Invited Speakers


Prof. Alain Bernard
Head of IS3P (Engineering of Systems: Product, Processes, Performances) Research Team
Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France

Prof. A. Bernard graduated in 1982 from ENS Cachan and obtained his PhD in 1989 from Ecole Centrale Paris. He was an Associate Professor from 1990 to 1996 at Centrale Paris. From September 1996 to October 2001, he served as Professor in CRAN, Nancy I, in the “Integrated Design and Manufacturing” team. Since October 2001, he has served as Professor at Centrale Nantes and Dean for Research from 2007 to 2012. He is a researcher in the LS2N laboratory (UMR CNRS 6004) in the “Systems Engineering –Products-Processes-Performances” team. His research topics are Knowledge Management (KM), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), information system modeling, interoperability, enterprise modeling, systems performance assessment, virtual engineering and additive manufacturing. He has supervised more than 30 PhD students and has published more than 150 papers in refereed international journals and books. He is the Vice President of AFPR (French Association on Rapid prototyping and Additive Manufacturing), Vice Chairman of WG5.1 of IFIP (Global Product Development for the whole product lifecycle), a Fellow of CIRP (The International Academy for Production Engineering) and a member of the CIRP Council. He co-coordinated and co-authored two books in French in the field of Additive manufacturing: Le prototypage rapide (Hermès, 1998); Fabrication additive (Dunod, 2015).

George P. Bray
International Pharmaceutical Executive
International Federation of Pharmaceutical Wholesalers, Manassas, VA

George P. Bray grew up in a privately held pharmaceutical distribution company in Paducah, Kentucky. After receiving a degree in Marketing and Business Management from Indiana University Kelley School of Business he went on to spend his entire career in the industry. Currently an international pharmaceutical executive with the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Wholesalers (, he spends his time representing the industry internationally, primarily within the global health arena. George spent 40 years in various senior executive leadership roles for AmerisourceBergen (, managing large groups of people in logistics, distribution, and sales. Later in his career he became a certified executive coach (CEP) and assisted senior executives in managing their personal growth, development, and careers. George received a Master’s degree in Business Administration from The Ohio State University. His introduction to international business through his MBA experience led to the expansion of his career in the international pharmaceutical distribution arena. George entered the Global Health arena through his facilitation of leadership courses and professional mentoring in Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zanzibar while representing the AmerisourceBergen Foundation. He has guest lectured at the University of Rwanda in Kigali, Rwanda and Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. He will participate in the Global Health Supply Chain Summit in Accra, Ghana in November and lead a professional supply chain course in Uganda in January. Although uninjured, George had just arrived at the Brussels airport on March 22nd, 2016 when terrorist bombs detonated and 32 civilians lost their lives.
George has three daughters with one following in his footsteps in pharmaceutical distribution. George has served on the board of directors of Pharmacy Systems, Inc., a pharmacy management company in Columbus, Ohio and currently serves on the Barkley Regional Airport Authority. A strong advocate for childhood development for all children, George has been active in Boys and Girls Clubs for much of his career, has served on three different Boys & Girls Club boards, and currently serves as an advisor to the Oscar Cross Boys & Girls Club in Paducah. He is an active outdoorsman with a strong interest in mountain climbing, downhill skiing, backpacking, running, and cycling.

John D. Gagel
Global Senior Manager, Corporate Sustainability
Lexmark International, Inc.

John D. Gagel is the global senior manager of corporate sustainability for Lexmark International, Inc. He is responsible for corporate management of all global sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives and strategy development as well as product safety compliance.
Gagel has been with Lexmark for 18 years and has served in his current position since 2007. He is responsible for the development and release of Lexmark’s annual CSR report; and is the corporate senior manager for environmental, health and safety, responsible for Lexmark operations globally. In addition, he provides customer-focused sales and marketing support for all Lexmark sustainability initiatives worldwide, and has spoken at numerous conferences and seminars about the importance of sustainability as a key business strategy.
Gagel is the Lexmark representative to the Manufacturing Executive Leadership Council Board of Governors and the University of Kentucky, College of Engineering Institute for Sustainable Manufacturing.
He has more than 24 years of experience in the sustainability, environmental, health and safety field. Prior to joining Lexmark, he served as a consultant to Fortune 500 companies in varied manufacturing settings on environmental, health and safety-related issues.
Gagel is certified in the comprehensive practice of industrial hygiene by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH). He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Fredonia.

