Dr. Ayman Salem (PI) is the President of MRL Materials Resources LLC. He has earned his Ph.D. (2002) in Materials Science and Engineering from Drexel University. He recently led MRL through an awarded $72M contract from the United States Air Force Research Laboratory for the research and development and assessment of new alloys and metallic materials-processing technologies for aerospace applications. He is also the principal investigator of a team of 5 companies through a $6.5M Office on Naval Research Quality Made contract for the delivery of an additive manufacturing machine and a software property prediction in steel alloys. He founded MRL in 2009 and shepherded it through the end of 2008 financial crisis and the 2019 COVID pandemic with a healthy growth from one scientist to a 40+ scientist, engineer, and technicians with more than $85M of active DoD, DOE, and NASA contracts and commercial services with for various aerospace companies. He is specialized in Integrated Computational Materials Engineering, Materials Data Science, material characterization and quantification, and novel deformation processes.
Jon Rike is the Chief Information Officer at the City of Dayton. As Chief Information Officer, Jon is responsible for leading the management of IT systems and solutions supporting internal operations and customer services. These include cloud services, virtual/physical servers, enterprise data storage, networking, cybersecurity, application management, desktop programming, service desk, and document management. He provides team leadership to approximately 35 IT professionals serving 16 City departments including public safety and the City-owned Dayton International Airport. Jon began his City service with 18 years of IT management experience, including leadership positions with Vartek Services, Montgomery County, and the University of Dayton. He earned an MBA and B.S. in Management Information Systems at the University of Dayton. When he’s not at work, Jon enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife Jojo and his three children Zoey, Charlie, and Olivia.
Sheri Chaney Jones is the founder and president of SureImpact, a technology firm devoted to empowering mission-driven organizations to manage, measure, and communicate their unique social impact. For more than 20 years, Sheri Chaney Jones has applied performance management, evaluation, and organization behavior best practices to non-profit organizations and government agencies to improve outcomes and efficiencies. An author, researcher, and expert in social impact measurement, Sheri believes in data, metrics, and accountability.
Sheri is passionate about women’s equity and the advancement of girls. She is the Columbus Chapter President of the National Association of Women Business Owners and a Commissioner for the Columbus Women’s Commission for the Mayor’s Office.
Ryan Frederick is a strategist, technologist, speaker, and author. Ryan is a partner at the technology consulting firm AWH and a strategy guide with the strategy consulting firm Simply Strategic. Ryan has written two books about starting and managing companies. He also speaks frequently about new technology, the future of work, and strategy.
J.D. Whitlock has 25 years of experience in healthcare IT & analytics, hospital administration, practice management, and health plan management. He started in group practice management and managed care before transitioning into healthcare IT roles, where he has broad experience spanning government, vendor, and private sector provider organizations. J.D. is currently the CIO at Dayton Children’s, where he leads a team of 125 including Infrastructure & Operations, Cybersecurity, Project Management, Workday ERP, and Epic EHR supporting a $600M pediatric integrated delivery network. J.D. is retired from the Air Force Medical Service Corps. He holds an MPH in Health Policy and Management from UCLA, and an MBA in Management Information Systems from the University of Georgia.
Darren Baldwin is President of Pikus, a 3D concrete printer headquartered in Utah. After starting his career at Deloitte Consulting, he worked for the two largest concrete companies in North America, Lithko Contracting, LLC and Baker Concrete Construction. In addition, he has formed teams to launch early-stage tech-businesses, including a digital health company with products available on Apple iOS and Google Android. Launched in 2020, Pikus has created landscape architecture products for developers, Disney, NFL personas, and The Kennedy Center in D.C. Darren is married to his high school sweetheart and resides in Ohio with his 5 kids where he enjoys mountain biking and motorcycling for fun.
Eric Snell is the DevOps Manager for the Digital Ecosystem development teams at Midmark in 2019. With a passion to help others, he has spent the past 21 years in healthcare related organizations. Eric’s previous roles include Program Manager with CareStar (2019, Cincinnati, OH) leading a DevOps team and delivering the newest version of case management software for the State of Ohio; IT Director with VRI (2017, Franklin, OH) supporting remote client monitoring and introducing Agile development practices; and IT management within CareSource, the largest Medicaid provider in Ohio, (2012, Dayton, OH).
Remie Cruz is the Director of Innovation & Automation at Wright-Patt Credit Union where she is responsible for guiding the organization through a transformative journey. She’s a results-driven, servant leader passionate about technology, rapid experimentation, and the creative process. Remie identifies well with her internal and external customers, keeping service excellence top of mind.
Paul Powers is the Founder & CEO of Physna, the industry leader in geometric search and 3D machine learning.
Paul was listed in Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2019, and is regularly featured in national and international media highlighting his perspective on the next generation of software and the growing role of 3D.
Aaron is an entrepreneur, investor, and leader in research, science and technology. As the Director Business Strategy and Operations at Galois, he has supported the development of multiple technology companies in the Dayton, Ohio area.
Aaron has previously served in execution and leadership roles for program management, strategic planning, and research operations.
He is truly inspired about how software can be built in completely different ways in the future.
Amanda led the successful launch of an application to streamline COVID-19 test registrations as part of the Gravity Diagnostics technology team.
She has a passion for entrepreneurship and business development, and has previously worked in healthcare and CPG. Amanda was recently tapped to launch the infrastructure and e-commerce technology for Gravity+.
She continues to build the path forward for the product. Amanda is dedicated to closing gaps in the healthcare industry through digital transformation and innovation.
Steve became CEO of Riverain Technologies in 2013 after joining Riverain as Vice President of Research in 2007.
His primary focus has been developing, marketing, and commercializing Riverain’s X-ray and CT product lines.
Riverain ClearRead solutions significantly improve a clinician’s ability to accurately and efficiently detect disease in thoracic (lung) CT and XR images and more successfully address the challenges of early detection of lung disease.
Steve Binder shares his career journey from starting work as a biomedical engineer, identifying and solving business needs with simple software solutions, then growing into a senior software developer and a leader of software development teams.
He’s worked in multiple healthcare organizations, did a long stint with a successful tech startup, and served as a consultant. He shares his approach to confronting too many meetings and preserving culture with remote teams.