The Speakers

Dr. James Edmondson

BSc MPhys MSc PhD, Technology Analyst - IDTechEx

Dr. Edmondson, (BSc MPhys MSc PhD) is a Technology Analyst at IDTechEx and specializes in the field of market research for thermal management in emerging technologies. James’ recent work focuses on material opportunities in electric vehicles and 5G infrastructure and  smart phones, including full market and technology reports on “Thermal Management for Electric Vehicles”,
“Thermal Management for 5G” and “Thermal Interface Materials”.

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Naoya Okamoto

Research Manager for High-Frequency Compound Semiconductor Electron Devices – FUJITSU

Naoya Okamoto is a research manager for high-frequency compound semiconductor (CS) electron devices such as GaN and InP-based high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) at Fujitsu Limited. Recently he has been working on thermal management for GaN HEMT power amplifier using GaN and AlN substrates.

Dr. Kevin Roth

Project Manager, High Performance Materials - ADA Technologies, Inc.

Dr. Roth is a Project Manager and Senior Research Engineer in the Thermal Management team at ADA Technologies. Currently, he is the PI of two projects related to ADA’s Cell Isolation Material (CIM). Dr. Roth joined ADA in July 2015 as a Research Engineer after graduating with a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. Before joining ADA, Dr. Roth’s work focused on developing individual cell flow cytometers by combining custom optical systems with microfluidic devices, during which he published three articles and was awarded one patent. Since joining ADA, he has been involved with a number of Army, Navy, and Air Force SBIR Phase I and II projects as the primary research engineer.

 
 
 
 

Patrick Hopkins

Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering – University of Virginia

Patrick E. Hopkins is an\ Professor in Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Virginia, with courtesy appointments in the Department of Materials Science
and Engineering and the Department of Physics. Patrick received his Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Virginia in 2008. His dissertation research was focused on developed pulsed laser-based diagnostics to measure temperature and energy transfer in solid materials.

 

Deborah Kapilow

PhD candidate in the Multiscale Thermofluidics Laboratory - Drexel University

Deborah is a PhD candidate in the Multiscale Thermofluidics Laboratory at Drexel University, where she also received her BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering. Her undergraduate research concentrated on the development of high-performance dry cooling technologies in power plants to prevent water loss. She also wrote a Master’s Thesis on the experimental characterization of the melting and freezing of encapsulated phase-change materials under convective boundary conditions.

 

John Wilson

Electronics Business Development Manager - Mentor Graphics

John Wilson joined Mentor Graphics Corporation, Mechanical Analysis Division (formerly Flomerics Ltd) that is
now part of Siemens Digital Industries Software in 1999 and has over 19 years of thermal design experience relating to simulation and testing. He has worked on or managed more than 100+ thermal and airflow design consulting projects ranging from component level, PCB, Enclosure and System Level inclusive of a wide range of applications including consumer, communications, industrial and automotive electronics.  John developed a practical and comprehensive knowledge of IC package level thermal test and analysis correlation through his work in the Mentor, Fremont, CA. test facilities.

 

Arya Hakimian

MSc Application Scientist - C-Therm Technologies Ltd.

Arya Hakimian is an Application Scientist and thermal conductivity expert. With a master’s in science – chemistry, he has a wealth of knowledge in material composition and the related thermal properties. At C-Therm Arya works with the transient heat transfer testing sensors on Trident, assisting users worldwide.

 

Justin Moll

Vice President - Pixus Technologies

Justin Moll is Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Pixus Technologies.  He has been a senior-level manager for embedded computing companies for over 20 years and is a well-known technology expert and industry speaker.  Justin has chaired various VITA and PICMG committees and was the Vice President of Marketing for PICMG. His degree is in Business
Administration from UC Riverside.

Bryan Muzyka

Thermal Management Solutions Sales – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc.

Bryan Muzyka is a leading sales and marketing executive responsible for a broad range of thermal management solutions, focused on addressing the most challenging problems across various industries. His background includes a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University and a Master of Business Administration & Engineering from Lehigh University. He has 10+ years of experience at Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. in both engineering and business development capacities, and he has worked closely with industry partners to tackle thermal problems ranging from high-power industrial, defense terrestrial electronics cooling, and large-scale satellite thermal management.

 

Guy

Wagner

Director - Electronic Cooling Solutions

Guy Wagner has 45 years experience in the electronics industry and has been doing consulting since 2001. He has authored over 40 papers and presentations at international conferences and has 29 issued patents. Before joining Electronic Cooling Solutions as a Director, Guy held the position of Director of Engineering at Cornice Inc., Chief Scientist at HP and Agilent Technologies and MTS at Bell Laboratories.

