TRX Webinar: Additive Manufacturing for Executives – Level 1


December 12
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


This webinar will provide a high level overview of Additive Manufacturing (AM) for non-technical Senior Executives from Government and Industry. This webinar is the first in a series of webinars geared towards Executive Training. The goal is to provide senior level decision makers with key take a ways regarding critical and relevant information about the technology.

Below is an outline of the webinar format:

Introduction – America Makes, 5 minutes
What /Background – Presented by ASTM, 15 minutes
Why / Benefits – Presented by EOS, 15 minutes
Next Steps / Active Areas of Engagement – Presented by HP, 15 minutes
Panel Discussion / Q&A Session – All, 10 minutes

Speakers include:

Dr. Ankit Saharan, Manager of Research & Applications Development, EOS North America
Dr. Mohsen Seifi, Global Director of AM Programs, ASTM International
Kasia Witkowski, Director of Government Relations, HP
MODERATOR: John Wilczynski, America Makes Executive Director, NCDMM
Dr. Ankit Saharan, Manager of Research & Applications Development, EOS North America

Dr. Ankit SaharanDr. Ankit Saharan, Manager of Research and Applications Development at EOS North America, manages system, materials and process research and development for customers applying 3D printing to their business.

Since joining EOS, Ankit has worked to accelerate the realization of the digital age of manufacturing, from developing advanced materials to developing processes that will advance automation in additive manufacturing (AM) applications, with a focus on metals. He has led teams that developed benchmarking, researching and developing applications for metal 3D printing, and filed several patents including automated compaction of powder in AM systems and powder spreadability measurements.  He is also responsible for managing EOS relationships with external development partners in North America.

Ankit has been involved in engineering applications since very early in his career when he worked on a project with National Aerospace Laboratory that explored structural aerospace applications for civilian aircraft. Ankit also worked for Dana Incorporated, an American worldwide supplier of drivetrain, sealing, and thermal-management technologies, as a senior process engineer responsible for ensuring continuity in processes between two different plant locations.

Outside of EOS, Ankit maintains an active role in informing and understanding industry standards by engaging with regulatory and research bodies. He is an active member of the SAE International where he sits on a committee for additive manufacturing. He is also an appointed subject matter expert on the additive committee for International Standards Organization (ISO TC44). He is also a member of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) where he sits on another committee that informs the standards for manufacturing. Ankit also serves as guest presenter on industry panels around North America, speaking on topics such as in-process monitoring, additive manufacturing automation, and materials and process development.

Ankit holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering and master’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from Anna University, Chennai, India.

Dr. Mohsen Seifi, Global Director of AM Programs, ASTM International

Mohsen SeifiDr. Mohsen Seifi is the global director of AM programs at ASTM International responsible for ASTM AM center of excellence (CoE) and various AM programs. In his role, he brings technical leadership to accelerate standardization activities across all ASTM AM related technical committees and building new partnerships/initiatives as well as development of new AM standards related programs within diverse ASTM portfolios. He has also appointment as an adjunct faculty at Case Western Reserve University in OH, USA. His PhD work includes a project focused on rapid qualification methods for metal additive manufacturing funded by America Makes. He has co-authored more than 30 peer reviewed publications cited more than 1100 times and has presented more than 70 invited and keynote lectures at various technical meetings, organizations and government agencies while also receiving various technical society honors and awards.

Kasia Witkowski, Director of Government Relations, HP

Kasia Witkowski Kasia Witkowski serves as Director of Government Relations at HP. Kasia brings extensive experience from the non-profit, political, and government sectors.

In her current role, Kasia leads HP’s government relations efforts to the White House, Federal Agencies, US Congress, as well as Embassies based in DC. Her policy portfolio includes: 3D print, diversity & inclusion, education, energy/environment, future of workforce, health, immigration, security, sustainability, and trade.

Prior to joining HP, Kasia worked in the immediate Office of the Secretary at the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where she served as an advisor to the Secretary, managed relationships with numerous external partners, and was an HHS spokesperson on the ACA and other HHS programs and policies.

Kasia has served in Congressional affairs at the U.S. Postal Service and worked closely with state and local elected officials from across the country at the National Association of Counties (NACo), as well as at the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC). She also brings with her experience from national and statewide campaigns.

Kasia is a member of the Jenkins Hill Society. She attained her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Policy Studies from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

MODERATOR: John Wilczynski, America Makes Executive Director, NCDMM

John Wilczynski_2019John was appointed to Executive Director in June 2019. Prior to this role, John was Technology Director responsible for the facilitation of the National Additive Manufacturing / 3D Printing Roadmap, the development of an Intellectual Property (IP) Management Plan, the execution of the Project Call Process for Agency-Driven and Cooperative Agreement Driven project solicitations, and program management of the America Makes project portfolio.

John graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology. He has worked in a wide variety of manufacturing positions with varying levels of responsibility. John started out as a Process Engineer at Valeo Engine Cooling with a focus on process improvement, equipment productivity and new technology implementation. He continued to gain experience in manufacturing, while spending more than eight years at General Motors Pontiac Metal Center Division working through a variety of positions and levels throughout the stamping organization.

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