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Wade Leach
Wade Leach joined ATI in August 1983 as a Product Engineer after graduating from North Carolina State University with degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Engineering. In September of 1985, he joined the Sales Department as an Inside Salesperson and transitioned to Field Sales for the Southeastern United States in January of 1986. In April of 1988, Wade moved to the Los Angeles area to become Western Regional Sales Manager. Wade was promoted to Plant Manager of ATI’s South Boston, Virginia, facility in October 1992. In that role he oversaw a significant expansion of the plant and successfully led the effort to increase the business and product offerings of that facility. In September 1996, he was named General Manager of Tool Steel Products. In August 1998, he became Director of Long-Term Agreements and added the responsibilities for Product Management in August 2000. Wade was appointed Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and Product Management in February 2006. In that role Wade’s responsibilities included the U.S.-based field and inside sales groups, product management, and long-term agreements with customers. In October 2014, Wade was promoted to Senior Vice President – Commercial, ATI Specialty Materials.


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ATI Metals


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Henry Seiner
Mr. Seiner, TIMET's Vice President of Business Strategy, oversees the Marketing, Product Management, Purchasing and Production Planning organizations for TIMET. In this role, he has responsibility for and visibility into all aspects of TIMET’s supply chain.

Henry is based in TIMET's Toronto, OH facility which is geographically and structurally located in the middle of TIMET's global supply chain. He has held various positions in Production Planning, Manufacturing, Purchasing and Marketing in his 25 year tenure at TIMET.

He currently serves as Vice President of the ITA and chairman of the Aerospace Committee. This fall he will become President of the ITA and chairman of the Membership committee.

Prior to coming to TIMET, Henry spent six years at U. S. Steel Corporation in Sales, Marketing and Production Planning. His educational background includes a Masters Degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and a Bachelors Degree from Duke University in Durham, NC. Henry is a native of Pittsburgh and continues to reside in Western Pennsylvania.


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Albert Bruneau

Industrial Markets 

Albert BRUNEAU is Executive VP of Neotiss High Performance Tube (formerly Vallourec) since 2013. Neotiss, headquartered in France, is the worldwide leader of titanium and stainless steel welded tubes for heat exchangers, with facilities and sales forces based in five countries on three continents: France, United States, China, India and Korea. Prior to Vallourec Heat Exchanger Tubes, Albert Bruneau has held numerous senior sales & marketing management positions within Vallourec group mainly for the Oil & Gas industry, involved in Europe, South America, Africa and Middle East. Albert Bruneau graduated from French Engineering School ESPCI and conducted one Executive MBA at the French Business School HEC.


Michael Metz
Michael Metz joined VSMPO - Tirus, US in November 2003 as Vice President, Commercial and was named President of the organization in 2007. VSMPO is the largest producer of titanium in the world, vertically integrated from titanium sponge manufacture through melting and mill products such as plate, sheet, bar, billet, wire, and welded and seamless tubing. In addition, VSMPO supplies titanium closed die forgings for airframe and engine applications. Mike has served on the International Titanium Association Board of Directors since 2007 holding the positions of Director, Vice President and President.

He has significant experience in the titanium industry, having had held positions in sales, distribution, product management, market research and forecasting at Titanium Metals Corporation from 1986 to 2003 before joining VSMPO. Mike graduated from Hamilton College in 1981 with a BA in economics, and from Carnegie – Mellon University in 1983 with an MBA


Jeremy Halford

President, Arconic Titanium and Engineered Products
Cleveland, Ohio  

Jeremy Halford is President of Arconic Titanium and Engineered Products, a global leader in engineered titanium products for the aerospace, defense, and oil and gas markets. He joined the Company in January 2017.

Prior to Arconic, Jeremy served as president of Doncasters Power Systems, international manufacturer of high-precision alloy components, where he was responsible for the aerospace and industrial gas turbine businesses. While there, Jeremy improved operations and strengthened relationships with key engine manufacturers to win positions on their next-generation platforms.

Prior to Doncasters, Jeremy served from 2005 to 2012 in a progression of leadership roles at Alcoa. He led Alcoa Power and Propulsion’s Large and Aluminum Structural Castings as general manager, overseeing operations in Canada, France and the U.S. He also served as director, marketing and strategic product development in the Electrical and Electronic Solutions business unit; director, corporate strategy and mergers and acquisitions, Engineered Products and Solutions; and as director, marketing, Structural Castings and Specialty Products. Prior to 2005, he held management positions at Delphi in the areas of venture development, manufacturing, engineering, and technology.

