Meet the Judges

Each year, RFID Journal chooses judges with no financial interests in selecting one entry over another, and who will recuse themselves if they have a relationship with any specific end-user or technology companies involved with the award. At least five judges will evaluate entries in each category. Below are the judges who have agreed to judge this year's entries. We will update this page as we add more judges for 2017. If you would like to apply to be a judge, send email to

Ygal Bendavid
Professor,University of Quebec Montreal (UQAM) School of Management; Co-founder, RFID Academia

Ygal Bendavid is a professor in the Department of Management and Technology at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), where he teaches operations management. Dr. Bendavid is a founder of RFID Academia. He holds M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in industrial engineering from the École Polytechnique de Montréal. As a specialist in RFID for supply chain management, Bendavid is a frequent presenter at RFID Journal LIVE! conferences. He is also an instructor for the RFID PRO certification.

Gisele Bennett
Director, Electro-Optical Systems Laboratory ñ Georgia Tech Research Institute
Dr. Gisele Bennett is the director of the Electro-Optical Systems Laboratory, founder of the Logistics and Maintenance Applied Research Center (LandMARC) with the Georgia Tech Research Institute and a Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She obtained her PhD in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech for her work in coherence theory applications to optical imaging systems. She also holds a certificate in Management of Technology from Georgia Tech. She is a topical editor for Applied Optics and associate editor for International Journal of RF Technologies: Research and Applications, holds a patent on Integrated Sensor Radio Frequency Identification (ISRFID) with Location. Her interest in RFID is in active tagging with integrated sensors and container security and monitoring systems.

Kevin Berisso
Assistant Professor, University of Memphis

Kevin Berisso holds a Ph.D. in Technology Management from Indiana State University. Having worked as a custom warehouse management software project engineer and then as a manufacturing engineer with Delphi Automotive, he has a wealth of practical industrial experience. He was formerly the director of the AIDC lab (founded in 1988) at the University of Ohio, where he focused on helping companies to apply existing “off the shelf” RFID technologies to specific business problems. He has presented at numerous conferences and workshops on RFID, as well as other automatic identification and data capture topics. In the classroom, he teaches an AIDC class, an RFID class, programming classes and robotics.

Massimo Bertolini
Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Parma

Massimo BertoliniMassimo Bertolini received his Ph.D. in Production Systems and Industrial Plants at the Department of Industrial Engineering - University of Parma in 2004. For his thesis, he developed an integrated methodology for doing quality/safety analysis within food production processes. He is a member of the Teachers Board for the Ph.D. course in Industrial Engineering at the University of Parma, and secretary of the course of Industrial Engineering and Management at the University of Parma. Since August 2007, he has been a member of the Global RF Lab Alliance (GRFLA).

Harold Boeck
Professor of Marketing, ESG UQAM School of Management

Harold Boeck is a professor at the business faculty of the Université du Québec á Montréal where he focuses on Innovation Management and Marketing Technology. His current research interests focus on the use and impact of RFID within open-loop Supply Chain environments: the factors leading to its adoption, its influence on buyer-seller relationships and how it can lead to a competitive advantage. He is also a member of the editorial board of the "International Journal of RF Technologies: Research and Applications," a research journal focused on the business applications of RF technologies. Harold is a CompTIA RFID+ Certified Professional and a founder of Academia RFID, the first bilingual RFID training and certification center in Canada.

Robb Clarke
Associate Professor of Packaging at Michigan State University

Robb Clarke's teaching duties include undergraduate and graduate courses on packaging operations and quality issues, material handling and distribution packaging, and RFID for Packaging. Clarke has a B.S. degree in packaging, an M.B.A. in marketing, a Ph.D. in engineering management, and a Willett Visiting Scholar research position in Engineering Science at the University of Oxford, England. Prior to teaching, Dr. Clarke had a 17-year industrial career.  At Michigan State, his primary research is in automatic identification (particularly radio frequency identification) for manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution and handling. He is also Director of the independent, dedicated Auto ID Research and Testing Center at Michigan State University.

