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Bldg. 09-2125

Rochester, NY 14623


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Keynote Speakers

Proud to bring inspirational speakers from across the globe

Thomas Peeples - Sr. Technical Project Manager, Goodyear

Thomas L. Peeples, Jr. is a 1994 and 2003 graduate of RIT.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the College of Engineering and later a Master of Science in Cross-Disciplinary Professional Studies (Quality and Statistics) from the College of Applied Science and Technology.


Currently, Thomas is a Sr. Technical Project Manager, in the Global Off-Highway Product Development Group at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.  Thomas hired into Goodyear at the Goodyear Innovation Center in Akron, OH as a tire designer/tire engineer in 1999.  He spent the first five years of his career designing large earthmover vehicle tires and original equipment passenger car tires.  In 2004, Thomas moved to San Angelo, TX to work at the Goodyear Proving Grounds.  There, he had several different roles in tire evaluation (testing).  In 2009, Thomas took on the role of Quality Technology Team Leader (Curing/Final Finish) in Goodyear’s Danville, VA truck and aircraft tire manufacturing facility.  In 2011, Thomas returned to Akron OH, as an Enterprise Project Leader (Project Manager in Marketing) where he managed the successful launch of several new tire lines, including the Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure. 

In 2013, Thomas came back into the Goodyear technical organization as a team leader in Customer Engineering where he and his team were responsible for managing the technical relationships with key Commercial Original Equipment Truck customers and fleet focus testing.  In 2015, Thomas moved to Brazil, where he was the Director of OE product development for Latin America, Manager of the Latin America Proving Grounds, and Manager of the Latin America Customer Engineering team.  In 2017, Thomas moved back to Akron, into the role of a Chief Engineer in Global Tire and Mold Engineering, construction group 3.  In June of 2018, Thomas took on the Chief Engineer role at Akron Test Center /Engineering Technology Lab.  He most recently took on the role of Sr. Technical Project Manager in June of 2019 where he has the responsibility for designing tires for military aircraft, commercial and business jets, and several large commercial original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).


While at RIT, Thomas ran track (55m High Hurdles, 110m High Hurdles, and High Jump).  He is a 5-time NCAA All-American and recipient of the Walls-Olsen Memorial Scholarship for “Outstanding Contribution to Student Life”.  Thomas was inducted in the RIT Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.  While at RIT, Thomas participated in the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC), and upon graduation from RIT, he was commissioned an Ensign in the US Navy.  In the Navy, prior to Goodyear, he served in various Surface Warfare roles onboard the USS Fletcher (DD-992) and the USS Hewitt (DD-966). 


Thomas is actively engaged in the community, as well as other professional development organization in Goodyear.  He is the current president of the Goodyear Veterans Association and a graduate of the 2018-2019 Goodyear Community Leadership Institute.


Thomas is the recipient of the US Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine 2020 Black Engineer of the Year “Legacy Award”.


Thomas currently resides in Hudson, OH.  He is originally from Boston, MA.  He is married and has three teen-aged children.

Friday Speaker

Michael Field - CEO, The Raymond Corporation

Michael G. Field is president and chief executive officer (CEO) for The Raymond Corporation which includes the operations, sales and marketing, engineering and administrative functions at Raymond. Since he joined Raymond in 2004, Field has served as the vice president of engineering and, most recently, president of operations and engineering. In Field’s most recent role as president of the operations and engineering division for The Raymond Corporation, he was responsible for manufacturing, quality assurance, engineering and procurement. 


Field has over 25 years of experience managing engineering and operations groups at industrial companies. Field also is a member of the Toyota Material Handling North America (TMHNA) executive team and board officer of several TMHNA legal entities.


Prior to Raymond, Field served as vice president of global program management for Brooks-PRI Automation in Chelmsford, MA, which led the semiconductor automated material handling industry with state-of-the-art robotic, automated guided vehicles (AGVs), and software control solutions. Prior to that assignment, he was vice president of systems integration at PRI Automation which included technical sales, system engineering and program management.


A graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology, Field holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Master of Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Boston University and an MBA with a concentration in International Operations from Boston University. He is a council member of the Rochester Institute of Technology Kate Gleason College of Engineering Dean's Advisory Council and a member of Rochester Institute of Technology’s President’s Roundtable.  Field was awarded Kate Gleason College of Engineering’s Distinguished Alumnus for 2018-2019.


Field is currently chairman and director on the Board of NY-BEST (New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium, Inc.), and a board member of the New York State Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council (REDC). He also is a board member of the Industrial Truck Association (ITA).

Field holds a Professional Engineering License in New York State and has 35 patents granted.

Saturday Speaker

PTS - ASME Awards

Pi Tau Sigma (PTS), the International Mechanical Engineering Honor Society, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), each year, jointly offer three prestigious awards to recognize outstanding individuals for achievements in Mechanical Engineering. These awards are the Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal Award, the Gustus L. Larson Memorial Award, and the Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award.

This year, the awards will be presented at the 2020 International Convention of Pi Tau Sigma at the University of Rochester on Saturday, February 1st, 2020.


In 1938, Pi Tau Sigma and ASME established the Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal to be awarded to the young engineering graduate who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in mechanical engineering within ten years of graduation.

2019 Awardee: Dr. Jesse Capecelatro, University of Michigan.


In 1973, Pi Tau Sigma and ASME established the Gustus L. Larson Memorial Award to honor engineering graduates who has demonstrated outstanding achievements in mechanical engineering within ten to twenty years following graduation

2019 Awardee: Dr. Yong Zhu, North Carolina State University.


In 1944, the Charles Russ Richards Award was established as a joint award of Pi Tau Sigma and ASME to recognize outstanding achievement in mechanical engineering for twenty years or more following graduation.

2019 Awardee: Dr. Pradeep Sharma, University of Houston.