Keynote Speakers

Milan Brandt, PhD

Professor and Technical Director of Advanced Manufacturing Precinct
RMIT, Australia

Prof. Brandt is the leading Australian researcher in the field of manufacturing and materials with expertise in the area of macro-processing with lasers, laser-assisted manufacturing, and additive manufacturing. Prof. Brandt is currently a faculty member at the Department of Manufacturing, Materials, and Mechatronics in RMIT, the technical director of RMIT's Advanced Manufacturing Precinct, and the director of RMIT's Center for Additive Manufacturing.


Ian Gibson, PhD

Professor of Additive Manufacturing
Deakin University, Australia

Prof. Gibson is the recipient of the International Freeform and Additive Manufacturing Excellence (FAME) Award for over 25 years of contribution to the field of additive manufacturing. Prof. Gibson has joined the school of engineering at the University of Deakin since 2013 and has been involved in development of multiple design and manufacturing courses with a focus on industrial design, medical devices, and sports technology. He is the co-author of the book Additive Manufacturing Technologies, which has been cited over 2700 times.


Mohammad Ehteshami

Vice President and General Manager
GE Additive

Mohammad Ehteshami is currently Vice President at GE Additive – focused on the additive product strategy. In this role, Mohammad provides strategic direction to the technical and product roadmaps for the GE Additive portfolio. Most recently, Mohammad was Vice President & General Manager for GE Additive, helping to launch the business in September 2016. Prior to this Mohammad was Vice President & General Manager of Engineering for GE Aviation.
Mohammad has a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Old Dominion University and a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.


Timothy Simpson, PhD

Paul Morrow Professor of Engineering Design and Manufacturing
Penn State University, USA

Timothy W. Simpson is the Paul Morrow Professor of Engineering Design & Manufacturing at Penn State. He is the Director of the world’s first graduate program in Additive Manufacturing & Design and Co-Director of the Center for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition (CIMP-3D). He has extensive experience with laser-based powder bed fusion and directed energy deposition for metals, and he specializes in Design for Additive Manufacturing. He contributes a monthly column on additive manufacturing to Modern Machine Shop and has helped educate over 600 industry practitioners in the use of additive manufacturing.