Jeremy holds a degree in mechanical engineering from GMI Manufacturing and Engineering Institute (now Kettering University), and was awarded an MBA from Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration where he attended on a GM/Delphi fellowship.  Dealerscope, a magazine for the consumer electronics industry, named Jeremy a recipient of its 40 under 40 award in 2005.


Raphaël Duflos
Mr Raphael DUFLOS is an Engineer, with a degree from the Engineering School of Central Lyon and the University of Salford, with a post-graduation in Telecom Paris. He started his career in 1989 at Aerospatiale Missile as Design Engineer then as Cooperation Contract negotiator. In 1995, he joined Airbus in various program roles around Cost Sharing between partners. Following the launch of the A380 and the start of the EADS group, he went back abroad in 2001, as Senior Manager Sourcing Strategy for EADS, based in Munich. In June 2004, he led the Procurement Directorate and became a member of the Executive Committee of EADS Socata in Tarbes. 3 years later, he joined Astrium to implement innovative Supply Chain Solutions in the space domain. Finally, he participate to the creation of Aerolia as Chief Procurement, Quality & Supply Chain officer.
Aerolia is an aeronautical tier one equipment supplier and European leader of b Aerostructures. Since its creation in 2009, Mr DUFLOS has taken an active part in the strong growth of the company, the procurement budget passing from 500M€ to more than B€ 1 in 6 years with the creation of Stelia.

In his career, Mr DUFLOS gives priority to overall costs and advocates in his approach the collaborative work with suppliers to be competitive and to respect the market’s requirements.


Dietmar Fischer
Born in 1942, graduate engineer Dietmar Fischer worked in the German titanium industry for almost forty years. His career started at Contimet and, following its merger with the titanium division of Krupp, continued at Deutsche Titan GmbH. Thereafter, he was the head of the ThyssenKrupp Titanium technical division, and today he is a technical-scientific management consultant in Geldern.


Arne Burzlaff
Dr. Burzlaff works as senior regulatory toxicologist at the consulting company EBRC in Hannover, Germany. He is involved in the hazard and risk assessment of titanium, titanium dioxide and several titanium substances for more than 10 years and assisting industry to comply with the regulatory requirements, specifically under the European chemical’s legislation REACH.



Thomas Weissgaerber PhD



Kenji Doi
Doi obtained a Bachelor of Engineering in Applied Chemistry at Osaka City Univ. He has joined Osaka Yakin Kogyou in 2000 and started his carrier in the powder metallurgy (P/M) field. The main business activities of Osaka Yakin are heat treatment of heat-resistant materials and Metal Injection Molding (MIM). He was responsible for the development of titanium medical devices by P/M process. As a technical development section manager he is responsible for the development of attractive metal powders for MIM and AM, and the development of MIM process.


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Rémy Pontone

Rémy Pontone (born December 23, 1972) is currently Vice President Sales and Marketing of Tekna and also Product Line Director Powders. He was also in charge of opening the first site of Tekna in Europe for which he is now Managing Director.   He is graduated from the French Ecole Nationale Superieure de Ceramique Industrielle and from the Chemical Engineering University of Nancy. During his career he had various positions in Product Management, R&D and Sales in various industrial groups.


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Andrew Heidloff

PhD from Iowa State University in Ni-base Superalloy Alloy Development Post-Doctoral work at US DOE Ames Laboratory on development of novel gas atomization process techniques. Currently the Engineering Manager for the Powder Manufacturing Facility for Praxair Surface Technologies.


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Remi Blokker
Remi Blokker, 50, is co-founder and CEO of Bluerise, which develops energy systems that use temperature differences in the oceans to generate electricity and cooling. Bluerise enables tropical islands and coastal regions on their path to become 100% energy independent and can help its customers to save up to 90% on cooling related electricity use. Covering seventy percent of our globe, the oceans are the largest solar collectors and energy storage and can provide a vast amount of clean and renewable energy, day and night. Bluerise currently develops one of the World’s first Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion pilot facilities to be located at the premises of Curacao International Airport. Bluerise is the fourth startup that Remi has (co-)founded. Previous successful ventures include No Wires Needed, a WiFi pioneer, which was founded in 1993, the early days of internet, sold to Intersil Corporation in 2000 and Avinity Systems, sold to ActiveVideo Networks in 2009. Today, he is again trying to make a difference with Bluerise. He holds a BSEE (cum laude) and a Master of Business in Energy Systems from the TU Delft.


