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Technical Program

Technical Program

All of ASM’s affiliate societies and the ASM Program committees are coming together and will be included in this conference and exposition making ASM STRONGER TOGETHER. We’ve also included organizing partners like NACE International, Ceramics Industry Magazine, Intelligent Manufacturing Systems and World Manufacturing Forum, giving IMAT 2020 a global reach to over 30 countries. We’re bringing all the global expertise you need to tackle modern material challenges!


IMAT 2020 will feature high-level presentations from the following keynote speakers:

Alex Chausovsky
ITR Economics

Alex Chausovsky is a highly experienced market researcher and analyst with more than a decade of expertise across subjects including macroeconomics, industrial manufacturing, energy efficiency, automation, and advanced technology trends. For the last 15 years, he has consulted and advised companies throughout the US, Europe, Brazil, China, and Japan. Alex is currently responsible for providing reliable industry and company forecasts, presentations, webinars, and economic consulting services for small businesses, trade associations, and Fortune 500 companies across a spectrum of industries.

In his prior role, Alex led a group of analysts covering the industrial manufacturing domain. He was also the lead analyst for 3D printing at a major international firm. Alex regularly delivers keynote addresses at leading industry conferences and trade association events.

Dr. Leo Christodoulou
Chief Technologist
The Boeing Company

Leo Christodoulou is the Chief Technologist, a direct report to the CTO of The Boeing Company. In this role, Dr. Christodoulou leads the implementation and assessment of advanced manufacturing, based around seven verticals that ensure Boeing’s competitive advantage in the second century. As part of his formal role, Dr. Christodoulou also leads Boeing’s companywide strategy and technology maturation for additive manufacturing.

He joined Boeing in October 2012 from the U.S. Department of Energy, where he was head of the Advanced Manufacturing Office and co-chairman of the Inter-Agency Working Group on the White House’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Initiative, a program launched by President Obama in June 2011.

Before that assignment, Christodoulou was Director of the Defense Sciences Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where he applied his research expertise to developing revolutionary capabilities for the U.S. military. As Defense Sciences Office (DSO) Director at DARPA, he led interdisciplinary research and development across the fields of math, physics and quantum science, materials, portable energy and power, tactical medicine, biological warfare defense and neuroscience. As DARPA Program Manager, he also pioneered the accelerated development of multifunctional materials to realize a new class of unmanned, micro aircraft used by U.S. forces today, performance and life prediction (Prognosis) as well as multiple materials-related programs for Defense applications. He is also the co-inventor and primary developer of a class of materials known as XD Alloys.

Dr. James A. Ruud
Senior Principal Scientist
GE Global Research

Jim Ruud is a Senior Principal Scientist at GE Global Research in Niskayuna, New York where he has been developing and deploying coating technologies for more than 25 years for the power generation, aviation, and oil and gas industries. His research has included air-plasma-sprayed and physical-vapor-deposited thermal barrier coatings, superhydrophobic coatings for steam turbines and condensers, process-microstructure-performance relationships for thermal spray coatings, suspension plasma and combustion spray processes, and membrane and fuel cell development for sustainable energy production. He has developed several processes for the manufacture and repair of turbine airfoil coatings that are currently in production at global manufacturing sites.

Jim received a B.S. in Physics and Mathematics from The Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Harvard University. He has over 25 publications and holds more than 60 patents.


IMAT 2020 will feature 4 days of technical programming on the following key topics in emerging technology areas:

  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Failure Analysis
  • Joining of Advance and Specialty Materials
  • Materials 4.0: Materials Information in the Product Life Cycle
  • Materials Behavior & Characterization
  • Materials and Processes for Automation
  • Medical / Bio Materials
  • Metallography
  • Metals, Ceramics, Coatings and Composites
  • Processing and Applications
  • Sustainable Materials and Processes