Keynote Speakers

Prof. Dr. Larry Howard

Professor in the GBAT Department at SUNY Maritime College

Larry Howard, Ph.D. is a respected, tenured Professor, with several decades of experience in the maritime industry as an entrepreneur, shipping agent, and marketing executive. His dual academic/industry background enables him to apply professional expertise in the areas of conference staging, curriculum development, global logistics, international law, maritime transportation, public advocacy, research, supply chain security, vulnerability assessment, and writing.

Dr. Howard obtained his doctorate from the University of Washington (Seattle) in 1981, specializing in a dual field of Comparative Politics and International Relations, with a focus on International Law.  His other doctoral fields were Political Theory and Marine Affairs.  He is currently a full, tenured Professor in the Global Business and Transportation Department (GBAT), State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College. He also chaired the GBAT Department at SUNY Maritime College, from July 15, 2005 to April 17, 2012.

Beginning in 2006, Dr. Howard initiated and directed at SUNY Maritime three annual “Trojan Horse” events, exercise scenarios that tested the vessel security and facility security plans at the college but also involved a collaborative testing of security plans of other participants, including federal, state, and local agencies, and private sector shipping companies. In collaboration with Professor Jeff Weiss, Dr. Howard organized the annual Conference on Cutting-edge Issues in Shipping (known as the “Groundhog Day Event” at SUNY Maritime) that convened for the seventh and last time in February 2012.  Recently Dr. Howard and his colleagues staged two Maritime Security Conferences (MARSECON) at SUNY Maritime.

Dr. Howard’s most recent publication, “The Insidious Bond Between Political Correctness and Intolerance,” appeared in the March 2019 issue of New English Review,

Dr. Howard continues to research, teach, and write in his several fields of interest.

Prof. Dr. Ing. Yilmaz Uygun

Professor of Logistics Engineering, Technologies and Processes

Jacobs University Bremen (Germany)

Dr. Yilmaz Uygun is Professor of Logistics Engineering, Technologies and Processes and Head of the Logistics Engineering and Technologies Group at the Department of Mathematics & Logistics at Jacobs University Bremen. He also serves as Study Program Chair of the MSc in Supply Chain Management.

His research focuses on technological and organizational issues related to Industry 4.0. Within his research group he is developing novel 3D printing technologies. Together with his team he is developing big-data driven dynamic simulation models and algorithms to analyze and better manage manufacturing processes and supply networks. Furthermore, he is also analyzing the effects of Industry 4.0 on human labor.

Before being appointed as Professor, he worked as postdoctoral research fellow at MIT´s Industrial Performance Center where he analzed advanced manufacturing innovation ecosystems. He holds a PhD from Dortmund University of Technology (Germany) and a Master´s in Logistics Engineering from University Duisburg-Essen (Germany).

Mehmet Safaltın

General Manager at Schaeffler Turkey

Mehmet Safaltın, born in 1978 in Istanbul, is General Manager & President Industrial of Schaeffler Turkey. Prior to this appointment, he worked as Sales Engineer at Tırsan Trailer between 2003-2004, Sales Coordinator at Rex Ltd. Sti between 2004-2007, and Sales Manager at Schaeffler Turkey between 2007-2017. Since 2017, he serves as General Manager and President Industrial of Schaeffler Turkey.

He went to Kadıköy Anadolu High School, and graduated from Boğaziçi University with a Bachelor´s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a subsequent Master’s degree in Business Administration at the same university. He is married and has two daughters.

Schaeffler Group is a traditional German manufacturer of rolling element bearings for different industries with an annual revenue of more than 14 billion EUR and more than 90,000 employees worldwide. Schaeffler Group owns the brands INA, FAG and LuK. Schaeffler Group started its activities in Turkey in 1986 by founding INA Rulmanları Tic. Ltd. Şti. and FAG Rulmanları liaison office. In 2001, with the acquisition of FAG by Schaeffler, the two companies started their activities as partners and the company name was changed to Schaeffler Turkey Endustri ve Otomotiv Tic. Ltd. Sti. Its headquarter is in Istanbul and offers a comprehensive range of products, such as LuK, INA, FAG and Ruville, for the automotive and industrial sectors in Turkey.