Jan Palán

Jan Palán is a junior researcher, who is mainly interested in development of Ultra Fine Grained materials. Nowadays, he intensively develops the continuous extrusion technology (CONFORM SPD) for an ultra high strength Titanium wires with nano grained microstructure. He is also a PhD student.



Alexander V. Alexandrov

Alexander V. Alexandrov has graduated from the Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys. Now A. Alexandrov is a leading research engineer of the Central Scientific Research Laboratory (CSRL) in JSC «Chepetsky Mechanical Plant». His seniority is 33 years. A. Alexandrov is engaged in scientific researches in the processes of industrial fabrication. He is a participant of international conferences, a co-author of the articles in scientific and technical journals and a co-author of 21 patents in the field of metallurgy of zirconium, niobium, hafnium and titanium and their alloys.


Robert Haun

As Retech’s Director of New Product Development, Mr. Haun heads up Retech’s developmental efforts in the company’s R&D programs where he is responsible for management of all aspects of product development. Mr. Haun has 9 years of experience as Retech’s Research & Development Manager. He also spent 4 years as a Titanium Research Engineer for Crucible Research in Pittsburg, PA. He was responsible for titanium powder production and the successful development of a cold wall induction nozzle. Mr. Haun holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Metallurgy Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, and a Master of Science in Materials Science from University of Illinois.


Rüdiger Tiefers
Born 1962 in Krefeld.
Degree in mechanical engineering, subject area aerospace, at RWTH
Since 1998 scientific employee at Access e.V. in Aachen.
Project leader in several R&D projects in the field of solar silicon
and process optimization of casting processes. Since 2008 mainly active
in the field of material and process optimization of the casting
process of Titanium Aluminide.
Responsible for two projects of the german aviation research program of
the federal ministry of economics and energy dealing with the
optimization of the design process of γ-TiAl low pressure turbine blades
and the recycling of TiAl scrap.
Head of the casting processes at Access.


Aleksei Kochetkov
Aleksei S. Kochetkov occupies a research
group leader position of “Titanium alloys” Department at ‘All-Russian
Scientific Research Institute of Aviation Materials’ (VIAM) – the
largest Russian materials science state company that has been focused at
developing materials for aerospace engineering products since 1932. A.
Kochetkov has been working at VIAM for over 10 years.
In 2007 A. Kochetkov graduated from the Moscow State Industrial
University and in 2016 he received his Candidate’s (Ph.D) degree in the
field “Materials science and heat treatment of metals and alloys”. The
area of A. Kochetkov’s interests involves research on metallurgical
technologies of shaped casting for both titanium and intermetallic
alloys. Since 2010 A. Kochetkov has been working with intermetallic TiAl
based alloys – ‘gamma alloys’ – which nowadays show great prospects for
further development and application as light high-temperature
materials. A. Kochetkov is the author and co-author of more than 15
scientific articles, 10 manufacturing process instructions, and 1 patent
of invention. A. Kochetkov also took part in a number of international
conferences and research projects supported by the Russian Foundation
for Basic Research (RFBR).


Sergejs Spitans

Sergejs Spitans is a process engineer in the R&D department of the ALD Vacuum Technologies GmbH since 2016. His current work focuses on numerical modelling of multi-physical processes like Vacuum Arc Remelting (VAR), Electrode Induction melting for Gas Atomization (EIGA) and Vacuum Induction Melting (VIM) in ceramic-, cold-crucible or crucible-less furnaces.


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Werner Beck

Werner Beck is Director of FormTech GmbH. He is on the advisory board ICSAM and the Executive Board EuroSPF, he is also a Member in several German Aerospace Clusters including Hamburg Aviation, Niedersachsen Aviation, AVIABELT, BDLI Regional forum.


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FormTech GmbH


Olaf Böhme
Dr. Böhme is the head of Research & Development for POLIGRAT GmbH.  He studied chemistry at University Frankfurt / Main and finished his Thesis at the TH Darmstadt in 1992.


Bertrand Flipo
Bert specialised in Linear Friction Welding and has an extensive experience on the LFW technology for the Aerospace industry.

