The ADAPT Team

Tom Bugnitz

Executive Director

Tom Bugnitz, CEO of Manufacturer's Edge, has over 35 years of broad experience in strategic planning, operations and financial oversight. Most recently, Tom was a senior executive for Coolerado, a manufacturer of cutting-edge green air-conditioning systems that grew from five to 60+ employees during his tenure. As founder and president of the Beta Group, Inc., Tom advised corporate and government clients across the globe for over 25 years in business strategy development, cross-organizational team building, and management process and organizational redesign. Tom also co-authored a widely-adopted book on business strategy and capital planning for technology, now in its third edition of printing.

Aaron Stebner

Technical Director

Assistant Professor Aaron Stebner began working in manufacturing in 1995, as a summer intern for the Electric Device Corporation (Canfield, OH). Over a couple of years, he worked his way up to become a full-time Mechanical Engineer responsible for design and manufacturing of automation solutions for assembling, testing, and calibrating circuit breakers of all sizes. Following a Master's degree at the University of Akron as a Graduate Student Research Fellow at NASA Glenn Research Center, his next role in manufacturing was as an R&D scientist for Telezygology (TZ, Inc.) in Chicago, where Stebner worked under Sigurd Nelson to establish an R&D lab and also supply chains to support manufacturing of early “Internet Of Things” technologies, especially wirelessly networked, shape memory alloy-driven locking & latching mechanisms. Stebner then went on to get a PhD at Northwestern and to post-doc at the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories  of California Institute of Technology (GALCIT), where he specialized in advanced characterization and modeling of the mechanics of metals. His role as the Technical Director for ADAPT is the culmination of these academic and industry experiences, unifying his knowledge of materials mechanics, microstructures, and processing together with his engineering experiences in automation and design for manufacturing.

Heidi Hostetter

Industry Board Chair

Heidi Hostetter, Vice President of Faustson Tool, has over 20 years of experience in Technical Sales, Marketing and Operations. Her expertise spans across many different industries and commodities although for more than a decade now her business development interests remain focused on mechanical commodities and the support/emerging manufacturing technologies that accompany this particular industry. She has deep roots with many of the nation’s leading OEM’s as well as Academia, and community. Career Highlights would include 2016 Manufacturer Innovation Award, 2014 Ball Platinum Supplier of the year, White House Supply Chain roundtable discussion in 2015, Floyd King Entrepreneurial Spirit Award 2014, Datex-Omeda Sales Rep of the year award 2000, Top performing Sales Rep for Utah and Colorado 1999. She sits on various different committees at this time such as, Board Member of Loveland Creator Space, Co-Chair of the MMP Youth Taskforce, MMP Legislative and Regulatory committee, OEDIT AIA Advanced Subcommittee, just to name a few.

Branden Kappes

Operations Manager

Dr. Branden Kappes is a Research Assistant Professor in the ADAPT center at the Colorado School of Mines. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Materials Science from the University of Utah in alloy development and characterization. In 2008, he completed his PhD at the Colorado School of Mines in Computational Materials Science, where he studied grain boundary properties in aluminum and aluminum alloys. Since that time, his research interests have broadened to include graphene and other low-dimensional materials, lithium ion batteries, and computational techniques for high throughput examination of materials data.

Craig A Brice

Industry Board Member

Craig Brice is a senior research scientist in the Engineering and Technology division within Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Littleton, Colorado. Mr. Brice is engaged in metallic additive manufacturing and materials research and development for a variety of spaceflight applications. Mr. Brice previously worked for NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia in the Advanced Materials and Processing Branch and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in the Advanced Development Programs, Fort Worth, Texas. Mr. Brice holds a B.S. from the Missouri University of Science & Technology and a M.S. from The Ohio State University.

David French

Industry Board Member

David French is a Material and Process Engineer at Ball Aerospace. He has over 24 years experience working in the aerospace industry. During this duration of time he has served in positions working with turbine engines as a certified Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) mechanic, nondestructive evaluation (NDE), tooling design, manufacturing and process engineering. Currently he serves as the lead process engineer in Ball’s composite bonding, coating, and PCB labs within the Aerospace Manufacturing Center.

Mike Mussel

Industry Board Member

Mike Muessel has approximately ten years of machining and manufacturing expertise. Over the past four years he has been the Manufacturing Manager for Faustson.  This is no easy feat considering Faustson is regarded a national leader in their manufacturing expertise. He most recently has been a major asset in the research and implementation of additive manufacturing research at Faustson and in conjunction with the School of mines.  Mike exhibits total dedication to learning this emerging technology and brings to the table real world applications, concepts and manufacturing expertise.

Sumer Sorensen-Bain

Industry Board Member

Sumer Sorensen-Bain has over 14 years of experience in helping manufacturing companies grow and prosper. Before joining Manufacturer's Edge, Sumer served as the operations manager at Accellent Technologies where she managed all operations associates across three shifts and an array of functions, and led a complete facility re-design. With Manufacturer's Edge, she has worked with a variety of manufacturing industries to implement innovative improvement solutions such as Lean manufacturing, quality systems, information technology, and growth strategies. Additionally, Sumer has helped clients locate and acquire federal and state grants with a high level of success.

Alicia Svaldi

Industry Board Member

Alicia Svaldi is the founder and President of Faustson and has been a hands on owner running the company which pioneered EDM Technologies in '80s and mastered 5Axis machining in the 90's.
Alicia has investigated and researched Metal Additive Manufacturing for the last 3 years and purchased a Concept Dual Laser.

Participated on the following boards:

  • CHAMP for Red Rocks Community College/Warren Tech
  • The EDGE (Formerly CAMT)
  • Arvada Economic Development
  • CAMA

Faustson has received the following awards:

  • 2014/2015 - Ball Platinum Supplier of the Year
  • 2015 - Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition Awarded for outstanding and invaluable service to the community
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit Award from Arvada Economic Development Association

Henry Geerlings

Graduate Research Assistant

Henry is a graduate student at the Colorado School of Mines, working under Stebner and Van Bossuyt. He completed his B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering at University of California, Berkeley. Research experience spans from MD modeling of temperature induced phase behavior in Ti based alloys (UC Berkeley Dept. of MS&E), to implementation of genetic and learning algorithms for materials selection (LBL, Materials Project). He is currently working on optimization of selective laser melting of metallic powders.

Senthamilaruvi Moorthy

Graduate Research Assistant

Senthamilaruvi is a Graduate Student in Mechanical Engineering at Colorado School of Mines with a focus on Solid Mechanics and Materials. Before joining School of Mines as a graduate student, he worked as a Design Engineer with Cameron International, India (a Houston based flow control equipment supplier for Oil and Gas industry) from 2010 - 2015. He was involved in the design of Surface Wellhead equipment in accordance with API 6A standards. He has completed his Undergraduate Studies in Mechanical Engineering with distinction at Sri Krishna College of Engineering and Technology, Coimbatore, India in the year 2010. His Undergraduate thesis work was on optimizing the Squeeze Casting process of Aluminum alloys. Currently he is a member of ADAPT group. His research focuses primarily on optimization of Additive Manufacturing process.



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