Spencer Wright is a mechanical designer & writer living in New York. He runs integrations & partnerships at nTopology, is co-creator of The Public Radio, and manages a widely read manufacturing newsletter & podcast at The Prepared.
Executive Director, Urban Manufacturing Alliance
Lee Wellington has dedicated her career to industrial development for over a decade. Before joining the UMA as our Founding Executive Director, Lee directed a New York City Council Member’s land use decisions and legislative portfolio as Chief of Staff; helped create NYC’s Industrial Business Zones and a broader industrial policy for the NYC Mayor’s Office; and administered a New York State tax incentive program, expanding incentive boundaries to include new industrial neighborhoods. Lee was a Planning Fellow at the Pratt Center for Community Development where she coordinated a vacant lot activation program and assisted with a large-scale study of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Lee received a B.S. in Economics from the Stern School of Business at New York University, a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, and a M.S. in City and Regional Planning from the Pratt Institute.
Limor Fried aka Ladyada
Founder & Engineer, Adafruit
Ladyada is the hacker @ Adafruit, founded in 2005 by MIT hacker & engineer Limor “Ladyada” Fried. Her goal was to create the best place online for learning electronics and making the best designed products for makers of all ages and skill levels. Adafruit has grown to over 100+ employees in the heart of NYC with a 50,000+ sq ft. factory. Adafruit has expanded offerings to include tools, equipment and electronics that Limor personally selects, tests and approves before going in to the Adafruit store. Limor was the first female engineer on the cover of WIRED magazine, and was awarded Entrepreneur magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year. Ladyada was a founding member of the NYC Industrial Business Advisory Council. Adafruit is ranked #11 in the top 20 USA manufacturing companies and #1 in New York City by Inc. 5000 “fastest growing private companies”. Adafruit is featured in Google’s Economic Impact Report. Limor was named a White House Champion of Change in 2016. In June Limor was on the cover of MAKE Magazine. Adafruit is a 100% woman-owned company.
Senior Manager, Product Visualization Team – Hardware & Jewelry, Coach
Lizz grew up in the Pacific Northwest where she spent her days learning, crafting, designing and making. Her long time love of textiles and sewing led her to New York where she pursued an education in Textile Development and Marketing and Accessories Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Two years after graduating, Lizz landed her dream job as a hardware developer at Coach Inc. and spent several years developing hardware, traveling overseas to work with hardware suppliers and ultimately trained herself in Rhino 3D. Since working in 3D software, she has been able to fully realize her love of conceptualizing, engineering and 3D printing hardware for fashion accessories. Lizz also has a line of jewelry which is sold through her Toolry site on Shapeways. Toolry is about taking something universally recognized and rethinking its function and iconography through statement pieces which are meant to engage you and poke fun at their real-life counterparts.
Dr. Alan Jurim
Dentist, Jurim Dental
Dr. Alan Jurim focuses his time in private dental practice, his dental lab, and teaching. His office, integratedDENTAL, has been featured as the model for innovative digital treatments by Henry Schein's Sidekick Magazine. Dr. Jurim personally oversees all CAD/CAM production at Jurim Dental Studio, his cutting-edge dental laboratory. His strong clinical, engineering, and laboratory credentials afford him a unique skillset to provide helpful one-on-one counseling for other dentists on how to integrate state-of-the-art CAD/CAM techniques into their practice. Dr. Jurim is also highly committed to teaching the practice of digital dentistry to his colleagues. He is the Director of Digital Dentistry at Touro College of Dental Medicine and has founded the Jurim Dental Academy and TRIOSDoctors.com to further this goal.
Dr. Alan Jurim received his dual degree in Computer Systems Engineering and Electrical Engineering from the prestigious Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute prior to graduating from New York University’s College of Dentistry and North Shore University Hospital’s general practice residency. Dr. Alan Jurim is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and the American Society for Dental Aesthetics. Dr. Alan is a highly sought-out speaker lecturing internationally on digital photography, digital dentistry, CAD/CAM technologies, cosmetic case planning, and complex reconstructive dental treatments. He is a pioneer in digital dentistry, and as such serves as a key opinion leader at Henry Schein and on the advisory board for 3Shape.
Isaac Blankensmith is a multidisciplinary designer from Seattle, who currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. He studied and graduated from Rhode Island School of Design, with a BFA in Industrial Design. Today, he works as a designer at the Google Creative Lab. In the evenings, he works as an adjunct professor of Interaction Design at the School of Visual Arts.
Business Development and Strategy, Autodesk
Duann is responsible for business development and strategy at Autodesk focusing on additive manufacturing, connecting hardware, software and material partners to Autodesk’s additive design and manufacturing tools.
Johnson & Johnson, Global Packaging Innovation Group
Rob Fusi has a strong, diverse background in all aspects of product development and strategic thinking, from blue sky concept through execution of both low and high volume launches. He spent time in the aerospace industry at Boeing and later formed meaningful customer relationships as an application engineer while representing SolidWorks, Mastercam, and rapid prototyping technologies. Rob has an entrepreneurial spirit and founded his first company at age 8, and carries that mindset to this day. He has a deep passion for high technology, and often integrates it into his projects. A 10 year Johnson & Johnson veteran, he has leveraged his creativity and consumer-centric focus through a variety of roles while launching products on brands such as Listerine, Reach, Visine, Johnsons Baby, and Neutrogena. In his current Global Packaging Innovation role, Rob works across all J&J consumer brands and leads efforts to create progressive, innovative packaging with meaningful utility and an improved consumer experience. Rob strives for true innovation by connecting the dots between emerging cross-industry technologies, identifying consumer insights and unmet needs, and aligning to the business strategy.
CDT, Tech Squared Dental Studios
Marc Dixon is a Certified Dental Technician who entered the dental workforce in Arizona in 1999. After many years working under top technicians in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, including Oral Design Professionals, he is currently working side by side with some of the top doctors in New York City. He had his introduction to Digital Dentistry 8 years ago starting with 3Shape Dental Systems. Proficient in the most common digital dental systems in the industry, he has perfected a digital workflow to suit his and his clients’ unique demands. As a 3Shape Dental Systems Beta tester, a Key Opinion Leader on Christian Coachman’s Digital Smile Design Advisory Board, and a Beta Tester for leading implant manufacturers and their digital solutions, Marc is sought after by dental specialists seeking advisory in Digital Dental Solutions from the laboratory and prosthetic perspectives of dentistry. Marc strongly believes that the greatest results achieved in the industry today are achieved by the mixing of time tested analog practices together with the developing digital technologies available today.