Dr. Subodh Das
Dr. Das is the CEO & Founder of Phinix, LLC. Phinix, LLC, based in Lexington, Kentucky, USA, is dedicated to the promotion, development and implementation of low carbon footprint manufacturing technologies and carbon management and trading for the Minerals, Metals and Materials Industries to help Globally Responsible Resource Management.
Dr. Das has over 30 years of global experience in manufacturing and technology areas covering wide disciplines including executive, project, operational, financial and technical management as well as being an accomplished scientist, engineer and inventor. Dr. Das is well recognized and respected expert and consultant to the aluminum industry specializing in the areas of technology, recycling and new product and process developments.
Dr. Kelly Driscoll
Dr. Driscoll is a Principal Consultant with CRU Group in London, where he has worked since 1995, following a 10-year career as a process metallurgist, working with Kaiser Aluminum in the US and with Johnson Matthey in the UK. Dr. Driscoll’s current responsibilities at CRU are for the development and improvement of CRU’s aluminium industry cost models, including bauxite mining, alumina refining, power tariffs, primary aluminium smelting, casthouses, and aluminium rolling mills. He is also responsible for the technical development of CRU’s non-Ferrous Group products and services. He holds a B.Sc. in Metallurgical Engineering from Montana State University and a Ph.D. in Metallurgy from Cambridge University.
Dr. Frank Field
Dr. Field is a researcher in the area of materials systems analysis, a field in which economic and operations research methods are applied to problems in materials and materials processing. His work has focused upon the practical application of these methods, and the thrust of this work has been to develop ways in which systems analysis tools, combined with materials process engineering knowledge, can be intelligently applied to address important issues in product development and planning and in the broader areas of materials and environmental policy.
His work has been applied to materials and manufacturing problems in the automotive, aerospace and electronics industries. His work bridges the fields of economics, materials engineering, decision analysis and technology policy, and it has been used by policymakers in government and industry to examine automobile recycling policies and the strategic implications of advanced automobile production and recycling technologies.
More recently, he has also been a part of MIT’s Program on Emerging Technologies, a collaborative effort between the School of Engineering and the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences that seeks to improve responses to emerging technologies by engaging early and explicitly with the pervasive uncertainty that is often under-recognized in technology assessment exercises.
Within MIT, he not only has worked with undergraduate and graduate students as a research supervisor, but he also serves in a teaching capacity. He conducts and develops courses in the Technology & Policy Program for the Engineering Systems Division (where he has been named a Senior Lecturer), including the core Introduction to Technology & Policy as well as a course in telecommunications policy with colleagues in CSAIL.
As Director of Education for TPP, Dr. Field acts to develop and sustain an educational program that is fundamentally directed toward the development of policymakers whose areas of practice are grounded in their technical training. In this position, he also participates broadly in the development of such programs at institutions outside MIT through the Technology, Management and Policy consortium of schools.
Mr César Inostroza, Eng. is Vice President and General Manager of the Aluminum Division at SNC-Lavalin Inc. in Montreal, Canada. He has held various senior technical and management roles in the consulting engineering field for Mining and Metallurgy clients world wide, leading and conducting feasibility studies, preliminary, basic and detailed engineering projects, specialty consultancy assignments, coordination of international joint venture and technology partners, business development activities, and environmental assessments. Currently, he leads the aluminum business for SNC-Lavalin, where he has accountability for smelter projects on a global basis. Mr. Inostroza is a Chemical engineer, graduated in 1989.
Mark Verbrugge started his GM career in 1986 with the GM Research Labs after receiving his doctorate in Chemical Engineering from the College of Chemistry at the University of California (Berkeley). In 1996, Mark was awarded a Sloan Fellowship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received an MBA. Mark returned from MIT in 1997 to join GM’s Advanced Technology Vehicles (ATV) as Chief Engineer for Energy Management Systems. In 2002, Mark rejoined the GM Research Labs as Director of the Materials and Processes Lab, which maintains global research programs ranging from chemistry, physics, and materials science to the development of structural subsystems and energy storage devices. In 2009, the Lab was expanded and renamed Chemical Sciences and Materials Systems Laboratory. Mark has published and patented in topic areas associated with electroanalytical methods, polymer electrolytes, advanced batteries and supercapacitors, fuel cells, high-temperature air-to-fuel-ratio sensors, surface coatings, compound semiconductors, and various manufacturing processes related to automotive applications of structural materials.
Mark is a Board Member of the United States Automotive Materials Partnership LLC and the United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC, an adjunct professor for the Department of Physics, University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and he serves as the GM Technical Director for HRL Laboratories LLC, jointly owned by GM and Boeing.
Mark’s research efforts resulted in his receiving the Norman Hackerman Young Author Award (1990) and the Energy Technology Award (1993) from the Electrochemical Society as well as GM internal awards including the John M. Campbell Award (1992), the Charles L. McCuen Award (2003), and the Boss Kettering Award (2007). Mark received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the United States Council for Automotive Research in 2006 and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2009.
Steve Williamson joined ARCO Aluminum 2004 as the Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Technical Service. Steve has held a variety of sales, marketing and management roles during his 25 years in the metals industry. Prior to ARCO, Steve held leadership positions at Commonwealth Aluminum and Alcan Aluminum, following his six-year tenure as a high school teacher. Steve is actively engaged in contributing to the ARCO tradition of customer service excellence and the energy of the BP leadership framework.
Steve has earned a Master of Science degree from Rutger’s University and has continued his professional education at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL and through the American Management Association. Active in professional trade associations throughout his career, Steve is currently the committee chairperson for the Aluminum Association Sustainability Work Group and past-chairman of the Aluminum Can Council. Prior to his time in the aluminum packaging segment, Steve served on the Board of the Metal Service Center Institute. Steve is also a Mentor in BP’s manager development program and in April 2009, Steve was named to the Logan Aluminum Board of Directors.