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Carole Franklin

Director of Standards Development, Robotics, Association for Advancing Automation

Carole Franklin is the Director of Standards Development, Robotics, for the Association for Advancing Automation (A3). She leads A3’s standards development activities in developing the ANSI and ISO Robot Safety Standards. Before joining RIA, Carole spent over four years with management consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, where she led projects on business process improvement, internal communications, and executive communications. Prior to Booz Allen, Carole worked for Ford Motor Company for ten years in the market research department, where she led consumer research projects and tracking studies. Carole holds BA and MBA degrees from the University of Michigan.

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Otto Görnemann

Expert for machinery safety, standards & regulations, SICK AG

Otto Görnemann is manager for machine safety, standards and regulations at the Central Department for Research and Development of SICK AG in Waldkirch, Germany. A long standing  member of technical committees at ISO - IEC - CEN - DIN – AENOR, he is the actual Chairman of ISO/TC199 – Safety of Machinery as well as the Chairman of the European technical committee CEN/TC114 Safety of Machinery. O. Görnemann is visiting lecturer to Technical Schools (Aachen, Bochum, Düsseldorf, Fulda, Heide, etc.) and holds several patents in the field of industrial safety. He is also visiting lecturer to German OSH statutory insurances (Berufsgenossenschaften) and provided lectures to occupational safety authorities in Brazil (Ministry of Labor, Fundacentro), Chile (ACHS) Israel (IIOSH) , Japan (NIOSH) , Singapore (SISO) Colombia (CCS) and CATIM the Portuguese notified body. Otto Görnemann is TÜV certified Functional Safety Expert. FSE (TÜV Rheinland, # 263/16, Machinery).

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Roberta Nelson Shea

Universal Robots, Global Technical Compliance Officer

Responsible for global UR product compliance and reducing barriers to acceptance of UR robots for collaborative applications.   Over 45+ years of experience in automation safety and standardization.

  • Honored as …
    • Recipient of the 2022 Goddard Alumni Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement by Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
    • 1 of the “Twenty Women Making Their Mark in Robotics & Automation” by Smart Manufacturing (SME) in February 2021.
    • 1 of the “100 Women in Safety in 100 years” by the American Society of Safety Professionals (known then as ASSE) in 2011.
    • One of the 100 Women – Making a Difference in Safety
    • Chair Emeritus of A3’s standardization activities in 2016. A3 was formerly known as RIA (Robotic Industries Association).
  • Past member of the board of directors of ANSI (American National Standards Institute) and of RIA (now known as A3).
  • National robot safety standardization activities:
    • Since 1982, the only consistently active robot safety standards expert.
    • Chair for 23 years of the US Robot Safety Committee (R15.06).
    • Active for 40 years in various American National machinery safety standards.
  • ISO and US national standardization in automation and safety:
    • Convenor: TC299 WG3 Industrial robotics (ISO 10218 & TS15066).
    • Convenor: TC299 SG1 Study group on TC299 Robotics structure
    • Expert member: TC199 Safety of machinery & various IEC working groups.
  • Certified Functional Safety Engineer (TÜV Rheinland).

BS Mechanical Engineering (WPI) and a Master's degree in Advanced Safety Engineering and Management (UAB).

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Mark Lewandowski

Robotics Network Innovation Leader, Procter & Gamble

Mark Lewandowski is the Director of Robotics Innovation in Global Engineering for Procter & Gamble. He has 30 years of machine controls, robotics, and machine safety experience with Procter & Gamble in high speed converting, packaging, and robotics applications. Mark leads the Robotics Innovation group for the P&G Robotics Technical Network that is chartered to develop standard approaches for robotics technology throughout P&G and is responsible for identifying new and innovative robotic technologies to leverage within the company.

Mark is also a member of the Robotic Industries Association (RIA) Board of Directors and participates in several industry standard development groups for robotics and machine safety.

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Jeff Pratt

Sr Corp EHS Engineer, Crown Equipment Corp

Jeff Pratt is Crown Equipment Corporation’s Senior Corporate Environmental Health & Safety Engineer. Since 2008, he is responsible for the development of Crown’s Global EHS programs.   Over his 33 years of EHS experience, Jeff is not only a safety expert in his own right; participating in a wide variety of risk assessment assignments and conducting global auditing for Crown but he is also an expert Power Industrial truck trainer, EHS educator, and risk reduction professional. Jeff is the Vice Chair of the A3 15.08 Mobile Robotics Committee tasked with developing safety standards for Mobile Robots. Jeff also actively participates on A3’s R15.06 committee, OSHA/NIOSH/A3 alliance, and ISO TC 299 WG3 committees. Prior to joining Crown, Jeff worked in the Recreational Vehicle industry in Material Handling leadership and held Environmental, Health, and Safety responsibilities and he has authored several safety and ergonomics articles. Jeff holds two college degrees; an Associate degree in Technical Studies from Wright State University (Design Engineering, Microcomputers, & Management) and a Bachelor of Science degree in B.A. / H.R. from Indiana Institute of Technology and is passionate about preventing injuries.

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Craig Salvalaggio

Chief Operating Officer, Applied Manufacturing Technologies

Craig Salvalaggio is the Chief Operating Officer at Applied Manufacturing Technologies (AMT). He currently leads overall operations including sales, engineering, and talent management. His industry knowledge of automation, robotics, and manufacturing combined with his business acumen have allowed him to diversify the company into new markets. His strategic mission is to continue driving growth and diversity of both the automotive and general industries market segments. Craig brings over 20 years of automation experience to AMT and holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Lake Superior State University, a master's in operations management, and an MBA from Kettering University. Craig is actively involved in the Robotics Industry Association (RIA) as a board member, committee member, and the Co-Chair of the Certified Integrator Committee.

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Jim Van Kessel

Electrical Engineer, JVK Industrial Automation Inc

Electrical Engineer, and prestart health and safety reviewer since before it was legislated. Chair of the CSA Z432 "Safeguarding of Machinery", Co-chair of the CSA Z434 "Industrial Robots and Robot Systems —General Safety Requirements", and participated in the development of the CSA standards Z142 "Code for Power Press Operation:  Health, Safety, and Guarding Requirements", Z460 “Lockout and Alternate Methods” along with ANSI B11.0, 1, 2, 3, and ISO 10218 parts 1 and 2.  Presenter at the American and International robot safety conferences, CSA training courses and individual companies throughout North America.

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Melonee Wise

VP Robotics Automation, Zebra Technologies

Melonee Wise is the Vice President of Robotics Automation at Zebra Technologies. Melonee joined Zebra through the acquisition of Fetch Robotics where she was the CEO. Melonee was the second employee at Willow Garage where she led a team of engineers developing next-generation robot hardware and software, including ROS, the PR2, and TurtleBot. Melonee serves as the Chair of the IFR Service Robot Group, as a robotics board member for A3, and on the MHI Roundtable Advisory Committee. Melonee has received the MIT Technology Review’s TR35 and has been named to the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Women of Influence and 40 Under 40, the Robotics Business Review RBR50, and as one of eight CEOs changing the way we work by Business Insider.

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Paul Santi

General Manager - Automation Systems Group, FANUC America Corporation

Paul is responsible for business development and implementation of Robotic Automation Systems and ROBODRILL machine tools for automotive OEMs, tier suppliers, and general industry customers.

With over 35 years’ experience in the automation industry, he provides leadership related to systems for part processing, assembly, machine tending, inspection, and material handling utilizing Robotics, Machine Vision, Force Sensing, CNC, and Collaborative technologies.

Paul has been active with the A3 R15.06 Robot Safety Standard committee since 2002 and the A3 R15.08 Industrial Mobile Robot Standard committee since its inception. He serves as a member of the A3-OSHA-NIOSH Alliance Team, the U.S. Technical Advisory Committee to ISO TC299 for global Robot Safety Standards, and the A3 Technology Strategy Board for AI.

Paul also serves on Wayne State University’s Industrial Advisory Board for the Collaborative Robotics Learning Program.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University with focus on robotics and manufacturing technology.

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Jeff Fryman

Principal Consultant, JDF Consulting Enterprises, Ltd.

Jeff Fryman is a retired United States Air Force officer. His 21-year career included eleven years’ experience as a Program Manager overseeing technical training programs.

For a second career, Jeff joined the Robotic Industries Association as their Director of Standards Development until his retirement in 2013. His 17-years at the RIA saw him responsible for the development of both the 1999 and 2012 editions of the ANSI/RIA R15.06 American National Standard for Industrial Robot Safety. He was also responsible for organizing the annual National Robot Safety Conference and numerous smaller safety events. In his roll at RIA, Jeff developed curricula for robot safety training, and taught hundreds of classes featuring the R15.06 methodology for conducting Risk Assessment. He also assisted in consulting on Risk Assessment and Robot Safety, and continues in his training roll with the association.

Internationally, Jeff was the Convener for ISO TC184/SC2 WG3, the committee responsible for developing the ISO 10218-1 and -2 International Standards for Industrial Robot Safety. Domestically, Jeff was the Vice-chair for the ANSI/ASSE Z244.1 committee; the standard for Control of Hazardous Energy – Lockout/Tagout and Alternative Methods. He has also been involved in other standards development efforts including the Canadian Standards Association committees for Robot Safety and Hazardous Energy Control; the Underwriters’ Laboratories Standards Technical Panel for UL1740 (robot safety); AMT and B11 Inc. ANSI Accredited Standards Committee for Safety of Machines – B11; and an advisor to the American Welding Society’s D16 committee for robotic welding.

Outside interests include all aspects of railroad operations. His model railroading activities include standards development and participation in regional and national events. And finally, Jeff never denies “going around in circles”; particularly when he is doing volunteer work for a railway museum where he is a qualified antique trolley operator.

Jeff resides in Saline, Michigan; outside of Ann Arbor.

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Marvin Winrich

Senior Functional Safety Engineer, Rockwell Automation

Marvin Winrich is a Senior Functional Safety Engineer at Rockwell Automation - Safety Services.

Responsibilities include robotics/automation on-site safety compliance audits to national and international safety standards, “CE” compliance safety, functional safety validations, risk assessments and safety seminars.  

Prior to joining Rockwell, Marvin was 28 years at Underwriters Laboratories (UL); global corporate contact for robotics/AGVs - safety programs, interpretation of safety requirements, development of safety requirements/test programs to relevant US and international standards. 
Co-author ANSI UL 1740, Standard for Safety - Robots and Robotic Equipment.   
Active member of committees for development of safety Standards: 
     - Robotic Industries Association (A3): Robots and Robot Systems, RIA R15.06 
     - Robotic Industries Association (A3): Industrial Mobile Robots, RIA R15.08   
     - Underwriters Laboratories: Robots and Robotic Equipment, UL 1740  
     - Underwriters Laboratories: Automated Mobile Platforms, UL 3100 
Marvin holds a MS Management, MS Electrical Engineering, BS Electrical Engineering

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Tina Hull

Technology Development Engineer, Omron Automation Americas

Tina Hull graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Akron.  It was attention to details with her work in Surface Mount Technology quality and manufacturing processes that earned her a Six Sigma Green Belt.  Her experience in automation and safety blended well to lead to her to earning a Functional Safety Expert (TUV Rheinland) certificate. 

Tina has multiple technical papers published in the Society of Automotive Engineer’s Journal of Materials and Manufacturing, along with articles in various trade magazines.  She is a member of numerous safety standard committees.  Her hands on automation experience from over 25 years of working with industrial robots, safety controls, and safety standards development gives her the thought process to understand how people work with machinery and the insight to teach them how to do it safely.

