Robert Carter | ADDvisor, The Barnes Group Advisors
Rob is an industry leader in research and strategy development for advanced materials and manufacturing with over 18 years of experience in the defense and medical sectors. Most recently, Rob was the Director for Advanced Materials and Process Engineering at Stryker Orthopedics where he was responsible for leading the development of new materials and additive manufacturing techniques for next generation orthopedic devices. Prior to that, he spent 16 years with the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) where he was the Branch Chief of Materials Manufacturing Technology and the Founding Director for the Center for Agile Materials Manufacturing Science (CAMMS). In these roles, Rob led the development of manufacturing technologies for lethality and protection applications, research into additive manufacturing and cold spray technologies, development of new materials and designs for Army applications (alloys, ceramics and composites), and the development of specifications and standards for defense materials and manufacturing requirements. He has a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Virginia Tech and serves on the external advisory boards for the Mechanical Engineering departments at Penn State and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Andy Kangpan | Investor, Two Sigma Ventures
Andy joined Two Sigma Ventures in 2017 and spends his time on the investment team finding, funding, and supporting early stage technology companies.
Prior to joining Two Sigma, Andy was an investor with ff Venture Capital where he focused on seed stage companies in areas such as machine learning, blockchain, robotics, and VR/AR. Previously, Andy was a digital strategy consultant at Prophet where he advised Fortune 500 clients on a range of business challenges. Andy holds a BS in Finance and Marketing from the Stern School of Business at New York University.