Forum for Manufacturers Agenda


JUNE 21, 2018



8:15am – 9:00am  Networking Breakfast  NA 
9:00am – 9:10am  Opening remarks  Introduction from Dan Thoma, Grainger Institute for Engineering Director 
9:10am – 10:10am  Flash talks 

  • Biomanufacturing 
  • Smart and connected healthcare 
  • Smart and connected communities 
  • Computational and data analytics 
  • Energy and sustainability 
  • Advanced manufacturing 
  • Sensors and sensing
Hear from our leaders on each of these areas in a fast-paced, concise presentation.
10:10am – 10:25am  BREAK  NA 
10:25am – 11:15  Panel Q&A
Submit questions at with code GIE18 
Moderated by Dan Thoma
Presenters will answer your questions
11:15 – 11:45  Engagement Opportunities  Public-private partnerships, student projects, consortia, and regional technical societies.
11:45 – 12:00  What’s next? First steps for engaging in collaborative efforts.
12:00  Alumni & Friends luncheon
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Oguz Alagoz
Co-Director, Wisconsin Institute for Healthcare Systems Engineering
Professor, Industrial & Systems Engineering at UW-Madison

Oguz is the co-director of Wisconsin Institute for Healthcare Systems Engineering. His research interests include job and organizational design, quality and productivity improvement, technological and organizational change, and human factors and systems engineering in healthcare and patient safety.

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Bruce Beihoff
Technical Director, Midwest Energy Research Consortium
Bruce serves as the technical director of industrial and systems research within the Grainger Institute, and brings over 35 years of experience in technology program management and is a strong advocate for university-industry cooperation.

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Felix Lu
Assistant Director, Industrial Outreach
Felix, the Grainger Institute’s assistant director for industrial outreach, brings over 10 years of experience combining academia, industry, and research. Felix also leads the industrial outreach efforts for the NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at UW-Madison.

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Bill Murphy
Thrust leader for Biomanufacturing
Professor, Biomedical Engineering at UW-Madison
Bill is the thrust leader for biomanufacturing within the Grainger Institute. His research interests include advanced manufacturing of medical devices, cells and tissues. Bill is working to make Wisconsin a national leader in biomanufacturing R&D and workforce development by focusing on innovative and accelerated ideas for public-private partnerships.

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Rob Nowak
Thrust leader for Machines, Algorithms and Data
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Rob is the thrust leader of data and computational science with the Grainger Institute and the McFarland-Bascom Professor in Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses on signal processing, machine learning, optimization, and statistics.


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David Noyce
Professor and Department Chair, Civil & Environmental Engineering at UW-Madison
David is the Director of the Traffic Operations and Safety (TOPS) Laboratory, and Associate Director of Safety Research Using Simulation (SaferSIM) Center where he has spent the last 15 years working with full-scale driving simulations and studying driver comprehension. He is also active within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, with a specific interest in transportation and building construction.

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Dan Thoma
Director, Grainger Institute for Engineering
Professor, Materials Science & Engineering at UW-Madison
Prior to joining the Grainger Insititute in 2015, Dan was the Deputy Division Leader for the Materials Science and Technology Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). From 2005-2013, he was the Director of LANL’s Materials Design Institute, where he remains an adjunct professor. Dr. Thoma’s research and technical efforts have been devoted to alloy theory, thermodynamics and kinetics of phase transformations, and property response as a function of microstructural evolution.