Bert has been involved in many of the aspects of the LFW implementation:
-    Innovation strategies,
-    Process development,
-    Machine design and manufacture,
-    New products introduction,
-    Production and manufacturing improvements,
-    Quality monitoring,
-    Product life cycle.


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TWI Ltd.


Thomas Christiansen
Dr. Christiansen works as a Senior Scientist at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark, Section for Materials and Surface Engineering. He has been working with thermochemical surface treatment of metallic materials for more than 17 years.  In particular the focus has been on low temperature surface hardening of stainless steel and similar materials, where he has investigated formation of so-called expanded austenite.


Marko Bosman

Marko Bosman has an MSc degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the Technical University of Delft and has extensive experience in the field of aerospace materials and manufacturing technology. He started his career at AKZO-Nobel doing research on high performance fibers. After that he worked on biomedical materials at Degussa AG. Since 1999 he has worked at Fokker as a Project Leader in several aerospace design-and-build projects, both military and civil programs, and also as a Manufacturing Manager. As a Technology Manager within Fokker, he coordinates the R&D and innovation activities in additive manufacturing.

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Pedrum Sodouri

Pedrum Sodouri completed his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering in 2004 at University of Victoria (UVIC), in Victoria, British Columbia. His specializations include computational fluid dynamics, finite element analysis, fuel cell technology and cryogenic engineering. Having a passion for the aerospace industry he began his work experience in the aerospace industry during his university career, in a tier 1 supplier in San Diego, California. Upon completion of his degree at UVIC he continued his work experience in the aerospace manufacturing industry in southern California, gaining a diversified portfolio of experience in all facets of aerospace manufacturing for commercial and military platforms. In February 2011 Pedrum joined Norsk Titanium AS to support the Rapid Plasma Deposition ™ Technology Maturity Level to commercial level.


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Norsk Titanium


Filomeno Martina
Dr Filomeno Martina is Lecturer in Additive Manufacture at the Welding Engineering and Laser Processing Centre, Cranfield University, where he's contributing to the growth of Wire + Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM). He is the manager of the WAAMMat consortium, which funds a large research programme that’s targeting the industrial implementation of the WAAM process and is currently worth £5M. From a technical point of view, he is working on development of titanium properties, cost modelling, deposition of refractory metals, machine design and implementation of a 10-metre WAAM facility. He received his PhD in Additive Manufacturing from Cranfield University in 2014; the main focus of his doctoral research was the manipulation of geometry, microstructure and mechanical properties of large WAAM titanium deposits. Previously he earned an MSc also from Cranfield and an MEng in Industrial and Management Engineering from Polytechnic of Bari (Italy).


Katja Staartjes Special Guest Speaker

Katja Staartjes is one of the most successful mountaineers in the Netherlands. She has climbed a number of peaks higher than 8,000 metres. She was the first Dutch woman to climb Mount Everest (8,848 m), and together with Henk Wesselius, the first Dutch mountaineers to climb Gasherbrum 1 (8068 m) and the fore-summit of Manaslu (8140 m). In 2013 they completed the full Upper Great Himalaya Trail of 1600 kilometres through the Nepalese Himalayas. Katja Staartjes inspires organisations as a keynote speaker with her powerfull experiences and photos. She draws clear parallels between mountain-climbing and familiar – often equally challenging – issues from daily life. Katja has fulfilled different senior management roles and currently works as a trainer and coach. She is the author of three books, one of them has been translated into English under the title Peak Performance.

In june 2015, Katja has been nominated as Nepal Goodwill Ambassador by the Nepalese government, together with 16 other international mountaineers, like Reinhold Messner, Jamling Tenzing, Peter Hillary, Ralf Dujmovits and Edurne Pasaban, to stimulate tourism in the country and helping to rebuild the country.




Sylvain Gehler
Mr. Gehler is Managing Director of Specialty Metals Company in Brussels, Belgium and Chairman of the Board of the UST Kamenogorsk Titanium and Magnesium Plant, a leading integrated producer of titanium sponge and magnesium located in Kazakhstan. He is a native of Strasbourg, France and holds a B.A. from Strasbourg University. He began his career in high temperature alloys recycling and held a management position in an international trading company. Specialty Metals Company, a specialist of metals for high temperature alloys, is a majority shareholder of UKTMP and market their products worldwide.


