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The Speakers


Dr. James Edmondson

BSc MPhys MSc PhD, Technology Analyst - IDTechEx

Dr. Edmondson, (BSc MPhys MSc PhD) is a Technology Analyst at IDTechEx and specializes in the field of market research for thermal management in emerging technologies. James’ recent work focuses on material opportunities in electric vehicles and 5G infrastructure and  smart phones, including full market and technology reports on “Thermal Management for Electric Vehicles”,
“Thermal Management for 5G” and “Thermal Interface Materials”.


Dr. Karla Reyes

Principal Member of Technical Staff,
Materials Chemistry Department
Sandia National Laboratories

Dr. Karla Reyes currently works at Sandia National Laboratories as a principal materials scientist in Materials Chemistry Department. She is a recognized subject matter expert in thermal-physical and electrical characterization of materials, thermoelectric materials, aging and lifetime materials predictions, materials compatibility, thermal energy storage, solar photo-conversion, supply chain risk and counterfeit detection.

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Dr. Joon Lee

R&D Director - Polymer Composite Materials - Nanoramic Labs

Dr. Joon Lee has extensive experience working hands-on in engineering
and product development. Prior to working at Nanoramic as R&D Director -Polymer Composite Materials, he had over 10 years of experience with a global manufacturer of (TIMs), conductive plastics and EMI shielding products. He was a technical team
leader for TIM product development and commercialization, utilizing different resin chemistry, surface treatment, ceramic and metallic fillers and processing development. He also has worked at several small innovation companies developing microelectronic packaging materials, nanocomposite optical materials and 3D printing materials.  

Joon holds a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering Science from Virginia Tech. He graduated with a B.S. and M.S in Chemical Technology from Seoul National University, Seoul Korea.


Dr. Navid Kazem

Navid Kazem, CEO and Co-FOunder • Arieca

Navid Kazem is CEO and co-founder of Arieca, which is an advanced material technology startup that was formed, after him completing his PhD in computational mechanics at Carnegie Mellon, where he developed the core technology behind Liquid Metal Embedded Elastomers (LMEE). He is a former Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship Fellow at Tepper School of Business at CMU, with multiple high-impact publications and patents. His background combines a deep technical expertise with the capacity to convert cutting-edge scientific advancement into commercial products. Navid leads product development of LMEEs, commercial strategic partnerships, as well as fund raising.

Guy Wagner

Director • Electronic Cooling Solutions

Guy Wagner has 45 years experience in the electronics industry and has been doing consulting since 2001. He has authored over 40 papers and presentations at international conferences and has 29 issued patents. Before joining Electronic Cooling Solutions as a Director, Guy held the position of Director of Engineering at Cornice Inc., Chief Scientist at HP and Agilent Technologies and MTS at Bell Laboratories.

Corbin Donnelly
Vanessa Carson
Kya Rawlings
Joan McGowan
Olivier Bisset
Erin Wells


Roth, PhD

Project Manager – Thermal Management

ADA Technologies, Inc.

Dr. Roth is a Project Manager and Senior Research Engineer in the Thermal Management team at ADA Technologies. Currently, he is the PI of two projects related to ADA’s Cell Isolation Material (CIM). Dr. Roth joined ADA in July 2015 as a Research Engineer after graduating with a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. Before joining ADA, Dr. Roth’s work focused on developing individual cell flow cytometers by combining custom optical systems with microfluidic devices, during which he published three articles and was awarded one patent. Since joining ADA, he has been involved with a number of Army, Navy, and Air Force SBIR Phase I and II projects as the primary research engineer. 


Dr. Sofia Mylona

Principal Research Scientist • Themtest Inc.

Dr. Sofia Mylona is an internationally recognized expert in the area of the thermal conductivity measurements using the Transient Hot-Wire (THW) method. She is a graduate Chemist from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in the same university. During her Ph.D., she designed and constructed a novel Vibrating-Wire Viscometer for measuring high-viscosity liquids for which she received the 1st Metrology award in Greece. In the last 6 years, Dr Mylona’s research is focused on the thermal conductivity measurements using the Transient Hot-Wire technique.




Founder - TTI LLC

Barbara Pause earned her M.S. degree in physics from the University of Leipzig, Germany and her Ph.D. degree in engineering science from the University of Wuppertal, Germany. Dr. Pause has been working in the field of material research and development for over 20 years. In 1997, Dr. Pause joined Outlast Technologies, Inc based in Colorado, USA, as Vice President Research & Development where she worked in the field of the Phase Change Material (PCM)-technology. In May 2000, she founded her own company Textile Testing & Innovation, LLC. The company’s operations are specialized in the transfer of cutting-edge technologies, such as the PCM-technology into textiles, textile composites and polymers that can be used in various end-use products. Dr. Pause holds several patents related to the PCM-technology as well as thermal and textile testing equipment. She has been an active member of standard working groups for thermal insulation material, protective gear and thermal testing procedures formerly in Europe and now in the U.S.

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Tre Timms

John Gaskins

President - Laser Thermal Analysis

Dr. Gaskins graduated with his Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia in 2013 following a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an M.E. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.  His Ph.D. focused experimental methods and analytical solutions used to determine elastic-plastic properties of sub-micron thin films via indentation testing of microfabricated structures.  He is President of Laser Thermal Analysis focusing on development of novel optical based non-contact non-destructive thermal characterization tools.  His further interests lie in bridging the divide between neighboring disciplines by incorporating external fields, namely external heat sources, electrical bias, and a variety of reactive atmospheres, during property measurements. 

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