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Paul Burlingame | Air Liquide

Paul Burlingame joined Air Liquide in 2008 as Global Business Manager of BOC Edwards Chemical Management Division. He was appointed President & CEO of Air Liquide Advanced Materials in 2013. Prior to Air Liquide, Mr. Burlingame served as VP of Operations & Products for Micro Component Technology & was a US Navy Nuclear Submarine Officer.

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Mette Marie Lokke | Arla Foods


Mette Marie is part of the Manufacturing Intelligence Team in Arla Foods Supply Chain Production Optimization. The team of eight specialists supports the 60 production sites to reduce material loss and improve product quality by the use of Manufacturing Intelligence tools. Mette Marie has a background in food science and multivariate data analysis and started her career within process analytical technology in Arla Foods in 2001 until 2009 leaving for a PhD position in Food Science at Aarhus University followed by a postdoc. In 2016 she resumed her industrial career as a data scientist at Fertin Pharma. Mette Marie rejoined Arla Foods in summer 2020 to support the digitalization journey.

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Jonathan Alexander | Albemarle

Jonathan Alexander is the Manufacturing Data Analytics Leader within Albemarle’s global Operational Excellence group. He began his career at Albemarle in Maintenance, as an Instrument and Electrical Engineer, then has spent the majority of his career as an Operations Engineer for both the Hydroprocessing Catalyst Plant in Bayport, TX and the Aluminum Alkyl plants in Pasadena, TX, and recently as a TICA Engineer (Technology Implementation for Competitive Advantage). In his current role, he has been focused on powering the potential of people by changing Albemarle’s culture around Manufacturing Data Analytics, an integral part of their journey towards Digital Transformation. Mr. Alexander holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana State University and a Masters in Business Administration from The University of Houston in Clear Lake.

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Lloyd Colegrove PhD | Retired (formerly Dow)

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 the improvement of analytical methodology in plant labs. While in a role as a 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.

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Michael Guilfoyle | ARC Advisory Group

Over two decades, Michael has assisted organizations, including numerous Fortune 500 companies, in identifying and capitalizing on growth opportunities presented by the modernization of the energy, manufacturing, technology, and telecommunications industries. Michael's expertise is in analysis, positioning, and strategy development for companies facing transformational market drivers. At ARC, he applies his expertise to developments related to Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and advanced analytics, including machine learning. Michael has held multiple senior management positions in business and market strategy. He was a key contributor on Oracle's global industry strategy team for utilities. During that time, he spearheaded many strategic planning and go-to-market initiatives covering topics such as utility business model evolution, advanced distribution management, operational analytics, distributed energy, mobility, asset management, workforce modernization, and knowledge management.

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Jim Lagrant | University of Massachusetts Amherst

Jim Lagrant is currently a Professor of Practice in Manufacturing at University of Massachusetts Amherst, joining the faculty after spending the previous ten years at a leading aluminum casting foundry specializing in complex, unique and challenging applications. Previously, Jim worked in process, automation, and controls engineering roles for over twelve years. Jim is an experienced Manufacturing Engineer with a demonstrated history in mechanical design, controls design, programming, and electronic process data acquisition. Emphasis on automating manual processes, process scale-up, new process development and information-driven decision making.

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Martha Montague | Air Liquide

Martha Montague has been with Air Liquide Advanced Materials for 4 years, where her responsibilities have included driving the implementation of Statistical Process Control on the plant floor across all sites worldwide as well as production engineering management for the California site. Prior to joining ALAM, she had over 15 years of experience in the semiconductor industry with a focus on using and implementing SPC. She began her career in manufacturing at Intel and then was part of a printed electronics startup (Kovio/Thin Film Electronics), whereas a manufacturing engineer and then operations director she implemented SPC as a tool to improve yield while scaling up operations 7x. She has a BS from MIT and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, both in Chemical Engineering, as well as a Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt.

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Samuel Parra | BASF

Samuel Parra is the Quality and Continuous Improvement Manager for Refining Catalyst Division at BASF. He is the leader behind the digitalization strategies that have introduced his site into the Industry 4.0 era by implementing Statistical Process Control dashboards, mobile notifications, and other applications to ensure a consistent quality of their Fluid Catalytic Cracking catalyst. Before joining BASF, he had over ten years of experience in the automotive industry, focusing on Continuous Improvement based on LEAN Methodology. He has M.S. in Industrial and System Engineering from Northern Illinois University. Recently, he has been passionate about applying Agile methodologies in Manufacturing to embrace the benefits of Industry 4.0 in BASF.

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Brian Nordberg | Air Liquide

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Joshua Stoltz | Rubicon