Luca Cremona
Assistant Professor of Information Systems,
School of Industrial Engineering at LIUC University

Massimo BertoliniLuca Cremona is in charge of research activities, technology transfer projects and teaching on topics of digital innovation within manufacturing and services industries. He is head of Smart Factory Projects and Appointed Manager at LIUC University for AFIL (Associazione Fabbrica Intelligente Lombardia) Cluster - the Lombardy Regional Cluster on Smart Factory in Italy. He managed and coordinated several technology transfer projects on Smart Factory and Internet of Things topics, both at national and international levels.

Jean-Pierre Emond
Director, Electro-Optical Systems Laboratory at the Georgia Tech Research Institute

Jean-Pierre Emond graduated from Laval University in Canada in 1987 with his B.Sc. in Agricultural Engineering. In 1989, he earned his M.Sc. in Food Science from Laval University. In 1992, he received his Ph.D. in Agricultural/Food Engineering from the University of Florida, where his work focused on creating a modified atmosphere packaging system for fresh produce. Dr. Emond is the COO of The Illuminate Group. He is also the director of cold chain research in the Electro-Optical Systems Laboratory at the Georgia Tech Research Institute. He is currently engaged in cold chain research activities in food distribution and retailing, as well as in the pharmaceutical industry. Since 2005, Dr. Emond has been the CEO of Blueye, LLC, a cold chain technology development company.

Roberta Facchini
Project manager and researcher, Fondazione Politecnico di Milano

Roberta Facchini is experienced as consultant and project manager in ICT innovation projects and business process reengineering projects. Her main research areas are related to mobile and wireless and automatic identification and data capture technologies applied for item and person identification, enabling process support and traceability. She is deeply knowledgeable about the health care sector and hospital information system architectures. She was involved in Electronic Medical Record design and development and she managed clinical process reengineering and risk assessment projects. She is now focusing on the Internet of Things to better understand how it can change service delivery models to final users in different sectors.

Geraldo Ferrer
Associate Dean for Research
Graduate School of Business and Public Policy of the Naval Postgraduate School

Dr. Ferrer's areas of expertise include global operations, supply chain tracking technologies (RFID and IUID), product stewardship, reverse logistics and remanufacturing. He has published on these topics in several academic journals and presented his research in national and international conferences, and in invited seminars in various institutions. He is a contributor in the Handbook of Environmentally Conscious Manufacturing and Handbook of Industrial Ecology. Dr. Ferrer serves as Associate Editor of the Decision Sciences Journal, and as reviewer for many academic journals, the National Science Foundation and the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada.

Tali Freed
Professor, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department, California Polytechnic State University; Founding Director, PolyGAIT-RFID Research and Development Laboratory

Tali Freed received her Ph.D. from the U.C. Berkeley’s Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. Her B.Sc. and M.Sc. are in Industrial Engineering and Management, from the Technion ñ Israel Institute of Technology. Dr. Freed’s primary areas of research are radio frequency identification, production planning and scheduling, and design of processes and information systems. Dr. Freed is the founding director of the Cal Poly multidisciplinary RFID Research and Development Laboratory. The lab is in the process of becoming Poly GAIT ñ The Cal Poly Center for Global Automated Identification Technologies. Dr. Freed, faculty colleagues and students have performed numerous development and implementation RFID projects for industrial partners. PolyGAIT's hands-on, project-based training has provided hundreds of well-trained engineers to the growing RFID industry.

Marco Frosolini
Università di Pisa

Marco Frosolini graduated in 2001 in Mechanical Engineering at the Università di Pisa. In 2002, he began his PhD studies in Mechanical Engineering and obtained the PhD in 2005. He is currently a researcher in industrial plants within the same university. His research activities mainly concern equipment maintenance and reliability, production planning, logistics and project management. He is also interested in industrial information systems. He is author of more than 30 technical papers, published in national and international journals and conference proceedings. He is a member of AIDI (National Association of Academicians on Industrial Plants).

Dr. Bill Hardgrave
Dean, Auburn University College of Business

Bill HardgraveDr. Bill Hardgrave is Dean and Wells Fargo Professor, College of Business. Prior to his appointment at Auburn University, Dr. Hardgrave was professor of Information Systems in the Sam M. Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas, and served as the Executive Director of the Information Technology Research Institute, which he established in 1999. He also founded and directed the RFID Research Center.

