a member of United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
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Panel Speaker III
Panel Speaker IV
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Women in Industry and Academia (WIIA) Panel
10:00 – 11:45 am, THURSDAY, August 5 – Room 5
Professor Linda Zhang
Full Professor of Operations Management
Department of Management
IESEG School of Management
Professor Linda Zhang is full professor of Operations Management of Department of Management, IESEG School of Management, France. She got PhD degree of industrial engineering at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and BEng degree of Industrial Engineering at Tianjin University, China. She has published more than 20 articles in the high-level journals such as IIE Transactions, Decision Support Systems, European Journal of Operational Research, International Journal of Production Research, etc. Prof. Linda Zhang has received many academic awards such as IIE Transactions. A Feature Article in Oct 2009, Best Paper Award at WMSCI 2008, Emerald LiteratiNetwork Highly Recommended Award 2007, Outstanding Paper Award at IEEM 2010, IEEE Technology Management Council Singapore Chapter Best Student Paper Award 2009/2010.
Panel Speaker I
Dr. Rubee Singh
Assistant Professor in HR
Institute of Business Management
New Delhi, Delhi, India
Panel Speaker II
Dr. Sara Shafiee
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Engineering Design and Product Development
Technical University of Denmark
Sara Shafiee is a Researcher/Assistant Professor at the Technical University of Denmark. Sara holds a Ph.D. in management engineering and Technology Development and has +8 years of experience as an IT project manager and consultant in the industry and academia with more than 20 articles in high-level journals. Sara has received several academic awards and is the winner of the Alexander Foss Award in 2017 and the Innovation Fund Denmark’s best Industrial Researcher Prize in 2018. She was one of the five official finalists of the SDG Tech Awards 2020. She is also appointed as one of the eight ambassadors of Innovation Fund Denmark since 2018, Inno-women, with the mission to perform as the visible role model for potential females applications. Aligned with her motivations, she founded her company DivERS in 2021, which provides a systematic approach during the recruitment process to improve the quality of employment by eliminating biases regarding gender, age, race, etc. In 2021, DivERS was awarded the best Digital National Startup by Venture Cup Denmark.
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