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Professor Alexander Michaelis

Director Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS, Germany

Prof. Alexander Michaelis studied physics at the University of Düsseldorf in Germany and graduated with a diploma thesis in laser and plasma physics. Subsequently he switched to the field of physical chemistry and received his doctorate in electrochemistry. In 1995 he spend one year as faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. There, he worked on high temperature superconductors YBCO and Si-based microelectronic systems. In 1996 he accepted a position at Siemens AG working as senior process integration engineer in the field of microelectronics amongst others at the DRAM Development Alliance in East Fishkill, New York. In 2000, he began to work for the corporate research department of Bayer AG in Leverkusen. From there he was delegated to H.C. Starck GmbH, a Bayer subsidiary, where he was head of the Electroceramics and the New Business Development department. Furthermore, he was the managing director of InDEC B.V. working in the field of solid oxide fuel cells. During this time he also finished his state doctorate (habilitation treatise) at University of Düsseldorf.

Since 2004, he is president of the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS with more than 600 employees and a yearly budget of over 54 Mio €. Furthermore, he has been holding the chair of Inorganic Nonmetallic Materials at TU (technical university) of Dresden.

He has more than 40 patent families in materials science, microelectronics, and electronics and provided more than 250 publications.

In 2012 Prof. Alexander Michaelis was awarded the ACerS Bridge Building Award for his contribution in the field of energy and environmental technology. In 2014 he received the Fraunhofer Medal for outstanding achievements in the field of applied materials research.

2015 he was awarded the LEE HSUN Award on Materials Science of the Chinese Academy of Science.

In 2016, the American Ceramic Society (ACerS) named Prof. Michaelis “Fellow of the Society” for his long commitment and outstanding contributions to applied research and development of advanced ceramics.

During the 15th Conference & Exhibition of the European Ceramic Society (ECerS2017) in Budapest, Hungary he was elected to the grade of fellow.​

Professor Boris N. Chichkov
Professor at the Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

Graduated with honors and received PhD in Physics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in 1981. Started his scientific carrier at P.N. Lebedev Institute of Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow and later worked in many research centers worldwide. At present, he is Professor of Physics at Leibniz University Hannover, Institute of Quantum Optics and Chair of Nanoengineering.

Scientific areas: laser physics and laser applications, nanoengineering, additive manufacturing technologies, quantum and nonlinear optics, nano- and biophotonics, biomedical implants and devices, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

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Professor David Rosen
Co-Director of the Digital Manufacturing and Design (DManD) research centre
Singapore University of Technology and Design

​​​David Rosen is a Professor in the Engineering Product Development pillar at the Singapore University of Technology & Design, as well as a Professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology (on leave).  He serves as the Research Director of the Digital Manufacturing and Design Centre at SUTD.  He received his Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts in mechanical engineering.  His research interests lie at the intersection of design, manufacturing, and computing with specific focus on additive manufacturing and computer-aided design.  He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2013 Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium, International Freeform and Additive Manufacturing Excellence (FAME) Award and the co-author of a leading textbook in the AM field.

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Dr Dieter Schwarze
Head of Science and Technology Research, SLM Solutions AG

Dr. Dieter Schwar
ze is one of the early pioneers in additive manufacturing. He started his career in additive manufacturing in 1989, working on R&D and the commercialisation of additive manufacturing. He is co-founder of the Selective Laser Melting technology and holds several patents in this field. In 2008, he joined SLM Solutions AG in Lübeck as head of science and technology research. Dr. Dieter Schwarze is founding member of the board of directors of the Direct Manufacturing Research Center (DMRC) at the University of Paderborn​

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Dr George Kyriakou
Chief Operating Officer
BotFactory, USA

​​​George is a wireless enthusiast who currently works at BotFactory, the startup that brings PCB manufacturing on your desk.

After getting his master's in Volos-Greece, he went to NYU to pursue the American dream and a PhD in Wireless Networks, in that order. After collaborating with DARPA, U.S. Army CERDEC and AT&T Labs, he decided that the next best thing was to co-found BotFactory and change the way we thing about electronics and their manufacturing, making their prototyping as quick and easy as cooking.