Robin Haugen

General Manager Plant & Environmental Engineering, Production Engineering Division
Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (TMNA)

Robin C. Haugen is the General Manager of Plant & Environmental Engineering at Toyota Motor North America, Inc (TMNA) in Georgetown, KY. She is currently responsible for North America Manufacturing and R&D Facility Construction, Corporate Environmental and Facility Engineering and North America Energy & Water Management. One of the primary components of her mission is to lead the manufacturing organization to achieve Toyota’s Environmental Challenge 2050 that contains six specific goals to eliminate CO2 completely from the production and operation of vehicles toward manufacturing that is a net positive to the environment and society. 
Robin joined Toyota in 1991 as a Sr. Architectural Engineer at the Technical Center Headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Robin continued at TTC with growing responsibilities in Business and Engineering Management. During this time, Robin was promoted to Plant Engineering Manager, General Manager of Business Services, and Sr. Executive Administrator (2005). Robin’s responsibility expanded from TTC into her current role as General Manager of Plant & Environmental Engineering (2006). 
Prior to joining TTC, Robin held various engineering and management positions at a Detroit Area Architectural and Engineering firm consulting with GM, Ford & Chrysler at various engine & vehicle assembly facilities across the United States. Projects included engine plant manufacturing upgrade & consolidation, energy management & safety control systems. Her early Career was spent at Bechtel Power Corporation in power plant construction and start up across the USA. 
Robin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University and is a registered Engineer in the State of Michigan. She has completed several executive development programs at the University of Southern California and University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business.


Dr. Gul E. Kremer

Professor and C.G. “Turk” & Joyce A. Therkildsen Department Chair of Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering
Iowa State University

Gül E. Kremeris a Professor and C.G. “Turk” and Joyce A. Therkildsen Chair of Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering at Iowa State University. Before joining ISU in 2016, she has served in several leadership roles within Penn State, including Chair of the Engineering Faculty Council, Engineering Caucus Leader, Chair of Engineering Curriculum Committee and Chair of the University Planning Committee. Dr. Kremer has degrees in industrial engineering from Yildiz Technical University, an MBA from Istanbul University and a PhD in Engineering Management from Missouri University of Science and Technology. She has been a National Research Council-US AFRL Summer Faculty Fellow in the Human Effectiveness Directorate from 2002 to 2004, and a Fulbright Scholar (2010-2011). She served as a Program Director in the National Science Foundation’s Division of Undergraduate Education between 2013 and 2016. Dr. Kremer’s research interests include applied decision analysis to improve complex products and systems, and engineering education. The results of her research efforts have been presented in various publications including 3 books and more than 290 refereed publications. Seven of her papers have been recognized with Best Paper awards.
She is a Fellow of the American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and a senior member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE). She has served as the Chair of Design Education and Design for Manufacturing and Lifecycle Technical Committees of the Design Engineering Division of ASME. She has given several keynote talks on enhancing creativity in STEM students and sustainability in product and system engineering, and has served in the scientific committees for many conferences. Currently, she is serving in the editorial boards of Journal of Mechanical Design, Advances in Engineering Education, International Journal of Precision Engineering and Manufacturing and Journal of Industrial & Production Engineering.

Dr. Raymond L. Smith

Chemical Engineer, Office of Research & Development
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Ray Smith has been a Chemical Engineer in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research & Development for over 15 years, after earning his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. During his tenure with EPA, Ray has established an expertise in sustainability by performing research and publishing in the areas of life cycle assessment, biofuels, industrial ecology, process design, sustainability indicators, optimization, and decision making. Over the course of his career he has also been employed in industry and collaborated with domestic and international academic, industrial, and consultant groups. He is co-inventor and developer of the GREENSCOPE process sustainability methodology and tool. Ray has volunteered his time to the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, serving as the first Chair of both the Environmental Division and the Sustainable Engineering Forum.  


