In 2014, The Atlantic launched a series of conversations across the country on how we can "build the future" - of manufacturing, of biotechnology, and of energy.
On April 16, The Atlantic will be coming to Worcester, MA for the second event in this program series. Thanks to advanced software and new technologies, modern manufacturing has become one of the most innovative industries in the world. Our Worcester program will explore what industry and academia are doing to equip the workforce with the skills needed to succeed in this new era and how local leaders are strengthening the resurgence of the manufacturing sector.
Torbjorn Bergstrom is a third generation WPI alum with a BS in Mechanical Engineering (95) and an MS in Manufacturing Engineering (01). He is currently working towards a PhD in Manufacturing Engineering with an expected graduation date of May 2014. Torbjorn Joined WPI’s Surface Metrology Lab in 1998 he has been the Lab Manager and is now the Lab’s Associate Director. He has 16 publications in this area with over 400 citations. Since 2006 Torbjorn has been the Operations Manager for WPIs Manufacturing Laboratories and Assistant Director of WPI’s HAAS Technical Education Center. In 2007 he joined the HAAS Technical Education Center Council as 4 Year Institution Representative; he has also served as Vice President, and President. He is currently serving as Past President. In addition to his work in Surface Metrology, Torbjorn has given five invited presentations in the areas of laboratory safety and laboratory management and engineering education. Torbjorn is the current chair of the WPI Safety Committee. He is the faculty adviser to the SME Student chapter at WPI and is active in the SME Chapter 25 Executive Board Currently serving as it's chair. He is an active member of the ASME B46.1 Committee and has participated in ISO WG16.
Dr. Carberry holds Certificate in Small Business Management from Springfield Technical Community College, a B.S. from Worcester State University and Master’s and Doctorate degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, specializing in organizational development, strategic planning and staff development. She currently serves on numerous local, State and national Boards including the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, Latino Education Institute, Bay Path Regional/Vocational High School Foundation, National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship, Worcester Educational Collaborative, Boys & Girls Club of Worcester, Central Mass Workforce Investment Board, Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Worcester Business Development Corporation and the Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives. She co-chairs the Mayor’s Commission for Hispanic Education Excellence and chairs the Early Education Matters Task Force.
Chuck Grindstaff is chief executive officer and president for Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division.
Grindstaff first joined the company in 1978 when it was known as Unigraphics Solutions, holding a variety of R&D positions during his first decade with the organization. He subsequently left the company to serve as president and CEO of Waveframe Corp., which developed and manufactured digital signal processing systems for high-end motion picture applications. He was awarded a Scientific and Engineering Award from the Motion Picture Academy of the Arts and Sciences for this groundbreaking work and its long-term impact on the industry.
Upon his return to the company in 1994, Grindstaff took over leadership of the Unigraphics product business unit before assuming a broader role as vice president of Unigraphics products and operations in 2000. In 2001, Unigraphics merged with Structural Dynamics Research Corporation (SDRC) to form the PLM business later known as UGS, which Siemens acquired and re-branded as Siemens PLM Software in 2007. In October 2010 Mr. Grindstaff was appointed president and also retains his position as Chief Technology Officer for the organization. In October 2011 he assumed the role of CEO.
Grindstaff received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Pomona College in Claremont, California.
He enjoys skiing, sailing, cycling and hiking. Grindstaff lives in Dallas with his wife, Randi, and children Gillian, Abigail and Russell.
Dr. Sheila Harrity is the Principal of Worcester Technical High School and National High School Principal of the Year for 2014. She is a graduate of Providence College.
John (Jack) Healy is the "voice of manufacturing" in Massachusetts. He has a wealth of operations and management experience and has been an advocate for small and medium size manufacturers since his early days at LEGO and Beech-Nut. Working with private, public, and government organizations, Jack's focus is on strengthening the manufacturing sector through advances in workforce, education, and policy development.
Jack is founding Director of Operations for the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP) and the Manufacturing Advancement Center (MAC). Since their inception in 1999, MassMEP and the MAC have helped small and medium-size manufacturers identify and implement growth opportunities through advanced manufacturing and management practices.
Prior to MassMEP, Jack was Managing Partner with the Wellesley Group. There he helped manufacturers manage change in an increasingly complex, globally competitive environment.
