Keynote Speakers

Keynote speakers, renowned experts in industrial engineering and management, set the tone for the various sections of the annual conference.

Sunday, May 21

Read an interview with Sev McMurtry here.


Sev McMurtry
Senior Vice President, Operations Planning and Engineering
FedEx Ground

Sev McMurtry is the senior vice president, operations planning and engineering for FedEx Ground, headquartered in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. McMurtry has more than 29 years of experience working for FedEx Ground. He joined FedEx Ground's predecessor RPS Inc. in 1986 as an operations engineering analyst and worked his way up through the ranks. He became a manager in 1993, a director in 1996, a vice president in 2003 and a senior vice president in 2008. McMurtry earned his bachelor's degree from The Pennsylvania State University and his master's degree from Carnegie-Mellon University. He has also been honored with the prestigious FedEx Ground Five Star Award. 

Monday, May 22

Read an interview with Gerald Brown here.


Gerald G. Brown
Operations Research Department
Naval Postgraduate School
Monterey, California  

Gerald G. Brown, Ph.D., is a distinguished professor of operations research and executive director of the Center for Infrastructure Defense at the Naval Postgraduate School, where he has taught and conducted research in optimization and optimization-based decision support since 1973, earning awards for both outstanding teaching and research. His military research has been applied by every uniformed service, in areas ranging from strategic nuclear targeting to capital planning. He has been awarded the Barchi, Mennekin, Rist and Thomas prizes for military operations research, is credited with guiding investments of more than a trillion dollars, and has earned the INFORMS President and Steinhardt prizes for lifetime achievements. Brown has designed and implemented decision support software used by the majority of the Fortune 50, in areas ranging from vehicle routing to supply chain optimization. His research has earned patents and appears in scores of open-literature publications and classified reports, some of which are seminal references. Brown is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a recipient of the U.S. Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Medal and an INFORMS fellow. 

Tuesday, May 23


Francis J. Kramer
Chairman of the board
II-VI Inc.

Francis Kramer joined II-VI in 1983, serving as its president from 1985 to 2014, its CEO since 2007 and its chairman and CEO from 2014 to 2016. He now serves as the company's chairman of the board of directors. Kramer holds a B.S. in industrial engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.S. in industrial administration from Purdue University. Kramer has served as director of Barnes Group Inc., a publicly traded aerospace and industrial manufacturing company since 2012.

Kramer provides the II-VI board and the company with guidance on growth strategy, in particular on the profitable and sustainable execution of the strategy to achieve sustainable competitive advantage. He contributes considerable business development experience, having completed 20 acquisitions in 20 years adding nearly $700 million in revenue and significant operations experience relevant to II-VI's vertical integration strategy and globalization.