AI SPEAKERS

All-star lineup of speakers will describe the key drivers, constraints and disciplines necessary to implement Artificial Intelligence/Big Data Solutions in your sector: manufacturing, logistics, pricing, health, safety, security, environmental protection and more.

Ben Amaba, Ph.D., P.E., CPIM, LEED AP

Ben Amaba, Ph.D., PE, CPIM, LEED AP - Symposium Chair

Ben Amaba holds a Ph.D. degree in industrial & systems engineering, a M.B.A./M.S. degree in engineering and operations, and a B.S. degree in electrical engineering. Dr. Amaba is a registered and licensed professional engineer in several states with international registry; certified in production, operations and inventory management by APICS®; LEED® Accredited Professional (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design); and certified in corporate strategy by Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is responsible for industrial manufacturing, infrastructure, engineering and supply chain solutions.

Michael Testani, M.S.

Michael Testani, M.S. - Symposium Chair

Michael Testani is the director of industrial outreach and continuing professional education at Binghamton University’s Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. In this role, he directs the strategic partnership for Industrial Resurgence (SPIR) program. SPIR is a New York state-sponsored program that aligns engineering students and faculty with small and startup businesses to help them overcome technical challenges to enable their economic success and growth. SPIR is offered by Binghamton University, Stony Brook and Buffalo to provide the New York state-based businesses with the technical support they need to achieve their business strategies.

Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon is an AI and data science technical lead at IBM within the industrial sector and has worked at IBM for 3 years in a variety of technical roles with analytic, cloud, AI and data science solutions. As a member of the IBM AI and data science (DS) technical team within the industrial sector, Mike has led hands-on workshops, proof of concepts, demonstrations, and briefings and discovery workshops for AI & DS solutions based on the IBM AI & DS tools. Mike has over 20 years’ experience as a data / data warehouse developer, enterprise architect, manager, consultant, and team lead for information technology solutions. Mike has extensive manufacturing systems experience developing custom enterprise requirements planning components, shop floor production systems, near real-time reporting systems and optimization systems. Mike has earned an undergraduate degree from Limestone College with a BS in computer science / business administration. Additionally, Mike is a Navy veteran, having served over 10 years in the Intelligence field.

Dale Mumper

Dale Mumper

Dale Mumper has a passion for problem solving, innovating, and teaching. From his education in physics he learned how to analyze a problem and determine a plan for an optimal solution. Taking a broad view of an opportunity and incorporating disparate requirements and constraints into the outcome allows him to apply these techniques to the business and IT problem space. Dale’s innovation skills arise from his ability to look beyond the simple or standard answers and derive an approach that uniquely fits the issues at hand. Finally, teaching gives him an outlet for sharing complex topics with people in a way that speaks in their own languages and to their own experiences. Teaching has taken the form of roles such as being a TA in physics or teaching quantitative analysis at the MBA level. Dale approaches every strategic planning, consulting engagement, or requirements gathering activity from the perspective of extracting the maximum amount of information from the participants as possible. This normally requires Dale to formulate the conversations in a manner that allows them to speak in their own business comfort zone, while he performs the translation into technical terms. His technical background and MBA aid him in facilitating this.

Marouane Kessentini, Ph.D.

Marouane Kessentini, Ph.D.

Marouane Kessentini is a recipient of the prestigious 2018 Distinguished Research Award from the President of Tunisia. He is currently a tenured associate professor in the department of computer and information science at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. He received his Ph.D. from University of Montreal in Canada in 2012. He is a recent recipient of the university distinguished teaching (2017), the university distinguished digital education (2018), and the College of Engineering distinguished research (2018) awards. He is the founder of the Intelligent Software Engineering Research Lab (ISE Lab). He received multi-million grants from both industry and federal agencies and published over 120 papers in top software engineering journals and conferences. Dr. Kessentini has several collaborations with various industrial companies on the use computational search, data analytics machine learning and evolutionary algorithms to address several software engineering and services computing problems such as software quality, software migration, software evolution, services quality, services composition, services refactoring, etc.

David Reid, P.E.

David Reid, PE

David is a business-minded practicing industrial engineering manager with the heart of a teacher. David leads the understand/imagine team of production design at Chick-fil-A. The U/I team is an army of industrial engineers who bring a command of the facts to Chick-fil-A’s strategic planning and project execution. Production design is responsible for improving speed of service, space capacity, equipment capacity, and team member experience. Before coming to Chick-fil-A in 2014, David worked extensively in manufacturing, including serving as an industrial engineer for Michelin Tire Corporation, where he discovered a passion for process improvement. He also spent ten years planting Peachtree Church in Villa Rica, GA, before returning to engineering. David is a graduate of Georgia Tech (bachelor of mechanical engineering) and Dallas Theological Seminary (master of theology). He earned his P.E. in 2018.

Sreekanth Ramakrishnan, Ph.D.

Sreekanth Ramakrishnan, Ph.D.

Sreekanth Ramakrishnan is a senior technical staff member and CX program director at IBM Corporation working on distilling insights and solutions for IBM's teams to deliver superior client experience. Skilled in using design thinking as an enterprise design thinking coach, he facilitates numerous engagements to design and develop analytics solutions and redesign business processes. He leads IBM systems' client Experience program focusing on driving actionable insights for the product teams to improve IBM products, by interfacing with clients through Net Promoter System.

He has a Ph.D. (2008) and M.S. (2005) in industrial and systems engineering from the Department of Systems Science and industrial engineering at Binghamton University - State University of New York, Binghamton, N.Y. His passion is also in teaching - he is an adjunct faculty at the Lucas College of Business at San Jose State University where he teaches operations management and total quality management.

  Conrad Tucker, Ph.D.

Conrad Tucker, Ph.D.

Conrad Tucker is an Arthur Hamerschlag Career Development professor of mechanical engineering and machine learning (courtesy) at Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to joining CMU in the Fall 2019, he held a joint appointment as associate professor in engineering design and industrial and manufacturing engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Tucker’s research focuses on the design and optimization of systems through the acquisition, integration and mining of large scale, disparate data. He received his Ph.D., M.S. (industrial engineering), and MBA degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

He has served as PI/Co-PI on federally/non-federally funded grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Army Research Laboratory (ARL), the Office of Naval Research (ONR) via the Center for eDesign, and most recently, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). He is currently serving as Co-PI in the ARL Cyber CRA at CMU. In February 2016, he was invited by National Academy of Engineering (NAE) president Dr. Dan Mote, to serve as a member of the advisory committee for the NAE Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) Symposium. Dr. Tucker is the recipient of the American Society of the Engineering Education’s (ASEE) Summer Faculty Fellowship Program (SFFP) award and conducted research at the Air Force Institute of Technology at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base during summer 2014 and summer 2015.

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