Rajeev Sharma, Senior Advisor at ITAC

Rajeev Sharma is a Senior Advisor at the Industrial Technical Assistance Corporation (ITAC), where NYC’s small manufacturers have been going to since 1988 for help in increasing sales, cutting costs and making smarter investments.
 
Raj brings to ITAC almost 35 years of experience working in a number of manufacturing fields. He is a manufacturing, distribution, and operations industry professional who has managed and led enterprise-wide business process improvement projects in the building materials supply, woodworking, wall décor, and printing industries.
 
He received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from The Cooper Union, a diploma in Financial Management from NYU, and a Master of Science in Management of Technology from the Stevens Institute of Technology.

He also recently achieved APICS CSCP – Certified Supply Chain Professional certification to help scope and identify emerging SME supply chain engagement activities.

In addition, he is a certified instructor of Inventory Management, Lean Enterprise applications, Value Stream Mapping, Workplace Organization (5S), Business Process Analysis, and re-engineering for all parts of the “Quote to Cash” cycle.

3.00 pm - Doors open

Coffee + intro videos

4.00 - 4.50 pm - Panel 1

How automation can bring manufacturing jobs back

Mitch Cahn is President at Unionwear, a New Jersey-based company that manufactures and embroiders headwear, bags, accessories, workwear and safety gear.

Raymond Vaccari is Director at the Advanced Manufacturing Talent Network at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).

Willem Sundblad is the founder and CEO of Oden Technologies, an Industrial Internet of Things company focused on hardware and software solutions to create smart factories.

Jim Allen is the Director of Manufacturing at Voodoo Manufacturing, a fast, affordable, and high-volume 3D printing service in Brooklyn.

Moderator

Rajeev Sharma is a Senior Advisor at the Industrial Technical Assistance Corporation (ITAC).

4.50 - 5.00 pm - Startup Pitch

Modos

Matt Tyson is a founding partner and the Innovation Director of EcoSystems Brand, where he co-developed Modos, a tool-free, modular furniture system.

5.00 - 5.50 pm - Panel 2

Urban manufacturing

Miquela Craytor is the Director of Industrial Policy for the Center for Urban Innovation at the NYC Economic Development Corporation.

Lee Wellington is Executive Director at the Urban Manufacturing Alliance.

Nina Rappaport is an architectural critic, curator, historian and educator and directs the Vertical Urban Factory think tank.

5.50 - 6.20 pm - Networking break

Drinks + networking

6.20 - 7.10 pm - Panel 3

Electronics manufacturing

Charlie Mantione is Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer of PanurgyOEM, a partner providing outsourced services in the computer, industrial electronics, consumer electronics, and communications industries.

Jonathan Hirschman is a co-founder and CEO of PCB:NG, a custom electronics manufacturer based in Brooklyn, New York.

Nicolas Vansnick cofounded BotFactory, a company looking to democratize electronics.

Oscar Pedroso is founder and CEO of Thimble, a subscription service that delivers monthly kits with electronic components to teach kids and adults how to build a fun and useful device.

Moderator

Tyler Woods is a contributing reporter for Technical.ly Brooklyn covering startup and tech news.

7.10 - 7.20 pm - Startup Pitch

3D Matter

Arthur Sebert is the founder of 3D Matter, a startup conducting research on 3D printed materials to forecast the properties of printed parts.

7.20 - 8.00 pm - Panel 4

Product development

Dylan Horvath runs Cortex Design, a Toronto-based product design firm.

Marco Perry is the founder of Pensa, a strategy, design and engineering firm with a track record of developing successful products.

Tor Alden is a principal of HS Design (HSD), a product development firm specializing primarily in the medical and health-care marketplace.

8.00 - 9.00 pm - Networking continues

Drinks + networking

DFM Summit #17 is hosted by

Rajeev Sharma is a Senior Advisor at the Industrial Technical Assistance Corporation (ITAC), where NYC's small manufacturers have been going to since 1988 for help in increasing sales, cutting costs and making smarter investments.

Who attends Design for Manufacturing Summits?

