Featured Speakers


Dr. Lloyd Colegrove | The Dow Chemical Company

Lloyd F. Colegrove, PhD, is a consultant, recently retired from Dow, where he was the Director of Data Services and the Director of Fundamental Problem Solving in the Analytical Technology Center. He began his Dow career in R&D in polymer science and quickly moved to improvement of analytical methodology in plant labs. While in a role as business quality leader for four business units, he embarked on his big data journey in manufacturing before the term big data came into use. He established the first applied statistics group in Dow manufacturing and developed the vision that is taking the company from merely collecting data to actively using data. Colegrove has more than 29 years of experience in chemical research and manufacturing. He holds a BS in chemistry and a PhD in chemical physics from Texas A&M University.


Adam Peters | Air Liquide


Adam Peters serves as Vice President of Air Liquide’s Electronics World Business Line.  He is responsible for business strategy, key customers, product development and marketing for Air Liquide’s global Electronics business.  Additionally, he serves as Chairman of Air Liquide’s Advanced Materials business. He spent nearly 10 years in the Group’s Electronics business, holding various commercial and engineering roles before being appointed Global Account Manager of a major client.  During this time, Adam completed his studies at Southern Methodist University where he received his MBA. 

Peters relocated to Montreal in 2012 where he was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Liquide Canada.  Adam was responsible for Air Liquide’s activities in Canada leading a team of 2,600 employees that proudly served nearly 200,000 clients and patients in the Large Industries, Industrial Merchant, and Healthcare sectors.  He served in this capacity prior to rejoining the Electronics team in January 2018.


Michelle Beeson | Dow

Michelle joined Dow in 2005 as an analytical chemist, providing non-routine analyses and support for trouble-shooting and problem-solving. Prior to joining Dow, Michelle worked as a Research Chemist at the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta GA, an Analytical Chemist at Syngenta Crop Protection (St. Gabriel, LA), and in the Mass Spectrometry Facility of the Chemistry Department at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA.  Michelle holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX.


Debbie Rothe, PhD | Dow

Debbie is a Senior Global Leader for the Environmental Analytical (EA) Team in the Environmental Technology Center at Dow.  In her role, Debbie fosters innovation and drives Manufacturing 4.0 initiatives within the Global Environmental Operations Business.  Debbie is passionate about developing people and building high achieving, empowered work teams.  Under Debbie's leadership, the EA team has successfullt implemented innovative technologies that increase safety, productivity and reliability.  Debbie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Central Michigan University and a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from New Mexico Tech.  Debbie is a Prosci certified change management practitioner, Human Synergistics accredited facilitator for organizational effectiveness and culture, and a Franklin Covey certified facilitator. 


Jared Witte | Kuraray 

Jared Witte is responsible for initiating a transformative culture shift of a specialty chemical and functional materials plant by moving the organization from a company who relied on historical trends and lab results to real-time process data that enables data-driven decisions to be made. With an increased focus on developing a systematic approach, Jared has transformed key learnings from the initial project into plans for a more wide-spread roll out to other production lines and additional process areas.


Mary Beth Seaholtz | Dow

Mary Beth is well known in the chemical industry and has played an integral role throughout her 27-year career at Dow. Perhaps most notably, she was an early developer of advanced multivariate technologies, having the foresight to see the opportunities inherent in process chemometrics and hiring talent that proceeded to set Dow’s analytics apart. Her initial idea has since delivered hundreds of millions of dollars to Dow in vetted value/ROI. She is also responsible for introducing Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence (EMI) to Dow, and as technology leader, she continues to develop new analytics tools through the Manufacturing 4.0 program.


Simon Floyd | Google Cloud

Simon is the Industry Director for Manufacturing and Transportation at Google Cloud. He is
responsible for defining industry needs, new solutions and facilitating opportunities for
Enterprises to innovate within their value chain.

Simon has 30 years experience in product design, manufacturing and industrial software. Prior
to joining Google Cloud, he led Industry Services Delivery for Manufacturing, Retail and
Automotive at Microsoft. He has held senior roles at Cadence Design Systems and Actify
defining solutions for engineering and manufacturing. Simon commenced his career
designing industrial products throughout Asia Pacific and North America.
Simon holds a Bachelor's degree in Technology from Monash University Australia and has
patents in solar power generation and product lifecycle management software.


Jasper Rutten | Huntsman

Jasper Rutten is the Advanced Analytics manager within the Global Excellence Team of the Polyurethanes business. In this role he is leading the advanced analytics roadmap for the upstream PU manufacturing sites. This roadmap combines black box data modeling techniques with classic engineering modeling & control skills.  He also has a strong focus on the change management related to the implementation of advanced analytics and in the broader sense digitization. The past few years multiple solutions have been implemented on the manufacturing sites bringing among others increased operational stability. One of his key attention points now is to make them sustainable for the long term future.

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