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Industrialized Construction Forum 2020 - Speakers

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6th Annual CIFE Industrialized Construction Forum

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Mackenzie Room, Huang Engineering Center
475 Via Ortega, Stanford

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Jeff Covey
DIRTT Environmental Solutions
Pre-fabricated construction has evolved dramatically over the last decade, and many folks who once had their finger on the pulse of construction are finding themselves left out of the current conversation. It takes constant focus and a nimble understanding in order to keep pace with new technologies and industry adaptations, and as a market segment director with DIRTT, Jeff Covey brings exactly that to the new construction dialogue. Twenty years as an educator has lent Jeff the unique ability to effectively communicate his wealth of knowledge regarding sophisticated pre-fab solutions to those key stakeholders who may have discovered they no longer speak the same language. Translating industry requirements, consumer demands and construction data into dynamic, beautiful and innovative spaces is no small feat, and Jeff is uniquely positioned to bring wisdom and insight to these critical conversations.

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Craig Curtis
Head of Architecture,

Craig Curtis is head of architecture for Katerra where he applies his integrated design approach to Katerra’s leading-edge built environments. Before joining the Katerra team, Craig was a partner with The Miller Hull Partnership for 30 years. Craig’s projects at Miller Hull included the Bullitt Center, the world’s first commercial office building to meet the stringent requirements of the Living Building Challenge, and the $450m replacement of the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry, the busiest border crossing in the world.
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Mike Eggers
VP, Product & Innovation
Project Frog
Mike is a licensed architect in the state of California with over 15 years of experience with highly detailed and complex construction projects. He also brings a wealth of knowledge in program management and product development while working with cross-functional hardware and software engineering teams to plan, execute, and deploy integrated hardware, software, and operations solutions at scale. Building on his combined experience in the construction and technology industries, Mike has a passion for solving architectural problems with an emphasis on scalability and repeatability of design.
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Raghi Iyengar
Founder & CEO, Manufacton

Raghi Iyengar is founder & CEO of Manufacton, a SaaS startup that brings the best of manufacturing to construction.

Construction technology professional for over 30 years, Raghi joined Intel in 1988 and spent a decade leading software initiatives to support construction, operations & maintenance, and materials management at all Intel’s factories worldwide. During his tenure at Intel, Raghi was also technical advisor to Center for Facility Engineering (CIFE) at Stanford University, where he funded research for what is now called virtual design & construction. After Intel, Raghi continued to create software solutions for the AEC industry as founder of VisonPlanner (1998) and managing director at Inquest Technologies (2002). Raghi joined Autodesk in 2006 to bring building information modeling (BIM) into construction. As product line manager, he led initiatives around construction modeling with Revit, acquisition of Navisworks and several cloud/mobile startups that are now part of the collaborative construction application called BIM 360, and worked on product strategy with some of the most advanced construction companies in the world.

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Gustav Jansson
Senior Lecturer, Luleå Technical University, Sweden
With a Ph.D. of “Industrialized house-building platforms” at Luleå University of Technology, Gustav work now as a researcher to improve the design processes for prefabricated house-building in Sweden. The overarching theme in he´s research focus on how information structures could support the design and on-site construction activities. By using game technology, such as VR and AR, platform predefinitions here becomes a central part in how to simulate seamless information flows in the process of industrialized construction. Applied research in close collaboration with the industry in Sweden, with Lindbäcks, BoKlok, NCC and Skanska.
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Director, Head of Global Systems, Bryden Wood
Jamie joined Bryden Wood, a tech-led team of designers, shortly after the practice’s formation in 1995. He leads the application of systems to the delivery and operation of high performing assets. This includes both physical (industrialised construction) and digital (data analysis and digital engineering) systems for projects in the UK, Europe and Asia with clients including GlaxoSmithKline, Heathrow Airport and several government departments.
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René Morkos
Founder & CEO,
ALICE Technologies
René Morkos teaches construction management at Stanford University where he obtained his PhD. He is a second generation civil engineer and his professional experiences include working as a project manager in Afghanistan, underwater pipeline construction, and automation engineering on a $350 million oil and gas project in Abu Dhabi. In 2015 he founded ALICE Technologies.
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Susanne Rudenstam
General Manager, Swedish Wood Building Council
Susanne Rudenstam is since 2013 the General Manager of the Swedish Wood Building Council, and she also holds the position as director for construction development within Swedish Wood, working mainly in China and the UK. The wood building industry has a leading position in industrialized construction, digitalization and off site construction in Sweden, and the wood building council has a central role in creating a demand and a greater understanding about the possibilities of off-site construction among developers and political decisionmakers. 
Susanne Rudenstam has 15 years of experience in working with development within the Swedish wood and furniture industry and before that, Susanne Rudenstam worked in the gaming development industry, working with public affairs, communications and as business developer.
Maximillian Scheutz photoMaximilian Schuetz
Goldbeck Group
Maximilian serves as the Managing Director of GOLDBECK US Inc., an Innovation and Technology Office in Menlo Park, CA. In addition he is the Head of the BIM Department within the GOLDBECK Group in Germany. He holds a Master of Engineering in International Construction Management and has 10 years of experience in implementing BIM and Lean methods in large construction companies. Before joining GOLDBECK in Germany Maximilian worked as a Researcher at Stanford University.
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Chief Technology Officer, Skender
Stacy ensures that Skender is continually evolving its technological capabilities and integrating industry-leading innovations across the company. His experience includes a broad spectrum of technologies used by real estate, architecture, engineering and construction industries. Most recently, Stacy was vice president of innovation at Skanska USA, a subsidiary of the multinational construction and development firm. Previously, he was the senior strategist for building construction at Autodesk, Inc., where he partnered with the global construction community to identify, develop and deliver innovative digital workflows. Stacy has served as a past chairman of technology for the AGC BIMForum. Currently he is a member of the Social and Economic Policy Advisory Board for the RAND Corporation, an international research organization that develops policy solutions to make communities safer, healthier and more prosperous. He holds a degree in economics from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Martin Fischer photoMartin Fischer
Director, CIFE
Kumagai Professor in the School of Engineering
Professor Fischer's research goals are to improve the productivity of project teams involved in designing, building, and operating facilities and to enhance the sustainability of the built environment. His work develops the theoretical foundations and applications for virtual design and construction (VDC). VDC methods support the design of a facility and its delivery process and help reduce the costs and maximize the value over its lifecycle. His research has been used by many small and large industrial government organizations around the world.
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Daniel Hall
ETH Zürich
The overarching theme of Prof. Dr. Daniel M. Hall's research is to enhance governance, productivity, and innovation in construction projects through a transformation from fragmented project delivery methods to new organizational models that integrate the supply chain of the vertically and horizontally fragmented construction industry. His work finds that in order to foster more innovation in products and processes, the AEC industry must embrace new governance strategies and organizational models.

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Jerker Lessing
Director of Research & Development at BoKlok
Adjunct Prof., Stanford

With a PhD from Lund University, Sweden, focused on strategic aspects of industrialized construction, Lessing has the position as Director of Research & Development at BoKlok, Sweden’s leading housing company within industrialized construction. BoKlok is a joint venture between the Construction Company Skanska and the furniture Company IKEA. Before joining BoKlok, he worked for one of Sweden's leading engineering firms, Tyréns AB, where he led a team of Consultants focusing on Construction innovation. He was also engaged by leading Construction and housing companies as a consultant and advisor for numerous innovation- and development projects aimed at industrialized construction.

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