Rich Handley
Managing Editor, RFID Journal

Rich HandleyRich Handley has served as an editor with RFID Journal since 2005 and was named managing editor in 2012. Since then, he has also become the managing editor of IOT Journal, also published by RFID Journal. Rich has served as a judge for the RFID Journal Awards for the past five years. Prior to joining RFID Journal, he worked at several leading trade publications. Rich cofounded independent publisher Hasslein Books in 2008, and is the author or co-author of nine outstanding books to date.

Peter J. Hawrylak
Assistant professor, Electrical Engineering Department, The University of Tulsa

Peter J. Hawrylak, Ph.D., is a leading researcher in embedded systems, radio frequency identification (RFID), sensor networks, real-time location systems (RTLS) and security. Dr. Hawrylak is has published several academic papers and authored several book chapters in these areas. He was a member of the Technical Advisory Group for the United States (USTAG) for the International Standards Organization (ISO), which oversees standardization of RFID and RTLS devices. Dr. Hawrylak has led the development of test methodologies to determine conformance and interoperability for ISO 18000-7 (active) RFID systems. He was a principle member of the team at the University of Pittsburgh RFID Center of Excellence investigating the interactions between RFID devices and implantable medical devices such as pacemakers and ICDs.

Sue Hutchinson
Director of Industry Adoption, EPCglobal US

Mark RobertiSue Hutchinson joined GS1US in April 2003 and was instrumental in the formation of EPCglobal and the development of the UHF Gen2 air interface protocol. She brought with her more than 20 years of experience in high technology product management and technology transfer. Her specialties include product and portfolio planning, strategic market development, customer relationship management and predictive analytics. As director of industry adoption for EPCglobal US, Ms. Hutchinson is responsible for delivering tools and services for the many companies joining the EPCglobal community. Ms. Hutchinson has written and spoken extensively on the topics of RFID and visibility in the supply chain.

Dr. Alexander Ilic
Director of the Auto-ID Labs ETH Zürich / University of St. Gallen and an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Technology Management (ITEM) of University of St. Gallen

Dr. Ilic's research is focused on the next generation Internet of Things for global commerce involving mobile technology, consumer empowerment, and new business models for manufacturers and retailers. He is active on promoting the synergies between academia and start-ups to encourage entrepreneurship and make impact. For his entrepreneurial activities, he won several prizes including the Swiss Innovation Prize (2010), Swiss Economic Award (2011) and the prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year award of Ernst & Young (2012). In addition to his research position, he currently serves as Chairman and CTO of the start-up Dacuda AG (disruptive, real-time scanning technology). In addition, he is active on several boards including the Swiss Start-up Monitor and ETH Entrepreneur Club.

Erick C Jones
Executive Director of RFID and Supply Chain Lab

Dr. Erick C. Jones is an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska and director of the University of Nebraska’s RFID Supply Chain Lab.  He received Bachelors degree in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University and Masters and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Houston.  He has held various positions in industries as engineering specialist, engineering director and project manager. Dr. Jones expertise has led to become and expert in the field of supply chain optimization, distribution logistics and inventory control. His unique background led him to one of the first and largest academic RFID labs in the country. He has published one textbook on RFID and has edited two industry texts on the subject, and is currently working on a military handbook for RFID and other Automatic Information technologies which include GPS and satellite tags.  Also, his lab joined the industry academic consortium focused on Logistics sponsored by the National Science Foundation for several years. Currently, he has focused on RFID research for US Department of Transportation, Department of Defense Transportation Command, and with NASA JSC.

Dimitris Kiritsis
Computer-Aided Design & Production Lab, EPFL

Dr. Dimitris Kiritsis earned an undergraduate diploma in 1980 and a Ph.D. in 1987 in mechanical engineering from the University of Patras, Greece. Since 1989, he has been with the computer-aided design and production laboratory (LICP) of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). He is active in teaching and research in the domain of modeling methods and techniques for integrated product/process/resource planning, product life cycle information modeling and transformation to knowledge. His principal research has been in methods for integrated and dynamic manufacture, assembly and disassembly process planning, modeling and simulation using Petri nets, as well as product life cycle information modeling and management. Dr. Kiritsis is the initiator and scientific coordinator of PROMISE and is implementing other international research projects in the domains of integrated product design, computer-aided process-planning modeling and closed-loop product lifecycle modeling.

