Centro de Innovación en Diseño y Tecnología

David Bourell

UT Austin, USA


“Additive Manufacturing: State of the Art and Sustainability Implications”

Dr. David Bourell is Professor of Mechanical Engineering (ME) and Materials Science and Engineering (MS&E) at The University of Texas at Austin. He is currently the Temple Foundation Professor and Director of the Laboratory for Freeform Fabrication. He is internationally recognized in the field of Additive Manufacturing (AM).

Dr. Bourell has been involved in the materials aspects of AM for 25 years. Current projects focus on transitioning the technology from prototype parts to actual service applications. This requires production of parts with acceptable mechanical properties as well as surface finish and tolerance. He is working with metallic infiltration into porous preforms, mechanical property enhancement in laser sintered polyamide 12 and production of silicon carbide and graphite laser sintered parts using transient binders.


Leopoldo Ruiz-Huerta

UNAM – Laboratorio Nacional de Manufactura Aditiva, MEX


“Additive Manufacturing: The right tool for multi shape medical problems”

Leopoldo Ruíz is a Professor at the Faculty of Engineering at the Universidad Autónoma de México.

Dr. Ruiz is a Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Master in Mechanical Engineering with specialization in Product Design and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Universidad Autónoma de México (UNAM).

He is a founding member of the Group of Micromechanics and Mechatronics in 1999 and performed since 1996 academic activities related to the Research of Design and construction techniques of Micromechanical and Mechatronic Devices. Additionally, since 2009, has been actively involved in the operation and generation of the infrastructure of the University Laboratory of Engineering Design and Advanced Manufacturing (LUIDIMA).

He has participated in over 22 projects, where it has developed several prototypes of micro-mechanical and mechatronic  that include six versions of micromachining tool, the updating of a  transurethral resectoscopy , a microdrive to study the neuronal activity in rats; the development of several prototypes of mechatronic devices and application in the evaluation and construction of cardiac valve bioprosthesis  for the Instituto Nacional de Cardiología "Ignacio Chavez"; and the development of an automated microscope to detect the Trypanosoma cruzi parasite in conjunction with the Artificial Vision Group and the Bioinformatics and Regional Research Centre "Hideyo Noguchi" at the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán; among others.

Ralph Resnick

America Makes – National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, USA


“Working Additive Manufacturing Challenges through Collaboration”

Ralph Resnick attended Bucknell University and was a design and project engineer for several leading machine control manufacturers.

Mr. Resnick holds a number of patents for designs of capacitance-based sensors and metrology systems and has made many presentations at leading technical conferences. He has been the Principal Investigator for many projects at the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Advanced Technology Program, National Science Foundation, National Center for Manufacturing Science, and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR).

Mr. Resnick serves on numerous boards, including Chairman of the Board of Directors for the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS); Louisiana Center for Manufacturing Sciences (LCMS); Manufacturing Leaders Forum and the Sustainable Manufacturing Group of the National Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing (NACFAM); Association For Manufacturing Technology’s (AMT) Technical Issues Committee (prior Chairman); MTConnect Technical Advisory Group and Board member of the MTConnect Institute.

Mr. Resnick joined the National Center for Defense Manufacturing & Machining (NCDMM) in September 2008 as Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, and Director, Corporate Development. A professional with over 35 years of manufacturing experience, Mr. Resnick is responsible for providing technical leadership within NCDMM, promoting its mission with external stakeholders and adding new insight to the NCDMM business strategy.


Eric Macdonald

UTEP, Deputy Editor - Additive Manufacturing (Elsevier), Associate Director, W. M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation, USA



Eric MacDonald is a Texas Instruments Endowed Professor, Deputy Editor, Additive Manufacturing, Elsevier, Associate Director, W. M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation at The University of Texas at El Paso, U.S.A.

Dr. MacDonald obtained a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering, Master in Electrical Engineering and phD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He comes from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) where he has explored two research areas: 1) robust, low power VLSI for harsh environments and 2) Additive Manufacturing for 3D structural electronics and packaging.

From 1990 to 2002 Eric served as a Designer at International Business Machines Corporation. He worked as a member of a project named “Adaptive Switched Capacitance Voltage Boost for Thermoelectric Generation” where it developed a switched capacitance voltage boost system to be used to boost the output of a thermoelectric module. Later, since 2003 to 2014 he was an Associated Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at El Paso, U.S.A.


Kornel Ehmann

Northwestern U., USA


“Additive Manufacturing: Impediments & Prospects”

Kornel Ehmann is the founding editor of the SME/Elsevier Journal - Manufacturing Letters. He has also served as the Technical Editor of the ASME Transactions: Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, as the president of the North American Manufacturing Research Institution of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (NAMRI/SME), as the chair of the Manufacturing Engineering Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (MED/ASME), and as the director of the International Institution for Micromanufacturing (I2M2).

Dr. received his BS and MS degrees in mechanical engineering in 1970 and 1974 from the University of Belgrade. He received his PhD degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1979.

At Northwestern's Department of Mechanical Engineering, he has served as a professor from 1990 to the present and an associate professor from 1985 to 1990. He served as an assistant professor from 1981 to 1985 in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


John Hines

Consultant in Space Technologies, USA


“Will AM Ever Fly as a Scalable, Green and Sustainable Manufacturing Technique?”

