Speakers

Keynote Speaker 
Raj Madhavan, Ph.D., Chair of IEEE RAS-SIGHT
Founder & CEO at Humanitarian Robotics Technologies LLC
Raj Madhavan is an internationally recognized expert in humanitarian robotics and automation technologies. He received a Ph.D. in Field Robotics from the University of Sydney, an ME (Research) in Systems Engineering from the Australian National University, and a BE in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the College of Engineering, Guindy, Anna University in 2001, 1997, and 1995, respectively. Over the last 20+ years, he has contributed to various topics in field robotics, humanitarian technologies, and systems and control theory. He has published over 200 papers in archival journals, conferences, and magazines and has co-edited two books “Intelligent Vehicle Systems: A 4D/RCS Approach” and “Performance Evaluation and Benchmarking of Intelligent Systems” and four journal special issues. Since 2012, he is the Founding Chair of the Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (RAS-SIGHT), and now is currently the Chair of the Robotics and Automation Research and Practice Ethics Committee. His current research interests lie in the application and tailoring of technologies that are cost effective, reliable, efficient, and geared towards improving the quality of lives of people in underserved and underdeveloped communities around the globe with emphasis on ethical, legal, and societal considerations of emerging technologies. He is also the Founder & CEO of Humanitarian Robotics Technologies, LLC, focusing on applied technology consulting, training, and research.
Keynote Speaker 
Silvia Figueira, Ph.D., Vice-Chair of IEEE GHTC 2017
Associate Professor of Computer Engineering at Santa Clara University
Silvia Figueira received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil, and the Ph.D. degree also in Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego. Currently, she is an Associate Professor of Computer Engineering at Santa Clara University. Her research is in the area of performance evaluation and prediction, recently with a focus on energy efficiency. She is also the director of the SCU Frugal Innovation Hub, in which she leads the Mobile Lab and advises students working on mobile applications for under-served communities and emerging markets. She has published over 60 papers and has established several collaborations with both companies in Silicon Valley and social entrepreneurs in the United States and abroad. Silvia Figueira has reveiced several awards. In 2016, she received the SCU Brutocao Award for Teaching Excellence. In 2015, she was selected as one of the 100 women to receive the INSIGHT into Diversity 2015 Inspiring Women in Stem Award. In 2014, she received the SCU President's Recognition Award, and the NCWIT Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award. In 2006, she received the SCU/School of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award.
Invited Speaker 
John Barrie, Executive Director at Appropriate Technology Collaborative (ATC)
John Barrie is the Executive Director of the Appropriate Technology Collaborative (ATC), an award winning nonprofit company that designs affordable, sustainable, technologies that provide opportunity for the world’s poorest people. Mr. Barrie is an Architect and Industrial Designer; he has also been an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan. Mr. Barrie works with groups of professional and student volunteers from around-the-globe to develop new appropriate technologies for people in less economically developed countries. Current ATC programs include Mayan Power and Light, a project in Guatemala that teaches teach Mayan women about electricity, circuit design and solar power and provides business incubation services. Mayan Power and Light is recognized as a global top 100 sustainable enterprise by Sustainia and the United Nations Compact for Sustainable Development. Previously Mr. Barrie and ATC designed a treadle pump for rural farmers and a solar vaccine refrigerator that can be built from local materials and simple tools almost anywhere on the planet. The ATC solar vaccine refrigerator does not use electricity and it has no moving parts. You simply place it in the sun and it freezes. John Barrie conducts inspiring workshops on sustainable appropriate technologies, social enterprise, and program development for low income communities.
