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Watch Dave Burns’ Keynote Speech

The NEXTgen-M Conference underscored the value of additive manufacturing to the future of Manufacturing. More than 250 people heard from experts how this technology is changing the way we make things.

Dave Burns, The ExOne Company was the talk of the conference (we will post all slides and materials over the next several days).

We launched the interactive map of the Constellation of Rapid Tech Leaders and Learners.  When you go to the map, hover over the red block to see the name/company, and then click for more detail.


Amtek Company, Inc. Rich Sykes 410-315-9260
Chesapeake Regional Tech Council Kris Valerio 443-306-9322
Community College of Baltimore County Bill Werneke 443-840-4401
Danko Arlington, Inc. John Danko 410-664-8930 x13
Direct Dimensions Sara Ebright 410-998-0880
DLLR/ Workforce Scott Wallace 410-767-2833
Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore Bill Jones 410-637-4136
EOS of North America, Inc. Andrew Lucibello 248-306-0143
Geomagic Graham Paulsgrove 919-797-2808
Hexagon Metrology Jay Batema 410-404-2460
MakerBot Todd Blatt 347-334-6802
Maryland Institute College of Art Ryan Hoover 410-225-2250
Mind Over Machines Marjie Cota 410-507-9299
PCS Engineering, Inc. Robert Gootzit 410-527-9999
Regional Manufacturing Institute Mike Galiazzo 410-771-8111
RePliForm, Inc. Allison Wise 410-242-5110
Reznick Group Angela Pueschel 410-783-7476
Solid Concepts Inc James Rampe 661 295 4400
SURVICE Engineering Clark Dutterer 410-273-7722
Towson University Jan Baum 410-704-2800
Trimech Solutions Michael LaHatte 443-465-0907



Click the map to see our Constellation of Rapid Tech Leaders & Learners


Miles and Stockbridge  |  The Aris Institute  |  Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore  |  Baltimore County Economic Development  |  Object Lab @ Towson University  |  Towson University School of Emerging Technologies  |  CCBC TIME Center  |  Direct Dimensions  |  Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland

Supporting Partners: Greater Baltimore Tech Council, Maryland Economic Development Association, Technology Enterprise Development Corporation, Corridor Inc, The Spiro Group


Presenters were:

Dave Burns, Ex One Company   |  Click here to watch Mr. Burns’ keynote speech

David Burns is President and Chief Operating Officer for The Ex One Company, LLC where he is responsible for worldwide operations. Mr. Burns received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from St. John Fisher College and his M.B.A. from The Simon School at the University of Rochester. He serves as Trustee for the Rochester Institute of Technology, the Strong National Museum of Play, and the Executive Advisory Council for The Simon School. He is a former board member and chairman of The Association for Manufacturing Technology.

Aris Melissaratos, The Johns Hopkins University

Senior Advisor for Technology Enterprise Development to the President of Johns Hopkins University, Mr Melissaratos served as Secretary of Business and Economic Development for the State of Maryland from 2003 to 2007. He worked for Westinghouse Electric Corporation for 32 years, retiring as Chief Technology Officer and Vice President for Science and Technology, responsible for research and development. Before that he was Chief Operations Officer for the company’s Defense Electronics Group, responsible for $3.2 billion dollars in sales. He also founded Armel Scientifics, LLC, which has invested in over 30 start-up companies in advanced technology.

Jenny Regan, Key Tech

Jenny Regan co-founded and CEO of Key Tech in 1998 as a development company for high technology products. Today, Key Tech’s staff of 25 engineers and designers works with a virtual supply chain of more than three dozen rapid prototyping vendors and production manufacturers to design and build new complex products for medical, industrial and consumer product companies. Key Tech’s virtual supply chain and client base are both global. Products range from wearable diagnostic instruments to automated central lab equipment.

