Mr. Bob ShawFormer VP and Co-Owner, Milex Products Inc.
Bob Shaw is currently a volunteer consultant at Northwestern University and serves on the ME Advisory Board, the McCormick Advisory Committee, and is an advisor to undergraduate engineering design courses. Mr. Shaw is also on the Board of Advisors for the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at NU, Context Media, Inc., Nucurrents LLC, EPIC student group at NU, Brite Seed LLC, Chimu LLC, and Zagar Counseling. He also serves on committees and boards of various charitable and non-profit organizations in the area including the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Chicago Botanic Garden, the Shaw Family Charitable Organization, and the Sheil Catholic Center. Before that, Mr. Shaw spent nearly 30 years as the co-owner of Milex Products, Inc., a small medical device company. Mr. Shaw graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering (1970) and a Masters in Management (Kellogg 1981) from Northwestern University.
Mr. Dana ComolliPresident, DMAXX LLC
Dana Comolli is president and founder of DMAXX, LLC, a software development company located in Lake Forest, Illinois. DMAXX has been providing application development and consulting for commodity trading advisors and hedge funds since 1994. Their flagship product, TheBooks®, is a fully integrated back and middle office application used by a wide range of advisors, including many of the household names in the industry. Mr. Comolli is an Adjunct Lecturer of Northwestern’s Segal Design Institute, teaching DSGN 253 and managing student-run projects; an exec board member and advisor for Northwestern’s solar car team; and an advisor for the Formula SAE, Baja SAE, Steel Bridge, and Concrete Canoe teams, as well as other student groups. Mr. Comolli received his BS degrees in Mechanical Engineering and in Computer Science from Northwestern in 1981. He also received an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management with a concentration in entrepreneurship in 1987.
Ms. Chanda DavisSenior Engineer, The Procter and Gamble Company
Dr. Mark FlemingPrincipal Engineer, Caulfield Engineering LLC
Mark Fleming, Principal Engineer for Caulfield Engineering, LLC, is an experienced mechanical engineer specializing in engineering analysis and accident investigation for vehicles and other machines. He is a consultant for accident investigation and reconstruction, failure analysis, design review and evaluation of products, and machinery and product testing. Dr. Fleming is also an Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern University, where he teaches finite element analysis. He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Illinois and a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Dr. Fleming holds MS and PhD degrees in theoretical and applied mechanics from Northwestern, where he studied reliability, fracture mechanics, and computer simulation methods.
Dr. Lesley HammingAttorney, Latham & Watkins LLP
Dr. Carmen LilleyAssociate Professor of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois, Chicago
Carmen Lilley is an Associate Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Lilley’s research interests are focused on fabrication of nanoscale materials and characterization and modeling of material properties at the nanoscale. Her research on nanomanufacturing and fabrication has focused on self-assembly of nanowire and nanoislands with e-beam evaporation in ultra high vacuum systems. Her characterization and modeling research includes electrical, mechanical, failure and reliability modeling of nanoscale materials. The application of her work is to fabricate nanoscale material systems with engineered properties. Dr. Lilley received a BS in General Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1998 and a PhD in Theoretical and Applied Mathematics from Northwestern University in 2003.
Mr. Curtis MaasChairman and CEO, RDI Group
Curtis Maas is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the RDI Group, headquartered in Itasca, Illinois. The RDI Group provides capital equipment and related products to manufacturing customers worldwide in a wide range of industries including asphalt roofing and waterproofing, metal coil processing and various other market segments. In addition, the company provides turnkey industrial shelters and enclosures to various industries, and provides contract manufacturing services to MRV, a leading provider of underwater robotic vehicles to scientific and military markets. He holds active board positions in various businesses in a range of industries, and in the community. Mr. Maas also leads a Venture group focused on early stage investments in advanced manufacturing and automation. Mr. Maas holds a BSME degree from Northwestern University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Mr. Michael McEvoyFormer Corporate VP of Advanced Engineering, Baxter Healthcare Corporation
Michael McEvoy worked in Engineering Design Management for 36 years. He spent the majority of those years at Baxter Healthcare Corporation where he retired as the Corporate Vice President of Advanced Engineering. He was recognized in 2003 as Baxter’s top engineering innovator over the last 25 years. Mr. McEvoy has been or is a member of many organizations including NCMS, National Society of Professional Engineers, SME, CASA, the United States Department of Commerce, and is a lifetime member of the McCormick Senior Board of Advisors at Northwestern University. Mr. McEvoy graduated with a degree in Machine Design & Tool Engineering from the Allied Institute of Technology in Chicago, IL in 1969. Along with several other continuing education courses over the years, Mr. McEvoy completed a program in Business Entrepreneurship at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 1992. His personal mission is to be the best at what he does: “Engineering Leadership.”
Dr. Paul MillmanVice President of Product Solutions, Intuitive Surgical Inc.
Paul Millman is Vice President of Product Solutions at Intuitive Surgical, Inc. Paul has been working in industry on the development of surgical robotic systems for nearly 20 years. As a mechanical engineer and engineering manager at Computer Motion Inc. from 1996-2003, he helped develop the Zeus Robotic Surgical System. Since 2003 he has worked in various roles at Intuitive Surgical developing multiple generations of the da Vinci Surgical system, including the da Vinci Si system introduced in 2009, and the recently launched da Vinci Xi system. Paul also created and led the first interaction design and human factors engineering teams at Intuitive, and has an ongoing interest in human-centered design in product development. His academic training includes an MS and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University where he was a member of the Laboratory for Intelligent Mechanical Systems (now NxR). His research focused on the design of telerobotic systems and haptic displays. Intuitive Surgical, Inc. is a robotics health care company that designs and manufactures the da Vinci® Surgical System. The company’s mission is to extend the benefits of minimally invasive surgery to those patients who can and should benefit from it.
Mr. Julio J. Santos-MunnéDirector of Engineering, HDT Expeditionary Systems Inc.
Julio J. Santos-Munné is Director of Engineering of HDT Expeditionary Systems, Inc.’s Robotic division. Mr. Santos-Munné began his career as an entrepreneur by co-founding the surgical robotics company Z-KAT, Inc., (which later became Mako Surgical and subsequently was acquired by Stryker). His work as a masters student, the invention of Coordinated Fluoroscopy, became core intellectual property for Z-KAT. As Director of Engineering for Z-KAT he generated multiple patents for the company, including the one for their Robotic Arm Assisted Surgery System. He then joined Cobotics where he was product development manager for a modular multiple-axis distributed system for the material handling and automobile assembly industry. He also had a lead role in the mechanical design of the entire Cobotics product line. After Cobotics, Inc. was acquired by Stanley Assembly Technologies, Mr. Santos-Munné co-founded Kinea Design (later acquired by HDT ES) where he managed all R&D (including leading the team that developed the mechanical hardware for DARPA’s Revolutionizing Prosthetics, “Bionic Arm”), commercial project developments, and all operational aspects of the business. Through the years, Mr. Santos-Munné has collaborated with various Northwestern University professors. He holds BS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame and an MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern.