Gold Sponsor

Sun Chemical

Silver Sponsor

Novacentrix

Bronze Sponsor

Chem Cubed

Speaker Highlights

Vahid Akhavan

Vahid Akhavan, Ph.D, Global Applications Engineering Lead at Novacentrix
Dr. Vahid Akhavan is the global applications engineering lead at Novacentrix, based in Austin, TX. He received his Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin under the supervision of Dr. Brian Korgel. He joined NovaCentrix after graduation, where he has numerous peer-reviewed publications and several patent applications.
Conductive Silver Inks and Non-Equilibrium Processing to Achieve Optimized
Performance on Temperature Sensitive Substrates

Roy W. Bjorlin

Roy W. Bjorlin, Commercial and Strategic Initiatives Director, Sun Chemical, Advanced Materials Group
Roy Bjorlin is an experienced executive and business unit leader with 25 years’ experience identifying strategic market and application opportunities in electronic materials and printed electronics. Her has executed a range of market opportunities by leading the technical development and commercialization of cutting edge technologies ranging from semiconductor packaging space to photovoltaics, with a recent focus on advancing the use of printed electronics in a range of consumer packages for advertising, enhancing the consumer experience and in other smart packaging applications including printed sensors for IoT.
Panel Discussion: Electronic Packaging for Consumer Brands
Erick Couch, SunMotion Product Line Manager, Sun Chemical
Erick Couch is the SunMotion product line manager for Sun Chemical. Previously, Erick was chief technology officer for Transitions Digital Graphics, which was acquired by Sun Chemical in 2017.
Panel Discussion: Electronic Packaging for Consumer Brands
Barry Cullens, Director of Research and Development, Hockmeyer Equipment Corporation
Barry Cullens has been with Hockmeyer Equipment Co. for about 30 years. Barry was employed early on as a machinist before becoming the Laboratory Manager. Over the last 10 years Barry has been in charge of Research and Development for the company. As Director of Research and Development, many improvements to existing equipment have been made to increase the capability and efficiency of the equipment. New equipment has also been developed including equipment for milling high viscosity formulations, nano particle formulations, particle analysis equipment, and equipment for improving pre dispersions of formulas to reduce milling time. All engineering, simulation, manufacturing, prototyping, and testing of new equipment and improvements of existing equipment have been the primary focus of this position.
Vacuum Recirculation Milling Technology

Michael Fein

Michael Fein, Sr. Product Manager, RFID, Zebra Technologies
Michael is currently responsible for global product management of Zebra’s passive RFID printer/encoders, RFID labels and RFID cards. Michael has more than 15 years of experience in the RFID industry, with roles spanning R&D, Engineering and Product Management. He became fascinated by RFID technology in 2003 while working for global ink and coatings company where he was instrumental in developing the first high-speed printed RFID antennas. Since joining Zebra in 2006, he’s led numerous successful technology developments, product launches, and RFID deployments. Michael has six issued and several pending patents on RFID. He received BSE and MSE degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Technology and Market Trends in Passive RFID

George Fuchs

George Fuchs, Director of Regulatory Affairs and Technology for the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers
George Fuchs has worked in the safety, health and environmental and various technical fields for more than 25 years. He began his career with the Allied Chemical Corp. in 1977, joined Pennwalt Corp. in 1988, and EniChem America (A division of the European chemical conglomerate – AGIP) in 1991. In 1993, Fuchs joined the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM), where he is director of regulatory affairs and technology.
Managing Health and Safety Issues Associated with Engineered Nanomaterials
Arnold Kell, Research Officer, National Research Council Canada
Arnold Kell has been the research officer at National Research Council Canada since joining the Council in 2007. He received his BSc in chemistry from McMaster University and PhD in chemistry from The University of Western Ontario.Panel Discussion: Electronic Packaging for Consumer Brands

Rachel Ma

Dr. Rachel Ma, Assistant Professor, Department of Graphic Communication, Cal Poly
Dr. Ruoxi Ma received her Ph.D. degree from Department of Chemical and Paper Engineering at Western Michigan University. Currently, she is an assistant professor in the Department of Graphic Communication at Cal Poly. Her research interests include the development of biodegradable packaging materials, inks and substrates interactions and the applications of printed electronics on smart packaging.
Printed Electronics 101: The Applications of Printed Electronics in Smart Packaging

Ajay Virkar

Dr. Binu Narakathu, Adjunct Professor and Research Associate, Center of Excellence for Advanced Smart Sensors and Structures (CASSS), Western Michigan University
Dr. Binu Narakathu received his M.Sc. degree in computer engineering from Western Michigan University, in 2009 and the Ph.D. from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Western Michigan University, in 2014. From 2015 to 2017, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Sensor Technology Laboratory (STL), Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Western Michigan University. He is currently an Adjunct Professor and a Research Associate in the Center for Advanced Smart Sensors and Structures (CASSS), Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Western Michigan University. He is also the President and Co-Founder of SafeSense Technologies, L.L.C which provides innovative sensor technology using flexible hybrid electronics for Sports Performance and Medical Diagnostics. His research interests are focused in the area of flexible hybrid electronics for the development of printed electronic devices, microfluidic devices, lab-on-a-chip for point-of-care testing (POCT), biosensors, bioelectronics, and BioMEMS devices for applications in the biomedical, environmental and defense industries. He is the author of more than 100 articles in refereed journals and refereed conference proceedings.
Research and Development of Flexible Hybrid Electronics Based Devices at Western Michigan University