 

Beth Langer

Lead Engineer, Thermal Management

Colder Products Co.

Beth Langer is the Lead Technical Engineer in the Thermal Management Business Unit at CPC. She earned her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. Over the course of her career, she has  been responsible for product design, reliability and technical innovation for industrial products. Besides leading design solutions that serve CPC customers, she is an active consulting member on ASHRAE and OCP committees.

 
 
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Joey Scimeca

 Materials Engineer • Nanoramic Labs

Joey Scimeca is a Materials Engineer on the polymer composites team at Thermexit. He received a B.S. in Engineering Physics from the University of Oklahoma, where his undergraduate research concentrated on design and fabrication of nanocomposites for ultrasensitive pressure-sensing applications in wearable electronics. His current work is focused on developing high performance non-reactive, non-silicon, no cure system thermal gap pads for high powered and harsh environment applications, utilizing novel materials and manufacturing techniques for two separate product lines. 

Dr. Michael Ohadi

Professor of Mechanical Engineering - University of Maryland

Michael Ohadi is a Minta Martin Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. His research focus is on heat/mass transfer and process intensification utilizing innovative designs, materials, and manufacturing techniques. From 2016 to 2020, Ohadi served as Program Director (PD) at the U.S. department of energy, Advanced Research Project Agency-energy (ARPAE) where he led the development of programs in high-temperature heat exchangers and energy conversion systems, and lightweight and ultra-efficient electric motors, drives, and associated thermal management systems for electrification of air transportation.

 

Nikolas Truiak

CEO - HYMET Thermal Interfaces

Nikolas has spent years working internationally between engineers, sales people and customers in the drone industry and now is returning to two of his passions, entrepreneurship and material science.

Merima Trako

EMI Shielding & Thermal Composites Product Manager - Vanguard Products Corp.

Merima Trako is the EMI Shielding And Thermal Composites Product Manager at Vanguard Products Corporation. She has a BS in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics from the University of Evansville, and an MBA with a concentration in Management and International Business from the University of Connecticut. She holds various advanced certificates in mechanical modeling and design with a focus on the thermal properties of fluids and advanced assembly techniques.

Will Hasting

Director of Aviation and Power Turbine Solutions - VELO3D

Will Hasting is Director of Aviation and Power Turbine Solutions at VELO3D. He has over 14 years
of design & systems engineering experience in jet engines, race cars, & additive manufacturing.
Prior to being an engineer, he operated nuclear power plants in the United States Navy. He holds 18
patents and is fluent in both English and French. Will holds a Bachelors of Science in Aerospace
Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and is currently finishing his Masters at
University of Cincinnati.

Dr. Karthik Kumar Bodla

Senior Thermal Design Engineer - Holo, Inc.

Karthik Kumar Bodla, Ph.D. is a Senior Thermal Design Engineer at Holo, Inc. where he works on designing internal thermal management products and assists customers in optimizing their designs for improved performance. Prior to joining Holo, Karthik was at GE Global Research where he worked on GE’s many electrical devices, such as MRI equipment, CT targets, transformers, inductors and motors/generators, improving their performance through patented thermal solutions. During his time there in 2018, Karthik won GE Global Research’s biennial team award, the Whitney award. Karthik has 9 granted patents with several others pending. Karthik has published over 25 research articles in peer reviewed journals and conferences, including a book chapter. 

Bharath Bharadwaj

Department of Mechanical Engineering - Virginia Tech

Bharath Bharadwaj is a graduate (M.S) student in Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg.
His professional interests include electronics cooling, thermal management and heat transfer and
product development. Currently, he is working on understanding viability of coal-derived graphene-
based Thermal Interface Materials (TIMs) and additively manufactured metal lattice heat sinks for
electronics cooling applications. Prior to Virginia Tech, Bharath obtained his B.S from PES University in
India and briefly worked as a visiting research scholar on surface modifications for enhanced heat
transfer at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces.

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Dr. Ryan Lewis

Director of R&D - Kelvin Thermal Technologies

Ryan Lewis is Director of R&D at Kelvin Thermal Technologies. Ryan received his B.A. degree in physics from Whitman College in 2008 and Ph.D. from the University of Colorado in 2012 with a focus on micro cryogenic coolers. During a postdoctoral fellowship to make a slim TGPs 3x thinner than the commercial state-of-the-art, he developed the technology that Kelvin Thermal and partners now use in mass production to make thermal solutions for major smartphone vendors. By leveraging knowledge in microfabrication, micro-fluidics design, nano-scale energy transport, materials chemistry, and manufacturing processing, Kelvin Thermal continues to advance the state of the art of vapor chambers and TGPs.