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tFactory, George is Chief Operations Office, which means he also manages the Supply and the Production Chain, both of which remind him of his Networking background. Outside work, he is a martial arts enthusiast, but lengthy injuries have made him very friendly and adept in barbecuing.

Professor John Lewandowski
Arthur P Armington Professor of Engineering II 
Director of the Advanced Manufacturing and Mechanical Reliability Center
Case Western Reserve University, USA

John J Lewandowski is the Arthur P Armington Professor of Engineering II at Case Western Reserve University & Director of the Advanced Manufacturing and Mechanical Reliability Center (AMMRC). He has joint appointments in Materials Science and Engineering, and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.  BS/MS/PhD were obtained at Carnegie-Mellon University in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science where he was a HERTZ Foundation Fellow.  He was a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow and subsequently Overseas Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge University. Publications and presentations exceed 300 and 920, respectively, with a current h-factor of 52.  Research and teaching interests include processing/structure/property relationships in advanced materials systems for aerospace, automotive, biomedical, and defense applications. Recent work has focused on additive and other advanced manufacturing techniques.

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Professor Ming Leu
Keith and Pat Bailey Distinguished Professor 
Director, Intelligent Systems Center
Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA

Dr. Ming Leu is the Keith and Pat Bailey Distinguished Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA, where he is also the Director of the Intelligent Systems Center. He founded Missouri S&T’s Center for Aerospace Manufacturing Technologies in 2004 and served as its director until 2016. Previously, he was a Program Director at the National Science Foundation (USA), 1996-1999, the State Chair Professor in Manufacturing Productivity at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, 1987-1996, and a faculty member at Cornell University, 1981-1987. Professor Leu obtained his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1981 from the University of California at Berkeley. He has published over 430 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings. He has received numerous professional awards and is a Fellow of ASME and CIRP.​

Professor Paulo Jorge da Silva Bartolo
University of Manchester, UK

lo Bartolo is Professor on Advanced Manufacturing at the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering (MACE), University of Manchester (UK), Visiting Professor at Nanyang University (Singapore), and Professor of Biomaterials (Catedra UNESCO) at the University of Habana (Cuba). At the School of MACE he is the Head of the Manufacturing Group, the Head of the Innovative Manufacturing Research Theme, Director of the Manchester Biomanufacturing Centre, Principal Investigator at the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology and responsible for the Biomaterials core area at the Sir Royce Institute a major UK initiative (£250M) in the field of advanced materials. He is a Fellow of CIRP (The International Academy of Production Engineering), Vice-Chairman of the CIRP Scientific Technical Committee on Electro-Physical and Chemical Processes, Advisor of the Brazilian Institute of Biofabrication (INCT-BIOFABRIS) funded by the Brazilian Government, member of the Additive Manufacturing Platform (a sub-platform of the MANUFUTURE Technological Platform) and co-responsible of its National & Regional Working Groups and member of the Coordination Board of the recently formed network for Additive Manufacturing with Ceramics in Europe.

As Advisor of the Portuguese Government, Paulo Bártolo was invited in 2014 to integrate a commission to define the guidelines and rules for the assessing process and economic impact of the research conducted by Portuguese Universities. He was member of a Commission appointed by the Portuguese Parliament to prepare a Portuguese Strategic Plan for Science & Research (2010-2011). In 2013, he was invited to support the definition of the Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) of the Portuguese Central Regional Coordination and Development Commission, which defined the priority areas to invest the next European Structural funds. He is also advisor of several International funding agencies. In 2015, Paulo Bartolo received a commendation and public recognition from the Portuguese Government, published in the Portuguese Government’s Law Journal (Diário da Républica), for the outstanding work as advisor of the Government in the area of Research and Innovation. 

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Professor Richard Hague
Professor of Innovative Manufacturing, University of Nottingham, UK
Director, EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Additive Manufacturing

Richard Hague is Professor of Innovative Manufacturing and Director of the Centre for Additive Manufacturing (CfAM) at the University of Nottingham. Having worked in the AM field for 25 years, he is internationally recognized both for scientific endeavour and creating impact though industrial exploitation where he has a background of leading and managing large multi-disciplinary, multi- partner research projects from both EPSRC and industry. Richard’s research interests are focused on AM specific processes, materials and computational methods across for wide spectrum of industrial sectors with current research programmes focused on next generation multifunctional additive manufacturing. Richard has received multiple international awards and honours and is a co-founder and Director of Added Scientific Ltd, a spin out from the University of Nottingham focused on implementing Additive Manufacturing technical solutions to industry.