Paolo Locatelli
Project manager and researcher, Fondazione Politecnico di Milano

Paolo Locatelli manages several information technology research projects for healthcare organizations. Since 2005, he has served as a contract professor of Information Systems and Process Reengineering at the Faculty of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering at Politecnico di Milano. He is also a member of the IT faculty for Executive Courses at the School of Management of Politecnico di Milano. For the past several years, he has worked on process reengineering and the design of workflow management systems based on mobile devices and RFID traceability platforms. He has also been involved in defining regional guidelines for Hospital Information Systems and Electronic Medical Records on behalf

Farhan Manzoor
Systems Engineer
Centre for Secure Information Technologies
Queen’s University Belfast, UK

Farhan Manzoor currently works as an RFID Systems Engineer at the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) based at Queen’s University Belfast, UK. Dr. Manzoor obtained his Ph.D. degree from NUI, University College Cork in Ireland and Master’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Liverpool, UK. He is also a certified CompTIA RFID+ Professional. Dr. Manzoor has been affiliated with both, academic and industrial/commercial projects associated with RFID technology and has supervised a number of graduate and postgraduate projects and theses as Lecturer. His research interests are in applications of RFID especially, RFID-based indoor localisation, multi-data fusion for multi-modal systems, RFID-based security and surveillance, and RFID use towards a global supply chain. Dr. Manzoor is also an author of a number of peer-reviewed conference and journal publications including the best student paper award winner at the IEEE International Conference on RFID-TA, 2010 during his Ph.D. studies.

Mauro Mezzenzana
Project Portfolio Manager and Senior Researcher
Lab#ID & SmartUp / LIUC - Università Cattaneo

Mauro Mezzenzana graduated magna cum laude in Business Engineering at LIUC ? Università Cattaneo, then obtained a Corporate Executive Master in Business Administration in 2011. From 2006 to 2007 he contributed to the birth of Lab#ID, the accredited competence centre of RFId at LIUC ? Università Cattaneo. From 2007 to 2012, Mezzenzana worked in the Defense and Aerospace sector where he led international projects focused on change management, business integration and business process re-engineering. From 2010 to 2012, as central planning manager, he led the production monitoring team focusing on the improvement of processes and ICT tools for the assessment of industrial plants. He is now a senior researcher and project portfolio manager at Lab#ID and SmartUp technology transfer centers, where he leads projects focused on the application of IoT, mobile technologies, RFID, data collection and processing systems.

Stephen Miles
Research Affiliate, Auto-ID Labs at MIT

Stephen Miles leads the Auto-ID Network Research Special Interest Group, a research consortium at Auto-ID Labs formed to address industry requirements for exchanging Electronic Product Code and sensor data among participants in collaborative supply chains. He interacts extensively with the industry, including consulting in areas related to research in shared business processes, services-oriented architecture and netcentric operations. He is a frequent contributor to RFID Journal and speaks regularly at RFID and technical events.

Michael N. Ochi

Michael Ochi earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Industrial Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. His master?s thesis, under the direction of Dr. Tali Freed, was focused on RFID and 3D Printing. Michael also worked with Dr. Freed on several projects involving RFID and Operations Research. Throughout his undergraduate and graduate studies he served as president, project manager, and student adviser for Cal Poly?s RFID research laboratory, PolyGAIT. Currently, Michael is a developer and consultant for the global On-Premise and Cloud ERP solutions company QAD Inc.

Justin Patton
Director, RFID Lab, Auburn University

Justin Patton received his undergraduate degree in physics from Hendrix College and received his graduate degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Arkansas. He oversaw the set up of the RFID Research Center at the University of Arkansas and now supervises day-to-day operations of the RFOD Lab, which moved to Auburn. The RFID Lab conducts studies on the business benefits of RFID in retail and other sectors.

