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Veronica Santos Alexandre Cervinka Assistant Professor CEO Arizona State University Newtrax Technologies Inc. ASU graduate student Kevin Bair was working with Santos in developing multiple anthropomorphic robotic hands in early 2011. Things were progressing on this sophisticated project when Bair tragically lost his life in a kayak accident. Although Santos and the lab were grieved by his loss, they eventually pressed forward. With Santos' guidance ASU completed the project and named the robotic hand "Bair Claw" in Bair's honor. Cervinka founded Newtrax Technologies, a fast-growing high-tech company with a unique product that improves underground mine performance safety. The wireless battery-operated mesh network is the only communication network that can survive a mine collapse and still be used by the rescue team to assess safety conditions of the mine. It can also communicate with trapped miners if there is no electricity. Dr. Khaled Shahwan Cory Funk Director-Automotive Composites Consortium & Engineering Specialist Engineering Manager Entrust Manufacturing Technologies Chrysler Group LLC Shahwan is a world-recognized expert in the field of advanced lightweight composites. His contributions to the active and passive safety fields for automotive technologies are numerous especially in developing and deploying state-of-the-art virtual/predictive methodologies used by the three major US automotive OEMs. He has led numerous industry-academia-DoE collaborations and continues to do so. Dr. Shahwan is a member of the ACC, USCAR, MTT, and USDRIVE teams. Funk's capabilities include a combination of mechanical engineering theory, electrical controls concepts, and strong use of 3D CAD design and simulation tools. His innovation and technical capabilities are called upon daily to develop products that fill a customer need, many of which require conceptual thinking and original design. He supports a challenging and fast-paced environment, and encourages inventive and state-of-the-art thinking in his staff. Patrick Marcus Sean Darras President President Marcus Engineering LLC Luxtech Marcus' background includes founding and growing high technology companies. He also has extensive experience in electronics, scientific imaging, biotechnology, neuroprosthetics, and solar. Marcus teaches, mentors, and serves on advisory boards. He enjoys creating public sculptures that integrate solar-powered displays of light located around the country and is a public art sculpture designer and engineering resource for local artists. A passionate entrepreneur, Darras is shaking up the LED module business. After spending a year in the corporate world and four years with another lighting fixture manufacturer, he saw an opportunity to help existing manufacturers go digital by converting their products over to LED. Ian Lesnet President/Engineer/Entrepreneur Dave Tyner Dangerous Prototypes Industry Wizard Shaw Group Tyner is a cutting-edge thinker and doer who is helping to shape and transform the industrial engineering world. Tyner has established one of the world's largest online industrial design software communities (, which has enabled thousands of engineers to communicate and collaborate to solve problems in their everyday jobs. He is bringing together the design and engineering community, enabling them to share solutions. Lesnet is leading the industry in creating open source hardware. He runs Dangerous Prototypes, most popular for the Bus Pirate, which has become extremely popular among hackers/makers, as well as professional engineers. Through Dangerous Prototypes, he's proven that a fully open environment for hardware development is a viable business solution, and can be looked up to by makers everywhere. Turn the page to read about more Rising Engineering Stars Design News | JANUARY 2013 | www.d esign n –43–

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