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Rene Villalobos


Associate Professor at Arizona State University. Expert in agricultural planning, energy systems, manufacturing systems and logistics. Leading research to improve small farmers’ access to direct-to-consumer markets.

Hector Flores


Data Scientist with Amazon and PhD in Industrial Engineering. Has worked in the areas of data science, machine learning engineering, and predictive and prescriptive analytics for the last 5 years.

Patrick Phelan


Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Arizona State University and the current director of the ASU Industrial Assessment Center. Expert in energy, heating and refrigeration research.

Phillip Nielsen

Thermal Design Engineer

Mechanical Engineer from Embry Riddle University. He is currently pursuing a MS in Mechanical Engineering with focus in Thermal Engineering. His expertise includes design of refrigerated container technology.

Octavio Sanchez


Managing Partner of TIS Consulting Group and entrepreneur. Expert in applied operations research and data-based solutions. Has worked for dozens of companies in different industries, and has co-founded several start-ups.

Jim Kallof

Logistics Business Advisor

Expert in the 3PL industry for nearly 40 years. Has managed almost every type of commodity including food. Expert in warehouse business development and operations, value added services and transportation.

Luis Bocanegra

Technical Advisor

Professor of Practice of Mechanical Engineering at ASU. He has worked in the areas of thermal modeling and thermal budget optimization in industrial processes and high volume manufacturing process improvement.