The audience was engaged and engaging as we began the conversation about rapid technologies for the Baltimore region.
Michael Weinberg, Public Knowledge

Michael Weinburg Senior Staff Attorney at Public Knowledge and Innovation Evangelist. He received his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School where he was awarded the ABA-BNA Award for Excellence in the Study of Intellectual Property Law. Prior to GW he worked in New Delhi and Beijing. Weinburg focuses primarily on copyright, issues before the FCC, and emerging technologies like 3D printing. Public Knowledge is an advocacy organization at the intersection of copyright, telecommunications, and Internet law, at a time when these fields are converging. Public Knowledge works to preserve the openness of the Internet and the public’s access to knowledge; promotes creativity through balanced copyright; and upholds and protects the rights of consumers to use innovative technology lawfully.

Jason Berns, Under Armour

As the Director of Open Innovation at Under Armour, Jason Berns develops new performance technologies by interfacing with outside inventors, universities and industry. Prior to being the Director of Open Innovation Berns was a senior manager and senior designer at Under Armour where he creates, manages, conceptualizes, prototypes, and industrializes in order to arrive at the next big thing. With a degree in industrial design from the University of Cincinnati, Berns has lived all over the world and has worked for Adidas-Salomon, Salomon, Fisher- Price in addition to Under Armour.

Vincent Rossi & Adam Metallo | The Smithsonian Institution

Vincent Rossi and Adam Metallo are 3D Digitization Coordinators at The Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian consists of 19 museums and 9 research centers, which hold a total collection of 137 million objects. Only a small fraction of the collection (around 2%) is on display at any given time. Applying 3D technology to these collections has the promise to extend the Smithsonian collection’s reach, and support its contributions to science.

Susan Ganz, Lion Brothers

Susan Ganz is CEO of Lion Brothers in Owings Mills, Maryland. Founded in Baltimore in 1899, Lion Brothers Company Inc. is a world leader in the manufacturing and distribution of embroidered and appliquéd emblems. Lion is an example of the transformation of a company based on new and rapid technologies, progressive thinking and leadership. Suzy serves on the Board of Directors of Applica, Inc., Chairman of the Advisory Board of Towson University School of Business and Economics, Regional Manufacturing Institute (RMI) Board of Directors, and is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization and the Committee of 200.

Bryan Sivak, Innovation Office, State of Maryland

Prior to his current post, he was the Chief Technology Officer of the District of Columbia from 2009-2011, where he oversaw initiatives from TrackDC to the city’s adoption of Open311, promoted open data and open government, and worked to bridge the digital divide in the city. Prior to joining public service, he was the founder of InQuira, Inc, an international technology firm that was acquired by Oracle.

Scott Wohler, NeWo Technologies

Scott Wohler served as the Chief Engineer for a technology firm that specializes in wireless technology for all areas of television and film. Scott was responsible for all design and development aspects of the company, but not limited to the product design and development process: concept, prototyping, design, mechanical, assembly, and QC. During said period, Wohler has managed 20 core patentable projects from concept to deployment, many of which are now broadcast industry standards. Scott is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Electronics, with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering as well as the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a Master’s degree in Engineering Management.

Jan Baum, Towson University

Jan Baum is the creator and director of the Object Lab at Towson University, a research-based, state-of the-art rapid technologies and digital fabrication lab engaged in a range of digital technologies for next generation manufacturing that crosses all sectors and industries: 3d imaging, digital modeling, rapid prototyping. The Object Lab a 2012 finalist for Smart CEO magazine’s Volt award for Leader in Technology. As a Program Director and Professor she has integrated rapid technologies and digital fabrication into the applied areas of the Art + Design programs from the foundations level to graduate level. Ms. Baum is passionate about emerging technologies, innovation and entrepreneurship, real-world education, and interdisciplinary collaborative work. She is active professionally in an array of cross-disciplinary organizations and lectures frequently.

Mark Schlein P.E., Aberdeen Proving Ground Edgewood CBRNE Product Development Facility

Mark Schlein directs the US Army’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) facility, the nation’s principal research and development resource for non-medical defense. As a critical national asset in the defense community, CBRNE supports all phases of solution development  from basic and applied research through technology development, engineering design, equipment evaluation, product support  to address its customers’ unique requirements. The CBRNE facility is unique in its ability to advance the mission of the warfighter and other stakeholders by leveraging unique expertise, specialized rapid design and manufacturing equipment, and state-of-the-art facilities. See for a complete overview. CBRNE helps military and civilian response units and public health officials prepare for and respond to threats from weapons of mass destruction and terrorism.

