Automation Alley's 2021 Technology in Industry Report—a deep dive into Industry 4.0 adoption challenges, opportunities and use cases—will launch digitally June 22 in conjunction with a virtual panel discussion featuring leaders from industry, academia and government who will discuss the urgent need for manufacturing resilience and innovation.
The rapid pace of technological advancement, unprecedented supply chain disruptions, increased resource constraints, climate change and changing customer demands are placing added pressure on the global manufacturing ecosystem to create resilient and innovative production systems to remain competitive and achieve sustainable growth.
Join Automation Alley and this group of experts as we highlight the 2021 Report's key topics, address solutions to industry challenges and answer your questions as manufacturers navigate through this evolving and competitive digital landscape.
Attendees to the virtual panel discussion will receive free digital access to the 2021 Technology in Industry Report.
Tom Kelly, Executive Director and CEO, Automation Alley
Tom Kelly is a globally recognized expert on Industry 4.0 and its impact on business. As executive director and CEO of Automation Alley, Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, Kelly oversees strategic planning and all ongoing activities for the organization, including programs and services designed to help businesses increase revenue, reduce costs and make strategic decisions during a time of rapid technological change.
U.S. Congresswoman Haley Stevens
Proudly representing Michigan's 11th district, Congresswoman Haley Stevens is a champion for Michigan manufacturing. Before being elected to Congress, Congresswoman Stevens served as the Chief of Staff to the U.S. Auto Rescue Task Force, the federal initiative responsible for saving General Motors, Chrysler, and 200,000 Michigan Jobs. She also played a key role in setting up the Office of Recovery for Automotive Communities and Workers, and the White House Office of Manufacturing Policy. After serving in the Obama Administration, Congresswoman Stevens worked in a manufacturing research lab focused on the future of work in the digital age. Congresswoman Haley Stevens sits on the House Committee on Education & Labor, and the House Committee on Science, Space & Technology, where she also serves as Chairwoman of the Research & Technology Subcommittee.
Sherif Marakby, Executive Vice President, Research and Development, Magna International Inc.
Sherif Marakby manages Magna's innovation and new product strategy and development both at a corporate level and in conjunction with Magna's product groups. Marakby has 30 years of experience in the automotive and technology industries and previously worked for Ford Motor Company, where he held a variety of product development and engineering leadership positions. He has extensive experience in electrification, having led the Ford team in developing a battery electric vehicle, plug-in hybrid vehicles and hybrid electric vehicles. Marakby also served as President and CEO of Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC, and was on the board of directors for Argo AI, Ford's self-driving technology partner. Additionally, he spent time with Uber as Vice President of Global Vehicle Programs, leading the integration of their autonomous software into production OEM vehicles.
Jeff Hall, Senior Director, Technology and Strategic Sales, Omron
Jeff Hall is responsible for strategy development, execution and global alignment for all technology and strategic sales efforts within the Americas region for Omron, a global leader in industrial automation. Hall has experience in the automotive/digital factory space as well as the food and commodity, semiconductor, infrastructure and logistics and life sciences verticals. Prior to joining Omron, Hall was director of automotive and turnkey solutions for Siemens USA.
Dr. David Schippers, Assistant Professor, Automotive Cybersecurity & Cybersecurity Chair, Information Technology Decision Sciences, Walsh College
Dr. David Schippers brings decades of industry experience in information technology, cybersecurity, and project management for large core system designs, quality assurance testing and system implementations, impacting regional, national and international business operations. At Walsh, Dr. Schippers created Walsh's Advanced Team-Based Attack/Defend Techniques class to increase student skills, situational awareness and response capability in hostile cyber environments and also created Walsh's Automotive Cybersecurity concentration. Dr. Schippers has contributed research to Automation Alley's 2021, 2020 and 2019 Technology in Industry Reports.