Advisory Board

Board Chair

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Mr. Bob Shaw

Former 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, EPIC student group at NU, Brite Seed LLC, Chimu LLC, and Zagar Counseling. He is an angel investor in numerous startups generated at NU. 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.


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Mr. Dana Comolli

President, 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.

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Ms. Chanda Davis

Senior Engineer, The Procter and Gamble Company

Chanda Davis is Senior Engineer at the Procter & Gamble Company, the largest consumer goods company in the world, touching and improving the lives of the world’s consumers.  Her mastery is in Package Development, Leadership Development, and Integrated Design; leading initiatives for several well know brands; Cascade, Head & Shoulders, Herbal Essences, and Aussie, to name a few. Her work can be found all over the world from Greater China, Europe, and within the smallest towns in the USA.  As the recipient of the Alumni Award in 2003, Ms. Davis became the youngest member to be inducted into the McCormick Advisory Council, serving for four years. As an advocate for STEAM  curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math), Ms. Davis is active in her community through her involvement in the United Way Emerging Leaders of Greater Cincinnati, the McCormick Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board, the Herbert Brown Society, Finneytown & Cincinnati School Districts. Ms. Davis received BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern in 2003.

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Dr. Mark Fleming

Principal 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.

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Dr. Lesley Hamming

Attorney, Latham & Watkins LLP

Lesley Hamming is an attorney at Latham & Watkins, LLP, in Chicago, where she focuses her practice on intellectual property litigation and counseling. Dr. Hamming has represented companies in litigation for a broad array of technologies, including mechanical devices, LEDs, consumer goods and pharmaceuticals. Dr. Hamming is registered to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office. She received her BS in Mechanical Engineering in 2005 and her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering in 2010, both from Northwestern University, before receiving her law degree from Duke University.  As a PhD student at Northwestern, she received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and Northwestern University’s Presidential Fellowship. She was a member of the US National Triathlon (U23) Team, and she competed in professional races around the world.

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Dr. Carmen Lilley

Associate 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.

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Mr. Curtis Maas

Chairman 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.

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Mr. Michael McEvoy

Former 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.”

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Dr. Paul Millman

Vice President of Advanced Product Development, Intuitive Surgical Inc.

Paul Millman is Vice President of Advanced Product Development at Intuitive Surgical, Inc. Paul has been working in industry on the development of surgical robotic systems for over 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 make surgery more effective, less invasive, and easier on surgeons, patients, and their families.

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Mr. Julio J. Santos-Munné

Director 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.

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Dr. Kirsten F. Laurin-Kovitz

Group Leader-Principal Mechanical Engineer, Argonne National Laboratory

Kirsten Laurin-Kovitz leads the Nuclear Nonproliferation Policy Support Group within the Global Security Sciences Division at Argonne National Laboratory. Dr. Laurin-Kovitz has more than 20 years of experience in nuclear reactor analysis and nuclear nonproliferation. Currently, Dr. Laurin-Kovitz manages project teams which combine expertise in science and engineering with specialized knowledge of nonproliferation policies and international affairs to develop technical solutions, provide technical advisory services, and conduct outreach related to export controls on strategic WMD-related commodities and implementation of nuclear material safeguards in support of US Department of Energy programs. Her experience includes developing computational methods for reactor analysis and design, performing technical review of proliferation sensitive commodity and technology transfers, and supporting nonproliferation program implementation in Ukraine, the Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia), and South America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru). In addition to her technical work, Dr. Laurin-Kovitz actively supports diversity and inclusion efforts primarily through Argonne’s Women in Science and Technology Program (WIST) which provides leadership and resources to promote the success of women in scientific and technical positions at Argonne. She twice served as the WIST Program Initiator (PI). As WIST PI, she chaired Argonne’s annual Science Careers in Search of Women Conference for high school girls. Dr. Laurin-Kovitz was also co-founder of Argonne’s Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day for middle school girls and co-founder of the professional development series: Survival Skills for Successful Women in Science, Engineering and Technology. Dr. Laurin-Kovitz received her B.S. in General Engineering from the University of Illinois and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University.