Mathy Stanislaus

Senior Advisor: Accelerating Circular Economic Policy
World Economic Forum

Mr. Stanislaus is serving as Senior Advisor: Accelerating Circular Economic Policy for the World Economic Forum. He is assisting in establishing a private-public platform to facilitate the transformation of economic systems by decoupling from resource consumption and waste as a critical strategy to advance the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, achieving the targets within international environmental conventions (e.g. on climate change, biodiversity etc), and support economic growth – in both the developed and developing economies.
Prior to his current role, Mr. Stanislaus served as Assistant Administrator for US EPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Managemen after his nomination by President Barack Obama and confirmation by the U.S. Senate. At USEPA, Mr. Stanislaus led programs that revitalize communities through the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated, hazardous and solid waste materials management, chemical plant safety, oil spill prevention, underground storage tank program, and emergency response. He led the effort to advance the transition to a circular economy through a life-cycle based sustainable materials management approach as a key effort to advance climate change mitigation. This effort involved his representing the U.S. at G7 deliberations and in the G7 Alliance for Resources Efficiency. He convened representatives of the G7 countries, manufacturers and numerous global environmental and economic organizations including World Resources Institute, World Economic Forum, United Nations Environment Programme, Global Environmental Facility and Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development to identify best practices in the supply chain to advance resources efficiency.
He advanced President Obama’s Climate Action Plan by integrating series of climate change strategies into his office’s programs. Developed adaptation plans to address consequence of more intense, frequent storms and sea-level rise and mitigating greenhouse gas emission by shifting to sustainable materials management and sustainable land use development focused on the built environment and brownfield redevelopment in downtowns.
Mr. Stanislaus is a Chemical Engineer and Environmental Lawyer with over 15 plus years of experience in the environmental field in the private, and public sectors. He has served as senior environmental counsel at a law firm, and director of environmental compliance for an environmental consulting firm. He providing consulting services to local governments and local communities on projects ranging from the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated properties, the proposed siting and expansion of power plants, solid waste faculties and large highways. He has worked in the not-for-profit sector – co-founding, and co-directing New Partners for Community Revitalization, a NY not-for-profit organization whose mission is to advance the renewal of New York’s low and moderate income neighborhoods and communities of color through the redevelopment of Brownfields sites. He is also former counsel for EPA’s Region 2 Office.
He has served on the board of the NYC Environmental Justice Alliance for over ten years. In June 1994, as a member of United Nations Environment Programme – Environmental Advisory Council, he served as counsel to the United Nations’ summit that examined environmental issues affecting New York’s indigenous communities of the Haudaunosaunee Confederacy, as part of United Nations’ International Year of the Indigenous Communities.
He received his law degree from Chicago Kent Law School and Chemical Engineering Degree from City College of New York. He was born in Sri Lanka and his family immigrated to this country to seek freedom and opportunity.

Adam Trebolo

Sales & Marketing Manager 
SRC of Lexington

Mr. Trebolo started his professional career as a Product Development Engineer for Cummins Incorporated in Columbus, Indiana where he developed power cylinder componentry for Heavy Duty Diesel engines. After 5 years at Cummins, Adam went to work at Komatsu America in Lexington, Kentucky in 2003 to start a career in Remanufacturing heavy equipment for the construction and mining industries. Starting as the Reman Engineer at Komatsu, Adam wore many hats at Komatsu. He led the installation of the Quality Management System at the factory as the Quality and Engineering Manager and stayed in that role until Komatsu closed the facility, taking on responsibility for Environmental and Maintenance until it was purchased by Springfield Remanufacturing Corporation in 2009. After the acquisition by SRC, one of the most respected names in Remanufacturing, Adam became Operations Manager in the Lexington facility. After spending several years in this role, he led the implementation of an ERP system in the facility and currently heads the Sales & Marketing arm of SRC of Lexington, Inc. Mr. Trebolo completed his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kentucky in 1997.

