Speakers – Day Two

Hemant Shah

Hemant Shah

Hemant Shah is the chairman of the IPC-2581 Consortium. He was with Cadence Design Systems April 2020 as group director of product management for Allegro PCB products at Cadence. Shah led the effort to create an industry wide consortium of design and supply chain companies to get IPC-2581 – the standard for transferring PCB design data to manufacturing – adopted. Prior to managing the PCB and FPGA products, he managed the Allegro Signal and Power Integrity products for PCB & IC Packaging. Shah also led an industry wide effort to get a new algorithmic modeling standard (IBIS-AMI) approved and adopted.

Prior to joining Cadence Hemant worked at Xynetix Inc. and before that at Intergraph Corporation. He is passionate about developing, marketing leading edge software products for PCB design.


Tovi Yadin

Tovi Yadin is passionate about leveraging advanced technologies such as AI and ML to optimize manufacturing and make the world a better place. In her current role she focuses on smart manufacturing and Industry 4.0, promoting Siemens' data-driven manufacturing initiative.


Michael Ford

Working for Aegis Software provides Michael the opportunity to apply his years of electronics assembly manufacturing experience, to drive both business and technology solution innovation that satisfies evolving needs in digital manufacturing.

Starting his career with Sony, including eight years working in Japan, Michael has been instrumental in creating many solutions for manufacturing that blend a deep and broad knowledge of manufacturing, with evolving software technologies.

Today, Michael is an established thought leader for Industry 4.0 and digital Smart factories, an active contributor to industry standards with the IPC, in the areas of the Connected Factory Initiative (CFX), traceability and the digital factory platform.


Radu Diaconescu

Radu is an Electrical Engineer, with an M.Sc. in Management of Technology from EPFL (Swiss Technical Institute), Lausanne, Switzerland. He Hs a vast industrial experience in the field of electronics and is currently managing Swissmic's business development efforts and sits in the Board of Directors. He also co-chairs the IPC 1782 Critical Components Traceability standard committee and the IPC 2551 Digital Twin Architecture standard committee.


Leland Smith Ph.D.

Dr. Smith has 13 years of experience engineering novel materials for power sources including solar PV, supercapacitors and lithium-ion microbatteries. He co-founded Millibatt in 2015 and currently leads Millibatt’s pilot manufacturing and process development efforts.


Ivan Aduna

Ivan leads the Koh Young smart factory integration efforts for electronics manufacturing. His expertise mixed with theoretical and practical knowledge positions him with the ability to understand, adopt, and implement software advancements from both the user and supplier perspectives.

Dave Trail

Dave Trail is VP of Sales at Arch. He is an accomplished industry professional with over 25 years of experience in electronics manufacturing equipment, machine connectivity, and manufacturing execution systems software (MES). Throughout his career, he has been a pioneer and proponent of the evolution of manufacturing from Industry 3.0 to 4.0, big data analytics, AI/ML, and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT). While working with most of the largest global manufacturing corporations, Dave possesses a vast knowledge of the challenges manufacturing companies face and the opportunities inherent in evolving their organizations to capitalize on tomorrow’s technologies today.


Carlos Rojas

Works directly with Cisco Global Manufacturing customers to assist with their Industry 4.0 digitization efforts. Support sales teams to build strategic account plans for top enterprise global accounts in order to capture net new wallet from factory digitization projects.


Gregory Vance

Gregory Vance is a Sr. Project Engineer on Rockwell Automation’s PCBA Global Process Engineering Team and a certified LSS 6σ MBB focusing on manufacturing and business process improvements. He serves on the SMTA Board of Directors as VP of Expositions.


Rudy Ghosh Ph.D.

As the Technical Program Lead at NovaCentrix, Rudy Ghosh helps translate technical innovations into customer ready products. He works closely with NovaCentrix’s customers, technology partners, and collaborators across the world to solve technical challenges and identify new avenues for the application of NovaCentrix’s industry leading technologies in PulseForge tools and Metalon inks for printed and flexible electronics. As a technical expert in the printed electronics industry, he is often an invited speaker for a variety of printed electronics conferences. Rudy also works with the global business team to define and engage in commercial opportunities related to the technical program and furthers those areas of opportunity through industry outreach and engagement.