Jack also served as President of Presmet Corp. During his tenure, he repositioned the manufacturer of powdered metal components into a premiere supplier of high quality, precision-made parts. Presmet was recognized by the automotive industry with 17 quality certifications including Ford's Q1 Award and Chrysler's Penta Star Award as well as XEROX Corporations' "World Wide Supplier of Excellence."
At LEGO Systems, Jack served as Senior Vice President. He started as cofounder for the U.S. Division of this world-class toy company where he established and operated LEGO's U.S. based manufacturing operations.
Rachel Kaprielian was named Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development in January 2014. In this role, Kaprielian oversees an organization that is committed to developing a world-class, highly-skilled labor force to support business growth and innovation in the Commonwealth. Previously, Kaprielian served as Registrar of the Registry of Motor Vehicles
Since his election in 1996, Congressman Jim McGovern has been widely recognized as a tenacious advocate for his district, a tireless crusader for change, and an unrivaled supporter for social justice and fundamental human rights.
Currently serving his ninth term in Congress, McGovern serves as the second ranking Democrat on the powerful House Rules Committee, which sets the terms for debate and amendments on most legislation; and a member of the House Agriculture Committee. In those roles, McGovern has secured millions of dollars in federal grants and assistance for Massachusetts. McGovern is also co-chair of both the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission and the House Hunger Caucus. He also serves as Co-Chair of the Northeast Midwest Congressional Coalition.
Tim Murray is the former Mayor of Worcester and former Lt. Governor of the State of Massachusetts.He is currently the president and CEO of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce and creator of the blog One Commonwealth.
Governor Deval Patrick
Deval Patrick was reelected to a second term as Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in November 2010, renewing his commitment to expanding opportunity and prosperity in Massachusetts. Governor Patrick's life has charted a path from the South Side of Chicago to the U.S. Justice Department, Fortune 500 boardrooms, and now the Massachusetts State House. In each of these capacities, Governor Patrick has been guided by the advice of his grandmother: hope for the best and work for it.
First elected in 2006 on a platform of hope and change, Governor Patrick entered office propelled by an unprecedented grassroots campaign. Despite a challenging economic environment, the Patrick administration maintained or expanded the state's investment in critical growth sectors while delivering timely budgets and cutting state spending. Governor Patrick funded public education at the highest levels in the history of the Commonwealth and its school reform initiatives earned Massachusetts the top spot in the national Race to the Top competition. And through targeted initiatives that play to the Commonwealth's unique strengths, like his landmark 10-year, $1 billion program to promote the state's life sciences industry, the Governor has positioned the state as a global leader in biotech, bio pharmaceuticals and IT, and as a national leader in clean energy, including making Massachusetts home to the country's first offshore wind farm.
Governor Patrick committed the state to renewing its aging and neglected infrastructure and oversaw the expansion of affordable health care insurance to over 98% of Massachusetts residents. The Patrick administration also accomplished major reforms that had eluded decades of other elected leadership, reforming the state's pension systems, ethics laws, and transportation bureaucracy.
Patrick came to Massachusetts in 1970 at the age of 14. A motivated student despite the difficult circumstances of poor and sometimes violent Chicago schools, he was awarded a scholarship to Milton Academy through A Better Chance, a Boston-based organization. From that time forward, it has been Massachusetts people, schools, and institutions that have given Governor Patrick the opportunity to excel. He sees his service as governor as pay-back for the opportunities the Commonwealth has given him.
Governor Patrick is a graduate of Harvard College, the first in his family to attend college, and of Harvard Law School. After clerking for a federal judge, he led a successful career in the private sector as an attorney and business executive, rising to senior executive positions at Texaco and Coca-Cola. In 1994, President Clinton appointed Patrick as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, the nation's top civil rights post.
Diane and Deval Patrick have been married for more than twenty-five years and have two adult daughters.
Eric Spiegel is the President and CEO of Siemens USA and is responsible for growing the U.S. business in the company’s largest market. With $19.2 billion in revenue, $6 billion in exports and approximately 53,000 employees in the U.S., Siemens provides solutions for more affordable and efficient healthcare, the growing demands of cities and the nation's infrastructure needs, cleaner sources of energy production, and industrial productivity. Siemens has over 130 manufacturing sites across the U.S. and is represented in all 50 states.
Tom Wesley is the Director of Strategic Planning at Water Corporation. Wesley graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation.