Confirmed plenary speakers

Dr. Armin Wiedenegger

Managing Director of the voestalpine Additive Manufacturing Center GmbH + Global Strategy & Business Development Additive Manufacturing

Armin Wiedenegger is a highly skilled expert in the field of metal Additive Manufacturing, innovation and strategic management. In his role as Manager for Strategy & Business Development, he coordinates the global Additive Manufacturing activities at voestalpine High Performance Metals, the worldwide technology and quality leader for tool steels and other high performance materials. Additionally he became the managing director of the voestalpine Additive Manufacturing Center GmbH in Düsseldorf. He has two master’s degrees, one in industrial engineering from the Technical University in Vienna and one in business law from the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Furthermore, he worked as research associate and did his doctoral degree in the field of strategic management at the Vienna University of economics and business. Mr. Wiedenegger has started his career in the future markets department of voestalpine before he moved within voestalpine to the area of Additive Manufacturing.

Prof. Dr. Matteo Benedetti

Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Trento (Italy)

In 2004 he got his PhD in Materials Engineering from the University of Trento. In 2003-2004 he was a guest researcher at the Technical University Hamburg-Harburg (Germany), investigating the relationship microstructure-mechanical properties of titanium alloys. In 2005-2008 he served as a post-doc at the University of Trento and was involved in the scientific space mission “Laser Interferometer Space Antenna”. Since 2015 he is an associate professor in Machine Design at the University of Trento. His current research interests include (a) characterization and modelling of the mechanical behaviour of materials under static and cyclic loadings, with particular attention to notch fatigue, (b) manufacturing-related fatigue issues in 3D printed cellular lattice materials, (c)measurement and modelling of residual stress fields and their incorporation into fatigue design, (c) structural integrity of machine elements and structural details. He co-authored more than 80 journal papers and 120 conference articles. He gave some invited seminars, including two at Stanford University in 2012 and 2018. He won a couple of prizes and served for two years as the chairman of the Technical Division “Residual Stresses” of the Society for Experimental Mechanics (USA). He currently serves as Associate Editor for the journals "Material Design & Processing Communication" and "Metals".

Prof. Dr. Guian Qian

State Key Laboratory of Nonlinear Mechanics, Institute of Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Dr. Guian Qian, Professor in the State Key Laboratory of Nonlinear Mechanics, Institute of Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China. He obtained his PhD from Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2009. Afterwards, he moved to Switzerland and was a postdoctoral fellow until 2012. From 2013.1 to 2018.7, he was a scientist in the Laboratory for Nuclear Materials, Paul Scherrer Institute. In 2018, he was selected in the “Hundred Talent Program” of Chinese Academy of Sciences. His research interest lies in the fatigue and fracture analysis of engineering components and structures. He has published more than 90 peer reviewed papers.

Dr. Claus P.W. Pedersen

R&D SIMULIA - Dassault Systèmes

Dr. Pedersen is Optimization Technology Director at the CTO Office of R&D SIMULIA, Dassault Systèmes where he has the job role of defining R&D strategies, inventing and examining the technology of new optimization methodologies, coding of CAE and optimization kernels, competitive intelligence, technical due diligence, coaching and knowledge sharing for core optimization technologies, research projects and numerical implementation with different commercial research partners, worldwide presale for customers and presenting at conferences, and corporations with leading international universities. Additionally, his role is highly interdisciplinary working with different teams and organizations involving crossover brand activities from R&D, marketing to international sales on latest technology.

He has continued to have a strong connection to applied science and research since he received his Ph.D. at Department of Mechanical Engineering, Solid Mechanics, Technical University of Denmark in 2002 and his work the following 2 years as Research Associate at Department of Engineering, Cambridge University, UK. He is reviewing for thirteen international journals, external examiner at several technical universities and supervisor of interns. He has published 15 articles in reviewed international journals and held more than 50 presentations at international conferences.

He has been working 20 years in the field of optimization and initially, he worked with some of the pioneers in structural optimization with many whom he is still interacting. The last 15 years his work has been focused on industrial sensitivity based optimization and developing solutions and apps for function-driven generative design and digital continuity on the 3DEXPERIENCE® Platform, non-linear adjoint solver technology in the Abaqus framework and other multiphysics solver as well as mathematical programming and industrial traditional and additive manufacturing constraints. Thus, he is daily working on technologies in industrial design workflows applied in many sectors as aerospace, transportation & mobility, industrial equipment, high tech, life sciences, consumer goods and construction. Here he is especially contributing on assigning theoretical optimization research into an industrial framework, on leading technologies in industrial design workflows, on industrial optimization issues as motivation for theoretical research and on interaction between academia and industry.

Prof. Dr. Eric MacDonald

Friedman Chair for Manufacturing, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas, El Paso, USA

Eric MacDonald, Ph.D. is a professor of mechanical at the University of Texas at El Paso and engaged in the W.M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation.  Dr. MacDonald received his doctoral (2002) degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He worked in industry for 12 years at IBM and Motorola and subsequently co-founded a start-up specializing in CAD software and the startup was acquired by a firm in Silicon Valley. Dr. MacDonald held faculty fellowships at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, US Navy Research and was awarded a US State Department Fulbright Fellowship in South America. His research interests include 3D printed multi-functional applications and process monitoring in additive manufacturing with instrumentation and computer vision for improved quality and yield. As a co-founding editor of the Elsevier journal Additive Manufacturing, MacDonald has help direct the journal to have the highest impact factor among all academic journals worldwide in manufacturing. Recent projects include 3D printing of structures such as nano satellites with structurally-embedded electronics (one of which was launched into Low Earth Orbit in 2013 and a replica of which was on display at the London Museum of Science). He has over 100 peer-reviewed publications, dozens of patents (one of which was licensed by Sony and Toshiba from IBM).  He is a member of ASME, ASEE, senior member of IEEE and a registered Professional Engineer in the USA state of Texas.

Prof. Dr. Anton Du Plessis

Associate Professor, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Prof. Anton Du Plessis is an Associate Professor at Stellenbosch University, South Africa and is also affiliated with Nelson Mandela University, South Africa. He is an experienced scholar in the field of additive manufacturing, with specific interests in quality control and process optimization, X-ray tomography and biomimicry applied to additive manufacturing. His interests and expertise range across a wide range of disciplines in the field, and he is an associate editor of the leading journal in the field, Elsevier’s Additive Manufacturing journal.