Expert Speed Chat 
Intermediate level

Integrating technology with knowledge workers

Bringing technology and next generation of skilled knowledge workers together


Speed Chat with Experts
Tuesday, Oct. 10 Location Code
9:45am-12:00pm Hynes Center, Level 3, Room 311 TS/06

Join this interactive panel discussion with industry leaders who have hands on experience of how to make organizations more globally competitive for the 4th Industrial Revolution.


Learn how to use augmented reality (AR) to close the skills gap and reduce training times with the ability to communicate complicated technical instructions. Mobile devices are empowering knowledge workers with innovative applications to compete on cost, quality, and safety in the work place with robots. The panel will share how to bring the power of industrial IoT and advanced analytics to the manufacturing workforce. Revolutionary self-service technology fills the gap between rigid back-end manufacturing IT systems and the dynamic operations taking place on the shop floor. It combines research in intelligent hardware sensors, computer vision, assistive user interfaces and applied machine learning. The key to bringing these new technologies to the workplace is the next generation skilled knowledge workers and what they need to know.

Presenters: Natan Linder / Jennifer McNelly / Beth Scicchitano

Natan Linder is a co-founder of Tulip, a manufacturing technology company, and co-founder and chairman of 3D printing company, Formlabs. Drawing from over 15 years of experience and accomplished careers at companies like Samsung, Sun Microsystems, and Rethink Robotics, Linder holds a depth of expertise in computer science, product design, and entrepreneurship. Currently a PhD candidate (on leave) at the MIT Media Lab’s Fluid Interfaces Group, Linder’s work aims to fuse design and engineering to create novel human experiences. 

Jennifer McNelly serves as the president of 180 Skills, LLC, an on-line technical education experience supporting our nation’s manufacturers. Prior to joining 180 Skills, she was the president and executive director of The Manufacturing Institute, the non-profit affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers. She advanced a national agenda to close the manufacturing skills gap and make manufacturers in America globally competitive. McNelly was recognized as one of the 100 inaugural Women in STEM and is the immediate past chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Advanced Manufacturing.

Beth Scicchitano is project manager at Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS), and leads the research, development and transition of augmented reality (AR) technology for shipbuilding and industrial uses at NNS. The NNS AR team has been developing industrial solutions since February 2011 and has over 70 industrial projects completed or currently underway. Scicchitano has 16 years’ experience in various areas of NNS which has exposed her to many different engineering and production processes and programs.  Scicchitano earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Strayer University.