RUSSELL BARTON Program Director, Manufacturing Enterprise Systems and Service
Enterprise Systems, National Science Foundation
Russell Barton is professor of supply chain and information systems in the Smeal College of Business at Pennsylvania State University. He is on assignment from Penn State serving as program director for manufacturing enterprise systems and service enterprise systems at the National Science
Foundation. At NSF, he is responsible for managing a research portfolio of more than $9 million annually in support of academic research in manufacturing and services management across the country. He was formerly associate director of the Center for the Management of Technological and Organizational Change and co-director of the Master of Manufacturing Management degree program. Barton was a professor in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering for 11 years prior to joining Smeal. His research has focused on the interface between applied statistics and simulation, applied to product design and manufacturing. Barton spent 11 years in industry and consulting before entering academia.
JOHN E. MCGLADE President, CEO, Chairman, Air Products
John E. McGlade is president, CEO and chairman of the board of Air Products. In this role, he sets company strategy and policies, developing leadership and meeting shareholder commitments. He has held various positions within the company’s Industrial Gases Division, including domestic and international as- signments, and Chemical and Process Industries Division. McGlade holds a B.S.
in industrial engineering and an MBA from Lehigh University. He serves on the board of directors of the American Chemistry Council, is a trustee of Lehigh University and The Rider-Pool Founda- tion, and is a member of the SteelStacks leadership team.
WILLIAM HARRISON Chairman, CEO, Harrison Energy Partners
William Harrison is chairman and chief executive officer of Harrison Energy Partners, an air conditioning and energy services company in Little Rock, Ark. He is a former president of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), a global society known for advancing the technology of air conditioning systems with an emphasis on
the efficient use of energy. He has also served ASHRAE as treasurer, board member and chair of numerous committees and councils. Harrison’s presidential theme, “Maintain to Sustain,” urged the buildings industry to reduce the energy used in buildings by more effective operation of existing buildings. Harrison has also been active in other industry organizations. He has served as president of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Arkansas, chair of the Arkansas Construction Industry Council and president of the Arkansas Academy of Industrial Engineering. His company was an early member of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), and he was a member of the founding board of the organization’s Arkansas Chapter. He received a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Arkansas.
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