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EUROPEAN UNION

Peter Dröll
Director “Key Enabling Technologies”
Directorate-General for Research & Innovation

 

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Peter Dröll is in charge of Industrial technologies in the European Commission’s Research and Innovation Department. In this capacity, he oversees the optimal integration of Research and Innovation in the design and implementation of relevant EU policies that contribute to Europe’s industrial and technological leadership.

His previous positions in the European Commission include financial control of the Joint Research Centre, enforcement of EU environmental legislation, accession negotiations with Poland and coordination of the environment negotiations with all accession countries, Innovation Policy and European Research Area Policy. He was a Cabinet member of Enlargement Commissioner Günter Verheugen and Head of Cabinet of the Science and Research Commissioner Janez Potočnik. Peter is a lawyer by training with a doctorate degree in German constitutional law and European law. Before joining the European Commission in 1991, Peter worked as a lawyer in a German law firm.

Peter Dröll is in charge of Industrial technologies in the European Commission’s Research and Innovation Department. In this capacity, he oversees the optimal integration of Research and Innovation in the design and implementation of relevant EU policies that contribute to Europe’s industrial and technological leadership.

His previous positions in the European Commission include financial control of the Joint Research Centre, enforcement of EU environmental legislation, accession negotiations with Poland and coordination of the environment negotiations with all accession countries, Innovation Policy and European Research Area Policy. He was a Cabinet member of Enlargement Commissioner Günter Verheugen and Head of Cabinet of the Science and Research Commissioner Janez Potočnik. Peter is a lawyer by training with a doctorate degree in German constitutional law and European law. Before joining the European Commission in 1991, Peter worked as a lawyer in a German law firm.

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MEXICO

MSc. Abraham Tijerina
Director Innovation Management
METALSA S.A. de C.V.

Mr. Tijerina is currently the Director of Product and Material Technology and Innovation for Metalsa, a world leader in automotive frames and parts headquartered in Monterrey, NL, Mexico. One of his current task is the integration of a new R&D and Innovation Center in the Monterrey’s Research and Innovation Park dedicated to mid and long term technology development and innovation for automotive structures, frames and chassis. He is also increasing the Product and Material Technology capability of the Metalsa’s Michigan Tech Center in the USA.

Mr. Tijerina joined Metalsa in 1992 as Technology Engineer responsible to develop the Product Technology Strategy of Metalsa moving from build to print to a full service supplier company. During the past years Mr. Tijerina’s responsibilities includes the Technology Management strategy and establishment of the foundations of National and International collaboration for R&D projects.

Mr. Tijerina He attended the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (UANL) where he earned an Engineering Degree in Mechanical Engineering (IM) in 1990, and the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), where he received a Master in Mechanical Engineering (MIM) with Specialty in Mechanical Design in 1992. He is an active member of SAE and ASME.

 

SOUTH AFRICA (ASSOCIATE MEMBER)

Garth Williams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garth Williams
Director: Advanced Manufacturing Technologies
Department of Science and Technology
Mr Garth Williams works at the National Department of Science and Technology in Pretoria, South Africa as Director: Advanced Manufacturing Technologies where he is responsible for science and technology policy in relation to the manufacturing sector.

Before this Mr Williams spent 9 years at Mintek, a public research organisation that specialises in minerals processing and extractive metallurgy. Within Mintek his first five years were spent as a precious metals researcher-cum-special projects coordinator.

He spent the latter portion within an HR environment where he oversaw Mintek’s human capital development and science promotion programmes. He started his working career in Cape Town working as the plant metallurgist at GKN Sinter Metals Cape Town, a powder metallurgy-based component manufacturer, followed by a short stint at the R&D Division of Nampak, a diversified packaging manufacturer.

Mr Williams has a BSc (Eng) and an MSc (Eng) in Materials Engineering from the University of Cape Town and a more recent qualification in innovation systems from the Institute for Economic Research on Innovation at the Tshwane University of Technology.

 

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Jack R. Harris
President/CEO, Iowa Innovation Corporation
Chairman, Iowa Advanced Manufacturing Council
General Manager, PDES Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

With over 40 years at Rockwell Collins, Jack Harris retired as the Director of Advanced Manufacturing Technology.  In this capacity he was responsible for the strategic direction of manufacturing technologies and process development.  This included the alignment of business unit needs with manufacturing capabilities for over a dozen manufacturing locations worldwide, and in support of both commercial and government business units.  He was named President/CEO of the recently formed Iowa Innovation Corporation in December 2011.

He has been engaged in economic development in manufacturing for 15 years, and has served as the Vice Chairman of the Iowa Innovation Council and as a member of the state’s Technology Commercialization Committee.  He is currently the Chairman of the Iowa Advanced Manufacturing Council, focused on the growth of innovative start-ups and existing companies in the state.  In addition, he serves as General Manager for the PDES Inc., international consortia, whose charter is to provide enterprise business value through improved information interoperability and usage.  His involvement in manufacturing goes beyond the U.S., as he has served as the U.S Industry representative to the U.S. delegation on the global Intelligent Manufacturing Systems program.

Over the last twenty years of his career, Jack has been engaged in streamlining business operations and improving university and government working relationships to enhance opportunities for successful technology commercialization.  He is an advocate for improving the business climate in the US and has spoken on the topic in a number of local, state and national forums.   He is looked to as a thought leader and implementer of innovative K-12 educational approaches

Jack maintains a broad network, spanning industry, education and government organizations.  These relationships include:

  • National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
  • Office of the Secretary of Defense ManTech Office
  • National Labs
  • University research programs
  • K-12 programs across the state and U.S.
  • Aerospace States Association (ASA)
  • National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA)
  • National Council for Advanced Manufacturing (NACFAM)
  • Virtual Reality Educational Pathfinder (VREP) Steering Board

He holds an AAS and BS in Mechanical Engineering and a MS in Engineering Management.  In addition to his career at Rockwell Collins, he served in the United States Air Force from 1969 to 1973. He has held a number of leadership positions in design, advanced technology, engineering, programs and manufacturing.  In 1993, he was awarded the Collins Pioneer Leadership award for development and implementation of a computer aided engineering strategy for Commercial Avionics Engineering.

Jack serves on a number of academic advisory boards, and is an often invited speaker on Product Development, Advanced Manufacturing Technology and STEM Education.