Speaker Biographies

CESMII Annual Meeting - february 28, 2019


John Dyck


John Dyck was appointed CEO of the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) in June of 2018.  John is practical visionary with a passion for innovation in the Manufacturing IT space. He’s known globally as a domain expert on both technology and business management in the nexus that often separates IT and Operations. For the past 5 years, he has been focused on how innovations like Cloud and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) impact manufacturing and has pioneered the application of these technologies in a wide range of manufacturing operations across many industries. John was recently awarded a number of patents for the application of IIoT and analytics in manufacturing workflows and business processes.

John comes to CESMII from Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK), where he was the Global Director of Software Business Development. In this role, he helped drive the transformation of Rockwell Automation to a leadership position in software for manufacturing. He was responsible for strategy development, and the acquisition and development of capabilities needed to transform their software portfolio. John developed and began the execution of a multi-year software acquisition strategy to shape Rockwell Automation’s software portfolio. He was a key leader in shaping their Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) strategy and was responsible for their global Strategic Alliance with Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft). Prior to his role at Rockwell Automation, John led the Product Management and Marketing teams for GE Fanuc (now GE Digital), (NYSE: GE) with responsibilities for the entire Production Management software portfolio (Proficy), including Workflow, Historian, Portal, Tracker, MES and many other software modules. He developed close relationships with many large, key manufacturers. Mr. Dyck played a key role in building a software startup in the Manufacturing Intelligence space. As Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Business Development for ActivPlant, he was instrumental in raising over $20M in VC funding, and developed and implemented a successful sales and channel strategy, resulting in significant revenue growth.

John currently serves as the immediate-past Chairman of MESA International’s (Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association) Board of Directors. He holds a degree in Electronics Engineering from Conestoga College.

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Jim Davis


Jim Davis is the PI for CESMII from UCLA as well as Principal CIO Advisor and member of the Governance Board. At UCLA, Jim is Vice Provost IT & Chief Academic Technology Officer – an executive leadership role focused on UCLA’s academic research and education mission. Jim has broad oversight of campus-wide planning, governance, and strategic investment of IT and manages the Office of Information Technology (OIT). Through OIT, Jim has oversight responsibility for the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute, the Institute for Digital Research and Education, the Information System Associates, and the UCLA Office of the Chief Privacy Officer.

Jim has past work experience is with Amoco Chemicals. He is Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and is currently on the Board of Governors of the Manufacturing Leadership Council, the Leadership Council for Mforesight: Alliance for Manufacturing Foresight and the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Council. Jim led the Mforesight report on Cybersecurity for Manufacturers. He is a past Chair of the Board for the Corporation of Education Network Initiatives in California. Jim is also a professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at UCLA, where his research interests are in the areas of AI, data analysis, decision support, and intelligent systems.

With over 30-years’ experience in technology-based engineering research and application, he has been involved with research, development, and deployment of information technology solutions in a variety of industrial applications. Prior to Jim’s appointment, he served as Chief Information Officer/Associate Provost for Information Technology at The Ohio State University. At Ohio State, he had responsibility for institutional IT planning, instructional technology, policy, faculty/staff/student IT advisory committees, and all central infrastructure and support services for both academic and administrative applications. He worked extensively with the Ohio Supercomputer Center, the Ohio Academic and Research Network (OARnet), the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), and Internet2 on computing, network, research, and educational initiatives.

He holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Northwestern University and a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Erik Nistad

Principal IT Business Relationship Leader, Supply Chain - Digital Manufacturing


Erik recently joined Kellogg’s Global IT organization as the Business Relationship Manager for Manufacturing. Partnering with Kellogg’s Manufacturing Leadership and the Global Operations Technology team, he is leading activities to define, create and implement a global Smart Factory capability across 50+ factories.  Prior to Kellogg, Erik spent 25 years with Nabisco, Kraft Foods and Mondelēz International where he was a Director of Information Technology and Solutions (ITS) leading the global Manufacturing, Research, Development, Quality and Innovation Center of Excellence. In that role he was accountable for the definition and delivery of standard processes and solutions across the global manufacturing and RDQI business processes. This included solutions across MES / MOM, SAP / ERP, Product Development and Regulatory Compliance.

Besides his 35+ years of industry experience, Erik is currently the Chairman of MESA (Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association) International, a global community of manufacturers, producers, industry leaders, and solution providers who are focused on driving business results from manufacturing information and technology. At MESA he has held positions including Enterprise Recipe Management Working Group Chair, America’s Board Vice Chairman and member of the International Board of Directors.  He is a frequent speaker at industry events covering topics from IT / OT Convergence, Smart Manufacturing Justification, and approaches for organizations to embark on the Smart Manufacturing / Industry 4.0 journey.