Antonio Rizzi
Director, RFID Lab, University of Parma

Since 2005, Antonio Rizzi has been employed as full professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management at the Industrial Engineering Department of the University of Parma. His scientific interests are mainly related to logistics and supply chain management. In the last years, his research has focused on the application of advanced automatic identification and data sharing technologies for supply chain management, such as RFID. He has worked with major food companies in Europe testing RFID temperature sensors and with major Italian fashion houses to explore RFID's potential to reduce counterfeiting.

Mark Roberti
Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

Mark Roberti Mark Roberti is the founder and editor of RFID Journal, the leading source of intelligent news and analysis about RFID and its many business applications. He has reported on business and technology since 1985. His work has appeared in Business 2.0, Fortune, The Asian Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, The New York Times and many other publications. Prior to launching RFID Journal, Roberti was a senior writer at the Industry Standard. He has also served as the managing editor of InformationWeek. More than 250,000 people around the world visit the RFID Journal Web site each month, and its executive conference, RFID Journal LIVE!, has become one of the most important gatherings of RFID vendors and end users.

Sanjay Sarma
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, MIT
Former Chairman of Research and Co-Founder of The Auto-ID Center

Sanjay Sarma is credited with defining and developing many of the standards and technologies that form the foundation of the commercial RFID industry. He is a frequent industry speaker and serves on the Board of Governors of EPCGlobal, the worldwide standards body he helped create. Sanjay is also an associate professor of mechanical engineering at MIT. In 1999, he co-founded MIT's Auto-ID Center and has served as its Chairman of Research. Professor Sarma is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the Cecil and Ida Green Career Development Chair at MIT, the Ferry Award, the Den Hartog Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Keenan Award for innovations in undergraduate education, and the New England Business and Technology Award.

Neeraj Sood
Researcher, University of Toronto

Neeraj Sood is a graduate student in the electromagnetics group at the University of Toronto. He is currently working on developing tools to understand the propagation of ultra-wideband signals in complex environments. He has worked on technology development projects and has advised several organizations on RFID projects. He has a B.A.Sc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto.

Pankaj Sood
Ryerson University
Pankaj works for Ryerson University where he is assisting the Faculty of Engineering & Architectural Science with designing and developing programs and infrastructure required to support Entrepreneurship and Innovation management activities. He has more than 10 years of experience in technology development, innovation management and strategic planning across multiple industries. Prior to joining Ryerson University, he had co-founded the McMaster RFID Applications Lab (MRAL) and positioned it as a key source of knowledge and support organization for RFID Applications. He was also involved in restructuring MRAL and transferring of key activities to Ryerson. Prior to MRAL, he worked for Deloitte, RIM and IBM Canada Ltd. Pankaj is a Fellow with the Society of Kauffman Fellows and an Action Canada Fellow. He is currently reading for his PhD at University of Cambridge and holds an M.Eng. (Entrepreneurship & Innovation) and a B.Eng. (Computer Engineering) from McMaster U.

Frédéric Thiesse
Professor of Information Systems Engineering, the Julius-Maximilian University of Wuerzburg, Germany

Prof. Thiesse's research interests include mobile and ubiquitous business, business model innovation, 3D printing, green information technology, and business analytics. He holds a diploma degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Mannheim, Germany, and a doctoral degree with highest distinctions from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. From 2000 to 2003, he was chief software architect of a Swiss technology start-up company. From 2003 to 2010, he was assistant professor at the University of St. Gallen and associate director of the Auto-ID Lab St. Gallen / Zurich. He has been awarded several times for his academic achievements, and his research has been published in several top-ranked academic journals.

Junyu Wang
Professor of Micro-Electronics, Fudan University and
Associate Director of Auto-ID Lab at Fudan University, Shanghai, China

Junyu WangDr. Junyu Wang received his Ph.D. degree from University of Science and Technology, Beijing in 2002. During 2003-2005, he was a Postdoc in Fudan University doing research on anti-counterfeit solutions based on RFID technology. During 2008-2009, he was a visiting Associate Professor of MIT, doing research on the security issues and solutions of Internet of Things. His research interests include RFID reader and tag design, RFID anti-collision algorithm, RFID security, RFID sensor tag, and Internet of Things for food/drug safety. He has contributed 30+ papers and 12 patents authorized.

Gisele Bennett
Electro-Optical Systems Lab,
Georgia Tech Research Inst.
Antonio Rizzi
University of Parma


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