Dr. Theresa Kotanchek

Data Analytics: Enabling the Next Manufacturing RevolutionDr. Theresa Kotanchek

Presentation Time: August 13, 9:00 - 10:30 AM


Advanced analytics — when coupled with advanced sensing, measurement, visualization and process control — provides a foundation for revolutionizing manufacturing and supply chain economics. The potential gains are multifaceted with implications for speed of material and process design, safety, quality control, operating efficiency, planning and logistics, energy utilization, environmental impact and competitiveness.

Extracting the value out of the data deluge requires new algorithms and mindsets to determine which variables are driving the desired behavior, which data points are not to be trusted, whether previous analyses and predictive models are still applicable and valid, where optima lie amongst the design or operating possibilities. Unfortunately, the simplifying assumptions implicit in conventional analytics are not appropriate to extract that value.

This presentation will highlight the challenges, opportunities and impact of advanced analytics in revolutionizing product design and manufacturing, and what is required to accelerate the gains in achieving ever faster/better/cheaper in the modern era.

Biographical Sketch:

Theresa Kotanchek is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Evolved Analytics LLC, a data science and system design software and solutions provider. Prior to assuming this role, she spent 23 years in executive and leadership positions at Dow Chemical, including most recently, the Vice President for Sustainable Technologies and Innovation Sourcing. From 2005-2010, she served as the Chief Technology Officer of Dow Chemical China Company Limited, leading Asia Pacific R&D, including the development of Dow’s state-of-the-art 1 million square foot R&D center in Shanghai, China and the staffing of >1200 scientists and engineers across the region. Over the course of her Dow tenure, she held numerous business and corporate roles, including Global Director in Dow Plastics, Dow Ventures and Corporate R&D. In 2011-2012, she served as the industrial led and working group co-chair of the White House’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Initiative, a program launched by President Obama in 2011.

Kotanchek holds a doctorate in Materials Science, a masters of science in Ceramic Science, and a bachelor of science in Ceramic Science & Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University. She has published over 100 technical articles, holds 6 US patents and has given over 200 invited talks. She is an active member of the American Chemical Society, Materials Research Society, Council of Industrial Research and Society of Women Engineers. She has served on the Shanghai American Chamber of Congress Science & Technology Subcommittee, and serves on numerous External Advisory Boards, including Penn State, Georgia Tech and University of Michigan.