Industrial designers, product developers, makers, engineers, manufacturers. Representatives of the following organizations have participated in our semi-annual summits:

3D Systems
Material ConneXion
Shapeways
RockPaperrobot
Tangent Ventures
Sparklabs
Macro Sea
Cornell University
Langoliers Jewelry
New York Investment Fund
Geomagic
Gartner
Tactonic Technologies
Makesimp.ly
Columbia University
McLaren Engineering Group
Pratt Center
NY Designs
Fallon Community Health
Charles River Ventures
Brooklyn Custom Metal Fabrication
Selux
Brookyn Wharf
Aras
CBS Interactive
NYU
NRI
Wiley Publishers
PTC
IronCAD
Autodesk
Parsons School of Design
Kimber Mfg
ITAC
SpaceClaim
Sparkfun Electronics
R/GA
New York Life
Zahn Center
GrabCAD
Fabricating.com
Hutzler Home Products
Accenture
IDSA
Peripteral Design
Maine Fablab
KBS+
Panoptic Online Marketing
Design Compendium
USPTO
Holstee
Gordon Randall Perry Design
NYCEDC
Shisa Labs
intrinSIM
Lampa
New Balance
ShopBot Tools
TechShop
Francis Bitonti Studio
Macy's
MakerBot
ECCO Design
Breadbox Studio
Firstmark Capital
Heisel
NAGRA
MCE Consultants
OgilvyOne
Terrapin Bright Green
Reshoring Initiative
Core77
Dassault Systemes
Adafruit Industries
Dynamo Development Lab
Pensa
Dynotex
Citibank
Meridian Design Associates
Maker Faire Africa
Architectural Grille
Deutsche Bank
Syracuse University
Bolt
Knovel
D-Shape

Pricing and refund policy

We try to keep prices fair and affordable for different groups within the design and manufacturing communities. Ticket sales cover our costs. Design for Manufacturing Forum is a bootstrapped project.

There are discount codes out there for students and startups. You are welcome to take advantage of them if you come across them, but we can not apply discounts on already bought tickets.

We will refund tickets if an event is cancelled or moved - which should never happen. Otherwise tickets are non-refundable.

Privacy policy

We will never share your contact details with third parties, not even with sponsors.


What are Design for Manufacturing Summits?

80 percent of manufacturing costs are determined in the first 20 percent of the product design process. Design has the key to take cost and waste out of manufacturing.

Design for Manufacturing Summits bring together product developers, industrial designers, engineers, makers and manufacturers for a more decentralized, leaner manufacturing ecosystem.

Who attends DFM Summits?

Industrial designers, product developers, makers, engineers, manufacturers. Representatives of the following organizations have participated in our semi-annual summits:

Material ConneXion
Shapeways
RockPaperrobot
Tangent Ventures
Sparklabs
Macro Sea
Cornell University
Langoliers Jewelry
New York Investment Fund
Geomagic
Gartner
Tactonic Technologies
Makesimp.ly
Columbia University
McLaren Engineering Group
Pratt Center
NY Designs
Fallon Community Health
Charles River Ventures
Brooklyn Custom Metal Fabrication
Selux
Brookyn Wharf
Aras
CBS Interactive
NYU
NRI
Wiley Publishers
PTC
IronCAD
Autodesk
Parsons School of Design
Kimber Mfg
ITAC
SpaceClaim
Sparkfun Electronics
R/GA
New York Life
Zahn Center
GrabCAD
Fabricating.com
Hutzler Home Products
Accenture
IDSA
Peripteral Design
Maine Fablab
KBS+
Panoptic Online Marketing
Design Compendium
USPTO
Holstee
Gordon Randall Perry Design
NYCEDC
Shisa Labs
intrinSIM
Lampa
New Balance
ShopBot Tools
TechShop
Francis Bitonti Studio
Macy's
MakerBot
ECCO Design
Breadbox Studio
Firstmark Capital
Heisel
NAGRA
MCE Consultants
OgilvyOne
Terrapin Bright Green
Reshoring Initiative
Core77
Dassault Systemes
Adafruit Industries
Dynamo Development Lab
Pensa
Dynotex
Citibank
Meridian Design Associates
Maker Faire Africa
Architectural Grille
Deutsche Bank
Syracuse University
Bolt
Knovel

Pricing and refund policy

We try to keep prices fair and affordable for different groups within the design and manufacturing communities. Ticket sales cover our costs. Design for Manufacturing Forum is a bootstrapped project.

There are discount codes out there for students and startups. You are welcome to take advantage of them if you come across them, but we can not apply discounts on already bought tickets.

We will refund tickets if an event is cancelled or moved - which should never happen. Otherwise tickets are non-refundable.

Privacy policy

We will never share your contact details with third parties, not even with sponsors.