Dr. Hong-Chao Zhang

E.L. Derr Endowment Professor, Department of Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering 
Texas Tech University

Dr. Hong-Chao Zhang is E. L. Derr Endowment Professor of Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering department at Texas Tech University. Dr. Zhang’s research interests lie in Remanufacturing for Mechanical Equipment, Environmentally Benign Product Design and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Systems and Material Processing, Manufacturing Enterprise Systems, Reverse Manufacturing and Reverse Logistics, Product and Process Modeling, Automated Tolerancing Analysis and Synthesis, and Intelligent Manufacturing. Dr. Zhang has nearly 236 publications, including two research reference books, three conference proceedings (editorial work), seven book chapters, 100 referred journal papers, and 136 referred conference papers. His research results are shared by institutions and industry companies, such as Hewlett Packard, Motorola, Intel, Dell Computer, Raytheon, Texas Instruments, and others. Dr. Zhang is also a Distinguished Professor of Nations 1000 recruitment plan and serves as the chief scientist of 973 research program in China since 2011. He was elected as Fellow of ASME in 2008, Fellow of CIRP in 2010 and Fellow of SME in 2016.
Dr. Zhang has served members of many national and international committees. He has been invited as associate editor in three international journals and serves as advisory board member in the International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, IJAMT published by Springer London, UK, and editorial board member for the Robotics and Computer Integrated Manufacturing, published by Pergamon, London, UK and for the International Journal of Sustainable Manufacturing published by Inderscience Publishers. Dr. Zhang was also the guest editor for Special Issue on Environmentally Conscious Manufacturing for Engineering Design and Automation, Vol. 4, 1997, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York. Meanwhile, Dr. Zhang has reviewed submitted publications for more than 45 international journals and many national and international conferences and symposia. 

Emerging Researchers


Dr. Martinus A Arie
Post-doctorate Researcher, Small Thermal Systems Laboratory (S2TS) & Terrapin Works Center of Additive Manufacturing
University of Maryland

Dr. Martinus A Arie is a post-doctorate researcher in Small Thermal Systems Laboratory (S2TS) and at the Terrapin Works Center of Additive Manufacturing at the University of Maryland (UMD). He received his Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from UMD in 2016 and has been working as post-doctorate researcher since his graduation. His areas of expertise are heat transfer, fluid dynamics, heat exchangers, numerical modeling, and design optimization. In addition, Dr. Arie is also an expert in additive manufacturing technique such as Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) and Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS). His project includes development of high performance advance metallic, polymer, and composite heat exchangers using additive manufacturing techniques for application such as power plants cooling, aerospace, electronic cooling, waste heat recovery, etc. He has published his research works in 13 peer reviewed journals and conference proceeding papers.


Dr. Changqing Cheng
Assistant Professor, Department of Systems Sciences and Industrial Engineering
State University of New York at Binghamton

Dr. Changqing Cheng is currently an assistant professor in the department of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering at State University of New York at Binghamton. He received his PhD degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from Oklahoma State University (OSU). His research focus is on data-driven complex systems simulation, monitoring and optimization with applications in advanced manufacturing and healthcare informatics. Dr. Cheng is the recipient of Data Mining and Decision Analytics Best Paper Award (INFORMS 2017), Binghamton University Lois B. DeFleur International Innovation Fund, IIE Research Conference Council of Industrial Engineering Academic Department Heads (CIEADH) Best Poster Award and Material Handling Fellowship.


Dr. M.P Jahan

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering
Miami University, Oxford, OH

Dr. M.P Jahan is an Assistant Professor at Miami University, Oxford, USA. His research and teaching interests include advanced manufacturing, manufacturing processes, and micro- and nano-manufacturing. He received his BS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) and National University of Singapore (NUS) respectively. He has published more than 60 papers in refereed journals and international conferences, and contributed to books. He received numerous research awards from University and Scientific Community including “Most Prolific Researcher”, four “Best Paper Awards”, two “Outstanding Reviewer Awards”, and two certificates for “Most Downloaded Articles” from Elsevier.


