Our Board:


Billy Bardin

Global Operations Technology Director for Dow
Billy Bardin is the Global Operations Technology Director for Dow. His responsibilities include driving technology and innovation strategy within Manufacturing and Engineering (M&E) and oversight of all commercial technologies as well as development of technical talent across manufacturing and supporting operations. He has held various technology and R&D leadership positions at Dow prior to his current role. Bardin serves as Chair of the Governing Board for the RAPID Manufacturing Institute. He is a member of the advisory boards for Chemical Engineering at Purdue University, the University of Virginia, and North Carolina State University. He was elected to the Board of Directors for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in 2016.

Chandra Brown

CEO of MxD
Chandra Brown is CEO of MxD, the nation’s digital manufacturing institute. Brown has more than 25 years of experience in manufacturing, in both the public and private sectors. She was appointed by President Obama in 2013 to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing in the U.S. Department of Commerce. There she oversaw a broad portfolio of programs aimed at increasing the international competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers and boosting American exports. Previously, Brown worked for 19 years at Oregon Iron Works, including as its vice president, and then became CEO of its subsidiary, United Streetcar. United Streetcar was the first U.S. manufacturer to create a modern streetcar in more than 60 years.

Caralynn Nowinski Collens

Chairman of the Board, MxD
Prior to UI LABS, Dr. Nowinski Collens was Associate Vice President for Innovation & Economic Development at the University of Illinois. She spent her early career in venture capital and corporate finance, primarily focused on technology-based university spin-outs. As a graduate student, she co-founded SanoGene Therapeutics, an early-stage biotechnology company, where, as CEO, she led the company’s spin-out from the University of Illinois and raised a strategic equity investment. She serves on the board of Imerman Angels and is a member of ChicagoNEXT and the Illinois Innovation & Competitiveness Council.

Tony Hemmelgarn

President and CEO of Siemens Digital Industry Software
Tony Hemmelgarn is President and CEO of Siemens Digital Industry Software. Prior to this appointment he served as the company’s executive vice president of Global Sales, Marketing and Services. Prior to that, Hemmelgarn was senior vice president and managing director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He has also held the United States country management position as well as serving as senior vice president of the Industry Vertical Organization. Previously, he spent eight years with Intergraph Corporation, an international software firm. He moved to Intergraph from Cad Cam Incorporated where he headed up the services division.

Jay Walsh

Vice President of Research at Northwestern University
As Northwestern University's vice president for research since 2007,  Jay Walsh oversees a multifaceted administrative team responsible for supporting the institutional research ecosystem. He also directs the development and implementation of University-wide, research-related strategic plans through leadership support for programs including the Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs); the UI Labs consortium and national hub for digital manufacturing; and the Northwestern-Argonne Institute of Science and Engineering (NAISE). Under Walsh's leadership, the Northwestern | RESEARCH team has made significant contributions to the development and support of Northwestern's core research facilities and the 50+ University Research Institutes and Centers, including the Institute for Policy Research, the Buffett Institute for Global Studies, the Chemistry of Life Processes Institute, the International Institute for Nanotechnology, and the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern. Additionally, Walsh has championed global impact programs, such as the Mandela Washington Fellowship-Young African Leadership Initiative and the program on Equality Development and Global Studies.

Jeff Wilcox

Vice President of Digital Enterprise at Lockheed Martin
Jeff Wilcox is Vice President of Digital Enterprise at Lockheed Martin where he is responsible for the design, development, and implementation of Lockheed Martin’s operations strategy. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Wilcox served for 17 years with Science Applications International Corporation. He serves on the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Board and is an adjunct professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology at Georgetown University, an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Mark Wilson

Chief Operating Officer of Rolls-Royce North American Technologies (LibertyWorks)
Mark Wilson is Chief Operating Officer of Rolls-Royce North American Technologies (LibertyWorks). The primary mission of LibertyWorks is to create an agile, entrepreneurial team that excels at developing innovative, affordable power system solutions that enable Rolls-Royce to provide segment-leading solutions for our U.S. Defense customers. Mark joined Rolls-Royce in 1982 and has moved through a series of assignments in engineering leadership positions over the past 36 years. Wilson served as the Rolls-Royce representative on the MxD Executive Council since 2015, most recently as the Council Chair.