Walsh Faculty Contribute to 2019 Technology in Industry Report

TROY, Mich., May 2, 2019 — Walsh IT/Decision Sciences department chair and assistant professor Dave Schippers, Sc.D., CISSP and associate professor Christopher Heiden contributed research to Automation Alley’s 2019 Technology in Industry Report, which was revealed on April 29, 2019 at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Schippers’ research focused on the industrial internet of things (IIoT) and cybersecurity of cyber physical systems on the manufacturing line. Heiden contributed data protection research related to cybersecurity in IIoT.

The report, titled “Industry 4.0: From Vision to Implementation,” is a guide to Industry 4.0 implementation and includes research from Michigan and Canadian universities and corporate insights, with a goal of helping manufacturers succeed in the rapidly changing Industry 4.0 landscape.

“Cyber physical systems, which are sometimes referred to as smart devices, add a level of new complexity to cybersecurity,” said Schippers. “Data needs to be protected, but so do physical devices and their ability to perform. When you consider that cyber physical systems include medical monitoring devices, autonomous vehicle systems, manufacturing machinery, and smart grids, cybersecurity is truly about protecting our modern way of life.”

Walsh was one of the first schools in Michigan to be recognized as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense and was the first college in the nation to offer a degree concentration in automotive cybersecurity. Walsh’s information technology degrees align with Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security NICE Framework Standards.

The 2019 Technology in Industry Report is available to Automation Alley members free of charge. For more information about Walsh’s degree programs, visit www.walshcollege.edu/future-students.


Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of the region’s largest business schools and Michigan’s third largest graduate business school, offering classes in several locations as well as online. Our nationally ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Clayton & McKervey shareholder to moderate panel at Integr8™ Industry 4.0 conference on Nov. 9 in Detroit

Clayton & McKervey, an international certified public accounting and business advisory firm located in metro Detroit, announced that shareholder Sarah Russell, CPA, will be a moderator at Integr8™, a new cross-discipline global conference focused on Industry 4.0 technologies, Nov. 9 in Detroit. The conference, the first of its kind to tackle the integration of the eight technologies currently disrupting the manufacturing industry, is being hosted by Automation Alley.

Integr8™ will advance attendees’ knowledge and understanding of Industry 4.0, also known as the fourth industrial revolution, and will help companies enhance their global competitiveness. It is expected to attract hundreds of manufacturing and technology professionals from across the region and the world to discuss the eight technologies associated with Industry 4.0: cybersecurity, big data and artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing, advanced materials, robotics, the Industrial Internet of Things, cloud computing and modeling, simulation and visualization. Russell will moderate a panel on the financial return on investment for Automation & Robotics. The panelists are Kevin Ostby, Vice President, FANUC America Corporation; Brent Kelso, Director of Marketing & Business Development, North America, Comau LLC; and Matt Tyler, President and CEO, Vickers Engineering, Inc.

At Clayton & McKervey, Russell is a point person for implementing tax strategies to help business owners reduce their tax liabilities and maximize cash flow with tools such as the Research & Experimentation tax credit and IC-DISC. She advises owners and executive teams on global operational structuring, foreign tax credit utilization and tax treaty analysis, working with companies that are expanding both within and outside of the U.S. in a variety of industries, including automation. Russell holds a Masters of Business Administration from Wayne State University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Michigan–Dearborn.

Clayton & McKervey is pleased to be a technology sponsor for Integr8™. For a complete list of Integr8™speakers, as well as registration information, visit automationalley.com/Integr8.

About Automation Alley
Integr8™ is presented by Automation Alley, Michigan’s leading nonprofit technology and manufacturing business association, connecting industry, academia and government to fuel Southeast Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. The mission of Automation Alley is to position Southeast Michigan as a global leader in Industry 4.0 by helping members increase revenue, reduce costs and think strategically as they keep pace with rapid technological changes in manufacturing.

About Clayton & McKervey
Clayton & McKervey is a full-service CPA firm helping middle-market entrepreneurial companies compete in the global marketplace. The firm is headquartered in metro Detroit and services clients throughout the world. To learn more, visit claytonmckervey.com.