Invited Speaker 
Grace Hsia, Co-Founder & CEO at Warmilu
Alumni at University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Grace Hsia is the CEO of @Warmilu, a global non-electric warming technology company. Warmilu manufactures warming technology solutions to reduce preterm death in resource scarce parts of the Horn of Africa and provide warming for stadiums and outdoor recreation. Warmilu has been recognized as a "Rising Startup" for the Detroit Techweek100 in 2017 and has been featured in Crain's Detroit and the Detroit Free Press. Warmilu has been funded by $100k in grants and co-founder capital contributions and now, Warmilu was externally funded in the Winter 2017 University of Michigan Desai Accelerator cohort. Grace loves mentoring, connecting people, running, multitasking, strategy planning and execution, guest lecturing, speaking/inspiring at keynotes, Michigan, design critique, & materials science engineering. She is a 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30: Manufacturing and Industry honoree, a materials scientist, and proud double Wolverine graduate from the University of Michigan, graduating with her BSE (Materials Science and Engineering) from the College of Engineering in 2012 and Master of Entrepreneurship from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and College of Engineering in 2013. She is a Manufacturing Institute Emerging Leader (2016 STEP Ahead Awards) Honoree. Prior to Warmilu, Grace worked at the University of Michigan First Customer Program as a Senior Project Manager for 4 years to directly identify and address critical gaps in business development, technology development, marketing, and sales for 200+ advanced technology companies. Altogether, with more than 76 projects, the program assisted with the development of 140 new products, helped support the creation of 414 new full time jobs, and helped generate $10 million in total new sales. Clients raised a total of $115 million in total external capital. #GoBlue! @GoGettingGrace @Warmilu (To learn more go to: http://warmilu.com/)
Invited Speaker 
Adithya Jayakumar, Advisor of Design for 90
Ph.D. Candidate in Electrical Engineering at Ohio State University
Adithya Jayakumar is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Ohio State University. He does his research on large scale optimization approaches using derivative free optimization techniques at the Center for Automotive Research. Adithya was a Graduate Teaching Associate with the First Engineering Program and has taught classes teaching design programming. He was also a Graduate Administrative Associate with the Humanitarian Engineering Scholars program. He has a passion for Humanitarian Engineering and Engineering Education and has been involved with various projects dealing with both. He founded the student organization “Design for 90”, which designs tools and products for underserved communities in the Columbus, Ohio area. Most recently he was the co-resident director for a Humanitarian Engineering Service Learning trip to Panajachel, Guatemala. He won the Outstanding Graduate/Professional Student Award and the Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Community Service in 2016.
Invited Speaker 
Mary Anne Walker, Director of Global Engineering Office
College of Engineering at Michigan State University
Mary Anne Walker serves as the Director of the Global Engineering Office at Michigan State University. She has been working in the field of international research, development, education, and training for more than 30 years. Mary Anne has a B.S. from Northeastern University (Comparative Int’l Politics) studied at London School of Economics & Kings College with graduate work at Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (U.S. Foreign Policy), in Madrid, Spain (language pedagogy) and American University (International Law and Organizations). She also served as a Fellow to the United Nations University. This led to a career with USAID where she specialized in economic development and rule of law initiatives. Mary Anne finished her tenure with USAID serving as a Senior Democracy officer in Zagreb, Croatia. In 2000, she joined MSU and started-up and directed the MSU Office of International Development (now OIRC). In late 2009 Mary Anne moved to MSU global and was jointly appointed with the Graduate School and College of Education. In 2012, Mary Anne joined to College of Engineering to lead the development of the Global Engineering Office.
Invited Speaker 
Adam Lyman, Design Research Lead and Manager of the GCFSI Bean Threshing Project
Adam Lyman is originally from the Lansing area, and graduated from Michigan State University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Philosophy. During his last year of undergraduate study, Adam worked on a team of dedicated undergraduates who, over the course of two semesters developed three prototypes of a small-scale bean threshing machine. In January of 2015, Adam and a teammate transported two prototypes to Guatemala to gain farmer feedback. Following the successful reception of the machine by farmers in Guatemala, Adam spent the last semester of his undergraduate career writing multiple grant proposals, and pulling together faculty members to create a new research team. In October of 2015, Adam and his team was awarded $125,000 by the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation (GCFSI) at Michigan State. Since beginning the project, Adam has developed a new prototype, and brought it to Zambia in 2016 where he spent half the year collecting feedback, and conducting social science research on bean production. In 2017, he went back to Zambia to conduct in-depth interviews with farmers over the course of several months, asking new questions about agricultural production and machine design, to inform a new prototype expected to be piloted next harvest season. Adam has always had a strong passion for travelling, and experiencing new cultures, leading to a fascination with the challenges of development.
Invited Speaker 
Emily Sullivan, President of Engineers Without Borders at MSU
B.S. in Civil Engineering at Michigan State University
Emily Sullivan is a fourth-year Civil Engineering major at Michigan State University. For the last three and a half years, she has been working with Engineers Without Borders to promote sustainable global change. She has traveled to a small agricultural community in El Salvador working on a composting latrine project. As president of the student chapter, groups of students continued to work in El Salvador and in Buyuni, Tanzania.
Invited Speaker 
Nevrus Kaja, Chair of IEEE SAC at Region 4
Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Michigan-Dearborn
Nevrus Kaja is a Ph.D. student in Information System Engineering at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. He has earned a B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Engineering from the same university and has gained multiple awards on his academic excellence and research activities. Well equipped with industry and leadership experience, Nevrus is currently researching in machine learning in automotive security. He has been the leader in the organization of many professional activities in Southeastern Michigan and is the Vice-Chair of 2016 IEEE-SEM. His success in professional life has been motivated by the motto of IEEE, “advancing technology for humanity” which he holds as very valuable in his mission and continues to be committed to it.