Jeff Hossfeld, Whiting-Turner

Jeff Hossfeld is a Project Manager at the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, a large nationwide firm capable of providing numerous construction delivery services.  The company has been ranked by Engineering News Record (ENR) as one of the top general building contractors in the country. Jeff is an industry leader in the use of 3D modeling for the use of construction coordination and prefabrication of building components.  In addition, Jeff studied mechanical engineering at Vanderbilt University and serves on the Board of Directors for the American Institute of Architects Baltimore Chapter (AIA Baltimore).  Architecture, construction, and manufacturing are working more closely because of rapid technologies, and Jeff will discuss this new emerging trend.

John Danko, Danko Arlington

John Danko is the third generation President of Danko Arlington, Inc, a Baltimore Hub Zone certified jobbing manufacturing company which specializes in military and commercial aluminum and bronze sand castings. Last year, the company the company invested in a large, state-of-the-art 3d printer which uses fused deposition modeling (FDM) in durable poly carbonate plastic to create casting models, patterns and core boxes, jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes for outside customers. The incorporation of Rapid Technologies has enabled this well-established, smoke-stack manufacturer to win new contracts, produce more accurately with shorter lead times and less scrap, and to become both an innovator and an unsurpassed leader in the American foundry industry.

Dr. Stephen Rouse, Walter Reed Army Medical Center

Dr. Rouse directs the Walter Reed Army Medical Center’s 3-D Medical Applications Center. This Center specializes in the application of 3D digital imaging and modeling technologies for the solution of complex military injuries. As a retired military dentist, Dr. Rouse brings unique perspectives to the use of rapid technologies for creating customized implants, prosthesis, and surgical guides leveraging a variety of 3D imaging and 3D printing technologies. Dr. Rouse frequently lectures at technical conferences with varied audiences from medical to manufacturing professionals proving his deep passion for spreading the success of rapid 3D technologies

Michael Raphael, Direct Dimensions

Michael Raphael founded Direct Dimensions, Inc. (DDI) in 1995 as an engineering company to provide a “one-stop shop” for 3D technical services, product representation, sales, and support for all types of 3D measurement solutions. Over the past 16 years, DDI has expanded significantly to provide the most comprehensive advanced 3D scanning & imaging technologies, digital modeling capabilities, and dimensional analysis software solutions for the widest range of applications and industries.

Doug Kendzierski, Community College of Baltimore County

Doug Kendzierski is a faculty member and Chair of the Applied Technology Department at CCBC. His Department includes the Computer-Automated Manufacturing Programs at the College, including the Rapid Machinist Non-Credit Certificate, and Credit Certificates in CNC Programming, CNC Machinist, Manual Machinist and Quality Assurance Technician. The Department is also home of the first MIT Fabrication Laboratory in the Chesapeake region. Doug has 25 years of workforce development experience in higher education, including ten years as an Associate Vice-Provost at UMBC in Continuing & Professional Studies. In addition, he co-founded the Center for Applied Information Technology at Towson University, and was the founding President/CEO of UMBC’s first for-profit company, UMBC Training Centers. Doug earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science degrees from UMBC.

Brian Le Gette, ZeroChroma, LLC

Brian Le Gette is a multi-industry serial entrepreneur with startup ventures in consumer apparel (, international medical laboratory accreditation, and organic urban greenhouse farming ( His current company, ZeroChroma ( creates mobile electronics’ cases for smartphones, e-readers and tablet devices. His first company, 180s, was named the 9th fastest growing privately held company in the U.S. (Inc. 500) and the #1 fastest growing privately-held, inner-city company in the country (Inc. 100) under his leadership in 2004.He is the inventor or co-inventor of numerous consumer products, with over 53 patents and patents pending in countries around the world, and has enjoyed a perfect patent defense history having stopped 114/114 infringing parties in 11 countries since 2001. Mr. Le Gette has received numerous awards during his career, including: E&Y’s Maryland Entrepreneur of the Year for consumer products (and national finalist), World Trade Center Institute’s International Business Award: University of Maryland “Outstanding Young Alumnus”; and Daily Record Innovator of the Year.


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