Liam O’Hara

Liam O’Hara, Associate Professor, Department of Graphic Communications, Clemson University
Liam O’Hara is an associate professor for the Department of Graphic Communications at Clemson University, where he currently teaches courses on inks and substrates, print metrics, color management, and supervises undergraduate research projects. He has been actively involved in research in roll-to-roll printed electronics applications for several years. He currently serves as president to the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA).
Printed Electronics and Functional Printing: Research at Clemson

Darryl Phillips

Darryl Phillips
VP, Visual Communications, at Preferred Display Inc.
Darryl Phillips is the Vice President of the newly formed visual communications division of Preferred Display Incorporated. Darryl has held senior management roles at Image Options, D’Andrea Visual Communications, and most recently Executive Vice President, West Coast, for Coloredge, prior to joining PDI in June 2019. The new business entity is based in South Windsor, Connecticut, with a 40,000 sq. ft. facility, featuring large format digital printing, fabrication, along with research and development.
Panel Discussion: Electronic Packaging for Consumer Brands

David Savastano

David Savastano, Editor, Ink World and Printed Electronics Now
David Savastano is editor of Ink World Magazine and Printed Electronics Now. He has been with Rodman Media for more than 20 years. He is a frequent industry speaker and has appeared in a variety of allied and printing publications.
Conductive and Electronic Inks – Driving the Flexible Electronics Revolution

Dene Taylor

Dene H. Taylor, PhD, President, SPF-Inc. and Dan Harrison, PhD, Executive Vice President, IIMAK
For more than three decades Dr. Dene Taylor has been leading development and commercial success of printing products and processes. His involvement with digital printing began as a technical leader and inventor at James River Graphics (later Rexam Graphics). In 2000 he formed Specialty Papers & Films, Inc., (SPF-Inc), a technical consultancy serving the printing, packaging and coating industries, with innovative digital and analog solutions. The challenges of seeing thermal transfer adopted by the printed electronics industry for conductive and multi-layer circuitry and antennas caught his attention in 2016. Consequently SPF-Inc is the preferred global distributor of IIMAK’s Metallograph® flexible electronics thermal transfer product line. He is named on 31 US patents.Dr. Dan Harrison joined IIMAK in 1998 as Vice President, Technical Operations and was promoted to his current role in 2009. He holds 55 US patents in the field of digital printing and imaging and has developed various new thermal imaging technologies at IIMAK. He has also contributed to IIMAK’s efforts in the development of inks and coatings to expand the IIMAK Inks product offering. Prior to joining IIMAK, Dr. Harrison spent 16 years at Kodak as a pioneer in the field of digital photographic thermal imaging.
High Volume Roll-to-Roll Flexible Hybrid Electronics Production with Thermal Transfer

Ajay Virkar

Ajay Virkar, PhD, Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer at C3Nano
Dr. Ajay Virkar completed his BS in chemical & biomolecular engineering at the University of Illinois and his PhD under the guidance of Professor Zhenan Bao at Stanford University, where he investigated and improved the performance of thin film conductors and semiconductors. In 2010, Dr. Virkar co-founded and launched C3Nano by winning several prestigious business plan contests including the $200,000 Grand Prize at the MIT Clean Energy Competition and the $50,000 NASA “Game Changer” Technology Award at the Rice Business Plan Competition. He has more than 25 patents (issued or pending) related to materials for next generation and progressive electronics, and has co-authored eleven technical publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Activegrid™: A Flexible Transparent Conductor with Outstanding Optoelectronic Properties
Frank Wallace, Technical Director, NANOGAP USA
Frank has a background of over 20 years of successful research and leadership in variety of Nanotechnology and Specialty Chemicals roles. At NANOGAP, his focus has been the commercialization and scale-up of silver nanomaterials for a wide range of printed electronics applications. Frank holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University.
Advanced, Customized Silver Nanomaterials for Printed Electronics
Angelica Zaledzieski, President of Sales and New Business Development, Preferred Display, Inc.
Angelica Zaledzieski is president of sales at Preferred Display, Inc. Angelica has more than 25 years of experience in POP, product development, merchandising and manufacturing. As president of sales and new business development at Preferred Display, Inc., her passion is assisting both brands and retailers alike, in creating extraordinary visual display and merchandising systems and environments for a variety of industries that best support their products and objectives at the point of sale. Her education focus was on interior, store design and merchandising at Parsons School of Design.
Panel Discussion: Electronic Packaging for Consumer Brands