Manufacturing Tomorrow is a podcast series brought to you by the Ohio Manufacturing Institute at The Ohio State University. Featuring the perspectives of manufacturing leaders, we focus on the advanced manufacturing innovations, solutions and partnerships that exist in our region now and that will propel industry in the future.
Our guests include the unsung heroes of advanced manufacturing, from company C-suite executives and engineers to industry-facing academics, supportive government agencies and regional economic development organizations. Interviews cover the latest topics on products, processes – and groundbreaking relationships –the best manufacturers engage in to infuse entrepreneurialism in their daily operations.
Our mission is simple: to provide a voice to manufacturers to educate the public on the value of manufacturing innovation to the U.S. economy and to showcase how Ohio’s technology resource support providers (e.g., higher education, technical centers, and MEPs) boost advanced manufacturing solutions. We ask guest speakers about catalysts needed to collaborate on manufacturing innovation, how to reduce academic-industry barriers, and technical resources that can truly bolster manufacturing productivity.
Greg Kimmel and John Clay, Battelle
Stephanie Gaffney is the director of Additive Manufacturing Programs at the Youngstown Business Incubator, an internationally recognized program focused on the development of software and additive manufacturing companies in Ohio’s Mahoning Valley.
Stephanie Gaffney joined the YBI team in September of 2014 as an industry liaison for the precision printed parts network, and now works to integrate additive manufacturing into small to medium operations throughout Ohio. She has managed $20 million in unclassified R&D projects to address the joint operational needs of industry, military, academia and non-profits. Stephanie brings significant industry experience from several sectors of the economy, as well as management experience from owning her own company. She was named an America Makes ambassador in 2019 and is serving a two-year term on its executive committee.
Stephanie is a graduate of Youngstown State University with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a minor in Mathematics.
Greg Kimmel and John Clay, Battelle
Greg Kimmel, National Security Business Line Manager, and John Clay, Research Lead outline their leadership roles and the impact of the Critical Care Decontamination System™ (CCDS) developed and commercialized at Battelle, an international nonprofit research and development firm headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.
Beginning his career as a research scientist, Greg has served Battelle for 19 years. In addition to his work as general manager for Battelle’s CCDS, he spent a year as an industry fellow at The Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy. He also was president of Kimmel Engineering Solutions
John is a chemical engineer and research lead for the Battelle CCDS, where he directs research in support of field deployments, including due diligence testing and performance evaluation of N95 filtering facepiece respirators. He is also a clinical professor at The Ohio State University Department of Chemical Engineering, and a Project Management Professional.
Mary'beth Ramey, Dupont Transportation & Industrial
Mary’beth Ramey, control systems engineer for the Delrin area of DuPont Transportation & Industrial talks to us about her career path in engineering and the innovative products she has worked on at the Washington Works Site in in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Dupont is a spinoff of the world’s fourth-largest chemical company, DowDupont, and is focused on speciality products that serve both industrial and consumer markets. Dupont polymers are used in everything from mobile phone components and insulin injector pens to electronics for autonomous vehicles, even roller blades.
Mary’beth has also worked as process engineer for DuPont’s Zytel product line. She is currently the membership chair and webmaster of the Columbus Chapter of the International Society of Automation, or ISA, and she serves on the ISA Standards Committee on Human-Machine Interfaces. She received her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at Virginia Tech.
Brandon Cornuke and Alec Simon, Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network (MAGNET)
Brandon Cornuke, vice president, and Alec Simon, director of Startup Services at the Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network (MAGNET) talk about this year’s MSPIRE pitch challenge, which has gone virtual this year.
Brandon leads the organization’s efforts to help innovators turn manufactured product ideas into viable businesses. He specializes in strategy development, business model design, and lean innovation. He also teaches MBA students as an Adjunct Professor of Design and Innovation at Case Western’s Weatherhead School of Management. His career includes time as director of Digital Strategy and Innovation at American Greetings, as well as co-founder of his own consumer products company, Joyce Labs. He directed Target’s consumer TV sales strategy and was an IT strategy consultant with Hitachi’s global consulting team. He received his MBA at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.
Before serving as startup advisor at MAGNET, Alec served as a ventures associate at the Plug and Play Tech Center in Cleveland. He has worked as a retail transformation strategy analyst at Key Bank and senior business analyst at Capital One. He earned his MBA at Case Western’s Weatherhead School of Management and his bachelor’s degree in Operations Management at Ohio State.
Matt Garbarino, Cincinnati Incorporated
Matt Garbarino, Director of Marketing Communication at Cincinnati Incorporated outlines his career at one of the oldest machine tool manufacturers in the U.S., producing press brakes, laser cutting systems, shears, PM presses, and additive equipment. Cincinnati was the first company to use Big Area Additive Manufacturing, or BAAM, technology to print the world’s first 3D printed car, the Strati from Local Motors then later, a Ford Cobra.
Matt manages all marketing, branding and communications initiatives for the company. Before his second term at Cincinnati Incorporated, he served as president and COO at MachineTools.com and founder and CEO of The FabZone.com, a B2B website that matches buyers and suppliers in the metal fabrication industry. He also worked as sales manager at SigmaTEK and as manufacturing engineer in the Delco Chassis Division at General Motors. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering technology at Purdue University and pursued an MBA at Wright State University.
Norman Jones and Aimee Ulstad, The Ohio State University
Norman Jones, PhD, dean and director of The Ohio State University at Mansfield and Aimee Ulstad, associate professor in Integrated Systems Engineering at Ohio State, talk about the new Bachelor of Science in Engineering Program being offered at the regional campuses beginning this Autumn 2020. We discuss the workforce needs, the types of students, and the manufacturing partnerships that are factors in the program’s development.
Prior to his appointment as dean at Mansfield, Norman served for two years as the interim dean. Norman oversees an academic community of more than 1,000 students, 100 faculty and 60 staff members. He also assists with the management of shared services with North Central State College, Ohio State Mansfield’s co-located college. He joined Ohio State’s faculty in 2004 and has taught undergraduate- and graduate-level courses on American literature, the Bible and film. Norman earned a bachelor’s degree in humanities from Yale University, and a master’s degree and doctorate in English from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Prior to joining the faculty at Ohio State, Aimee was an industry professional and practicing engineer with more than 30-years’ experience in various fields. She began her career as a packaging equipment engineer at Procter & Gamble, then moved to Anheuser-Busch where she worked for 27 years as a project manager, engineering manager and finally as the resident engineer, managing all technical areas of the facility.
Aimee received her degrees in Mechanical Engineering and her MBA from The Ohio State University.
[[Full disclosure: I am heavily involved with the development of the BSET program]]