PAMA Executive Advisory Board
David A Walker, PhD – Chair of the Board
David Walker is a Co-Founder of Azul 3D. David has 15 years of experience in applied chemistry R&D. His research has received international recognition, including an award by the Foresight Institute for his work in nanotechnology. Before founding Azul 3D, he was an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University where he taught graduate classes in thermodynamics and pioneered new research directions in computer guided chemistry. He has published 19 manuscripts and has over 40 patent applications worldwide.
Vince Anewenter – Board Member, AMUG
Vince Anewenter is the treasurer of the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG). Vince Anewenter is the director of the Rapid Prototyping Consortium at MSOE where he has been actively involved in the additive manufacturing industry since 2004. As director, Anewenter is responsible for providing strategic additive manufacturing guidance and new product development expertise to a non-compete consortium of over 45 companies located throughout the world. His areas of research focus include additive manufacturing, 3D scanning, injection molding, stamping, castings and product design
Michelle Bockman – Board Member, Stanley Black & Decker
Michelle Bockman, President, leads Stanley X in building new sources of growth and innovation for Stanley Black & Decker via incubating internal startups, ecosystem development, and partnering with synergistic companies. Previously, Michelle held leadership positions with GE Digital, GE Healthcare and HP, as well as leading start-up organizations. With many years of industry experience spanning from engineering to manufacturing, Michelle’s expertise, curiosity, and authenticity make her award-winning professional and sought-after speaker. Michelle is committed to the professional advancement of women and girls in STEM as well as developing diverse talent for the workforce of the future. She holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the Missouri University of Science & Technology and resides in San Francisco.
Carl Dekker – Board Member, Met-L-Flo, Inc.
Carl K. Dekker serves as the President of Met-L-Flo, Inc., a growing Service Center for Additive Manufacturing located in Sugar Grove, IL. He has been actively involved in research and product development using current technologies and innovative methods. Mr. Dekker has provided training and installations at Abbott Laboratories, Delphi, Motorola and numerous other locations. Mr. Dekker’s is President Elect and Director of the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG), Past and Chair of the ASTM F42 Committee on Standards for Additive Manufacturing He also serves as the Chair of the Direct Digital Manufacturing
Callie I Higgins, PhD – PAMA Founder & Ex-Officio Board Member, NIST
Chair of PAMA Materials Characterization Committee
Dr. Callie Higgins is the Co-Project Leader of the Photopolymer Additive Manufacturing (PAM) Project at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Boulder, CO and is an adjunct faculty at the Colorado School of Mines. Her work with Co-Project Leader, Jason Killgore, studying the fundamental properties of PAM systems was recently the sole awardee of one of the Federal Government’s highest honors, the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal (SAMMIES) for Emerging Leaders. She graduated with her PhD from CU Boulder’s Department of Electrical Engineering with specialties in optics and material science where she characterized the fundamental properties of photopatterned hydrogels for use in regenerative medicine. Outside of the lab, she loves to adventure around the mountains; skiing, hiking, and picnicking the whole way up with her husband, friends, and family.
Jason P Killgore, PhD – PAMA Founder & Ex-Officio Board Member, NIST
Dr. Jason P. Killgore is the leader of the Scanned Probe Microscopy (SPM) for Advanced Materials and Processes and Photopolymer Additive Manufacturing projects in the Applied Chemicals and Materials Division of MML. His efforts focus on the development, application and tech transfer of novel scanning probe microscopy methods for applications ranging from advanced manufacturing to energy storage. Jason’s expertise combines detailed knowledge of the SPM instrument with a breadth of fundamental knowledge of polymer science and polymer physics. Jason is a 2016 graduate of the NIST Foundations of Leadership, and has served as adviser and mentor to 5 national research council postdoctoral fellows and numerous graduate students.
Cameron Miller, PhD – PAMA Founder & Ex-Officio Board Member, NIST
Cameron Miller joined the National Institute of Standards and Technology in 1996 and from 2013 to 2021 was the group leader for the Optical Radiation Group. His research areas include all aspects of Photometry & Radiometry and measurement uncertainty. Cameron is active in standards organization and professional societies, such as IES – Testing Procedure Committee, IES – Science Advisory Panel Member, International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA), CIE, ASTM, and ISCC. He is also an NVLAP assessor for the Energy Efficient Lighting Program and the Calibration Program. Cameron Miller obtained his PhD in Physical Chemistry from Cornell University (1994).
