Pietro Valsecchi, PhD — PTC Operational Excellence Expert at Covestro. Registered Professional Engineer with more than 10 years experience in R&D, manufacturing, and project management. Technical specialization in fluid-dynamics and structural mechanics. Expertise ranging from the oil & gas industry to the food industry, and from the automotive industry to consumer products. In every project, success has been driven by strengths of team, attention to details, and accurate planning.
Dr. Deify Law is an associate professor in the department of mechanical engineering at California State University, Fresno. Dr. Law's areas of expertise include modeling and experimentation of single and multi-phase fluid dynamics with applications to energy harvesting, aerodynamics drag reduction, turbomachinery, and heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC). Dr. Law has a number of years of experience in validating and verifying engineering prototypes developed by industrial companies. Dr. Law received his doctoral degree from Virginia Tech and Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees from Iowa State University. All his degrees are in mechanical engineering.
Joy Montgomery — Founder & Executive Director for Commerce out of Landfill, Inc. (COOL). Continuous improvement coach, National Alumni Chair, Process Development Lead, and Mentor for the Cleantech Open. Ms. Montgomery has over 30 years in constraints management, process development, standards development & structured analysis.
Jeff Macon — The Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Director, Innovate Fresno State. Program Manager at Fresno State's WET (Water, Energy, and Technology) Center. Program manager for the BlueTechValley (bluetechvalley.org), helping ventures commercialize in the water, energy, and agriculture technology markets.
Jeff Smith has over 30 years domestic and international high technology sales, marketing, business development, corporate development and venture capital experience in multiple industry markets. Jeff has angel investment, advisory and board of directors experience at for profit and non-profit organizations.
He is an honors graduate of Boston College School of Management, received his MBA from Southern New Hampshire University, his Masters in International Management/Finance from Thunderbird, is APICS Certified and has taken several executive education programs at both Stanford and UC Berkeley.
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