Haresh Malkani


Haresh Malkani was appointed Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) in March of 2018.  In his role as CTO for CESMII, Haresh oversees the technology mission, road map and objectives of CESMII.  He will spearhead development of technologies spanning advanced sensors, controls, platforms, data analytics, modeling for manufacturing, and smart manufacturing standards and protocols. He will oversee the development and application of the nation’s first open, collaborative Smart Manufacturing technology platform for industrial applications. In addition, he will provide guidance on the institute’s technical program content for training and workforce development.

Haresh brings over 29 years of experience in an industrial RD&E environment covering development and deployment of Smart Manufacturing technologies including sensing, automation, control, modeling, simulation and analytics for applications in continuous, hybrid and discrete manufacturing operations.  Haresh comes to CESMII from a successful career at Alcoa/Arconic.  He most recently was Director, Digital Manufacturing & Automation Technologies.  In this role Haresh was responsible for developing the strategy for Smart Manufacturing and deploying solutions that drove productivity in excess of $40M/year.  His expertise in modeling, simulation, advanced sensing, automation, analytics and visualization were key to developing the technical strategy, architecture and approach. Haresh has a successful history of projects developing model-based control for several unit operations at Alcoa. 

In addition, Haresh has been involved with the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) for over 8 years.  He most recently held the position of Vice Chairman of SMLC.  Haresh holds a Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from Northwestern University and a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the Maharaja Sayajirao University (India).


Howard Goldberg


Howard Goldberg was appointed VP of Business Development of the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) in May of 2018.  In his VP of Business Development role, Howard is the primary externally-facing business interface. He will work to develop new members, expand the smart manufacturing opportunities, retain the base membership and grow the Institute.  In addition, he is accountable for the establishment of a technical education and workforce development program that leverages the CESMII Regional Network and for developing and executing a comprehensive strategic communications capability for CESMII with regards to marketing, communications, and public relations.

Howard brings over 20 years of leadership experience in successfully growing the Business and Operations of leading-edge sensor-solutions companies. Howard was most recently the Executive Vice President of Operations for Pressure Profile Systems, a developer of tactile sensors that enable the "sense of touch" for electronic products, where he drove the launch of the most complex product in the history of the company and achieved a 14% increase in record shipment revenues.  Additionally, Howard was the former President and COO of Interlink Electronics (NASDAQ: LINK) a globally recognized a manufacturer of human-machine interface sensors, where he achieved a 36% increase in revenues.  Howard presents an extensive portfolio of successfully introducing both product and supply-chain solutions to a broad spectrum of industries: microelectronics and sensors, Wearables and IoT, consumer electronics, medical devices and digital healthcare, automotive, industrial control, energy, aerospace, and defense.

Howard holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor),  a B.S.E.E from Lehigh University, and Executive Management Certification from Rice University.  Additionally, he is an inventor on 10 issued patents related to sensor/actuator design and fabrication.


Jim Wetzel


Jim is currently a strategic advisor to the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute.    This is a National Innovation Institute sponsored by the Department of Energy and is 1 of 14 Institutes of Manufacturing USA.   The Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) aims to radically accelerate the development and adoption of Smart Manufacturing —including advanced sensors, controls, platforms, and models—to help companies of all sizes across a variety of manufacturing industries to realize the benefits of Smart Manufacturing.

Prior to this Jim was the interim CEO of CESMII from August 2017 to August 2018.  Jim’s role was to lead the successful startup of the Institute and provide the foundation for long term success.

After 32 years at General Mills Inc, Jim retired in August, 2017 as Director Engineering–Global Reliability.  In this role he was responsible for improving the existing asset base in GMI Manufacturing Plants across the Globe. Our mission is to improve, sustain and extend the life of our assets.  This function was  responsible for technology, standardization, reliability and maintenance and energy reduction. In addition, Jim was responsible for the technical mastery, learning and development for all of engineering.

While at General Mills, Jim has had roles in proprietary machine design, Manufacturing System Improvement and Optimization, Cheerios and Wheaties Product Improvement, System Engineering,  Control System Application Development and Architecture, MES Application Development and Platform Center of Excellence. 

Jim was the Chairman of the Board of the SMLC, Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition, until his retirement in August, 2017   He holds a BS Mechanical Engineering and MBA, both from the University of Minnesota.