John Hines is President and Chief Executive Officer of Hera Systems, a small, tightly focused Technology Company designed to rapidly and efficiently develop and deliver modular, smart, plug-and-play technologies, components, products, services, and systems for multidisciplinary aerospace and related applications. John is also an independent, Senior Technology Consultant, specializing in the areas of Space Technologies, Medical and Biological Technologies, Technology Aggregation, and Technology Program/Project Management.

Hines has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Tuskegee University, a MS in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and over 40 years of combined NASA/Research Center/Air Force experience in biological and biomedical technology development, satellite/spaceflight hardware development, electronic systems engineering, program/project management, advanced technology assessment and development, and program advocacy.

He retired in December, 2012 as the Chief Technical Officer for the NASA-Ames Research Center (ARC). Earlier, John was Chief Technologist in the ARC Engineering Directorate, and, before that, Deputy Chief and Chief Technologist for the Small Spacecraft Division.

From 2002-2009 John was the Principal Investigator for the Non-Contact Biosensors and in-situ Bioanalytical Systems tasks for the Human Research Program. John created the Astrobionics Integrated Program and Project Team (IPPT).


Omar Balderrama

Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, MEX


“Sustainability in the Design Processes for 3D Printing”

Omar Balderrama is a Professor¬- Researcher at the Institute of Architecture, Design and Arts at Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez (UACJ) where he teaches programs in Industrial Design and Masters in Holistic Design. He has participated as a teacher at the Instituto de Ingeniería y Tecnología in an industrial engineering program from the UACJ and the Instituto Tecnológico de Ciudad Juárez, in addition he has worked as a Manufacturing Engineer in Thomson and RCA VEFSA.

Dr. Balderrama has a BS in Industrial Production Engineering, a specialization in Mechanical Production Engineering, a MS in Industrial Production Engineeringand and a phD in Industrial Production Engineering.

He currently works on the development of book dedicated to the study and teaching of axiomatic design methodology. This project involves the collaborative development with the engineering of this technique, with the aim of presenting results at conferences and journals to help promote their theoretical and practical introduction. The project is primarily aimed at the areas dedicated to product design in order to have a tool to assist in decision-making regarding achieve better designs quantitatively.

In 2004 he achieved the first place in the National Competition Creativity Masters in Industrial Engineering.  He got the pedagogical model certification UACJ in 2010 and a certification for the Provision of Training Courses On Campus in 2008 under the Technical Standard of Competency: NUGCH00.01.

Sarah Hovsepian

NASA Ames Research Center, USA


“AM: Additive, Advanced or Another Manufacturing Process?”

Sarah Hovsepian recently joined ASRC Research and Technology Solutions as project engineer for the Advanced Digital Materials and Manufacturing for Space (ADMMS) initiative proposed through NASA Ames Center Chief Technologist.

Sarah Hovsepian obtained her master's degree in 2012, in the Design and Computation Group, Department of Architecture, from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2011, Sarah became part of the inaugural class of NASA Space Technology Fellows where she worked on Digital Material Skins for a pressure vessel, focusing on the design and fabrication of overlapping, discrete 2D structures inspired by origami tessellation's. Sarah had the opportunity to continue her research at Marshall Space Flight Center, with access to state-of-the-art facilities to print the digital material skins using additive manufacturing technologies, to mold and cast composite plies, and finally to conduct tests to assess properties of plastic vs composite digital material skins. In 2010, Sarah received her Bachelors in Architecture from a five year NAAB accredited program at California Polytechnic University of Pomona.In 2009, she worked at the Ant Lab in the University of Bristol, United Kingdom, studying self-organization and self-replication in ant colonies as well as ant tunnel structures underground. In 2009, Sarah studied at the University of Applied Sciences, in Biberach, Germany.


Barbara Linke

UC Davis, USA


Barbara Linke works as an assistant professor at the University of California Davis researching sustainable manufacturing and abrasive machining since 2012. She received the F.W. Taylor Medal of the CIRP in 2009 and the Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer award of the SME in 2013.

Dr. Linke got her doctorate in mechanical engineering at the RWTH Aachen University, Germany. She worked with Prof. Fritz Klocke on grinding technology and tooling engineering at the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) from 2002 to 2010. She was a research fellow at the University of California Berkeley at Prof. David Dornfeld’s lab sponsor by the German Research Foundation (DFG).


Luisa Kregel

UCI Interdisciplinary Center for the Scientific Study of Ethics and Morality


“3DP Welcome! Mi Casa Es Su Casa - An Ethical Perspective of Manufacturing in Mexico.”

Luisa Kregel is an international executive who provides the latest technology to organizations seeking rational solutions of positive socio-environmental impact. Advices firms from a variety of fields to adapt knowledge to specific challenges.

MsC Kregel holds a bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering and a Masters in Science in Management Information Systems.

Her professional career began as project engineer for the largest health care provider in Mexico, IMSS, where the evaluation of products to be acquired was a crucial financial and ethical decision for the well being of the country.

While working in Mexico, she joined CONACYT as project manager for the Dirección Técnica, where she evaluated technically and commercially the country’s new patented technologies.

In the United States, she became involved in various research projects concerning renewable energies and communications systems at the Environmental Research Laboratory of the University of Arizona.



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