'Invention is easy, innovation is genius (or accidental)' - a controversial statement, and one that this panel will explore in depth. How do you drive innovation while protecting invention? Do simplified KPI's and metrics stifle innovation? Finding the right balance balance between innovation and invention - or should you only focus on one?
Director, Innovation & Business Development
Craig Damlo is an innovation expert specializing in new product and technology development. With a background in innovation and aerospace product development, Craig is Director of Innovation and Business Development for the Zodiac Aerospace, part of Zodiac Aerospace. He started his career in aerospace at Cessna Aircraft as part of experimental test flight as a design engineer followed by oxygen system development for a variety of aircraft platforms. He earned his undergraduate degree from Baker University in Baldwin City, KS, and a graduate certificate from Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. Currently, Craig is helping to introduce design thinking into the world of aerospace.
Senior Director, Emerging Tech & Innovation
Richard Velazquez is the Sr. Director for Global R&D leading three teams focused on Emerging Technologies, Materials, and Technical Services. He has over 20 years of experience in New Product Development and joined PepsiCo in 2011. Prior to Pepsico, Richard led Product Planning and Management for the entire global product portfolio for Xbox 360 hardware at Microsoft. Before Microsoft, he worked in Brand Management at P&G in Puerto Rico. Richard began his career as an automotive design engineer with Honda R&D in Ohio followed by Porsche in Germany. He has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Cooper Union in NYC and an MBA from UC Berkeley. Richard also lectures on Marketing, New Product Development, and Career Development at several universities.
Dr. Randy Villahermosa
Principal Director, Research & Program Development Office
The Aerospace Corporation
Dr. Randy Villahermosa leads the Aerospace Corporation's R&D portfolio planning and funding. The Aerospace Corporation is a non-profit, federally funded research and development center with 3,500 employees and approaching $1B in revenues that conducts R&D on everything from small satellites to space propulsion, unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) to medical devices for government and commercial companies.