Prof. dr. T.A.M. (Theo) Salet (MSc)
Professor, Eindhoven University of Technology
Head of the Building Department, Witteveen+Bos

Theo Salet graduated as a structural engineer and received his PhD at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). He started his professional career working for materials research institute Intron (1990-1998), followed by the engineering consultancy company Witteveen+Bos of which he is a senior partner at present. During his career he worked on various national- and international large scale civil engineering projects, including tunnels, bridges and underground buildings with special attention for prefabrication and densified urban environments. He combines this function with a position as professor at the TU/e on structural design of concrete structures at the faculty of the built environment. The main focus of his research is 3D printing of sustainable concrete structures. He recently realized a large scale gantry printer. His research aims to continuously improve the performance and capabilities of the printer, make the printing process more robust and predictable and manufacture both safe and sustainable concrete structures by means of structural optimization.

Finally, he develops new types of printable concretes, from structural point of view, by using advanced finite element tools at a heterogeneous level (Numerical Concrete).

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Professor Vladimir Mironov
Chief Scientific Officer, 3D Bioprinting Solutions
Leading Scientist, Regenerative Medical Institute, Sechenov University Moscow, Russia

adimir Mironov was born in Russia in 1954. Vladimir Mironov finished Ivanovo State Medical Institute in 1977 as a medical doctor. He got his PhD in Developmental Biology from Second Moscow Pirogov Medical Institute in 1980. He was trained by Prof. Peter Kaufmann at The Department of Anatomy RWTH in Aachen and Werner Risau's lab in Germany in The Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry in Matinsried, Germany. He later worked at The Department of Anatomy and Regenerative Medicine and Advanced Tissue Biofabrication Center in The Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC, USA and then at The Division of 3D Technologies of Renato Archer Institute for InformationTechnology at Campinas, SP, Brazil. Last 5 years he worked as a Chief Scientific Officer at 3D Bioprinting Solutions and Leading Scientist at Regenerative Medicine Institute of The Moscow Sechenov Medical University, Moscow, Russia. He is one of pioneer of 3D bioprinting technology and bioprinted a first functional and vascularized organ construct - a mouse thyroid gland.​

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Professor Wei Sun
Albert Soffa Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Drexel University, USA
National “Thousand-Talent” Distinguished Professor and Director of Biomanufacturing and Medical Devices Frontier Innovation Engineering Research Center, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Dr Wei Sun is an appointed Albert Soffa Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Drexel University, and National “Thousand-Talent” Distinguished Professor and Director of Biomanufacturing and Medical Devices Frontier Innovation Engineering Research Center, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. Dr Sun’s research has been on Biofabrication, 3D Bio-Printing, Computer-Aided Tissue Engineering, CAD/CAM, and Additive Manufacturing. His research has been sponsored by the US National Science Foundation (NSF), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Institute of Standard and Technology (NIST), Army Research Laboratory (ARL), Johnson & Johnson (J&J), the Chinese Natural Science Foundation, the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, and the Chinese Ministry of Education. Dr Sun has published over 450+ journal and conference papers/abstracts, 50+ patent applications, and conducted 270+ invited national and international presentations in the field of his research. 
Dr Sun is the Founding President for International Society of Biofabrication (2010-2014), and currently serving Editor-in-Chief for international journal Biofabrication. He has also served technical reviewer for Science, Nature, PNAS and other 50+ scientific journals, an annual proposal reviewer and panelist for NSF, NIH, CNSF, and Research Councils of UK, EU, Korea, Hong Kong, Canada, and Singapore. Dr Sun received Senior Investigator Award, International Society of Biofabrication (2017), MII / Fralin Visiting Scholar Award, Virginia Tech (2015), Outstanding Research Award, College of Engineering, Drexel University (2009), William Mong Fellow Award, the University of Hong Kong (2008) and Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award, International Society for Automotive Engineers (2003).


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