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Transform 2018

July 31 - August 2 | Put-in-Bay, Ohio | EVENT HAS ENDED
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The industry is in Transformation Mode.

The winners of its Industrial Revolution will master data and insights.

Digital Industrial Transformations are critical to the future of manufacturing, energy and utility companies and they’re underway right now. As the stakes get higher, it’s important to measure and share real results helping companies win.

Transform 2018 is GrayMatter’s annual conference held in Put-in-Bay, Ohio. The event is designed for professionals in all verticals who are passionate about operational technology and transforming into digital, industrial operations.

This event has ended. Please go to our Transform 2019 page for this year’s event.

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2018 Keynotes: Innovation Meets Industrial Operations

Peter Votruba-Drzal, Global Director for Mobility at PPG

Peter Votruba-Drzal, Global Director for Mobility at PPG & 2018 Keynote

Dr. Peter Votruba-Drzal is the Global Technical Director of Mobility.

Mobility is new team charged to look exclusively at how innovations in paint and coatings can help enable the new era of mobility technology including autonomous, electric vehicles and smart infrastructure. Dr. Votruba-Drzal also has responsibility for automotive coatings research at PPG’s Coatings Innovation Center for PPG.

He has been with PPG for thirteen years and has worked in a number of R&D functions including pretreatment, adhesives & sealants, electrocoat, and silica materials.  He has also held the role as security platform manager within PPG Corporate Science and Technology.

In this role, he was responsible for the development and management of federally supported research in anti-terrorism/force protection.  In addition to PPG, he has nine years of experience in academia, government, and consulting.  Dr. Votruba-Drzal holds a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering.

PPG and the University of Michigan are partnering up to test coatings for autonomous vehicles. PPG is developing coatings to improve functionality and enable broad deployment of autonomous vehicles. Examples are an exterior that enhances vehicle visibility to radar and light detection and ranging, and easy-to-clean coatings to help prevent obstruction of sensors.

“Specialized coatings will play an integral role in the development of safe and reliable driverless vehicles,” said Gary Danowski, PPG vice president of automotive OEM coatings, in a statement. “We are enthusiastic about this partnership and are always actively seeking additional R&D partners as we continue to explore new possibilities in emerging vehicle technologies.” Read More.

Brett Johnson, Reformed Cyber Criminal and Current Cyber Security Consultant

Brett Johnson, former cyber criminal and current cyber security consultant

Former United States Most Wanted, Brett GOllumfun Johnson, referred to by the United States Secret Service as The Original Internet Godfather has been a central figure in the cybercrime world for almost 20 years. Mr Johnson built and was leader of ShadowCrew, the precursor to today’s darknet markets. He was instrumental in developing many areas of online fraud while helping design, implement, and refine modern Identity Theft, Account Take Over Fraud, Card Not Present Fraud, IRS Tax Fraud, and countless other social engineering attacks, breaches, and hacking operations.

Today, Brett works as a security consultant and public speaker. He has worked with groups such as the FBI, Microsoft, Emailage, NextCaller, IDology, AARP, Identity Guard, BBWest, TIB, The ACFE, The Card Not Present Group, The Identity Theft Resource Council, PRO, Universities, and many others.

Brett has been featured on numerous media outlets, most recently NBC, CNN Money, Vice, RT TV, ArsTechnica, The Independent, and more.

Reese Johnson, Principal Engineer at Metropolitan Sewer District of Cincinnati

Reese Johnson, Principal Engineer at Metropolitan Sewer District of Cincinnati

Digital Utility Game Changer

9:30 AM | Main Conference Room | Reese Johnson, Principal Engineer at Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSD)

Water transformations that make an impact on communities all have something in common: A clear vision.

Reese Johnson from the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSD) will reveal the three big reasons why his team has been able to significantly improve water quality.

Register Today

Registration for Transform 2018 has ended, but you can sign up for Transform 2019 here. 

Registration Details

Register before June 8 to lock in Early Bird prices. Contact us for group rates for groups of 3, 4 or 5.

Please note: pricing is for OEM/end users only.

  1. Select the correct quantity of attendees under “Attendee Fee”
  2. Select the correct quantity of hotel rooms needed under “Hotel Room Fee”
  3. Click “Order Now” at the bottom of the form, you will be directed to EventBrite to complete registration
  4. Pay by credit card or to pay by check, choose the “Show other payment options” option below the pay now button and click “Pay offline”
  5. For any additional questions, please contact us at marketing@graymattersystems.com or at 412-741-2410 ×30


Put-in-Bay Resort & Conference Center
439 Lorain Ave.
Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
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