The Industrial ML Team

Arjun Chandar

Founder & CEO

Arjun is the co-founder and CEO of IndustrialML. He is an expert on Industry 4.0, data science and machine learning applications for manufacturing. Arjun led hands-on production and supply chain optimization projects at large multinational producers Waters Corporation and Meggitt PLC, before joining NVBOTS as Director of Operations and Hardware. Arjun is a Presidential Fellow at MIT and has devised, implemented and taught Industry 4.0 curriculum changes for the manufacturing department. He received a BS in Mechanical Engineering and Business, Economics and Management from Caltech and an MEng in Advanced Manufacturing from MIT.

Hunter Ashmore

Founder & COO

Hunter is the co-founder and COO at IndustrialML. He is an expert in the digital industrial space, having been a leader at 3 startups and having led over $60 million in investment deals at GE Ventures and Boeing HorizonX Ventures including Sight Machine, Carbon3D and Digital Alloys. Hunter also founded the Boston Digital Industrial Group as a vehicle for connecting investors and co-founders in an emerging space. Hunter is an advisor for early-stage startups and serves as mentor and judge for TechStars, VentureWell and MassChallenge. He received a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Florida State and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

AJ Perez

Founder & Director

AJ is the co-founder and Director at IndustrialML. He is a serial industrial entrepreneur, having founded 3D printing startups NVBOTS and Digital Alloys. His companies have raised over $25 million in funding, and as CEO, he led the acquisition of NVBOTS by Cincinnati Incorporated. AJ has been granted patents in additive manufacturing and computer vision and produced additional IP in medical devices. AJ is a Presidential and Lemelson Inventor Fellow at MIT, and devised and taught courses in manufacturing, process control and entrepreneurship. He received a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MEng in Advanced Manufacturing from MIT.


Shinichiro Nakamura

Shin is a manufacturing and global thought leader with connections throughout East Asia. He is the President of one to ONE Holdings, which has ownership in 4 steel factories including his original family business, Daiwa Steel Tube Industries, the largest steel tube manufacturer in Japan (>$100 million annual revenue). Shin is Past Regional Chair of the YPO North Asia Region and current member of the Board of Governors at Asia School of Business. He previously consulted at Bain & Company and received his MBA from Sloan, specializing in New Product & Venture Development.

John Kawola

John is a global company leader with a strong combination of sales, marketing and engineering aptitudes. He served as CEO at early 3D printing pioneer Z Corporation, leading the company through its acquisition by 3D Systems. He also led agricultural robotics company Harvest Automation through Series C, and was the North America President for 3D printing giant Ultimaker, before assuming his current role as CEO of microArch printing innovator Boston Micro Fabrication. John is an experienced independent director and advisor, having worked with large and small industrial companies including SpaceClaim, EnvisionTEC, Halo Energy and LabMinds.


Professor Duane Boning

Duane is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. He is an expert in machine learning and statistical metrology for manufacturing, having co-taught courses in Applied Machine Learning and Control of Manufacturing Processes for over 20 years. Duane is the Associate Chair of the MIT faculty and the technical director of the Leaders for Global Operations program, and has directly supervised over 120 students between LGO and his research group. He has overseen MIT collaborations with Skoltech (Russia) and MASDAR (Abu Dhabi) and is well-versed in international partnerships and connected to global manufacturing programs.

Professor David Hardt

Dave is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing at MIT. He is an expert in quality control, control systems and statistical process control, and has taught a course in Control of Manufacturing Processes for over 30 years, both at MIT and its domestic and international industrial and academic partners. Dave is the faculty director of MIT’s MEng in Advanced Manufacturing, having advised over 250 students through the program. He served as an advisor to NVBOTS and is an ongoing advisor at Digital Alloys.

Dr. Stanley Gershwin

Stan is a retired Senior Research Scientist at MIT. He is a leading expert on manufacturing systems analysis, and developed and taught a course on Manufacturing Systems for over 30 years, both at MIT and its domestic and international industrial and academic partners. Stan has authored or co-authored over 50 publications with over 11,000 citations, and he and his students have consulted for companies including Boeing, GM, HP, J&J, and UTC on optimization of key factory-level metrics.