Dr. Jim Schmiedeler, Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, 
University of Notre Dame

Prof. Schmiedeler earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering at the University of Notre Dame. After receiving his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from The Ohio State University, he held faculty positions at the University of Iowa and back at Ohio State before returning to Notre Dame in 2008. His research focuses on robotics, human biomechanics, and the intersection of the two. Prof. Schmiedeler is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) and a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Nitesh Chawla, Frank M. Freimann Professor of Computer Science and Engineering,
University of Notre Dame

is the Frank M. Freimann Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, and director of the research center on network and data sciences (iCeNSA) and the Data Inference Analytics and Learning Lab (DIAL) at the University of Notre Dame. He started his tenure-track career at Notre Dame in 2007, and quickly advanced from assistant professor to an endowed full professor position in 2016. He has brought in over $19.5M dollars in research funding to the university. He has published over 180 papers with over 10,600 citations and h-index of 40. His research is focused on data science, machine learning, and network science. His work has also led to transformative interdisciplinary applications in healthcare, environmental and climate sciences, education, and national security. A theme of his research program is "big data and data sciences for the societal benefit." He is passionate about driving technological innovations to augment human intelligence and bridge the last mile challenge for the Common Good.
He has received numerous awards for research, scholarship and teaching. He is the recipient of the 2015 IEEE CIS Outstanding Early Career Award; the IBM Watson Faculty Award, the IBM Big Data and Analytics Faculty Award, and National Academy of Engineering New Faculty Fellowship. His work was also noted in PSFK Future of Health Innovation. His PhD dissertation also received the Outstanding Dissertation Award. He was noted as the He is a two-time recipient of Outstanding Teaching Award at Notre Dame. In recognition of the societal and community driven impact of his research, he was recognized with the Rodney Ganey Award and Michiana 40 Under 40. He is a Fellow of the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values;, Fellow of the Institute of Asia and Asian Studies; and Fellow of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at Notre Dame. He is the founder of Aunalytics, a data science software company.

Otto Berkes, Chief Technology Officer, CA Technologies

As chief technology officer of CA Technologies, Otto Berkes is responsible for technical leadership and innovation, further developing the company’s technical community, and aligning its software strategy, architecture and partner relationships to deliver customer value. 

Otto joined CA on June 15, 2015. As a 25-year industry veteran, he has a passion for innovation and development. He has extensive experience leading the development of cutting-edge products and technologies. An early champion of mobile computing, he led the development of touch-based technologies, user interfaces, hardware architectures, and physical designs that were the forerunners to today's tablets. 

Before joining CA, Otto served as the chief technology officer at HBO, where he directed efforts that created and delivered innovative digital technologies and products such as HBO GO®. During his tenure, HBO GO became one of the most popular streaming services in the U.S. 

Previously, Otto spent 18 years at Microsoft and was one of the four original founders of Xbox. As Xbox's first architect, he led its technical direction. He started his career at Microsoft as a senior software developer, where he worked on the first version of the Windows NT operating system, and re-wrote Microsoft's OpenGL implementation. He led Microsoft's OpenGL and DirectX graphics development groups in Windows during the formative years of the evolution of the modern GPU. 

Earlier in his career, Otto served as a senior developer at both Autodesk where he wrote the graphics engine and user interface for the first Windows-based version of AutoCAD. 

An advocate of diversity, he is a member of the University of Vermont’s STEM leadership council where he is focused on addressing gender, racial, and economic gaps across all of the STEM disciplines. 

Otto earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Middlebury College in Vermont and a master’s degree in computer science and electrical engineering from the University of Vermont. He is co-inventor on and holds multiple patents spanning design, mobile device interaction and core computing technologies.

Steve Shute, Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer, SAP Americas and Asia Pacific Japan

Steve Shute has a broad range of responsibilities across the Americas and Asia Pacific Japan, regions home to over 43,000 employees and nearly 230,000 customers. His primary objective is ensuring top and bottom line growth and overall performance by leveraging proven learnings and successes, and exploiting synergies within teams and the business.

