Photo collage of Power & Motion Editorial Advisory Board members

Power & Motion Names Six Leaders to Editorial Advisory Board

Jan. 20, 2022
A cross-section of expertise and knowledge will help shape the future of fluid power.

Power & Motion has named six industry leaders to its first Editorial Advisory Board. The board’s role will be to help guide the present and future content direction of Power & Motion and to help identify trends and innovations that will shape the future of the fluid power and motion control industries.

“The role of an Editorial Advisory Board is one of essential guidance for our editors to ensure their coverage remains valid, current and beneficial to our audience,” said Group Content Director Michelle Kopier. “Working with key figures in the industry helps us keep a pulse on what lays ahead for the modern fluid power and motion control industry.”

The six members of the board are the first members of what we expect will be a larger group of industry experts from all segments of the industry. We continue to accept nominations for Editorial Advisory Board members, and those nominations can be sent to [email protected] for consideration.

This first group reflects the changes in this industry that led us to expand our coverage of fluid power in 2022 under the Power & Motion brand. We are pleased that each of these individuals have agreed to help guide the industry by partnering with Power & Motion.

Here are the members of the Power & Motion Editorial Advisory Board.

Joe Alfieri

Group Vice President

Moog Construction

In January 2021, Moog Inc. asked Joe Alfieri to lead Moog’s new startup for the construction industry named Moog Construction. He currently serves as group vice president and general manager of Moog Construction, which is the Moog Inc. business unit focused on accelerating electrification, automation and connectivity by enabling the world’s safest, most sustainable, and most productive machines.

Joe joined Moog in 2008 as a project engineer in Moog’s Space & Defense Group. After working as a project engineer at Moog, Joe took on new roles in the Moog Space and Defense Group including as a sales engineer, program manager and Commercial Space business manager. Joe then took an assignment in Moog’s Corporate Group as a program director focused on compliance and legal initiatives.

Joe next moved to Moog’s Aircraft Group and served as program director of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. In January 2019, Moog promoted Joe to general manager of the Aircraft Group’s Commercial Aircraft Business Sector with sales of approximately $500 million; in 2020, Moog promoted Joe to group vice president. 

Before Moog, Joe was an operations supervisor at UPS Air Logistics, a manufacturing engineer at Delphi Automotive, and an electrical design engineer and project manager at Illinois Tool Works.

Joe earned his MBA from the University at Buffalo, and he received both his master’s degree in computer science and a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Scott Baxter

Business Development Manager

PEKO Precision Products

Scott Baxter has spent over 13 years as business development manager and content writer at PEKO Precision Products in Rochester, N.Y. He has a passion for manufacturing which shines through his business relationships and writing.

Scott’s bachelor’s degrees in both manufacturing engineering and economics grant him a unique perspective on the machinery manufacturing industry. He also loves helping machinery and equipment project stakeholders bring their products to market.

Paul Carlson

President and CEO


Paul Carlson is an accomplished executive with more than 30 years of leadership experience. Paul’s career has spanned multiple industries including industrial automation, alternative energy, food & beverage and electronics.

Paul has worked with both public and privately held organizations in functional capacities that include executive management, operations, engineering and sales. Paul has spent considerable time in China and Mexico opening multiple manufacturing facilities in addition to several U.S.-based assignments.

Throughout his career, Paul has motivated and inspired colleagues to achieve exceptional results. Paul has personally tackled numerous product, process and personnel challenges while growing sales and profitability. Paul has hands-on start-up and operating experience with production facilities in the U.S., China and Mexico.

Paul’s employment history includes Emerson, Control Products, Inc., Coca-Cola, IMI Cornelius, Trane and Earth Energy Systems.

Michael Terzo

CEO and Founder

Terzo Power Systems

Michael Terzo is an engineer with more than 20 years of engineering and manufacturing experience. Dedicated to the advancement of innovative and cost-effective solutions, Terzo Power Systems, LLC in El Dorado, Calif. specializes in bringing ultra-efficient electro-hydraulic technology to the fluid power industry for mobile, commercial and industrial applications.

His work includes seven years of development and the 2014 launch of Hydrapulse technology and Terzo Power Systems. He has developed more than 100 products for industrial clients as a recognized expert in manufacturing and hydraulic systems.

“Mike Terzo is bringing a new level of innovation and efficiency to the world of electro-hydraulics. Backed by two decades of research and development iteration, Terzo Power Systems is building hydraulic power solutions to disrupt an industry hungry for innovation and putting the clear advantages of electrified power systems into practice,” the company said in a release.

Valeria Tirelli

President & CEO

Aidro Hydraulics & 3D Printing  (Desktop Metal company)

Valeria Tirelli is president and CEO of Aidro Hydraulics & 3D Printing, an Italian company that excels in introducing additive manufacturing alongside conventional manufacturing of valves and hydraulic components. After studying business administration and working as financial controller, Valeria joined the company founded 40 years ago by her father. In the headquarters located in the northern Italian province of Varese, Valeria decided to innovate the company creating a dedicated department of metal additive manufacturing with the traditional fluid power production.

Valeria is promoting the adoption of additive manufacturing in various industry, participating also in international groups for the definition of guidelines and standard. She is invited to many events concerning additive manufacturing both in Italy and Europe.

Thanks to the enthusiasm and passion for fluid power, Valeria guided Aidro towards the creation of a new generation of hydraulic products and in 2021 the company became part of the American group Desktop Metal.

Thomas Wanke, CFPHS, CFPE

Director of the Fluid Power Industrial Consortium

Industry Relations at Milwaukee School of Engineering

Tom Wanke has more the 50 years of experience in the fluid power industry, 48 of which have been at MSOE. Tom was recently inducted into the International Fluid Power Society’s (IFPS) Hall of Fame. Prior to his current position, Tom was the director of MSOE’s Fluid Power Institute for 37 years. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering technology and a master’s degree in engineering, both with the fluid power specialty option from MSOE. Tom is an IFPS Certified Fluid Power Hydraulic Specialist and Certified Fluid Power Engineer.

He has worked on projects in the following areas: component and system design; development and evaluation; field troubleshooting and failure analysis; and fluids, filtration and contamination control. Tom has authored numerous technical articles and papers.

He has developed & presented numerous fluid power courses, workshops and seminars covering a wide variety of topics in fluid power. He has also mentored undergraduate and graduate student teams in fluid power capstone senior design and MS Thesis projects.

Tom is a member of SAE and IFPS. He is active on various NFPA and ISO fluid power standards committees and was co-chairman of the International Fluid Power Exposition (IFPE) 2014 and 2017 Educational Programs.

Tom was awarded two U.S. patents and was the first recipient of the following awards from MSOE: Karl O. Werwath Engineering Research Award 1990; Otto J. Maha Pioneers in Fluid Power 2007 Award; and the Fluid Power Achievement Award 2012. He was also one of the first recipients of the NFPA Fluid Power Challenge Champions Award in 2012. In 2019, Tom was an inaugural inductee into the International Fluid Power Society Hall of Fame.

About the Author

Bob Vavra | Senior Content Director, Power & Motion and Machine Design

Bob Vavra is the Senior Content Director of Power & Motion and its sister publication Machine Design. Vavra has had a long career in publishing, media and events. He has covered all aspects of manufacturing for the past 20 years and is a regular attendee at events such as IMTS and Hannover Messe. Vavra is also a sought-after webcast moderator and event emcee, and has presided over events in the U.S., Germany and China. 

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