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Will Zell, Nikola Labs

Will Zell, CEO and Founding Partner of Nikola Labs leads a wireless power Will Zell, CEO and Founder, Nikola Labscompany with a far-field technology that converts radio frequency (RF) energy into direct current (DC) power. One of their products that may interest those in manufacturing is a transponder and predictive sensor system that provides predictive maintenance on machines by monitoring temperature and vibration.

Will has been at Nikola Labs since 2014. He has founded three technology companies and has had a successful real estate and venture development career, including serving on IKOVE Venture Partners Advisory Board and as managing director of Endeavor Forward, a startup accelerator. He draws from a broad range of experience incommunications, organizational development, leadership, branding and innovation.

Key topics: smart factories, sensors, wireless technologies

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Manufacturing Tomorrow is a podcast series brought to you by the Ohio Manufacturing Institute at The Ohio State University. Featuring the perspectives of manufacturing leaders, we focus on the advanced manufacturing innovations, solutions and partnerships that exist in our region now and that will propel industry in the future.

Our guests include the unsung heroes of advanced manufacturing, from company C-suite executives and engineers to industry-facing academics, supportive government agencies and regional economic development organizations. Interviews cover the latest topics on products, processes – and groundbreaking relationships –the best manufacturers engage in to infuse entrepreneurialism in their daily operations.

Our mission is threefold: to provide a voice to small and large manufacturers, educate the public on the value of manufacturing innovation to the U.S. economy, and showcase how Ohio’s technology resource support providers (e.g., higher education, technical centers, and MEPs) boost advanced manufacturing solutions. We ask guest speakers about what catalysts are needed to collaborate on new products and processes, how to reduce academic-industry barriers, and the types of technical resources that can truly bolster manufacturing productivity. 

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