Marion Blakey, Chairman, President and CEO, Rolls-Royce North America
Max Rheiner, Head of the Interaction Design Master Program at the Zurich University of the Arts, and Founder and CTO, SOMNIACS
with James Fallows, The Atlantic
Marion C. Blakey joined Rolls-Royce North America Inc. (RRNA) in 2015 as President and Chief Executive Officer. In this role, Blakey also serves as Chairman of the Rolls-Royce North America Holdings Inc. Board.
Prior to joining Rolls-Royce, Blakey served in various senior executive roles including; President and Chief Executive Officer of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
James Fallows is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and has written for the magazine since the late 1970s. He has reported extensively from outside the United States and once worked as President Carter's chief speechwriter. His latest book is China Airborne.
In early 2015 Max Rheiner, Fabian Troxler and Thomas Tobler teamed up with Michel Zai (CEO) to found the company SOMNIACS - a university spin-off from the Zürich University of the Arts (ZHdK) - to handle the demand for Birdly® related products, services and information, as well as deploying next generation virtual reality, augmented reality and interactive experiences. SOMNIACS remains closely linked to ZHdK, where several team members teach or conduct research. The collaboration enables both - ZHdK and SOMNIACS - to push the boundary of creative production in the emerging field of virtual/augmented reality in an independent, experimental and design driven environment. Max Rheiner (Founder and CTO of SOMNIACS) is the director of the ‘Interactive Experience Lab’ at ZHdK. The research lab and SOMNIACS work hand in hand to focus on cutting edge full-body immersion simulators and intuitive design for immersive telepresence.