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Jay Korpi

Principle Cybersecurity Advisor, NextLink Labs

As a Principal Cybersecurity Advisor for NextLink Labs, Jay puts his 21 years of military service and strong social engineering skills to work in some of the most creative ways possible. Before retiring from the Air Force he was responsible for handling and protecting sensitive, mission critical data for one of the top weapons systems in the arsenal. Jay also was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to secure government contracts for large medical facilities, gaining invaluable experience coordinating cross agency federal teams. After his military service he was able to put his social engineering and physical security skills to use as a Principal Cybersecurity Advisor leading red teams for one of the nation's largest municipalities. During these full-scope adversarial attack emulations he was able to improve access controls and information security through the analysis of procedures done correctly and those needing a little more improvement. While executing his duties as a social engineering expert, he has been a janitorial custodian and CEO of a billion dollar company all in the same day.

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Jeremy Dodson

CISO, NextLink Labs

Jeremy began his 20+ year career in Information Technology and Cybersecurity as a Signals Intelligence Analyst for the United States Air Force. While in the armed forces, Mr. Dodson served in NSA’s Center for Executive Protection, where he performed nation-state threat analysis and conducted security briefings at the White House with the President of the United States and top government and military officials.

After leaving military service, Jeremy led the technical team for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Independent Enterprise Assessments (EA-21) performing full-scope assessments of critical national infrastructure, including 92 DOE sites, nuclear weapons complexes, Power Marketing Administrations, and Headquarters.

Now Mr. Dodson serves as the CISO for the Digital Transformation company NextLink Labs, where he assists other organizations in developing, maturing, and testing their own cybersecurity programs.

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Robert Bollinger

Owner, Dynamic Horizons Automation Solutions LLC

Bob has over 35 years of experience in the creative application of robotics, collaborative robotics, mobile robotics, and automation technology to solve challenging problems and create business opportunity. Prior to founding Dynamic Horizons, Bob was a Technical Director for Applied Robotics Innovation at Procter & Gamble. There he identified new and innovative robotic technologies to leverage throughout the company. He was also responsible for setting technical direction and deploying global standard approaches for robotics within P&G. Bob is also an active member of several safety standards committees, including industrial robot standards RIA R15.06 the industrial mobile robot standard RIA R15.08.

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William Hederman

Commissioner, Collegiate Robotics Football Conference, Collegiate Robotics Football Conference

Hederman is a founding Commissioner of the Collegiate Robotics Football Conference (CRFC). He has served as the Senior Adviser to the Secretary of Energy and served in-country for the Secretary in Ukraine. He has been a Managing Director for regulatory compliance at Deloitte LLP and was a Member of the Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories.  He won the Award for Outstanding Ethical Practices from the IEEE in 2021.  He holds degrees from MIT, Cal Berkeley and Notre Dame.

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Gianpiero Negri

Principal Manager - R&D Robotics Safety, Amazon Robotics Advanced Technology

Gianpiero Negri received the MSc degree summa cum laude in Computer Science – Electronic Engineering from Salerno University, a post MSc degree in Industrial Research, Mechatronics and Automation from CNR-ITIA (Italian National Research Council - Institute of Industrial Technologies and Automation, 2005). He also holds a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics (dissertation title “A Game Theoretical Approach to Safe Decision Making System Development for Autonomous Machines”).

He’s currently Principal Manager – EU R&D Robotics Safety Engineering at Amazon Robotics Advanced Technology, leading the EU Robotics safety and compliance team managing safety systems innovation, research, development, implementation and certification for mechatronics/robotics system, safe artificial intelligence systems, safe integration of technologies in automated research and testing Lab environment.
In 2004 he joined Italian National Research Council (CNR) as researcher in the field of Mechatronics. Since 2007 he has been technical leader and scientific responsible of several R&D programs in the field of advanced mechatronics, robotics and industrial automation.

