Workforce Development Panelist Biographies

2017 Massachusetts PKAL Regional Network Summer Meeting
STEM Students in the Community and Other High-Impact Practices

June 7, 2017 | Fitchburg State University | Hammond Building

Dr. John Warner is the recipient of the 2014 Perkin Medal, widely acknowledged as the highest honor in American Industrial Chemistry, and was named a 2016 AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador. After working at the Polaroid Corporation for nearly a decade, he served as tenured full professor at UMASS Boston and Lowell (Chemistry and Plastics Engineering). In 2007 he founded the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, LLC (a research organization developing green chemistry technologies) where he serves as President and Chief Technology Officer, and Beyond Benign (a non-profit dedicated to sustainability and green chemistry education).

Mr. Anthony Soares is Manager of Technical Service Business Optimization for Cisco Systems Inc., a multinational leader in IT and Networking.  Mr. Soares joined Cisco in 2004 as a Support Engineer, and has held similar positions with Bay Networks, Nortel Networks and Converged Access Technologies. Cisco Systems latest transition from a hardware to software focused company is great example of the importance of staying connected to leading edge technologies. Mr. Soares leads the Civic Council for Cisco New England, connecting the Cisco New England Campus to the local communities through volunteerism and giving back.

Mr. Thomas Wesley serves as a Director at Waters Technology Corporation, a multinational company what has, for nearly 60 years, developed innovative analytical science solutions to support customer discoveries, operations, performance, and regulatory compliance.  Mr. Wesley began his career in service to his country as a Naval Officer and pilot, worked in the aviation and life science industry in international endeavors. For the past five years, Mr. Wesley has served as chairman of the Manufacturing Advancement Center Workforce Innovation Collaborative, the 2013 winner of the AIM John Gould Workforce Innovation Award. The employer-led MACWIC has trained and placed more than 350 individuals into the Advanced Manufacturing Technology pipeline.