Some of this year’s speakers…
Vice President – RIA & A3 MexicoBob Doyle is Vice President – Robotic Industries Association (RIA) and A3 Mexico at the Association for Advancing Automation (A3) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He directs and manages the day-to-day activities of RIA, the leading trade association for the robotics industry in North America with over 470 member companies. Doyle also played a lead role in launching the association’s A3 Mexico operations, growing the organization’s reach internationally. Today he manages A3’s activities and growth strategy in Mexico.
He has extensive experience in strategic communications planning, media relations, crisis communications and stakeholder relations. Doyle holds a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Michigan Technological University, a M.S. in Engineering Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a M.A. in Public Relations from Wayne State University. Doyle is also a member of the Advisory Council of South Oakland Shelter, a non-profit homelessness assistance agency based in southeast Michigan.
Manager of Medical Robotics, North AmericaCorey Ryan is the Manager of Medical Robotics at KUKA Robotics Corporation. He joined KUKA in 2009 and has been responsible for research sales and growth of the medical business for all of North America. KUKA’s medical business has some long established OEM relationships but has recently been focusing on innovative robotic applications and startup partnerships.
With a BSc in Electrical Engineering Technology from Lake Superior State University and an MBA for Science and Technology from Queen’s University in Canada, Corey manages all medical customer relationships for KUKA and leads the strategic growth objectives for KUKA’s medical segment. Before joining KUKA, Corey spent 8 years with GE Healthcare in various sales and marketing roles.
Melinda Miller, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC, INCE. Bd.Cert.
Principal, ABD Engineering & Design, Portland, OR/Grand Rapids, MIMelinda has been working in acoustical engineering since 2001 and with ABD Engineering & Design since 2011, both in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Portland, Oregon. Melinda earned her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, and her Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.
Melinda’s healthcare clients include: Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic, Kaiser Permanente, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Spectrum Health, Mercy Health, St. Mary’s Hospital, Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital, and Yukon-Kuskowkwim Health Dr. Paul John Calricaraq Center in Bethel, Alaska. Melinda’s goal in every project and with every client is to help create acoustically comfortable spaces that focus on patient care.
A Professional Acoustical Engineer, licensed by the State of Oregon, Melinda has consulted on healthcare projects involving HIPAA speech privacy, site exterior noise, patient room noise levels, building vibration and structure-borne sound and LEED certification. Her experience also includes university, corporate offices, K-12 schools, industrial, hotel, residential mixed-use, worship spaces, and environmental.
As an Assistant Professor of Acoustics for Columbia College and The University of Illinois, she taught undergraduate junior and senior level classes in HVAC design, vibrations, acoustical testing, building noise control, and musical acoustics.
Melinda has presented technical papers and speeches for the Acoustical Society of America, the American Institute of Architects, the Chicago Chapter of the Audio Engineering Society, Columbia College, and The University of Illinois at Chicago.
Kurt Rockstroh, FAIA, FACHA
President & CEO, Steffian Bradley Architects, US/UK/China/CanadaKurt Rockstroh is the Global President and CEO of Steffian Bradley Architects (SBA) and Sterling Planning Alliance. Throughout his forty+ years of practice specializing in healthcare facilities design and planning he has contributed to hundreds of completed projects throughout the United States, UK, and the Middle East.
Kurt has been a member of the Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) since 1978, serving on the Board for seven years, also serving on the Academy Foundation (AAHF) Board for nine years. He is a founding member of the American College of Healthcare Architects, and also co-founded the Boston Society of Architects’ (BSA) Healthcare Facilities Committee. Since 1991, he has served on the Board of Trustees for the Boston Home, a long-term care facility for people with neurological diseases.
Kurt has taught at the Boston Architectural College and the Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Executive Education Program, and presented at over 250 healthcare design conferences and events worldwide. Kurt has been involved with the last seven editions of the FGI “Guidelines for Design and Construction of Healthcare Facilities”, as a member of the Steering Committee since 1992, and as vice-chair for its 2010 and 2014 editions, served as President of The Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI) for six years and is the current Board past-President.
Kirsten Waltz, AIA, ACHA, EDAC, LEED AP
Principal & Healthcare Studio Leader, SmithGroup, Boston, MAKirsten Waltz is a Principal at SmithGroup and the Healthcare Studio Leader for the Boston office. Kirsten has extensive experience in managing healthcare projects from master planning through construction and has completed facility master plans for several hospitals. Her interest in healthcare architecture stems from a genuine desire to improve patient and staff experiences and better their day-to-day lives. Kirsten serves on the Steering Committee for Facilities Guidelines Institute (FGI): Guidelines for Design and Construction 2022 revision cycle along with being one of the Vice Chairs of the outpatient group. In addition to Kirsten’s work with FGI she is on the Academy of Architecture for Health Board and a member of the American College of Healthcare Architects.