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 in 2016. Under his leadership, NVBOTS more than quintupled its 3D printer output and produced IP in machine learning for additive manufacturing, prior to its acquisition by Cincinnati Incorporated in 2017.

Arjun is a Presidential Fellow at MIT and has devised and implemented Industry 4.0 curriculum changes for the manufacturing department, while teaching courses in manufacturing systems, process control and smart manufacturing/Industry 4.0. He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Business, Economics and Management from Caltech and an MEng in Advanced Manufacturing from MIT, and currently resides in Quincy, MA

Hunter Ashmore

Founder & COO

Hunter is the co-founder and COO at IndustrialML. He is an expert in the digital industrial space, having led over $60 million in investment deals at GE Ventures and Boeing HorizonX Ventures including Sight Machine, Carbon3D and Digital Alloys. Hunter began his career as a Combustion Devices Engineer at Rocketdyne before growing into business development. He was then a co-founder or director of 3 early-stage startups, and served as Director of Business Development for Cool Planet Energy Systems as they grew from Series B to Series D. During his time in the northeastern investment community, Hunter also founded the Boston Digital Industrial Group as a vehicle for connecting investors and co-founders in an emerging space.

Hunter is a regular advisor for early-stage startups and serves as a 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, and currently resides in Somerville, MA.

AJ Perez

Founder & Director

AJ is the co-founder and Director at IndustrialML. He is a serial industrial entrepreneur, having founded the 3D printing startups NVBOTS in 2014 and Digital Alloys in 2017. His companies have raised over $25 million in funding, and as CEO, he led the acquisition of NVBOTS by Cincinnati Incorporated in late 2017. Through his past ventures, AJ has been granted patents in additive manufacturing and computer vision and produced additional IP in advanced manufacturing and medical devices.

AJ is a Presidential Fellow and Lemelson Inventor Fellow at MIT, and has devised and taught courses in additive manufacturing, process control and entrepreneurship. He received a B.S. 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.