Honor recognizes 30 professionals in Indiana’s advanced manufacturing and logistics industries

INDIANAPOLIS – Conexus Indiana today announced the newest members of the Conexus Indiana Rising 30, an exclusive group of young professionals recognized for their early-career accomplishments in the advanced manufacturing and logistics industries.

The Rising 30 program, presented by KSM, is in its fourth year and is part of Conexus Indiana’s mission to strengthen Indiana’s advanced manufacturing and logistics industries. Program honorees represent Indiana’s top talent under the age of 30 who will drive the state’s advanced manufacturing and logistics industries successfully into the future.

This year’s winners exemplify leadership and innovation in Indiana’s largest industry sector and are poised to become Indiana’s future industry leaders.

“The dynamic professionals named to this year’s Rising 30 cohort are defining what it means to be a young leader in Indiana’s AML sector,” said Fred Cartwright, president and CEO of Conexus Indiana. “I’m more optimistic than ever about the future of industry in Indiana after meeting this year’s honorees and learning about their accomplishments and plans for the future.”

This year’s honorees represent diverse professions, including engineers, entrepreneurs and business owners, educators, CEOs and product developers who exemplify leadership and innovation in their workplaces and across the industry at large. The companies they work for range from global companies to local start-ups located in cities and towns all across the state, from Elkhart to Columbus to Evansville.

Rising 30 candidates are nominated by their employer or an industry representative, and winners are selected based on their career accomplishments to date. In the coming year, the Rising 30 honorees will participate in Conexus Indiana’s work by serving as thought leaders on subjects ranging from emerging technologies and smart manufacturing to talent development.

2024 Rising 30 honorees, listed below, are being honored during a special event this evening in downtown Indianapolis.


Mohit Shantilal Baffna 

Manufacturing Engineer II

Zimmer Biomet


Ivan Ball

Co-Founder and CTO

anu™ (Heliponix)


Charlotte Barger            

Assistant Operations Manager

GEODIS Logistics


Brevin Bennett 

Interim CEO

Triton Metal Products


Alec Brewer      

Co-Founder and CEO



Caleb Chance   

Adjunct Instructor for Design Technology Program and Senior Civil Designer

Ivy Tech Community College and Kimley-Horn


Ian Copeland    

Industrial Engineer



Karlie Banacka 

Sr. Process Engineer

Boston Scientific


Timothy Gruenhagen    

Lead Data Scientist



Walker  Hobbs  

Supply Chain Manager

Red Star Contract Manufacturing


Josh Johnson    

Research Investigator

Corteva Agriscience


Brooklyn Kiefer

Production Manager

Jeep Engineering and Manufacturing, Northeast Dubois Jr/Sr High School


Kyle Krieger      

Manager, Strategy and Operations

LDI, Ltd.


Crystal Lopez    

District Representative



Hayley McMahan          

Sr. Manufacturing Engineer



Jack McQuinn  

Sr. Operations Director

Antique Candle Co.


Alex Mills          

Sourcing Engineer

BAE Systems


Isaac Mock

Advanced Product Design Engineer

Allison Transmission


Katie Murphy   

Manufacturing Engineer



Cameron Nagle

Corporate Marketing Specialist

Kem Krest


Katelyn Niederhaus

Parts Ordering Analyst

Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana


Annie Pohl        

Associate Director – Process Control Engineering

Eli Lilly and Co.


MacKenzie Schoenfeld 

Planning and Control Manager – Installations

Rolls-Royce North America


Tim Somers      

Industrial Engineering Supervisor

Dayton-Phoenix Group


Collin Stratton

Manager of Data Analytics

Indy Autonomous Challenge


Nick Summers  

Technical Maintenance Supervisor

Indianapolis Airport Authority


Jody Suryatna  

Engineering Project Manager



Adrianna Swift 

Engineering Manager

Endress + Hauser USA Automation


Hunter Thompson         

Mechanical Engineer



Ross Whittaker

Manager, Manufacturing Engineering

Cook Medical

To view bios of each honoree, visit www.conexusindiana.com/rising-30. Nominations will open for the 2025 class in November.

About Conexus Indiana: For more than a decade, Conexus Indiana, one of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP)’s branded initiatives, has been positioning the Hoosier State as the best place for advanced manufacturing and logistics industries to innovate, invest, employ and succeed. By collaborating with industry, academic and public sector partners on a shared vision for an innovative, skilled workforce and stronger business climate, Conexus Indiana has helped to create opportunities for advanced manufacturing and logistics companies, prepare Hoosiers to succeed in the state’s largest industry sectors and maintain Indiana’s competitive advantage. For more information, visit conexusindiana.com.