NYC 23 Speakers

CDFAM 23 is proud to present a distinguished lineup of speakers who will be sharing their wide range of knowledge and expertise in computational design and advanced manufacturing.

Our speakers include leading academics, researchers and engineers in the field, representing top universities and companies.

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Neil Gershenfeld

Roadmap to Replicators

Prof. Neil Gershenfeld is the Director of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms, where his unique laboratory is breaking down boundaries between the digital and physical worlds, from pioneering quantum computing to digital fabrication to the Internet of Things. He’s the founder of a global network of over two thousand fab labs in 125 countries, chairs the Fab Foundation, and leads the Fab Academy.

Ronald Rael

Muddy Robots

Professor Ronald Rael is the Eva Li Memorial Chair in Architecture at the University of California Berkeley. He is an architect, author, and thought leader in additive manufacturing, borderwall studies, and earthen architecture. He is the co-founder of Emerging Objects, a creatively-driven design consultancy specializing in innovations in 3D printing architecture, building components, environments, and products; and FORUST, a company focused on 3D printing wood. His new initiative, Muddy Robots, is a new paradigm in building construction, coupling humankind’s oldest building material with advanced additive manufacturing technology to create housing that can save the planet.

His work is part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art and the San Francisco, the Cooper Hewitt, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum Renwick Gallery has acquired their series, Bad Ombres v.2. Rael has authored several books, including Printing Architecture: Innovative Recipes for 3D Printing and Earth Architecture

He has also presented a TED talk on ‘Borderwall as Architecture’ and has been the subject of several documentary films including those produced by The Museum of Modern Art, KQED, The New Yorker, and Mud Frontier: Architecture at the Borderlands  bythe Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum.

Nina Korshunova

Director of Technology

Mark Burhop

Principal Investigator

Chris McComb

Director, Human+AI Initiative
Carnegie Mellon University

Onur Yuce Gun

Director of Computational Design
New Balance

Jose Luis García del Castillo y López

Lecturer in Architectural Technology
Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Matt Shomper

Director of Engineering 
Not a Robot

Ryan McClelland

Research Engineer
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Nathan Shirley

Lead Computational & Industrial Designer
HP Computational Design

Thomas D’Huyvetter

Product Manager

Chelsea Cummings

Senior Additive Manufacturing Engineer
The Barnes Global Advisors

Wes John-Alder

Director of Engineering
Citrine Informatics

Behrooz Jalalahmadi

VP of Additive Manufacturing & Life Prediction Technologies
Sentient Science

Kirill Volchek 

Chief Technology Officer 

Dr. Natalie Alima

Computational Designer

Prof. Tim W. Simpson

Penn State University

Prof. A. John Hart


Ryan Carter 

Research Engineer
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

André A.R. Wilmes


Francis Bitonti 

Lexset AI

Alex C Roschli

R&D Staff
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Jaideep Bangal 

Director, Simulation Driven Design and Manufacturing

Ronnie Parsons

Mode Lab

Karl D.D. Willis 

Senior Research Manager, Autodesk Research

Lieven Vervecken

Founder & CEO 

Justin Hattendorf 

Director of Product Design

Hardik Kabaria

Head of Software Engineering

Michael Smell 

Sr. Product Manager 

Daniele Panozzo 

Associate Professor

Rhushik Matroja 

Cognitive Design Systems

Adam Wentworth

Senior Clinical Engineer
Mayo Clinic

Marek Moffett 

Co-Founder & CINO 
General Lattice

Daniel Hambleton


Mike Grau 

Pre-Sales Engineer 

Satish Rao

Chief Product Officer, Newlab

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