Dianne Poster, PhD – PAMA Founder & Ex-Officio Board Member, NIST
Dianne Poster is a senior advisor in the Material Measurement Laboratory at NIST supporting scientific programs in emerging measurements, standards, technology, and data. Her research interests include radiation physics and chemistry, materials engineering, and optical, dimensional and chemical metrology servicing the health, security, environmental and commercial space sectors. Previously, as the Deputy Associate Director for Technology and Environmental Policy at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Dr. Poster administered the environmental federal regulatory portfolio and advised on policy and strategy issues related to protecting the environment.
Mike Idacavage, PhD – PAMA Founder & Board Member, Radical Curing LLC
Dr. Mike J. Idacavage received his B.S. (Chemistry) from Drexel University in 1975 and his Ph.D. from Syracuse University in 1979 (Organometallic Chemistry). Mike’s work in energy curing started at Eastman Chemicals with the establishment of a photopolymer lab in 1985. From 1986 to 1996, he held the position as Research Director at NAPP Systems, a major supplier of photopolymer printing plates. In 1996, he left NAPP to join UCB Chemicals, a supplier of Radiation Curable Monomers and Oligomers, as the Global R&D Director followed by the VP of Global R&D. Mike was the Principal Research Fellow in Cytec with a focus on global research in UV/EB curable and Electronics Materials from 2007 to 2011.
In 2003, Mike received the President’s Award for Outstanding Achievements to the Radiation Curing Industry from RadTech North America. Active in RadTech North America since 1986, Mike has served as President of RadTech North America for the 2009 to 2010 term. Mike has also served on the FlexTech Alliance Technology Council for 2009 – 2011 and served as chair for the Council in 2011.
Mike worked as Vice President of Business Development at PL Industries from 2011 to 2015 and in the same role at Colorado Photopolymer Solutions until 2018. He has been an Adjunct Associate Professor at SUNY-ESF in Syracuse, NY from 2012 to 2020 teaching courses in UV and EB curing technology and UV Curable 3D Printing. Mike founded Radical Curing LLC and is serving as an advisor and consultant to RadTech and multiple established and start-up companies in the UV and EB curable market with an emphasis on Photopolymer 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing.
Neal Cramer, PhD – PAMA Founder & Board Member, Arkema
Dr. Neil Cramer received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from University of Colorado. He is the co-Founder of Colorado Photopolymer Solutions. With 20+ years in developing materials for UV curing applications, Dr. Cramer is currently R&D Director of 3D Printing Applications at Arkema.
Michael Gould – PAMA Ex-Officio Board Member, Rahn USA
Michael completed graduate studies in Polymer Science at The University of Akron in Akron, Ohio. Positions at The Dow Chemical Company and Ashland Specialty Chemical Company preceded his joining RAHN USA, a global supplier to the UV/EB industry, in April of 2008. Michael is currently Chairman of the RadTech North America EHS Committee and a RadTech Board member since 2017. He will assume the position of RadTech NA President in 2023.
Gary Cohen – PAMA Ex-Officio Board Member, Executive Director, RadTech–UV+EB Technology
PAMA Advisors & Consultants
Stephanie Benight, PhD – PAMA Founder, Ex-Officio Board Member, & Advisor, Tactile Materials Solutions
Dr. Stephanie Benight is President and Principal Scientist at Tactile Materials Solutions where she assists clients in overall strategy, marketing, and technical analysis related to materials used in additive manufacturing, medical devices, and other applications. Dr. Benight was formerly Director of Materials at Origin where she forged an open material network of partners developing UV-enabled resins. Her work resulted in the launch of three partnerships, each with an available resin product, in less than one year. As a chemist by training, she has deep expertise in materials characterization, and a demonstrated track record in business development and strategic partnerships. She has led and conducted root cause and failure analysis investigations of plastics, adhesives, and coatings (e.g. inks, paints) used in commercial products such as medical devices, building materials (e.g. flooring), consumer electronics, equipment components, and wind turbine blades, among others. Dr. Benight also has performed research in the areas of polymer mesh, liquid crystals, photonics, electro-optic materials, organic electronics (e.g. sensors, transistors), semiconductors, next generation computing (e.g. optical computing), additive manufacturing (3D printing), and photopolymers. She is currently the Chair of the Silicon Valley Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and is a contributing member of the ASTM F42 Additive Manufacturing Technologies and F04 Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices standards committees.
Shannon Gainey, PhD –PAMA Consultant
Dr. Shannon Gainey has nearly 18 years of experience working for multi-national organizations, where she has supported the global compliance of products and sustainability strategies in various countries and markets. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience with Global Chemical Control Laws including the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA), the regulation of cosmetics and food/food contact materials under the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard. Dr. Gainey’s global regulatory expertise and strong business acumen afford her a strategic vision to navigate the regulatory and compliance challenges that too often accompany new technologies and growth into new markets. Dr. Gainey was awarded her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.