About the Panel of Experts:
Said Hilal has been President and CEO of Applied Medical since the company's inception in 1987. The concept behind Applied is one of a team-oriented culture making a positive difference, and creating efficiencies and effectiveness that enhance clinical outcomes while reducing the cost of healthcare and increasing its availability. Mr. Hilal has been in the medical arena since 1979 when he joined American Hospital Supply Corporation. During his tenure at American Hospital, he served in Market Development, as Vice President of Business Development, Vice President of Research and Development, and General Manager. He proudly views Applied as a new generation medical device company, capable of delivering significant value to patients and providers. Today, Applied is a global company with over 2,900 team members.
Mr. Hilal holds an MBA from the University of Southern California, and MS and BS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from California State University, Long Beach. He received CSULB’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1996.
Mr. Hilal and his wife, Linda, have two children, David and Jenna, and reside in South Orange County.
As Moffatt & Nichol’s Chief Economist, Dr. Walter Kemmsies directs and oversees the firm's work related to market studies, financial analyses, global trade and economic trend forecasts. He has led projects ranging from strategic development plans for ports through M&A transactions of port-related entities to terminal-operator expansion decisions. Dr. Kemmsies is also an advisor to executives at various port authorities and major transportation and manufacturing companies.
Dr. Kemmsies is a registered financial analyst with a strong background in industry analysis. He has presented his research at major industry conferences and international economic forums. His research has been published by investment banks, business periodicals, academic journals and various publications. He authors monthly column in American Shipper as well as economic outlook reports for Rosenblatt Securities, and contributes to the Federal Reserve's Survey of Professional Forecasters. He is a member of the National Association of Business Economists, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, and the advisory board of the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation at Rutgers University.
Dr. Kemmsies received his Doctorate in Economics from Texas A&M University. He has a Master of Arts in Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Florida Atlantic University.
Before joining UCI as the Chancellor's Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MEA), Dr. Madou was Vice President of Advanced Technology at Nanogen in San Diego, California. He specializes in the application of miniaturization technology to chemical and biological problems (BIO-MEMS). He is the author of several books in this burgeoning field he helped pioneer both in Academia and in Industry. He founded several micromachining companies and has been on the board of many more.
Many of his colleagues became well know in their own right in academia and through successful MEMS start-ups. Madou was the founder of the SRI International's Microsensor Department, founder and President of Teknekron Sensor Development Corporation (TSDC), Visiting Miller Professor at UC Berkeley and Endowed Chair at the Ohio State University (Professor in Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering). The third edition of "Fundamentals of Microfabrication," an introduction to MEMS and NEMS, which has become known as the "bible" of micromachining, was published in July of last year. Dr. Madou currently leads UCI's efforts in Advanced Manufacturing and in Educational Outreach in Advanced Manufacturing.
Some of Dr. Madou's recent research work involves artificial muscle for responsive drug delivery, a compact disc-based fluidic platform and carbon MEMS, the two latter fields were pioneered by Dr. Madou. At UCI Dr. Madou works on carbon-MEMS, a CD based fluidic platform, artificial muscle for responsive drug delivery and integrating fluidics with DNA arrays as well as researching label–free assays for the Molecular Diagnostics platform of the future.
Matt Petrime is a Group Vice President at Applied Medical. Applied is a global company that designs, manufactures and distributes medical devices. The company is focused on meeting three fundamental healthcare needs: enhanced clinical outcomes, cost containment and unrestricted choice. Mr. Petrime has been with Applied for over twenty years, holding various positions in engineering, manufacturing, operations, and general management. His current responsibilities have him managing the Global Education and Sales Operations teams within Applied Medical.
Mr. Petrime holds an MBA from the University of Southern California, an MS degree in Bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego, and a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State University, Long Beach.
Mr. Petrime and his wife, Shalini, have one child, Nayan, and reside in South Orange County.