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Nicholas Corby
Nick Corby, ELG Utica Alloys Titanium Product Manager, oversees the Business Development, Marketing, Purchasing, and Sales worldwide for EUA.  Prior to EUA, Nick worked at TIMET for 19 years, moving from Scrap Processing, Melt Formulation, and Raw Materials Management during his tenure.  Educational background includes a B.A. from West Chester University.  He is a native of Southeastern, PA where he continues to reside with his family.


Vincent Rocco

Vincent Rocco is the Product Manager for Alloys and Powders for Ametek Reading Alloys. Reading Alloys is a leading producer of master alloys and titanium powders serving primarily the titanium, super alloy, and medical industries. He oversees the global sales and marketing of master alloys and high purity titanium powders and has been with Reading Alloys since 2015.


Prior to joining Reading Alloys, Mr. Rocco spent 5 years with Evraz Stratcor as Sales Manager for Master Alloys where he directed the global sales of vanadium and non-vanadium products to the titanium industry. Mr. Rocco began his career as an Aerospace Engineer with Orbital Sciences Corporation in 1989 and was involved in several programs associated with the initial Strategic Defense Initiative (aka “Star Wars”) efforts.


He then started his career in metals with the Continuous Casting group of SMS GMBH, a major metallurgical equipment engineering company and then spent 9 years with SKF USA in sales, sales engineering, and product management focused primarily in the metals industry.


Mr. Rocco earned his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Penn State University and also has an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business. He also completed an executive education program at Skolkovo, Moscow School of Management.


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Thomas Hohne-Sparborth
Mr. Hohne graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2008 and spent several years working in Asia and the Middle East. He joined Roskill in 2012 and currently manages Roskill’s in-house economic analysis, while pursuing a PhD in the same topic at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Thomas specialises in steel alloys and the effect of global macroeconomic developments on mineral and metal markets and prices, and has been involved in a number of consulting assignments on titanium. He is also the founder of C-Cept Limited, a company that specialises in economic modelling and forecasting software for the mining and extraction industries. He is closely involved in Roskill’s consultancy assignments related to market outlooks, cost modelling, and price assessments.


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Marie Jurisch
Academic Poster Session:
Marie Jurisch
Thomas Studnitzky
Olaf Andersen
Bernd Kieback

Marie Jurisch has a diploma in mechanical engineering from TU Dresden and is working as a research assistant at Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials (IFAM) since 2011. She is doing here PhD on the topic of powder metallurgy of titanium and titanium alloys by 3D screen printing.

In 2003 Thomas Studnitzky got his degree in physics from TU Clausthal and is currently working as Group Manager 3D Metal Printing at Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials. His publications focus on materials processing of fiber, hollow spheres and wire structures as well as 3D screen printing.

Olaf Andersen has a master's degree in production engineering and a PhD from Bremen University, Germany. Since 1997 he is working at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials (IFAM). Currently, he is head of the Department of Cellular Metallic Materials and is author of about 50 publications.
Mohammed Shbeh
Academic Poster Session:
Mr. Mohammed Menhal Shbeh
Dr. Russell Goodall
Dr. Aleksey Yerokhin

Mr. Mohammed Menhal Shbeh received his MSc. from the University of Newcastle, UK in the field of Materials Design and Engineering,and worked in charge of the particle analysis lab for International Innovative Technologies Ltd. UK, before joining the University of Sheffield to undertake Doctoral research under supervision of Dr.Russell Goodall. His research interests cover wide aspects of materials and he is currently working in the field of porous titanium and its use in different areas,including for biomedical applications.

Dr. Russell Goodall is a reader in Metallurgy at the University of Sheffield, UK. His main current research interests are in the processing, properties and applications of open-celled porous metals, the development of new alloys, especially novel alloy types,such as High Entropy Alloys.He also has interests in the mechanical properties of materials in general.

Dr. Aleksey Yerokhin is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Materials at the University of Manchester. He has been instrumental in establishing the European PEO network. He acted on 20+ occasions as the Invited/Keynote Speaker at major scientific conferences and has been involved in organization of 10 major scientific events, including ICMCTF and Euromat Congresses. He has edited 5 special issues of ‘Surface and Coatings Technology’ (Elsevier) and 4 Annual Collections of Works; he also regularly acts as evaluator of research proposals and a referee to leading scientific journals.
University of Sheffield
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