Since 2017 he’s a member of ISO technical committees and working groups focused on development of autonomous machine safety and functional safety standards: 

  • ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 42 Artificial intelligence
  • ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 42/WG 1
  • ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 42/AG 2
  • ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 42/WG 3
  • ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 42/JWG 1
  • Joint ISO/TC 127/SC 2 - ISO/TC 82 WG22: Autonomous machine safety
  • ISO TC 299/WG3 focused on industrial robotics safety/integrated robotic systems
  • ISO/TC 127/SC 2/WG 24: Control system safety

Since 2018 he’s an IEEE Computer Society – IEEE Software reviewer.

His current research interests include mechatronics, functional safety, automotive control systems, sensors, system engineering, robotics, electronic control system of advanced machines, scientific dissemination and artificial intelligence.

He is author of several scientific and dissemination papers in the field of mechatronics, robotics and artificial intelligence, and he holds several patents in mechatronics and automotive related fields.

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Raj Sohal

Project Manager- Safety, Stantec Consulting Ltd

Degree in Electrical and Power Engineering and Professional. Engineering license with the Province of Ontario and British Columbia with a Diploma in Business Management. Also Certified Health and Safety Consultant (CHSC) with Canadian Society of Safety Engineering.

Over 20 Years of experience in Project and Technical management, Client relationship and business development in consulting and manufacturing environment. Worked in various Manufacturing sectors. Experienced in Machine and process Safety for diverse industrial sectors clients.  

Vast Experience in Automotive sector in project, safety and process development.

With strong leadership combined with technical skills, a background in project management, engineering design and management, have a strong desire to succeed in challenging projects.

Current Associate member of CSA Z142-10 technical Committee for standards development. I am also Technical member of the Standards Council of Canada's International Standards Development mirror committee for power presses.

Technical member of the SCC/ISO TC39/SC10/WG1 Mirror committee for Power presses standard development and represents Canadian delegation at various locations across the globe for meeting venues.
Provide training and delivery of courses to internal and external clients on Safety control systems including delivery of courses on Electrical Hazardous area classifications and hazardous wiring as a instructor at EPIC learning centers.

Presented and delivered papers to RIA National Robot Safety Conference.

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Jamy Bulan

Business Manager Environmental, Lincoln Electric

Business Manager Environmental Products

15 years at Lincoln Electric
Group Leader Commercial Products 
Product Manager 
Accessories, Cutting
Industrial & Commercial Products

8 years Retail & Consumer Products
Product Development & Supply Chain

Bachelors in Mechanical Electrical Engineering from Ohio University, MBA Cleveland State

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Dawn Castillo

Director, Division of Safety Research, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Dawn Castillo is the Director of the Division of Safety Research at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). She is also the NIOSH manager for the Center for Occupational Robotics Research, the Center for Motor Vehicle Safety, and the Traumatic Injury Prevention Program. She is an injury epidemiologist and has authored numerous articles, book chapters, and technical documents on a variety of occupational injury topics, including occupational injuries among young workers, older workers, fire fighters, and workplace violence. Ms. Castillo received her Master of Public Health in epidemiology from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Carolann Quinlan-Smith

Specialized Consultant (Machine & Robotics Safety); Senior Research Fellow, WSPS, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services

Carolann is a Specialized Consultant (Machine & Robotics Safety) for Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS) in Ontario, Canada.  WSPS is one of four non-profit, sector-based health and safety associations in the province of Ontario providing training, consulting, and resources for the manufacturing, agriculture, and service sectors.  Her primary responsibilities include machine and robotic safety training and consulting services, such as: conducting machine safeguarding assessments, risk assessments, and lockout/tagout program development and auditing. Carolann is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) and a CMSE® - Certified Machinery Safety Expert (TÜV NORD).  She is also a subject matter expert member on the ISO TC299/WG3 (ISO 10218) International Robot Standard committee.