Since joining SAP in 2014, Steve has held influential senior executive leadership roles, and become an invaluable member of the North America leadership team. Most recently, he served as chief operating officer for SAP North America, and was responsible for the development and consistent execution of SAP’s go-to-market and sales strategies. Ensuring Canada and the U.S. achieved revenue objectives and unprecedented levels of customer satisfaction, Steve played an essential role in SAP’s burgeoning cloud business and its increased market share. In his inaugural SAP North America post as senior vice president and managing director of the Midwest region, he oversaw all customer-related activities for one of the company’s largest business units in the world.

Prior to SAP, Steve served as executive vice president of sales and services for Allscripts, a market-leading provider of technology and software to the healthcare industry. In this role, Steve was the executive charged with architecting and executing the company’s aggressive revenue and profitability growth targets, and overseeing more than a third of the organization’s nearly eight thousand-person workforce. He also held a number of U.S. and international senior executive roles at IBM, including vice president of worldwide sales for Enterprise Content Management, vice president of Marketing for IBM Software Group North America, and vice president of Enterprise Sales in EMEA where he was based in Zurich, Switzerland. Steve began his career as a CPA with Coopers & Lybrand’s Business Assurance practice.

He received his MBA from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana, and is a graduate of the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio.

Dr. Hendrik F. Hamann, Senior Manager and Distinguished Research Staff Member at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

Dr. Hendrik F. Hamann is currently a Senior Manager and Distinguished Research Staff Member at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY. He received his PhD from the University of Göttingen in Germany. In 1999 he joined the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, where is leading the Physical Analytics and cognitive Internet of Things program. Hamann’s current research interest includes sensor networks, sensor-based physical modeling, machine-learning, artificial intelligence as well as big data technologies. Hamann has authored and co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers and holds over 110 patents and has over 100 pending patent applications. Dr. Hamann is an IBM Master Inventor, a member to the IBM Academy of Technology and has served on governmental committees such as the National Academy of Sciences, the National Science Foundation and as an industrial advisor to Universities. He won several awards including the 2016 AIP Prize for Industrial Applications of Physics. He is a member of the American Physical Society (APS), Optical Society of America (OSA), The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the NY Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Gill Bejerano, Associate Professor of Developmental Biology, of Computer Science and of Pediatrics, Bejerano Lab, Stanford University

Dr. Gill Bejerano is an Associate Professor of Developmental Biology, an Associate Professor of Computer Science, and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Medical Genetics) at Stanford University.

Dr. Bejerano’s lab, the Bejerano Lab, studies genome function in human and related species. The lab focuses on a fundamental question in Human Genomics: Mapping genome sequence (variation) to phenotype (differences) and extracting specific genetic insights from deep sequencing measurements. The Bejerano Lab has an interest in gene cis regulation and uses its joint affiliation with Stanford Hospital's Pediatrics Department, Stanford's Developmental Biology Department and Stanford's Computer Science Department, to apply a combination of computational and experimental approaches. The lab collects large scale experimental data; writes computational analysis tools; runs them massively to discover the most exciting testable hypotheses; and experimentally validates the hypotheses.

Dr. Bejerano has a B.Sc., Hebrew University, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science (summa cum laude) and a Ph.D., Hebrew University, Computer Science. He is a member of Numenta’s Technical Advisory Board as well a a member of Bio-X, the Cardiovascular Institute, the Child Health Research Institute, the Stanford Cancer Institute and the Stanford Neurosciences Institute.

Scott Mereness,President, Lippert Components, Inc.

A 1994 graduate of Miami University (OH), Scott Mereness has helped lead Lippert Components for 23 years, the last 8 years serving as President of the company. Scott has also had a great effect on the RV Industry itself, serving on several committees, and just recently being elected to RVIA’s board of directors. Scott previously served as a board member for the Samaritan Center of Elkhart. Throughout Scott’s career Scott has built relationships with many industry leaders as well as several government officials and agencies that interact with the RV industry. Scott has also been an integral part of bolstering Elkhart’s ETHOS Science Center, serving as a board member for the last year. Scott is a dedicated husband and father and lives in Granger, Indiana with his wife Kristin and his three daughters Caroline, Anna Kate & Ashley.