Conexus Indiana names accomplished young professionals to 2024 Rising 30 class

INDIANAPOLIS (May 9, 2024) 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, were honored during a special event on May 9 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 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