Dr. Lai Jiang
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department
Prairie View A&M University

Dr. Lai Jiang did his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and M.S. degree of the same major from University of Southern California (USC). He is now an assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering at Prairie View A&M University. His research interests are: Advanced manufacturing of composites parts and process design; Manufacturing machine/tooling design & automation; Manufacturing process operations research & optimization; Numerical modeling & simulations of manufacturing process/products; as well as Sustainable manufacturing & design, life cycle assessment (LCA), and manufacturing energy efficiency studies.


Dr. Sojung Kim
Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering and Technology
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Dr. Sojung Kim is an Assistant Professor of the Engineering and Technology department at Texas A&M University-Commerce. His research focuses on the cyber-physics, agent-based simulation (ABS) and human behavior models needed for design and control in sustainable manufacturing, transportation, and renewable energy network. His doctoral research contribution in ABS at the University of Arizona was recognized at 2014 IIE Annual Meeting in Montreal, where he received the 2nd place award in Doctoral Colloquium Scientific Poster competition. Recently, his research group developed a simulation-based scheduling system for energy cost reduction of a manufacturing facility, and the work is published in Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory. His email address is and his web page is


Dr. Prahalada Rao

Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Prahalada Rao is currently an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His research focuses on sensor-based monitoring of complex systems, e.g., additive manufacturing, ultraprecision nano-manufacturing, and neurophysiology. He is the recipient of two NSF research grants (CMMI 1538059, CMMI 1739696). He earned the 2017 Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Yoram Koren Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, and has authored over 20 peer-reviewed journal papers.

Dr. Josh Werner
Assistant Professor, Department of Mining Engineering
University of Kentucky

Joshua Werner is an Assistant Professor in the Mining Engineering Department and affiliate faculty of the Institute of Sustainable Manufacturing at the University of Kentucky. He has an active research program working on collaborative rare earth element projects (Co-PI) totaling over $7 M in total project value. His research interests include design, performance and process control of extractive metallurgical systems, with an emphasis in hydrometallurgy. He holds a PhD in Metallurgy from the University of Utah and a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Idaho. He has varied industrial and entrepreneurial experience, is a P.E. and a certified Six Sigma black belt.

Dr. Ziteng Wang

Assistant Professor in Industrial and Systems Engineering
Northern Illinois University

Dr. Ziteng Wang is an assistant professor in Industrial and Systems Engineering at Northern Illinois University. He holds a PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering from North Carolina State University. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Tsinghua University. His research lies in the intersection of game theory and supply chain management. He also works on splines, nonlinear optimization and data analytics. His work has been published on multiple journals including Computer Aided Geometric Design, Annals of Data Science and European Journal of Operational Research. Before joining NIU, he was a senior operations research analyst at FedEx Express.


Dr. Hao Zhang
Assistant Professor, College of Integrated Science and Engineering
James Madison University

Dr. Hao Zhang is an assistant professor in the College of Integrated Science and Engineering at James Madison University. He received PhD degree in industrial engineering from Oregon State University in 2014. Currently he is the director of the Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Sustainable Systems Laboratory (A&I lab) at James Madison University. Dr. Zhang’s research addresses sustainable design of product and manufacturing systems, additive manufacturing, energy planning of manufacturing systems, and life cycle engineering of industrial products and systems. He has worked with industrial partners in various areas including China, Alberta Canada, Oregon, and Virginia. Dr. Zhang’s work have been published in over 20 peer reviewed journals, conference proceedings, and book chapters. One of his papers received 19th CIRP Life Cycle Engineering Conference Leo Best Paper Award. He is also a reviewer for several journals such as Journal of Cleaner Production, International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, Energy, and Renewable Energy.