Reimagining Product Development from Design to Factory Floor

Modern software, prototyping, and manufacturing tools are changing the way that individuals and teams work as they create the next generation of physical products. Jon Hirschtick, CEO of Onshape, hosts a panel discussion on the future of product development with leaders from Glowforge, MIT, HP, and Silverside Detectors.
Jon Hirschtick

Jon Hirschtick is a Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Onshape. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from MIT where he majored in Mechanical Engineering, and has worked in CAD for over 35 years. Jon was previously a Founder and CEO of SOLIDWORKS, a group executive at Dassault Systemes, Director of Engineering at Computervision, Manager at the MIT CADLab, a player and instructor on the MIT Blackjack team, and a professional magician. He serves on the Engineering Advisory Board at Boston University and as an advisor to Magic Leap, Inc. and MarkForged, Inc.

Dan Shapiro is the CEO and cofounder of Glowforge, the iconic 3D laser printer. Starting with the biggest 30-day crowdfunding campaign on record, designers have now used their Glowforge printers to create millions of products like wallets, lamps, and furniture. Dan is also the author of Hot Seat: The Startup CEO Guidebook, published by O'Reilly. Before founding Glowforge, Dan launched the bestselling boardgame in Kickstarter history, Robot Turtles, a game that teaches programming fundamentals to preschoolers. Before his detour as a boardgame designer, Dan served as CEO of Google Comparison, Inc, a Google subsidiary. Shapiro landed at Google when they bought his previous company, comparison shopping website Sparkbuy. Before Sparkbuy, Shapiro was founder and CEO of Photobucket Inc. (formerly Ontela). Dan's been featured on NPR, the Wall Street Journal, and on the front page of the New York Times. His game, Robot Turtles, as been sold everywhere from Target to MoMA. He has been awarded a dozen US patents, and received his B.S. in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College.

Michelle Bockman is the GM and Global Head of Automotive and High Value Applications, 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing, at HP Inc. In this role, she splits her time between creating a global automotive business through key customer engagements and developing the end-to-end value-added applications and business models anchored around 3D Printing. Prior to this role, she was Global Head of 3D Printing Commercial Development & Expansion at HP Inc. She focused on growing the market through customer engagements, global alliances, and new applications ensuring the best customer experience and outcomes. Her main focus has been and currently is transforming industrial companies from analog to digital providing new and different business models that drive growth and differentiation. Before joining HP, Michelle had a long career at several GE businesses. She held multiple executive leadership roles spanning from Service, Supply Chain, Sales, and Product Development at GE Healthcare and Industrial Solutions as well as scaling a start-up business at GE Digital. During her many years of being involved in the GE Women’s Network, Michelle started and led two Women’s Network hubs in St. Louis, Missouri and Washington, DC. Also, she co-led GE Girls executive corporate program team focusing on girls in STEM. Prior to joining GE, Michelle held various positions in engineering, supply chain, service, sales, and quality at Dana Corporation (Tier 1 automotive) and Nikon Inc. (biomedical & industrial metrology). Michelle holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the Missouri University of Science & Technology and is based in Palo Alto, California.

Philip Taber is Vice President of Hardware Engineering for Silverside Detectors which fuses cutting-edge physics and cost-effective manufacturing to advance solutions for nuclear security. Prior to joining Silverside, Philip managed development of novel forward-osmosis water filtration technology for Oasys Water, and led product design and global sourcing efforts at Jetboil, Inc., maker of high-efficiency camping stoves and related consumer products. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Dartmouth College.

Matthew S. Kressy, founding director of the MIT Integrated Design & Management (IDM) master’s degree program, is an expert i product design and development. As an entrepreneur and founder of Designturn, he has designed, invented, engineered, and manufactured products for startups, Fortune 500 companies, and everything in between. Kressy believes in interdisciplinary, design-driven product development derived from deep user research, creative concept generation, and rapid prototype iteration. He is passionate about teaching this approach to the design process. Since 1999, Kressy has co-taught collaborative courses in product design and development at top design and business schools including the MIT Sloan School of Management, the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and Harvard Business School. As IDM director, Kressy leads curriculum development and co-teaches the track’s primary and required courses. He holds a BFA in industrial design from RISD.


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