Dr. Julio Villafuerte
Dr. Villafuerte is currently Corporate Technology Strategist at Centerline Windsor Ltd, one of North America’s premier designers and manufacturers of metal forming and welding equipment and winners of the 2011-2016 Windsor-Essex Business Excellence Awards and 2013-2017 Canada best managed companies awards. Dr. Villafuerte is a holder of Ph.D. and Master Degrees in mechanical & materials engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada. He has over 20 years experience in materials processing technology and, for the last 14 years, has promoted the technological advance and dissemination of cold spray technology. Prior to Centerline, Dr. Villafuerte worked as senior technical director for Tregaskiss Ltd after his previous appointment as director of technology for the Welding Institute of Canada. Dr. Villafuerte is very active with ASM International, International Thermal Spray Association, American Welding Society, and Canada government funding agencies, serving in various committees and boards. He is the author of over 50 technical publications and regularly gives technical-business presentations around the world. Dr. Villafuerte serves as Technical Reviewer for the Canada Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Science Foundation Ireland, as well as referee for a number of professional magazines on Materials Engineering, Corrosion and Coatings Technology. He is currently adjunct professor for the University of Waterloo and the University of Windsor, involved in academic and collaborative research activities with these and other academic institutions.