Jose Rivera


Executive with a particular focus in Strategy and Business Development, and a deep understanding of industrial markets and technology, as well as business-to-business marketing and sales. Managed several product lines and sales territories through direct and indirect sales channels, across industry verticals and geographies. Delivered solutions to customers in: Energy, Power Generation (including Smart Grid), Chemical, Oil and Gas, Metals Mineral Mining, Water and Waste Water, Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical, Food and Beverage. Comfortable working and leading teams directly or within a matrix organization.

Close involvement with business development in strategy development, acquisition road map generation, due diligence, integration, and divestitures. Track record of creative acquisition road map development and execution focused to support a new strategic direction, in particular innovative solutions for targeted verticals.

True multinational background and extensive global experience in Europe and Latin America. Fluent in English, Spanish and German, with basic knowledge of French. Kellogg School of Management MBA; BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Costa Rica.

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Mike Yost


Mike Yost brings over 30 years of industrial, commercial and management experience to his role as Outreach Advisor at CESMII - The Smart Manufacturing Institute. He spent the past 8-½ years leading MESA International to educate manufacturers on the role and value of Smart Manufacturing - experience he will leverage to lead CESMII’s outreach efforts.

Mr. Yost has specialized in the Smart Manufacturing, Manufacturing Execution (MES), Manufacturing Intelligence (EMI) and Operations Management software arenas since 1999.  He has strong startup experience and has held various leadership roles in automation and industrial software businesses, including GE’s Proficy Software business, Activplant Corporation and Rockwell Automation.  He holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and lives in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A. with his wife and five children.


Pat Picariello, J.D., CStd, FSES


Pat serves as Director, Developmental Operations for ASTM International, one of the largest voluntary standards development organizations in the world.   In his role, he leads a team that coordinates the standardization activities of over 30 ASTM Technical Committees covering a diverse portfolio of global industry sectors including steel, forensic engineering, security systems and equipment, automated guided vehicles, roofing, & cement/concrete.

Pat has worked with a broad cross section of industries to help them come together within ASTM to facilitate their standardization objectives. Among the varied committees Pat has organized are activities in asset management, unmanned systems (air, maritime, & ground), sustainability, nanotechnology, homeland security, aerospace personnel, and manufacture of pharmaceutical products.

In addition, he has direct responsibility for operational and strategic initiatives specifically related to additive manufacturing, exoskeletons & exosuits, industrial biotechnology, human resource management, healthcare informatics, and 3D imaging systems.

Pat has over 20 years of experience with ASTM related to standards development and strategic standardization initiatives from perspectives both national and global; he holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College, a J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law, and is a Fellow of SES, the Society for Standards Professionals, by whom he is certified in Standards Management.


Simon Jacobson


Simon Jacobson is a Vice President in Gartner's supply chain research organization and covers manufacturing operations. Mr. Jacobson advises clients responsible for manufacturing strategy and performance.

His research helps clients develop transformational roadmaps and implement their strategies for smart manufacturing and Industrie 4.0. This spans the foundational competencies of production systems and quality management to the impacts of artificial intelligence, IoT, and advanced analytics on how factories can be managed in the future. Mr. Jacobson frequently presents at industry events worldwide and is quoted often in the press.


Sudarsan Rachuri, Ph.D


Dr. Sudarsan Rachuri is a Technology Manager in the Advanced Manufacturing Office, EERE, and DOE. He is the Federal Program Manager for the CESMII. Prior to joining DOE, he was the program manager at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and also a research professor at George Washington University and worked in the CAD/CAE/PLM software industry. 

Dr. Rachuri is the Editor-in-Chief of ASTM Smart and Sustainable Manufacturing Systems journal (www.astm.org/ssms). Rachuri is the founding member and was the vice chair of the ASTM subcommittee on sustainable manufacturing (E60.13) and a member of ASTM Smart Manufacturing Advisory Committee. Rachuri is the founding member and the Chair of the standards committee on ASME V&V 50 Verification and Validation of Computational Modeling for Advanced Manufacturing. Dr. Rachuri was a member of many ISO and ASME standards committees.  

Dr. Rachuri is a Fellow of ASME and AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science).   Dr. Rachuri received the 2016 ASTM International President’s Leadership Award. Dr. Rachuri won first prize in the 2017 World Standards Day (WSD) Paper Competition, awarded by The Society for Standards Professionals. Dr. Sudarsan Rachuri was recently honored with the Excellence in Research Award by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Computers and Information in Engineering (CIE) Division.