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Rani Shea

Rani Shea
Chief Executive Officer
Siemens Advanta North America

Keynote Title: Innovate at Speed – the Power of Digital Twins

Biography: Rani Russell Shea is CEO of Siemens Advanta North America, the team of experts in the global technology powerhouse that focuses solely on digital transformation services. She leads an organization that offers advisory, implementation and custom development services in order to meet the individual needs of each client. Rani’s team leverages its deep domain knowledge, technical expertise, and end-to-end capability to enable clients to unlock the digital future.

Rani's commitment to a pragmatic, client-focused approach was developed over the course of her career. She previously served as the General Counsel for Siemens Advanta worldwide, and also served on the global Legal and Compliance Management team for Siemens AG, where she drove the creation of innovative new templates and processes for seamless contracting. Additional roles include Head of Global Contracts and Integration for Siemens Digital Industries Software, the sole legal counsel in a tech start-up, and a commercial contracts litigator.

Rani is deeply passionate about gender equality, the opportunity to be yourself at work, and the transformative power of leadership. Rani is also committed to the core values of Siemens Advanta: Dare to Dream, Love our Clients, Team Wins and Enjoy the Ride. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the William and Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law, and the proud mom of two amazing adults. When she has a little free time, she enjoys tennis and hiking.

Dr. Sydni Credle

Dr. Sydni Credle
Acting Senior Fellow
National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)

Plenary Title: Advancing Cyber-Physical Systems to Enable Transformation to a Sustainable Energy Future

Biography: Dr. Sydni Credle is currently Acting Senior Fellow for Computational Science & Engineering at the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) within the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management. In this role, Dr. Credle provides technical and strategic leadership to help ensure high-level quality and relevancy of computational programs within NETL. Previously, Sydni served as Technology Manager and portfolio lead for three (3) research and development programs within Crosscutting Research Program, including i) Sensors, Controls, and Novel Concepts; ii) Simulation-Based Engineering; and iii) University Training and Research. These programs, comprised of both in-house and extramural R&D efforts, combined for a total of 60+ active projects valued at over $50 million dollars. Dr. Credle holds a B.S. and M.S. degree from Florida A&M University in Mechanical Engineering as well as a Ph.D. from University of Florida in the same field. In addition, Sydni is a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) with a specialization in thermal and fluid systems for the state of West Virginia.

Special Lecture: Digital Twins: Towards Standards for Success

Peter Marino

Peter Marino
Principal, Strategy & Special Projects

Digital twin technology has the potential to be revolutionary for the energy sector. When we view the growth potential for what it is and work together in good faith to capitalize on it, we have the capacity to change a uniquely asset-heavy field into something more flexible, intelligent, and clean.

As a member of the ASME family of companies, Twinify inherits and benefits from an institutional history of consensus standards for broad commercial success and engineering rigor. From the steam boiler to the combustion turbine to the USB, modern history is replete with examples of astounding achievements that grew out of collective effort for shared benefit in an open and collaborative way.

This talk will discuss the opportunities and potential for digitized standards in view of the immense strengths of digital twins, and through the historical development of these approaches, and explore why and we should all think seriously about working together on imaginative approaches to standards in the digital century.

Biography: Peter Marino is Principal for Strategy and Special Projects in ASME. He was the project lead in launching Twinify Technologies, a performance and operational intent digital software company, and a joint venture with Black and Veatch of Kansas City. He joined ASME in 2020. He holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and an MA from NSSR in New York City.